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Worker’s compensation is a crucial aspect of running a contracting business, and understanding its importance from a CSLB (Contractors State License Board) perspective is essential. Let’s explore why worker’s compensation matters and how it benefits both you and your employees. Why Worker’s Compensation is Important Legal Requirement: Compliance: In California, all contractors with employees are required by law to carry …
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If you’re looking to get your contractor license in California, understanding the CSLB (Contractors State License Board) licensing process is essential. Whether you’re just starting out or expanding your business, navigating this process can be straightforward with the right guidance. Let’s break down the steps to help you get your contractor license smoothly. Step 1: Determine Your License Classification The …
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Ever wondered what it takes to be the next Stephen Fanuka, the famed “Million Dollar Contractor”? With his remarkable journey from custom cabinetry to high-end residential projects, Fanuka’s story is a testament to hard work, quality, and a bit of media savvy. Let’s dive into what makes him a standout and how you can follow in his footsteps. From Humble …
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Hey contractors! Estimating construction costs accurately is vital for the success of your projects and the growth of your business. Mistakes in cost estimation can lead to budget overruns, project delays, and even financial losses. Here’s how to avoid the most common pitfalls with real-world examples and tips on managing scope creep. Let’s get started! 1. Not Conducting a Thorough …
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In today’s digital world, General B Contractors are using social media to take their businesses to the next level. They’ve figured out how to use these online platforms to get more leads, build their brand, and connect with customers. In this article, we’ll explore the strategies these contractors are using to succeed on social media and show you how you …
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Something going wrong on a construction site is a matter of “when”, not “if”. Being ready to deal with issues when they inevitably arise is one of the most important skills a contractor – especially a general contractor – needs to have to be successful in this industry. How you handle an issue when it arises speaks volumes about you, …
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In the bustling world of construction, where the clash of hammers and the roar of machines dominate, the calm orchestrator of this chaos is often not a person, but a software. Yes, amidst the steel and dust, project management software emerges as the unsung hero. So, if you’re a California contractor looking to steer clear of mayhem, here are the …
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Attention all California contractors: a new law is on the horizon that will significantly impact the way you operate. Starting January 1, 2026, all licensed contractors in the state will be required to carry workers’ compensation insurance, regardless of whether they have employees or not. This new regulation, passed by the California legislature, is designed to protect workers and ensure …
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You might recall from reading our post about Why California Construction Business is Booming in 2024 that residential construction, specifically, is currently in high demand. For contractors looking to stay busy and build out their careers, it would make sense to invest some time into thinking about what it takes to become a residential general contractor. This article provides a …
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Are you a California contractor moving to Florida? Or a Florida contractor packing up and heading West? Or maybe you’re in another state and wondering which of these two popular areas of the country is best for construction contractors? We’ve got you covered. In this article, we’ll take a look at the basics for contractors looking to make the jump …
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There’s a chance that you’ve heard something about potential changes coming to California legislation regarding workplace safety. In recent years, several discussions have brought about a change in the way that California businesses view workers’ comp overall. One major topic influencing this is California Assembly Bill 5 also known as AB5. In 2019, when AB5 was signed into law, the …
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There’s no way around it, builders and property owners working on making changes to buildings and structures must keep safety and quality in construction practices at the top of their minds. So whether you’re a seasoned contractor or a novice observer of California building codes, this guide will help you remain compliant throughout your construction projects. We will cover the …
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For clients and homeowners sorting out budget details for their construction projects, the question of whether or not contractors pay for materials is bound to come up. The answer to this question relies on the terms of the written contract, and the scope of the project, and it also relies on spoken agreements made between the contractor and their client. …
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For contractors looking to commit their careers to keeping the world clean, fresh, and safe, the C-42 Sanitation License is the way to go. In this comprehensive guide, we are going to spell out what this license is all about, how it relates to and differs from the C-36 Plumbing License, and also what you’ll need if you want to …
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Thinking about getting into the small but lucrative world of elevator installation, maintenance, and modernization? Good idea! As California continues to address its well-documented housing problem, elevator contractors will continue to be in high demand. Just think about all the new apartment complexes you’ve seen in your area in recent years – all of them need someone to do their …
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For better or worse, construction work is a risky business. Mistakes happen, damages are incurred, and compensation must be paid to make it right. Independent construction contractors – usually Class C contractors – who get hired for specific aspects of construction projects know this well, so the cost of insurance might weigh heavy on the mind. General contractors oversee a …
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Asking for a friend? Only kidding – if you’re here, you’re probably wondering who is and is not eligible for locking down a general contractor’s license. It makes sense that so many people want to be a general contractor. This lucrative career path involves overseeing large construction projects that can reap huge rewards for contractors – providing a way for …
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Hiring a contractor to do work on your home in California? Or maybe you’re engaging a subcontractor as a general contractor? In either case, you may wonder whether it’s illegal to hire an unlicensed contractor to perform the work you need done. You probably know by now that it’s illegal in the state of California to do construction work without …
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Licensed HVAC contractors are very busy people. From installing, repairing, and maintaining the systems that cool, heat, and ventilate our air, these C-20 specialty license-holding heroes – like you – are responsible for keeping us comfortable indoors year-round. Whether your concerns are more residential or if you want to know about HVAC news for commercial spaces, this guide is for …
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As we dig into another year, it’s good to check in with the state and federal landscaping laws that keep contractors and their clients safe from project to project. It’s important to remember that local ordinances and special permitting for landscaping are often city or neighborhood-specific. So after reviewing these broad strokes, check with the authorities who govern the area …
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