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When you first start a contracting business, you often make a lot of decisions about your brand without much information or experience. Over time, you might decide that it is time for a change. Businesses rebrand all the time, so it’s not out of the ordinary to wish you could do things differently. Here are five reasons you may want …
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Conflicts inside your contracting business aren’t as complicated as the ones you might have with clients or other contractors, but they can still be stressful. If you want to create an environment where you and your employees can work together in peace, you have to build it from the beginning. Here are five things you can do. Take Time to …
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Once you start your contracting business, your goal will be to set yourself apart from the competition. But how do you do that? Play to your strengths and make sure that you emphasize the things your customers are looking for. Here are a few things you can do. Put Your Best Foot Forward Starting a business and meeting with clients …
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When you run a contracting business, you’ll rely on a lot of electronic information. Construction as a field is slow to innovate, but you might be surprised how much you use devices and tools to access financial information, project plans, and more. That means you’ll need to protect it. Here are a few tips to help keep your data in …
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When you buy something for your business, you have an asset. While you won’t buy everything for your business, it makes sense to buy certain things, like tools or equipment that you use on a regular basis. But what about real estate? Buying land for a warehouse or workspace can be a significant investment, but it often makes sense. Here’s …
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For any serious endeavor, you’re going to need the right kind of tools for the job. The same is true for studying as it is a profession. Having a few things at your disposal can increase your focus and help you get more out of the time you spend. Consider investing in these tools to make your preparation for the …
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Once you pass your exam and can finally start your business, you need to determine how you will do that. Many people go into business without actually starting a business, but that doesn’t mean it’s a wise idea. Starting a business takes a fair bit of investment, including making a decision about whether or not to start a corporation. Here …
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You may already know that running a business requires a lot of skills. Some of them you have learned over time, or you may feel as if you were born with them. Others you will need to pick up or outsource to someone else. While you’re waiting for the ability to open your business, you can start working on these …
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In the first year or two of your contracting business, you’ll have to revise your business practices on a regular basis. At first, it might be as often as project to project. But once you get experience, you’ll want to standardize good business practices so you can repeat them each time. Here’s how. Write Down Processes Chances are, you’ve worked …
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There are lots of ways to take notes while you’re preparing for the contractor licensing exam. Not all of them will be the right one for you, so it helps to have a few different choices. The good news is that you can improve your note-taking and your recall with the right approach. Here are five tips to keep in …
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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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With springtime often comes flooding in California. Although you can guess where flooding is likely, it’s not always a guarantee that other places are safe. It’s tempting to let the rain flow and hope that it works for the best, but you may be setting up your business for disaster if you don’t take care of it now. Here are …
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When you run a business with employees, you may need to get their buy-in when you make decisions. Although you can certainly rule with an attitude that doesn’t accept dissent, that doesn’t always work out very well. Here are a few tips to foster a culture of agreement and collaboration in your contracting business. Hire People You Trust One of …
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When you put in a hard day of work for your contracting business, your work gear will show all the signs. The dust, dirt, and grime is only the beginning. If you want to keep your gear in good condition, you’ll need to learn how to take care of it. Here are a few tips. Treat Based on the Fabric …
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There’s no doubting that the pandemic has created a lot of problems for the construction industry. The labor shortage, which was bad enough in 2020, it’s only getting worse. Experts estimate that the pandemic has cost businesses up to $1 billion per week in wages and lost productivity. Here are a few things to keep in mind, and tips to …
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Studying for the contractor licensing exam is a unique process. It might be the first big test you’ve had to take since you got out of school. That makes studying much more important, especially since you need the license to further your career. Here are five ways to ensure that your mind is in the perfect place for studying. Create …
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In order for you to get clients for your contracting business, you’ll need brand awareness. There are lots of ways that you can do this, but you need a plan. Use these five tips to help get your name, and your business, out there. Make Recognition Easy When you start thinking about what you want to put in a logo …
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Becoming a licensed contractor involves taking an extensive exam to prove your knowledge. Even if you have the skills, you might still worry about how well you’ll do on the test. The good news is that you can prepare, and there are lots of ways to get better. Here are a few to keep in mind. Invest Your Time Think …
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Whenever you break ground on a job site, you may not always know what you are getting into. The soil or the groundwater might be a problem, in addition to anything that is buried there. With these tips, you will know the potential risks you can encounter on the job site, as well as a few ideas for finding them …
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Running a contracting business means being your own boss, but it might also involve being a boss to others as well. If you want a successful business, you’ll need to refine your skills as a manager. Here are a few tips to help you get started. Get Honest Feedback Before you are in a position to start hiring people, it’s …
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