Category Archives: Business growth

Construction worker in reflective vest and helmet, sitting at a makeshift desk outdoors, looks stressed while covering face with hands, with laptop and blueprints nearby.

Something going wrong on a construction site is a matter of “when”, not “if”. Being ready to deal with issues when they inevitably arise is one of the most important skills a contractor – especially a general contractor – needs to have to be successful in this industry. How you handle an issue when it arises speaks volumes about you, …
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A person using a tablet with construction analytics software at a building site with cranes and scaffolding in the background.

In the bustling world of construction, where the clash of hammers and the roar of machines dominate, the calm orchestrator of this chaos is often not a person, but a software. Yes, amidst the steel and dust, project management software emerges as the unsung hero. So, if you’re a California contractor looking to steer clear of mayhem, here are the …
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Three construction workers in safety gear assisting an injured colleague on the floor in an industrial setting.

Attention all California contractors: a new law is on the horizon that will significantly impact the way you operate. Starting January 1, 2026, all licensed contractors in the state will be required to carry workers’ compensation insurance, regardless of whether they have employees or not. This new regulation, passed by the California legislature, is designed to protect workers and ensure …
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Two people shaking hands over a desk with construction blueprints, a hard hat, and toolkit nearby, indicating a business agreement or partnership in a construction setting.

Hiring a contractor to do work on your home in California? Or maybe you’re engaging a subcontractor as a general contractor? In either case, you may wonder whether it’s illegal to hire an unlicensed contractor to perform the work you need done. You probably know by now that it’s illegal in the state of California to do construction work without …
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A technician in a blue hard hat and plaid shirt taking notes on a clipboard near outdoor hvac units.

Licensed HVAC contractors are very busy people. From installing, repairing, and maintaining the systems that cool, heat, and ventilate our air, these C-20 specialty license-holding heroes – like you – are responsible for keeping us comfortable indoors year-round. Whether your concerns are more residential or if you want to know about HVAC news for commercial spaces, this guide is for …
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Whether you are an individual or a business looking to get started on construction and renovation projects, the path to obtaining a contracting license can be a daunting one. As we’ve covered in previous articles, it costs a lot of money just to get yourself in a position to apply for a contractor’s license – let alone become a licensed …
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What is the Minor Work Exemption? The Minor Work Exemption in California allows certain types of construction work to be performed without a contractor’s license. This exemption, outlined in California Business & Professions Code Section 7048, applies when the aggregate contract price for labor, materials, and all other items is less than $500. The work is considered of casual, minor, …
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You need to know so many different things to be a successful licensed contractor in California. From passing the CSLB Law and Business exam to knowing how to register as a business in California, to knowing the ins and outs of your local zoning and business codes — there’s a billion areas of knowledge that require a contractor’s understanding and …
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General Contractors: Team Captain The general contractor (GC) is the linchpin of on-site activities, making sure that everything runs smoothly, on-time and on-budget. They’re the ones actually getting their hands “dirty”, so to speak, working on the site itself and making sure that everything is going according to plan. With guidance from the CM and the PM, GCs are actively …
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Two workers in blue overalls installing a gypsum board on a ceiling in a building under construction.

If you’re a contractor, a journeyman, an apprentice or someone just normally interested in a career in construction, there’s a good chance you have your eye on someday becoming a general contractor. It’s an appealing proposition – general contractors make good money and doing inspections isn’t nearly as punishing on the body as a day of laying grout. And yet, …
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Two construction workers in safety vests shaking hands at a construction site, with one holding blueprints.

As a contractor in California, you may be wondering if joining a California Contractor Trade Association is worth it. Trade associations take time and energy to invest into, but the rewards from joining them can be absolutely worth the effort. This article will delve into the advantages and potential drawbacks of joining a California Contractor Trade Association, drawing on information …
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Are you about to take the California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) exam and you’re freaking out because you think you might fail it?  Or maybe you’re heading back from the exam right now, stunned to read a number on the screen that was less than the 72% needed to pass the exam? Either way, you’ve got the intrusive thought …
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As a California contractor, you spend a good amount of time swimming around in a sea of paperwork, codes, fees, rules and regulations – business licenses are no exception. Who would have thought that a construction career would have so much…paperwork? After all, the whole reason we got into this business in the first place is so you can make …
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As climate change looms large over California, state authorities have rapidly expanded and evolved water conservation initiatives across the state – all of which affect contractors in particular. For contractor license holders, these evolving regulations not only present challenges to how you operate, but they are also a rich source of opportunity to leverage sustainability into success.  Let’s explore how …
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A construction worker in a hard hat and high visibility vest sits against a wall, looking stressed and holding his head.

