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In this industry, you learn as much from practice and guidance as you do from study. That’s why you have to spend a fair bit of time gathering experience under a licensed contractor before you can attempt the exam and get a license of your own. While you’re working on your own qualifications, you have an excellent opportunity to learn …
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Does your contractors licensing school have to be local, or can you save a few dollars by traveling farther?

We have always felt that it’s important to get the lessons you need in your own neighborhood. That’s why we have 25 different campuses around the state – we want to make it as convenient and affordable as possible for you to learn, while still giving you the very best education from experienced construction professionals.
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The California State Licensing Board requires you to have four years of experience before you can take a licensing exam. With the completion of certain types of degree and certificate programs, you may be able to waive up to three of those years. This means that some people can get a license with one year of practical experience. No matter …
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A lot of the time, people who start a contracting business begin with exactly one employee–themselves. If you are really good at time management and you have a lot of time and energy to devote, this might seem fairly straightforward. However, it can be hard to avoid overextending yourself and put your health (and your projects) at risk. Here are …
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The construction industry labor shortage is well-known, and it’s not going away anytime soon. If you can’t keep or even find good employees, the quickest answer may be to rent them from a qualified organization. Here’s how it works, and what you need to know to be sure you hire someone who will get the job done. What Is a …
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Whether you’re sitting in a downpour in San Diego or facing five-foot snowdrifts high in the Sierra-Nevadas, you want to be prepared for the weather. The one truth about winter is that it can put any contractor at risk. Here’s a few tips to ensure that you can finish your projects without injuring yourself or your employees. Keep Tabs on …
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When you run a business in the construction industry, you may have to manage a lot of available materials. If you spend a lot of your work time at jobsites or on the road, you might not be able to quickly check your warehouse. Inventory management is the key to keeping your business running smoothly. Here are a few tips …
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It happens every year or two–a big wildfire or flash flood. In the aftermath, cities all over California need good contractors who can rebuild their homes and businesses. It’s a time when stress and emotions are running high. Here are a few ways you can be a respected source of information and service for people when they need it most. …
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In the busy world of construction, you might be handling sales calls on your way to and from the jobsite. When you get a lead, the trick is to avoid letting it go cold. Try these tips to keep prospective customers interested, and give them everything they need to make the right decision. Make Contact Quickly When clients are at …
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You’ve got the business, and the referrals are coming in. They want to see a portfolio of your past work. But what does this mean, and how do you give it to them in an ideal package? How do you distinguish between your residential and commercial services? Here’s what you should consider putting in your contractor’s portfolio. Make Details Easy …
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When business is booming, you might take on a few employees to help you complete your construction projects or handle administration tasks you don’t have the time to do. Finding good employees is difficult. In an industry with a labor shortage, keeping a great worker can be even harder. Here’s a few tips you can use to ensure that you …
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Despite the recent U.S. tariff on imports of solar energy equipment, the solar industry continues to grow. In fact, this industry offers huge potential for anyone who wants to get on board. If this is an area you’d like to explore with your contracting business, there are a few trends you should watch. Here’s what you need to know. Solar …
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Time and again, insulation proves to be one of the best investments property owners can make for their building’s efficiency. The trick for any good contractor working with insulation is to know what kind of insulation is out there, and how to use it best. In the past few years, there has been some serious innovation. New options and approaches …
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Home inspection is a busy career that allows you to work with real estate professionals, homeowners and buyers to determine the condition of a target property. Since you’re not required to have a contractor’s license in California to be a home inspector, it could be a great way to get into the industry. Here’s how it works. What Is Home …
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Trying to start your business without a ton of money is hard. You either need to save or find some other form of funding. When you ask around, you might get recommendations to focus on savings or credit exclusively. In truth, you’ll probably do best with a balance of the two. Here’s how to figure out what you might need. …
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Protecting your contracting business against financial liability is vital to your ability to succeed. As a business owner, you’ll need to carry a variety of insurance types to protect yourself, your employees and your financial interests. Errors and Omissions insurance is a policy that provides you with support in the event that you have to pay for problems that occur …
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If you have worked in the construction industry, you know that confirming that the environment of the job site is safe from pollutants is an important job. The people who test and remove risky substances are a vital part of every construction project. If you think the career might be a good choice for you, here are a few things …
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Being properly insured can help you keep your business going, even when things go wrong. There are all kinds of policies, and liability insurance backs you when someone blames your business for an error or accident. With this information, you’ll know the common limits of liability insurance policies you might have for your construction business. How Does Liability Coverage Differ …
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From time to time, you will need to consult a lawyer to make sure you conduct business properly. Being able to choose wisely could cut down on the money you spend. These tips outline a few scenarios in which you might expect to hire a lawyer for your contracting business. Designing Contracts When you first start doing work for clients …
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Buying a big piece of equipment is a significant investment. You may be able to deduct a portion of it on your taxes. Here’s a few tax implications you should keep in mind as you plan. Decide on Tax Status There are many different ways you could choose to handle a purchase. Essentially, you have to pick between: buying it …
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