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It seems like the pandemic is here to stay, at least for the next several months. As a contracting business owner, there are ways you can minimize its impact. Follow these tips to prevent spread and ensure that your workers are as healthy as possible. Make It Easy to Get Vaccinated One of the best ways to minimize the spread …
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When you’re trying to get the business of a new client, it’s common for people to ask you if they can see a portfolio. Portfolios are an excellent way to show off past work that you’re proud of, and give prospective customers visual evidence of your knowledge and skills. Here are five tips to help you build a great one. …
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It seems that you need a degree to get any entry-level job these days. When you read the listings, you might be amazed by what some industries think is “entry-level.” Construction is a bit different in that there are many people who start at the bottom and manage to work their way up without a college education. With this information, …
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After a long day on the job site, it’s good to know that you can go home and have some relaxation time. One of the biggest benefits of running your own business is that you can have the satisfaction of doing something big, and still be able to enjoy a break. Here are a few ways you can reward yourself …
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Regardless of the weather outside, there will be times when work on the construction site or other workplace is particularly cold. Being cold can slow your reactions and increase the likelihood of mistakes or injury. With these tips, you’ll know how to warm up quickly and ensure that you can work safely. Stretch Your Muscles When it’s cold outside, you’ll …
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Learning from home can be a challenge. It’s even more difficult when you have a busy life with family, pets, and responsibilities. The good news is that you can still make it happen. Here are five ways you can ensure that you have the best possible environment for studying. Make Sure Everyone’s Needs Are Met Sometimes, you know that you …
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When you start your contracting business, you’ll begin to build a brand for yourself. Branding is really important because it shows the world the kind of business you run. It also describes what people can expect when they work with you. Follow these five branding tips to help put your business in the best position. Search for Your Business Name …
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Home inspection is a busy career that allows you to work with real estate professionals, homeowners and buyers to determine the condition of a target property. Since you’re not required to have a contractor’s license in California to be a home inspector, it could be a great way to get into the industry. Here’s how it works. What Is Home …
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As a small business owner, you may not be thinking much about the benefits that you can offer your future employees. But it’s becoming more apparent that if you want to hire the best and have a chance of keeping them, paid leave can be a big incentive. Here are a few reasons to consider incorporating paid leave into your …
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Although the pandemic seems poised for another surge, it’s a good idea to start thinking about the future of construction after it ends. COVID-19 has taken its toll on the construction industry, but there are a lot of reasons to be optimistic about the future. Here are a few things to think about, if you are considering a career in …
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As you start to prepare for the contractor licensing exam, you may take advantage of online learning to help with your studies. Online learning might not be a familiar approach, especially if you haven’t been in school for a while. Here are five reasons you’ll be glad you incorporated online learning into your preparation. You Can Do It Anytime Trying …
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On occasion, you might decide to buy a new piece of technology. When you are gearing up to start your own business as a licensed contractor, it’s reasonable to wonder which devices will help you in your future business. And if you’re thinking about buying a laptop to help with your studies, you might be making a wise decision. Here’s …
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When you run a small contracting business, every worker is an integral part. You need all pieces of the puzzle working correctly, or you won’t have a complete picture at the end. But what happens when you have an employee or subcontractor who isn’t meeting your needs? Here are several things you can try to help them be in a …
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You’d be hard-pressed to find a person who doesn’t spend any time on social media. In fact, you probably can’t scroll without seeing some article about screen time. But for a modern business, engagement with social media platforms is a must. As a business owner, you’ll use a lot of practical skills that help you run your business more effectively. …
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For most projects, you’ll need to order a variety of construction materials. If you’re smart, you’ll have a system for handling those materials when they go in and out. That way, you always know what you have and where it is. Here are a few tips that you can use to improve your management of construction materials. Use Technology Many …
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If you have been working in the field for years, building up the experience you need to qualify to get your contractor license, you might think you know everything you need to know. Taking the exam is a completely different experience, and it’s one that you should take seriously if you want to succeed. Here are five reasons you’ll be …
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You may have heard that California has a lot in the pipeline for construction over the next decade. It’s definitely a great reason to get invested in the industry as soon as possible. Transportation may be a very big part of that growth, especially as various governments and companies try to find ways to better connect the state. Here are …
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In the early years of your contracting business, you might be looking for any reasonable clients that you can find. It’s common to earn the business of your friends or family members as a way of growing your income and your credibility. But although the people around you may be eager to help you out, it isn’t always a good …
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Getting profits from your business seems like it ought to be simple. You spend a certain amount of money on each project, and the money you make on top factors into your profits. In order to get enough money, you’ll need to research and set your profit margins. The amount depends on industry norms as well as your own business’s …
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You probably know at least a few people who hired a friend or relative to do some work for them instead of hiring a licensed contractor. That might seem like an easy way for people to get what they want, but it’s full of problems. In fact, unlicensed contractors can make life a lot harder for reliable, honest contractors like …
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