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You may not think about outdoor air quality all the time. In the past month or two, it’s been hard not to. Air quality can affect the way you work or how you feel while you’re working. In the worst cases, it can make you sick. Since construction is an industry that combines working inside and outside, it makes sense …
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You expect to show proof of license and insurance, but what about your credit? Can you verify that you are compliant with prevailing wage laws on bids for public projects? Here’s a list of things you need to know before you submit your bid. Bid vs. Estimate There are several instances in which contractors are asked to provide an estimate. …
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Most people don’t decide to go into construction because they love wearing a tailored suit to work every day. But this doesn’t mean that what you wear to a construction site or to meet with prospective clients is unimportant. Sometimes, what you wear can make or break the deal, or even make it more difficult to negotiate. Here are five …
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When you work with clients, you want the important information in writing. It’s not surprising that clients want the same. Documentation is the way that you set expectations and make sure that every aspect of the project, from the initial negotiations to the final payment, are easy to understand. Here are five reasons you’ll be glad you got your business …
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You’ve got the experience and you’ve been approved to take the contractor licensing exam. When you’re one week away from the exam, it might seem like it is going to take forever to arrive. Here’s what you can do to ensure that you have what you need and are in the best shape to succeed. Review Key Concepts Experts in …
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Once you get your contracting business going, you’re going to have periodic drops in the number of jobs available. It happens to everyone, especially in the first few years. But you don’t have to panic, as there are ways you can help ensure that a slow period doesn’t put your business at risk. Here are five things you can do. …
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If you look at the current research on the state of COVID-19, you probably know that experts believe it will come back. Without any reliable information about long-term immunity, it is possible that people can catch the virus over and over again. It’s hard to predict how local and federal government organizations will react to a resurgence of the pandemic, …
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Although the economy (and the construction industry in particular) seems poised for steady growth over the next few years, it’s hard to tell when that might change. Even if the world isn’t swept away by a housing crisis like 2008, your business will have to face an economic downturn from time to time. What companies do to prepare determines which …
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With the way that the economy has changed throughout the past 10-15 years, it’s not surprising that people are rethinking about how they consider starting a career. Getting a college degree used to be a popular option that would secure a good job. Now, not so much. Instead, you might be thinking about learning a trade that offers you a …
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Trying to start your business without a ton of money is hard. You either need to save or find some other form of funding. When you ask around, you might get recommendations to focus on savings or credit exclusively. In truth, you’ll probably do best with a balance of the two. Here’s how to figure out what you might need. …
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If you’ve been thinking about starting your own business, you might be focused on the kinds of services you’ll offer or where you plan to set up shop. But before you can do this, you need to start the business. And while opening a business might not be the most complicated thing you’ve ever done, there are a lot of …
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With most jobs, you can pretty easily figure out which tools and supplies you need for a particular task. All the administrative stuff you must-have for a business is another matter entirely. It’s like looking around your home office for a pen, only on a much bigger scale. There are lots of tools and supplies you’ll need in the day-to-day …
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Many people start thinking about becoming a licensed contractor because they want to own their own businesses. And while you don’t have to work for yourself in order to be a contractor, plenty of professionals appreciate the option. But running a contracting business isn’t all about giving back to yourself. It requires the skills to keep it going, so you …
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If you’re the kind of person who prefers to study anywhere but home, you’re not alone. But in order to pass the contractor licensing exam, you’ll need to do a fair bit of research and review between work and a classroom setting. The right tools can make your home studying environment that much more effective. Here’s a checklist you can …
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With big plans for construction in California mixed with a labor shortage, trying to balance everything you need for your business can be tricky. There’s a lot of potential for steady work in the next few years. A significant amount of your success hangs on the consistency of your supply chain. Here’s a few ways you can manage your supply …
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Staying home with the family has been a great opportunity to spend lots of time together. But if you’re trying to study for the contractor licensing exam, you might find all this family togetherness a little unproductive. After all, you need time to focus and a quiet place in which you can study. There are still ways you can carve …
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If you aren’t working as part of a company, you might need to subcontract out some work from time to time. The trick is to find the professionals who will make your project better. Here’s how to know you’ve got a good subcontractor. Maintains Excellent Communication A subcontractor who knows how to balance work with administrative duties is worth their …
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At first, no one wanted to stay home. And now, it seems much more difficult to get people to leave. Although you’ll find pockets of the population that are more than ready to go back to business as usual, a lot of people are worried. Not just for themselves, but for their loved ones. Getting back to some level of …
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States are gradually coming back to life, after weeks or months of putting most processes on hold. This means getting back to the jobsite, in some form. The trick is that you’ll need to follow the rules, and what they are may change over time. At this point, you can expect to see the same social distancing guidelines continue, with …
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If your goal has always been to become an independent contractor, the independent part might be one of the most appealing aspects. You get to set your own hours and run your business in your own way. In an economic downturn where the whole industry has been turned on its head, you may need to collaborate. Here are five factors …
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