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Economic experts have been predicting an economic downturn or recession in 2020. While it hasn’t hit the construction industry yet, there is no doubt that the downturn has arrived. With it, many small businesses worry about what this means for the future. Problems in the economy can affect industries in different ways, depending on what they do to corporations and …
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Here in California, environmental crises happen on a regular basis. If it isn’t a pandemic, it’s a series of wildfires or mudslides. Throw in an avalanche or two and an occasional big earthquake, and you’ve covered the state. When these things happen, California contractors have to negotiate with their clients to ensure that they can still finish the job and …
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Some industries have a way of encouraging certain types of people to join, without making it easier for others who might be interested to get involved. You’ll know that you may have a problem when you realize that everyone you work with looks and acts just like you. With a serious labor shortage, construction doesn’t have the luxury of being …
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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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Many businesses, even small ones, offer little perks to employees as a way to keep them happy. Good coffee in the break room or a lunch out on your birthday are a couple of common examples. Larger construction firms sometimes use perks as a way to make a bigger project easier to manage, or simply to ensure workers stay happy …
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Construction costs are up. And while it depends on the part of the state you’re living in, you’re probably already feeling the squeeze. It’s tempting to keep your bid prices and estimates down, especially in the early years when you’re still trying to find a reliable number of clients. But when your costs for materials and labor go up, you …
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  In businesses that rely on any kind of technology, there’s a risk that your plan for products and services may eventually become obsolete. While there’s always going to be a market for skilled building services, the way that you and others deliver them will continue to change in the future. The last thing you need is to find yourself …
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  As you gain experience in the construction industry, you’ll realize that there are several different processes that property owners might use to design a project and have it completed. Understanding these unique philosophies, such as Design-Bid-Build and Design-Build, can help you tailor your expectations to the assumptions of the person in charge. With this information, you’ll know the fundamental …
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There’s been a lot of discussion in the news and in politics about the importance of getting more people working in skilled trades, many of which are in the construction industry. If you like the idea of reliable income, plus lots of options for upward movement, it’s not hard to see why construction is becoming such a popular path. Here …
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When you are first looking at ways to set up your contracting business, overhead costs are a big deal. So is the space you need to work. Although everyone dreams of having a warehouse full of equipment that’s paid off and inventory ready to go, you have to start somewhere. For some people, somewhere might be their own homes. Read …
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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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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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Construction workers rely on all of their senses to do their jobs in a safe and effective manner. Sometimes, this just isn’t enough. Wearable technology is one way that construction businesses are expanding to make their efforts more accurate and less likely to result in disaster. Here are a few tools that you might consider incorporating into your business practices. …
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About four in five contractors struggle to find subcontractors for any given project. If this has been your experience, you’re certainly in good company. That can still be frustrating, especially knowing that there are good professionals out there with more work than they can take on. If you can’t find the one you need, you risk losing out on lucrative …
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Growing into a leadership position takes time, especially if you’re new to it. But even people with decades of experience can still fall into a problematic pattern with employees whose personality styles don’t work well together. Although you definitely need to supervise your workers to ensure that they are safe and doing their work correctly, micromanaging them can create more …
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The system for payment in your business seems like it ought to be fairly straight-forward. You send someone an invoice, and they should pay it. Of course, few things about business are ever as easy as they seem, and getting paid can be one of them. When clients don’t pay for work that you’ve done, you’ve got a few steps …
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These days, everything you do with your social media accounts can help or hurt your business. Doing nothing at all can sometimes be as detrimental as making a bad post. But if you’re not a social media expert, it can be difficult to know what you’re supposed to do. Here’s how you can evaluate your social media presence, with tips …
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Construction is one of the biggest producers of waste, and managing it correctly is key to keeping your region safe and functional. Battery disposal is an important part of this. Depending on your particular field, you might use and dispose of batteries frequently. This guide identifies California’s battery disposal guidelines, and how you can ensure that you are following the …
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Once you’re ready and have all the necessary paperwork, you can take the contractor licensing exam almost anytime. Yet, some days are better than others, particularly on a seasonal basis. You want to do well on the exam, and a lot of your success depends on which day works best for you. Here are several factors you should consider before …
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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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