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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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There are a lot of preparation materials you can use to get ready for the contractor licensing exam. But since every person is unique, there’s a high likelihood that you will show a preference for one type or another. If you’re not sure whether printed books or digital materials are best for your learning style, here’s how you can find …
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When you start a business, it is really tempting to slap your own name on it and call it good. In this online world where you are constantly trying to get ahead of your competition, it may not be enough. You need a brand, something that prospective clients can understand and remember. Here are five things you can do to …
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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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When you first announced to family and friends that you were planning to go into construction, you probably had at least one or two people trying to push you into a technical field instead. In fact, construction uses all kinds of technology, now more than ever. If you’ve got a technical mind and you’d like to see where you can …
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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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You may not think about outdoor air quality all the time. In the past month or two, it’s been hard not to. Air quality can affect the way you work or how you feel while you’re working. In the worst cases, it can make you sick. Since construction is an industry that combines working inside and outside, it makes sense …
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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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Most people don’t decide to go into construction because they love wearing a tailored suit to work every day. But this doesn’t mean that what you wear to a construction site or to meet with prospective clients is unimportant. Sometimes, what you wear can make or break the deal, or even make it more difficult to negotiate. Here are five …
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When you work with clients, you want the important information in writing. It’s not surprising that clients want the same. Documentation is the way that you set expectations and make sure that every aspect of the project, from the initial negotiations to the final payment, are easy to understand. Here are five reasons you’ll be glad you got your business …
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You’ve got the experience and you’ve been approved to take the contractor licensing exam. When you’re one week away from the exam, it might seem like it is going to take forever to arrive. Here’s what you can do to ensure that you have what you need and are in the best shape to succeed. Review Key Concepts Experts in …
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Once you get your contracting business going, you’re going to have periodic drops in the number of jobs available. It happens to everyone, especially in the first few years. But you don’t have to panic, as there are ways you can help ensure that a slow period doesn’t put your business at risk. Here are five things you can do. …
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If you look at the current research on the state of COVID-19, you probably know that experts believe it will come back. Without any reliable information about long-term immunity, it is possible that people can catch the virus over and over again. It’s hard to predict how local and federal government organizations will react to a resurgence of the pandemic, …
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