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For many, social media is simply a way to interact with the world. For the budding entrepreneur, it is a gateway to big business opportunities. With these seven social media tips, you can extend your online reach and get people talking about what your company has to offer. Know Your Target Demographic Almost seven in 10 people spend at least …
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These days, it seems that 3D printers can create almost anything, from fire arms to prosthetic body parts. They are rapidly changing the way that manufacturers create useful goods, and pose many interesting questions for the future of the construction industry. Here’s how you can get on board, to use 3D printers or incorporate them into your contracting business. What …
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Starting a career path that begins with a thorough education is both exciting and a little daunting. If you have been out of the school scene for many years, or if you are new to the idea of online education, you may need a little help to ease the transition. With these tips, you can make studying easier and more …
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When you start to bid on jobs for clients, you may realize immediately that communication is key. If you ask questions in the right way, you will get better answers. Here are a few tips to help your clients communicate what they expect from the project. Start With Goals for the Project As you start talking to customers, you will …
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When you start your contracting business, you have to make some practical decisions about purchasing or renting equipment. With these tips, you can make a useful long-term investment for your business. What Is the Cost to Rent vs Buy? The first aspect you want to determine is cost, since what you pay matters a great deal for your bottom line. …
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Construction is a competitive field with an amazing amount of growth potential. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that construction jobs will increase in number about 5-10 percent by 2024. This means that the industry is growing faster than the average, with average pay about 17 percent higher than the national average. Licensed workers in some positions are …
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Working on an existing building requires extra care, to avoid damaging anything that is already there or may be brought onto the property. Insurance is key to keeping everything in the project moving smoothly, even when you literally hit an obstacle. With these tips, you can inform your clients about the practical uses of builder’s risk insurance, and whether or …
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Busy contractors spend most of their day out in the field where they work more with tools than with people. In a busy day, customer communications can easily fall by the wayside, leading to poor client relationships and customer disputes. These tips will help you avoid disputes with customers and develop productive relationships with your clients. Talk First, Email Second …
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Many people turn to the contracting industry because they want to be their own boss, instead of work for someone else. Contracting is a great way to earn a living while improving people’s lives and experiencing something different every day. Try these 10 tips to grow your contracting business and find success in the long term. 1. Join a Professional …
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In the construction business, change is a constant. Construction is impacted by the economy, the real estate market, home design, and much more. You’ll weather the market shifts with less stress if you have one or more niches in which you specialize. Learn why niches are key and how to choose your niche. Why Every Contractor Needs a Niche There …
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Skilled subcontractors will help you tackle complicated projects with ease, meet your project deadline, and expand your service offerings. Learn how to find and hire good subcontractors. Where to Find Good Subcontractors Ask around your personal network, beginning with your existing subcontractors and any other contractors you know. Trades professionals are always happy to recommend a good person. If your …
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Experienced contractors groan when they hear the phrase “scope creep.” They know that this little term spells headaches, late nights, and long conversations with clients until the difference in your visions is resolved. Learn what scope creep means, why it’s a contractor’s nightmare, and how to prevent it in your jobs. What is Scope Creep? Scope creep refers to the …
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As a general contractor, you can earn a median income of $89,300 annually, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Whether you’re switching careers or finishing up a contractor education, learn what skills are necessary to find success as a contractor.
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While modular homes are not new, experts are forecasting they will claim a larger market share in the future. Since modular homes are becoming more popular, what do builders need to know about working with prefab homes vs. conventional homes? Why Consumers Are Choosing Modular Homes   Compared with a new construction home, modular homes have a cheaper price point. …
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Think back to your old studying habits in high school. How well did they work? If you are like most people, your favorite method of studying was to read the book, look up what you didn’t understand, and hope like heck you could remember the material when test time came around. Does this sound familiar? If so, you are one …
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2017 is expected to be a booming year for the construction industry with single family homes leading the way. In this blog, we review the predictions and make a few of our own. Much of the US Housing market is strong, and in many states such as California, New Mexico, South Carolina, and Idaho, the housing market has fully recovered …
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The B2B business connection between one contractor and another is not about competition but about creating a better end product and improved customer satisfaction. It is also about developing win-win relationships that boost your business and the business of your B2B partners. Keep reading to learn why this is important. The Customer and Marketing You might have noticed in recent years …
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An article that appeared in Fortune points out that Airbnb is on target to profit by $3 Billion by 2020. That is a lot of growth and something on which contractors should focus. There are a lot of construction opportunities around hot industries such as the travel industry which Airbnb is driving. How many construction opportunities do you miss? Do You Have …
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Throughout your career, you’ll probably receive a large pile of invitations, notices, advertisements, and other mail for this conference or that symposium demanding that you REGISTER TODAY! So, you can pay an “early bird” ticket price now, rather than a more expensive “at the door” price later. But why should you go anyway? You’ve got better things to do and …
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There are many opportunities in the construction industry, and many of those opportunities are perfect for small businesses and new construction companies. Is specialization right for you?  In this blog, we discuss some of the considerations of starting a construction company that specializes. What’s Your Passion? Someone once said when your job is doing what you love, it isn’t work. Do …
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