If it hasn’t happened already, we can assure you that there will probably come a time in your career as a California licensed contractor that you’ll want to bid on a very large project. And when you get it, you’ll quickly discover two things: first, that it’s a great feeling, and second, that you might suddenly start to wonder if you’re in over your head.
To help relieve that second feeling and make your first few big projects into profitable successes, here are our top five tips for managing and executing a big construction job:
1. Plan meticulously. The easiest way to fight nervousness (and to prevent unexpected emergencies) is to have a detailed plan for the project. Put down hours, dates, materials, and any other factors you can think of into a detailed spreadsheet or flowchart. That way, you can always stay on top of the things that matter most.
2. Get the right advice. If you really want great advice, talk to someone who has been there before. Specifically, seek out a contractor who has worked on similar types of projects, or maybe one who has dealt with the client or project site in the past. They can tell you what matters, and what to look out for.