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These days, it feels like everyone is burning the candle on both ends. Between your day job, your side hustles and, you know, sleep, it’s hard to imagine finding spare hours to study and take breaks. You can’t have an extra day in every week, but you can maximize each day to its fullest. Follow these tips to get more …
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When you’ve been doing the same tasks for more than a decade, it’s often hard to make yourself keep going through the same safety checks. If you have completed a job accurately and without injury 100 times, you obviously know what you’re doing, right? But there’s a reason all these rules and checklists exist. People who have been working in …
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When you bid on a large-scale private or public construction project, there’s a possibility that you will encounter a Project Labor Agreement. PLAs are often negotiated between property owners and trade unions to set specific terms for hiring, wages and benefits, and rules for workers on the project. Here’s how PLAs can affect you, your business and the people you …
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With a lot of focus on self-driving cars, you knew it was coming. Self-driving vehicles have reached the construction site. The innovation of semi-autonomous construction equipment seems like a futuristic answer to the construction labor shortage, but it’s actually available right now through several companies. Here’s what has been happening in the industry and how self-driving equipment might work with …
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There’s a ton of reasons you might want to give back to the community where you live and work. It helps the people around you, makes a better place to live, and even helps your business. There’s also a ton of ways you can do this. Whether you’ve got time, money or a little extra labor to put in, your …
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Getting ready for the contractor licensing exam takes a lot of study. The right kind of study can help you make sure that the facts come to you when you call them. Follow these tips based on your learning style to stay organized, retain more and avoid wasting time on approaches that don’t work for you. How to Determine Your …
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When you’re trying to get a business off the ground or keep it afloat in its first few years, giving back to the community might be the last thing on your mind. But perhaps it shouldn’t be. Here’s a few reasons that community engagement can benefit your contracting business while helping people in your area. Looks Good to Prospective Workers …
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Where there’s building, there will be pests. Birds, rodents and insects can cause major trouble on the jobsite. If they’re not chewing on the wood, they’re building nests in the structures. They could even harm you while you’re working. Most of the time, they’re a distraction you don’t need. Consider these tips to help keep every jobsite a pest-free workplace. …
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With big plans for construction in California mixed with a labor shortage, trying to balance everything you need for your business can be tricky. There’s a lot of potential for steady work in the next few years. A significant amount of your success hangs on the consistency of your supply chain. Here’s a few ways you can manage your supply …
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After a few decades of the same skyline, big cities often decide it’s time for a change. This could represent a lot of potential for your contracting business. Major metro areas like Los Angeles are engaging in a pattern of urban renewal for residential, retail and commercial spaces. With the right information and a solid plan, you could capitalize on …
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Although the economy (and the construction industry in particular) seems poised for steady growth over the next few years, it’s hard to tell when that might change. Even if the world isn’t swept away by a housing crisis like 2008, your business will have to face an economic downturn from time to time. What companies do to prepare determines which …
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As with many small businesses, securing customers and keeping them content with the process can feel like full-time work all by themselves. Maintaining a high level of customer service is key to establishing and maintaining an excellent reputation for your work. Sometimes, it can be difficult to identify the best things you can do to help each client. Follow these …
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Although much of California is rural, the vast majority of the population gathers around a number of urban centers. The layout and building trends of the metropolitan area you live in can affect the way you run your contracting business. If you’re thinking about moving to a location that will make it easier to get to your target customer base, …
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As a contractor, you may be called upon to make upgrades or repairs to work that clearly did not follow the proper path. Not every construction project needs permits, but many do. A lack of proper permits can be an indicator that the work was not completed to local building codes. This guide helps you ascertain whether or not work …
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If it hasn’t happened to your contracting business yet, it will eventually. You go to a client site to provide a consultation on a project and see that there are all kinds of problems with the existing setup. The client tells you that the person doing the work didn’t obtain a permit, even though you know they should have. Now …
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Being able to say that you work with sustainable construction materials can be a boon for your construction business. When you evaluate supplies for their sustainability, you’re looking at consumption, waste and regeneration. Most materials can be sustainable, but you’ll have to do some research to confirm that your supply line is following best practices. This means that even if …
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As a contracting business owner, you want to provide all the details in your communications with prospective and current customers. The trouble is getting them to read all of it and remember it. If clients can’t get the relevant information from a proposal, email or estimate, they might take up a lot of your time asking for details you’ve already …
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In building, sustainability has certainly become a buzzword. The problem with sustainability is that it can mean different things to different people. Knowing the basics can help you to understand why sustainability is trending, and how you can make it a part of your strategy for your contracting business. Here are the basics of sustainability and how it applies to …
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In building, sustainability has certainly become a buzzword. The problem with sustainability is that it can mean different things to different people. Knowing the basics can help you to understand why sustainability is trending, and how you can make it a part of your strategy for your contracting business. Here are the basics of sustainability and how it applies to …
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Have you ever finished reading a page and realized that you recall almost none of it? Being able to read through documents quickly is a benefit, but only if you can retain the most important points. Preparing for the contractor licensing exams requires a lot of reading, and you will need to do a fair bit in your business, as …
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