Ask any contractor what the most important piece of equipment they have and they’ll all tell you the same thing. It’s not a screwdriver or a laptop or a backhoe.  No, the most important piece of equipment any contractor can have is a little number in a database: their contractor’s license. Not only is a contractor’s license a testament to …
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Nobody wants to hire an unlicensed contractor, but what happens if a homeowner or property owner is tricked by a specifically slick contractor? What happens if a homeowner hires someone that they didn’t realize was actually unlicensed? In either case, there’s serious criminal consequences to performing unlicensed construction work in California and beyond – and depending on the situation, homeowners …
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As a contractor in California, your license is your livelihood. However, there are several reasons why your license may be suspended, including failure to renew on time, disciplinary action by the Contractors State License Board (CSLB), or failure to comply with state regulations. If your license has been suspended, it’s important to know what steps to take to address the …
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A worker kneels to measure tile placement with a red level on a partially finished floor, mortar and tools nearby.

Do you need a contractor’s license in California to do construction work?  The answer is: yes, in most cases, you need a contractor license to legally perform construction work. Usually.  There are some big exceptions, depending on the size and scope of your work so read on to see what types of construction jobs require a contractor license in California. …
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A construction worker in a hard hat measures a large dollar sign with a spirit level at a construction site.

Thinking about becoming a contractor and want to know how much you can expect to make? Look no further. Although California’s construction scene is diverse, with dozens of trades and specializations working across every category of construction you can imagine, there’s some reliable, general data that you can use to plan your future as a contractor.  So without further ado, …
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As a contractor in California, your license is your livelihood. However, there are several reasons why your license may be suspended, including failure to renew on time, disciplinary action by the Contractors State License Board (CSLB), or failure to comply with state regulations. If your license has been suspended, it’s important to know what steps to take to address the …
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Time is money, and if you’re a contractor in California, you know that obtaining your contractor’s license as quickly as possible will save you tons of time and money.  However, the process can be confusing and overwhelming, and many contractors make mistakes that can delay or even prevent them from getting their license. Even a week’s delay in getting your …
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If you’re a licensed contractor in another state and you want to work in California, you may be able to transfer your out-of-state contractor’s license to California via a process called reciprocity.  It can take a TON of time and effort to get your California contractor license if you go via the traditional route, and for contractors who want to …
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Without prior experience, getting a contractor’s license in California can be difficult. But it’s definitely doable if you’re armed with the proper knowledge. In this article, we will walk you through how to earn a contractor license in California – even if you have no experience. Here’s how you can get your contractor license in without experience: Step 1: Identify …
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After a long day on the job site, it’s good to know that you can go home and have some relaxation time. One of the biggest benefits of running your own business is that you can have the satisfaction of doing something big, and still be able to enjoy a break. Here are a few ways you can reward yourself …
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When you’re trying to get the business of a new client, it’s common for people to ask you if they can see a portfolio. Portfolios are an excellent way to show off past work that you’re proud of, and give prospective customers visual evidence of your knowledge and skills. Here are five tips to help you build a great one. …
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Changing careers is a big decision. You might have friends or family members who have concerns about making such a choice. In a lot of cases, people worry because they don’t understand the modern construction industry or the amazing things you can do in it. Here are five myths and facts about starting a career in construction. Myth 1: You …
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With springtime often comes flooding in California. Although you can guess where flooding is likely, it’s not always a guarantee that other places are safe. It’s tempting to let the rain flow and hope that it works for the best, but you may be setting up your business for disaster if you don’t take care of it now. Here are …
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Construction wasn’t meant to be easy, but sometimes we make it harder than it has to be. Running a contracting business isn’t supposed to break you. It should be sustainable. Here are five ways you can ensure that it will continue to work for you, now and in the future. Warm Up Getting ready for work involves more than just …
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Starting a business costs money, and sometimes it’s hard to figure out where it should come from. Although a lot of business owners get different types of business loans, it can be difficult to know when is the right time, and how you should use them. With this information, you’ll be able to understand the basics of financing a business …
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