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As a contracting business owner, you’ll probably pay for a variety of services. You may have subcontractors who do some part of the construction for you. You’ll probably also need other services, like accounting, printing, inventory management, and more. Here are a few ways that you can shop around for services, to ensure you can choose the best one. Search …
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When you’re studying for the contractor licensing exam, one of the best places to really focus is at home. But when the home is stuffed full of noise and chaos, you might not get a lot of good reading or practice there. Focus is important, so it’s worth testing out a few different locations that will work better. Try these …
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Spring is a great time to take stock of what you have and get it in order. Before you know it, you’ll be busy with projects and have less time for organization. If your workspace is in need of some care, you can get it into shape without a ton of work. Here are five things you can look at …
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Some people are born students. And then there is the rest of us. Not everyone is destined to have the kind of ideal focus that makes it so much easier to study and retain information. In many cases, you have to trick your brain into thinking that you know just what to do. Here are a few things you can …
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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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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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Is the New B-2 Remodeling Contractors License Right for Your Contracting Business? Last year, California’s government proposed and approved a law that would create a new license for remodeling contractors. This license, called B-2, is somewhat different from other contractor licenses.  Here’s what you need to know about the new license and how you can determine if it is the …
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Does it feel like the workday drags on? Do you wish you could have energy that didn’t make you feel jittery or make it harder to focus? What you eat may make a difference. Although your diet isn’t the only way that you can reset your ability to work, it may affect your energy level in ways that you did …
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One of the things that the pandemic highlighted for businesses is that they really need a leave policy, particularly for sickness but also for vacation. If you don’t have a way of determining how you will take time off, you’ll have a hard time establishing a protocol for employees as well. Here are a few factors to consider as you …
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When you think about starting a contracting business, you often think about the skills you’ll need to run it. No one said anything about being able to communicate with all of your clients, but that’s one of the most important things. In many cases, you’ll find that your clients can speak English but would rather communicate in a language they …
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Construction is famous for early starts and long days. Once you get used to it, it may feel like second nature. But at the beginning, and especially on a bad night of sleep, you may struggle to stay alert. The problem is that you need to be wide awake to perform your tasks. Here are five ways you can help …
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Saving up to start a business is hard. You may need tens of thousands of dollars or more to get started, depending on the field you choose. When you think about those numbers, it’s tempting to look for a private investor. Consider these factors to help you make the right choice for your business. Investors vs. Business Loans As you’re …
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If you happen to own a lot with a fair bit of room to move, you might wonder if you can just run your business there. While a lot of contracting business owners take this route, there are a few things you should know first. Keep these considerations in mind as you make a decision. Research Guidelines Before evaluating your …
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Most people start a business because of what they get out of it, but you should also think about what you’re putting in. Investment doesn’t just mean money, although money makes a big difference. Your time and your work can pay off in ways you might not expect. These five ways that you can invest in your business may help …
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In a world with plenty of competition, your contracting business’s reputation is important. When you start out, you don’t really have a reputation outside the people who know you personally. That means you’ll need to build one. After all, no reputation is almost as troubling as a bad one. Here are a few things you can do to help ensure …
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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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In years past, construction wasn’t a field people could do for decades without risking long-term problems related to hard manual labor. Machines have improved it somewhat, but you still probably spend most of your time doing some physical activity. To keep your body in ideal condition for as long as possible, you should try these five exercises. Squats For people …
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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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The best way to ensure that you get paid on time for your contracting business, and pay all of your bills, is to keep good records. But if you don’t have a lot of experience with it, and you can’t hire someone to do it for you, you’ll need to get up to speed. The good news is that there …
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