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No one wants to run a risky business. Yet, you address risk virtually every day in your business dealings. If you want to meet risks head-on and find ways to manage them, there’s no way out but through. Risk management entails more than just physical safety, but money, operations and even scheduling. Looking at your business dealings through the lens …
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When you have a highly refined set of skills, that often means that you spend your day doing many of the same tasks over and over. Gradually, these movements can lead to strain or injuries to joints and muscles. Although these problems can get better, they can also become chronic or lead to other, more serious conditions. Follow these tips …
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Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve heard plenty about the work habits of people in the Millennial generation. If you feel a little behind in meeting the needs of the new adult workforce (even if you’re a Millennial yourself), it’s time to get up to speed. The oldest members of Generation Z are out of high school and …
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The way that your contracting business handles overtime pay depends on a number of factors. Starting next year, the U.S. Department of Labor has set a few new rules concerning them. Specifically, the new minimum salary threshold for employees who don’t get overtime pay is about $35,000 per year. There’s a lot of aspects of the new law to understand, …
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You expect to show proof of license and insurance, but what about your credit? Can you verify that you are compliant with prevailing wage laws on bids for public projects? Here’s a list of things you need to know before you submit your bid. Bid vs. Estimate There are several instances in which contractors are asked to provide an estimate. …
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When you read articles about the construction labor shortage, it’s mostly with a tone of gloom and doom. Lots of projects are falling behind and whole metro areas need tens of thousands of new units for housing and commercial expansion. Of course, this level of labor shortage means that pretty much everyone in the industry is busy. But in this …
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There’s a lot of new development happening in California right now, but on occasion, you’ll be working in an old building. Historic buildings, and even the ones that are just a few decades old, often need retrofits and other upgrades so that they can stay functional. The problem, of course, is what happens when you get inside and realize that …
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If you have been working in construction for a while, you may already know several people who manage to secure paying contracts without a valid license. Although this route may sometimes seem like the easiest path, here are a few reasons you’ll be glad you did it right the first time. Clients Check for Licenses on All Kinds of Jobs …
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It happens in every aspect of construction, and it could significantly affect you. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are more than just a buzzword in green home improvement circles. You know not to use heavy paints or solvents without good ventilation. There are a lot of products out there that could be causing you or your clients just as much harm. …
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In this industry, hands-on experience is the gold standard. Before you can even apply to take your contractor licensing exam, you have to pick up at least a year or two of practice with a qualified supervisor. If you find a good mentor, you can get a ton of useful information while you are working up to applying for your …
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Starting a business is both timeless and very, very current. You might walk into a bank for a loan, or you could rely on more innovative sources of funding to back your new career as a contractor. Although you will need to consult a financial expert for advice on the best ways to fund your business, it helps to have …
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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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Many governments and organizations are seeking to reduce their carbon footprint. For a lot of people, that means changing the way they think about concrete. Cement, an important component of concrete, is known for its high rate of carbon emissions. A recent innovation is allowing companies to inject carbon into concrete, to create a carbon sink that never releases emissions …
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You don’t have to be an industry leader to know that construction costs too much, takes too long and can be terribly inefficient. A combination of high labor costs and increasing material prices, to say nothing of politics, makes it much more difficult to get the job done and move on to the next one. This means that large-scale construction …
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After the housing crisis, millions of construction professionals left the industry. Now, business is booming, but there aren’t enough people to meet demand. This means that companies are having to pay higher wages and work harder to attract skilled workers for their businesses and projects. People with the right knowledge and experience could secure a great career that was all …
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You’ve heard of sustainability and green building methods. You know that energy efficiency in construction is a way for property owners to save money and reduce their carbon footprint. What you may not know is that other countries have been taking this as far as it will go, for decades longer than the U.S. The “passive house” is just one …
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Summer is under way, and by all signs, this year’s going to be a scorcher. Since this season tends to be the busiest one of the year, you need to plan ahead. Excessive exposure to heat can make it harder for you to complete projects and put you and your employees at risk. This is true even if you’ve lived …
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You push a button on your smartphone, and hire a driver to take you where you want to go. You open another app and here comes dinner. What if you could do that for your contracting business? In truth, the gig economy is spreading into every possible industry, including construction. Find out what’s happening, and how it might represent opportunities …
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With summer right around the corner, you might be thinking about getting away, hitting the beach, or even buying some new clothes… but what about making a bigger change and upgrading your whole life?

Believe it or not, summer can be the perfect time to join us at CSLS and earn your California contractors license. Here are three reasons to register today for classes this summer:
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When you’re getting started as a contractor, you have a couple of options. You can work under another contractor or start your own business. Sometimes, you find an opportunity to take over a thriving company in your field. If you get this chance, you may be able to build a successful career with the help of your predecessor’s hard work. …
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