Category Archives: Construction

With big plans for construction in California mixed with a labor shortage, trying to balance everything you need for your business can be tricky. There’s a lot of potential for steady work in the next few years. A significant amount of your success hangs on the consistency of your supply chain. Here’s a few ways you can manage your supply …
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Being able to say that you work with sustainable construction materials can be a boon for your construction business. When you evaluate supplies for their sustainability, you’re looking at consumption, waste and regeneration. Most materials can be sustainable, but you’ll have to do some research to confirm that your supply line is following best practices. This means that even if …
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They happen several times a year, and they have the potential to really mess up your timelines. The holidays may be a time for making merry or getting together with family and friends, but you also want to be sure you can stick to your schedule for your contracting business projects. Here are a few tips you can use to …
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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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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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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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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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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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Did you know that what you don’t do at a jobsite may be as important as what you do? Clean-up before, during and after a project isn’t just a good business practice. This guide identifies some of the regulations you have to follow for proper site preparation and clean-up. Soil and Environmental Testing Before you start to dig at a …
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When the days are short, the nights are long and the weather is inconsistent, it can be more difficult to make progress with your education. If you want to make 2018 the year you become a licensed contractor, you can use these tips to increase your studying success, no matter what the temperature is like outside. Keep a Comfortable Temperature …
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If you prepared to start your business under tax rules that ended in 2017, you should know that a lot of factors are about to change, especially for businesses. From tax rates on businesses to the kinds of deductions homeowners are allowed to claim, tax reform has the potential to influence the way you run your business, as well as …
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You’ve heard the old adage that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. The trick, as it turns out, is never to become an old dog. When you take opportunities to keep your construction education fresh, you will maintain your relevance in the industry and expand your influence. Maintain Existing Licenses and Skills Working as a contractor is not …
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Some parts of the country, like Southern California, can keep running outdoor construction all year long. Others have to take a break due to snow and cold weather. With these tips, you can keep your revenue stream flowing during the slow season. 1. Move Indoors If the weather outside is absolutely miserable, one of the easiest transitions you may be …
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When you start your contracting business, you have to make some practical decisions about purchasing or renting equipment. With these tips, you can make a useful long-term investment for your business. What Is the Cost to Rent vs Buy? The first aspect you want to determine is cost, since what you pay matters a great deal for your bottom line. …
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Construction is a competitive field with an amazing amount of growth potential. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that construction jobs will increase in number about 5-10 percent by 2024. This means that the industry is growing faster than the average, with average pay about 17 percent higher than the national average. Licensed workers in some positions are …
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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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Experienced contractors groan when they hear the phrase “scope creep.” They know that this little term spells headaches, late nights, and long conversations with clients until the difference in your visions is resolved. Learn what scope creep means, why it’s a contractor’s nightmare, and how to prevent it in your jobs. What is Scope Creep? Scope creep refers to the …
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While modular homes are not new, experts are forecasting they will claim a larger market share in the future. Since modular homes are becoming more popular, what do builders need to know about working with prefab homes vs. conventional homes? Why Consumers Are Choosing Modular Homes   Compared with a new construction home, modular homes have a cheaper price point. …
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Think back to your old studying habits in high school. How well did they work? If you are like most people, your favorite method of studying was to read the book, look up what you didn’t understand, and hope like heck you could remember the material when test time came around. Does this sound familiar? If so, you are one …
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The B2B business connection between one contractor and another is not about competition but about creating a better end product and improved customer satisfaction. It is also about developing win-win relationships that boost your business and the business of your B2B partners. Keep reading to learn why this is important. The Customer and Marketing You might have noticed in recent years …
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An article that appeared in Fortune points out that Airbnb is on target to profit by $3 Billion by 2020. That is a lot of growth and something on which contractors should focus. There are a lot of construction opportunities around hot industries such as the travel industry which Airbnb is driving. How many construction opportunities do you miss? Do You Have …
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Throughout your career, you’ll probably receive a large pile of invitations, notices, advertisements, and other mail for this conference or that symposium demanding that you REGISTER TODAY! So, you can pay an “early bird” ticket price now, rather than a more expensive “at the door” price later. But why should you go anyway? You’ve got better things to do and …
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There are many opportunities in the construction industry, and many of those opportunities are perfect for small businesses and new construction companies. Is specialization right for you?  In this blog, we discuss some of the considerations of starting a construction company that specializes. What’s Your Passion? Someone once said when your job is doing what you love, it isn’t work. Do …
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A home-based construction company is clearly not going to work well out of an apartment but for some property owners, home based is the perfect location for starting a small construction company. In fact, there are many benefits for starting small at home and building your empire. Inside, we look at a few of these benefits so you can start …
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A home-based construction company is clearly not going to work well out of an apartment but for some property owners, home based is the perfect location for starting a small construction company. In fact, there are many benefits for starting small at home and building your empire. Inside, we look at a few of these benefits so you can start …
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It’s July, and we’re in the thick of summer now.  The days are longer, the sun is hotter, and that means the dangers of heat stress and heat-related illness are on the rise.  In California we have extra hot summers where more daylight hours should mean more productivity, but the extreme heat index and humidity have different plans.  Acknowledging this …
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Good news! The construction industry future is looking bright – commercial, residential, and industrial construction specialty lines are reporting strong year-over-year growth and forecasting steady increases in total projects and revenue into the foreseeable future. This sounds great on paper and it has many construction professionals charging ahead to grow their operations while the numbers are good and the outlook …
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So you’ve heard all about “going green” in construction circles.  It’s all too easy to list flimsy details like solar panels, recycled materials, and alternative power sources that make us all feel good about being eco-friendly in the way.  While these things convince both normal people and construction professionals that they are mindful of the Earth, have you considered that …
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