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When you put a lot of information in writing and start to build some long-lasting customer relationships, you might end up with a whole lot of paperwork. With these tips, you will know how to decide what to save, the safest methods of discarding unneeded documentation, and what you really need to print. What to Keep You do have some …
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According to a piece that was first published in USA Today, general construction rates in the United States are significantly higher this year than they were during the same period of time in 2014. Though this is certainly good news for the industry, one factor is complicating matters: a shortage of qualified and mission-critical employees is happening at the same …
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You go to draw out a simple design for a customer, only to realize that you left your paper in the truck. Now your client wants to keep the sketch, and you’re not sure how best to get it to them. What if you could just bring out a tablet and have everything ready to go? These web-based tools help …
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If you have spent some time researching online marketing for your construction business, you probably already understand that having a solid online presence is key. But, how do you know that you have a solid online presence? With these tips and tools, you can get back-end analysis of your marketing approaches. That way, you can target your budget in the …
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Sometimes, the cost of materials or labor goes up. You might have to raise prices or risk cutting your margins too low. With these ideas, you can position a new pricing scheme in a way that is least likely to frustrate repeat customers. Evaluate the Needs of Your Customer Base If you want to deliver your message in the best …
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As any test preparation business will tell you, knowing the subject and being able to perform well on the test can be two completely different things. Use these tips to revisit your test-taking skills and see if you can sharpen your focus, quell exam panic and do even better than you expected. Study Regularly and Avoid Cramming Some people prefer …
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If you have a project that requires a construction general permit, the state of California says you may need to create a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan with a qualified developer. Even if stormwater runoff management is not a part of your regular business dealings, you will probably have instances where you work on a project that requires an SWPPP. Here are the …
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The moment you take the licensing exam is often the culmination of years of preparation. Here’s what to expect (and what you should bring with you), so that everything goes off without a hitch. Where to Go When you apply for a particular examination, you must wait for approval before you can take the actual test. There are several testing …
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  Communicating with clients is absolutely vital to the success of your contracting business. The trouble is that sometimes, it’s not clear exactly how you should be writing for them. These tips help you determine the best communication styles to use for residential, small business and corporate clients. Getting Started When you are just starting out, you have to figure out your …
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In your contracting business, you learn quickly that your margins will make or break your ability to pay your bills (and yourself). Setting fair prices for the work you do and improving your overall business efficiency is key to keeping your business afloat. This guide identifies ways that you can increase your profit margins wherever you can. Market Value Over …
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Once you get a little more established in your contracting business, you might decide to rebrand it. Perhaps you don’t like the name you originally made, or you want to change it to incorporate a new partner. Maybe you have new services you would like to feature. These tips help you transition from old ways to new opportunities. Develop Your …
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You’ve done all the preliminary work. You have taken the exam and passed. You just cleared one of the biggest hurdles toward your own contracting business. Now what? This guide shows you the next steps. Applying for a License Although getting your application accepted for the licensing exam and then taking it means that you are almost done with the …
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You’ve hit the books every night for many weeks. You’ve become confident in your skills. You have reviewed all the requirements and you can easily prove your work toward them. But how do you know that you’re ready for the exam? If you can answer yes to the items on this checklist, you may be good to take the next …
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Ever since the housing crisis, the construction industry has faced a significant shortage of skilled workers in a variety of fields. With this information, you will understand the extent of construction’s labor shortage, and what that might mean for your future in the industry. Why Is There a Labor Shortage in Construction? The housing crisis dealt a terrible blow to …
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As you start to develop more experience in your chosen field, you might decide to apply for another classification on your contractor’s license. For a small business, adding a new classification might noticeably expand your ability to provide services to various customers. If you think you might be ready, here’s what you need to know. Why Might I Add Another …
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If you have a friend who wants to pursue the same career as you, it’s easy to wonder if you might be able to do even better working together. Although many partnerships lead to a satisfying business relationship for decades, there are a few things you should know before you get started. Take a Trial The best way to learn …
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You have a stack of satisfied clients, but your reviews pages are practically bare. Is there some secret to getting happy customers to rave about it on social media? You bet there is. Here’s how to do it. Create Profiles on Multiple Platforms There are many places that customers might choose to leave a review. You are probably familiar with …
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Taking advantage of the market for new construction requires a working knowledge of the latest trends in homes. From efficient construction practices to outdoor kitchens, there is a huge variety of styles that the modern builders and buyers are eager to employ. Be sure to brush up on these concepts now, because you just might be building them later. Construction …
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When you first enter a jobsite, one of the first things you have to confirm is its security. The construction jobsite can be a major target for theft, vandalism or even terrorism, if it is not properly secured. Your equipment and materials could be at risk, if the site does not have adequate security features and regular monitoring. These technological …
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You’ve got a monthly outgo of money for equipment, supplies, rentals and pay for you and your employees. However, your income might not be nearly as regular. Here are a few tips to maintain your cash flow, so you can keep paying the bills while you work on paying projects. 1. Maximize Income Regularity When you work as a contractor, …
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