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  In businesses that rely on any kind of technology, there’s a risk that your plan for products and services may eventually become obsolete. While there’s always going to be a market for skilled building services, the way that you and others deliver them will continue to change in the future. The last thing you need is to find yourself …
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  As you gain experience in the construction industry, you’ll realize that there are several different processes that property owners might use to design a project and have it completed. Understanding these unique philosophies, such as Design-Bid-Build and Design-Build, can help you tailor your expectations to the assumptions of the person in charge. With this information, you’ll know the fundamental …
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There’s been a lot of discussion in the news and in politics about the importance of getting more people working in skilled trades, many of which are in the construction industry. If you like the idea of reliable income, plus lots of options for upward movement, it’s not hard to see why construction is becoming such a popular path. Here …
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When you are first looking at ways to set up your contracting business, overhead costs are a big deal. So is the space you need to work. Although everyone dreams of having a warehouse full of equipment that’s paid off and inventory ready to go, you have to start somewhere. For some people, somewhere might be their own homes. Read …
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Construction workers rely on all of their senses to do their jobs in a safe and effective manner. Sometimes, this just isn’t enough. Wearable technology is one way that construction businesses are expanding to make their efforts more accurate and less likely to result in disaster. Here are a few tools that you might consider incorporating into your business practices. …
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About four in five contractors struggle to find subcontractors for any given project. If this has been your experience, you’re certainly in good company. That can still be frustrating, especially knowing that there are good professionals out there with more work than they can take on. If you can’t find the one you need, you risk losing out on lucrative …
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Growing into a leadership position takes time, especially if you’re new to it. But even people with decades of experience can still fall into a problematic pattern with employees whose personality styles don’t work well together. Although you definitely need to supervise your workers to ensure that they are safe and doing their work correctly, micromanaging them can create more …
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The system for payment in your business seems like it ought to be fairly straight-forward. You send someone an invoice, and they should pay it. Of course, few things about business are ever as easy as they seem, and getting paid can be one of them. When clients don’t pay for work that you’ve done, you’ve got a few steps …
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These days, everything you do with your social media accounts can help or hurt your business. Doing nothing at all can sometimes be as detrimental as making a bad post. But if you’re not a social media expert, it can be difficult to know what you’re supposed to do. Here’s how you can evaluate your social media presence, with tips …
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Construction is one of the biggest producers of waste, and managing it correctly is key to keeping your region safe and functional. Battery disposal is an important part of this. Depending on your particular field, you might use and dispose of batteries frequently. This guide identifies California’s battery disposal guidelines, and how you can ensure that you are following the …
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Once you’re ready and have all the necessary paperwork, you can take the contractor licensing exam almost anytime. Yet, some days are better than others, particularly on a seasonal basis. You want to do well on the exam, and a lot of your success depends on which day works best for you. Here are several factors you should consider before …
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No one wants to run a risky business. Yet, you address risk virtually every day in your business dealings. If you want to meet risks head-on and find ways to manage them, there’s no way out but through. Risk management entails more than just physical safety, but money, operations and even scheduling. Looking at your business dealings through the lens …
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The way that your contracting business handles overtime pay depends on a number of factors. Starting next year, the U.S. Department of Labor has set a few new rules concerning them. Specifically, the new minimum salary threshold for employees who don’t get overtime pay is about $35,000 per year. There’s a lot of aspects of the new law to understand, …
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A construction worker with a contractor license is standing in front of a construction site.

When you read articles about the construction labor shortage, it’s mostly with a tone of gloom and doom. Lots of projects are falling behind and whole metro areas need tens of thousands of new units for housing and commercial expansion. Of course, this level of labor shortage means that pretty much everyone in the industry is busy. But in this …
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There’s a lot of new development happening in California right now, but on occasion, you’ll be working in an old building. Historic buildings, and even the ones that are just a few decades old, often need retrofits and other upgrades so that they can stay functional. The problem, of course, is what happens when you get inside and realize that …
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If you have been working in construction for a while, you may already know several people who manage to secure paying contracts without a valid license. Although this route may sometimes seem like the easiest path, here are a few reasons you’ll be glad you did it right the first time. Clients Check for Licenses on All Kinds of Jobs …
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It happens in every aspect of construction, and it could significantly affect you. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are more than just a buzzword in green home improvement circles. You know not to use heavy paints or solvents without good ventilation. There are a lot of products out there that could be causing you or your clients just as much harm. …
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In this industry, hands-on experience is the gold standard. Before you can even apply to take your contractor licensing exam, you have to pick up at least a year or two of practice with a qualified supervisor. If you find a good mentor, you can get a ton of useful information while you are working up to applying for your …
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Starting a business is both timeless and very, very current. You might walk into a bank for a loan, or you could rely on more innovative sources of funding to back your new career as a contractor. Although you will need to consult a financial expert for advice on the best ways to fund your business, it helps to have …
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Skilled subcontractors will help you tackle complicated projects with ease, meet your project deadline, and expand your service offerings. Learn how to find and hire good subcontractors. Where to Find Good Subcontractors Ask around your personal network, beginning with your existing subcontractors and any other contractors you know. Trades professionals are always happy to recommend a good person. If your …
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