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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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A stack of contractor license papers on a desk.

When you put a lot of information in writing and start to build some long-lasting customer relationships, you might end up with a whole lot of paperwork. With these tips, you will know how to decide what to save, the safest methods of discarding unneeded documentation, and what you really need to print. What to Keep You do have some …
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A man with a contractor license holding a tool belt and tools.
According to a piece that was first published in USA Today, general construction rates in the United States are significantly higher this year than they were during the same period of time in 2014. Though this is certainly good news for the industry, one factor is complicating matters: a shortage of qualified and mission-critical employees is happening at the same …
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A person with a hard hat on typing on a laptop, possibly a contractor.

You go to draw out a simple design for a customer, only to realize that you left your paper in the truck. Now your client wants to keep the sketch, and you’re not sure how best to get it to them. What if you could just bring out a tablet and have everything ready to go? These web-based tools help …
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A contractor license is written on a piece of paper.

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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Two men in hard hats sitting at a table discussing their contractor license.

Sometimes, the cost of materials or labor goes up. You might have to raise prices or risk cutting your margins too low. With these ideas, you can position a new pricing scheme in a way that is least likely to frustrate repeat customers. Evaluate the Needs of Your Customer Base If you want to deliver your message in the best …
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A man, with a contractor license, sitting at a table with an open book in front of him.

As any test preparation business will tell you, knowing the subject and being able to perform well on the test can be two completely different things. Use these tips to revisit your test-taking skills and see if you can sharpen your focus, quell exam panic and do even better than you expected. Study Regularly and Avoid Cramming Some people prefer …
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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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A man with a contractor license is sitting at a desk with papers and a pen.
The moment you take the licensing exam is often the culmination of years of preparation. Here’s what to expect (and what you should bring with you), so that everything goes off without a hitch. Where to Go When you apply for a particular examination, you must wait for approval before you can take the actual test. There are several testing …
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A man with a contractor license working on a laptop at a table.

  Communicating with clients is absolutely vital to the success of your contracting business. The trouble is that sometimes, it’s not clear exactly how you should be writing for them. These tips help you determine the best communication styles to use for residential, small business and corporate clients. Getting Started When you are just starting out, you have to figure out your …
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A construction worker with a clipboard and contractor license in front of a construction site.
June is now here and the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that the 12th through the 18th of June is “Safe + Sound Week,” a nationwide effort to raise awareness for the importance of workplace safety and health programs.  The National Safety Council, American Industrial Hygiene Association, American Society of Safety Engineers, National …
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Networking is one of the elements that makes the business world exciting yet terrifying for some.  It’s neither easy nor natural, but it is a solid way to grow your business organically.  Often you’ll hear the famous last words from small business owners of all types: “I’m just not a sales guy.”  Sales gets a bad rap from time to …
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A construction worker with a contractor license pointing at a construction site.

What comes to mind when you think of the average construction worker?  Steel-toed boots, check.  Hard hat, check.  Toolbelt, check.  Protective gear, check.  It’s pretty easy to pick a construction worker out from a lineup, but that “stock” construction worker look above puts you and your staff in a pool of 5.6 million construction and trade workers.  Worried you might …
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A licensed contractor operates an excavator to dig a hole in a building.

For most people, integrated robotics is a far off science-fiction fantasy that you see on screen and read in books.  When people mention the future, it always involves some type of robotic automation that makes both dangerous labor and repetitive tasks easier.  But what if I told you that in the construction industry, that future is now – and it’s …
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A man with a contractor license is working on a roof with a shovel.
Whether it your client’s house, or your house, the roof overhead is an easy structural piece to take for granted.  Since large parts of California have a relatively mild climate, roof issues aren’t usually top of mind for the local homeowner here.  However just because a lot of homeowners don’t have roof problems does not mean you can trick yourself …
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A licensed contractor is diligently working on a pipe in the ground.

If you’ve ever dealt with excavation and shallow water tables, you’ve probably come across the term dewatering.  Groundwater and construction aren’t friends – there’s hardly a jobsite out there that doesn’t require some water removal.  Construction dewatering is an important preliminary task in which groundwater or surface water is removed from a site, typically by pumping or excavation.  This process …
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Spend some time out on construction sites and you’ll see that they are noisy places.  Loud pneumatic tools, earth-moving machinery, and the large vehicles noise can really take a toll on your ears.  Like most body parts, our ears wear out bit by bit overtime from overuse and overexposure to loud noises.  Hearing loss is a growing problem in the …
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A contractor standing in front of their home.

As our nation continues to grow, develop and change over time, so does the housing landscape.  In 2016 and 2017, population growth in metropolitan cities has slowed for the 5th straight year according to new census data.  Americans are trading in their high-density domiciles inside urban centers for land and low-density living out in sprawling suburbia.  Despite what you hear …
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A contractor license is required to create drawings of a kitchen. These drawings showcase the layout and design of a kitchen, providing visual representation to aid in the construction process.

When it comes to landing residential projects, the magic always resides in the bid itself.  Despite modern homeowners becoming more selective when it comes to construction, you can source good work if you know how to properly calculate your time, materials/labor costs, and subcontractors if needed.  If you’re able to interact with people, listen to their concerns, and propose solutions …
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The construction industry is undergoing a era of change like no other.  The industry itself plugs into so many different sectors that contribute to overall economic growth.  People are looking towards construction to address environmental issues, rebuild aging cities, while using technology to introduce efficient, green, and most importantly, safe practices.  So with the digital revolution underway, what will construction …
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A licensed contractor is laying tile on a floor with a ruler.
Tile installations can be pretty tricky.  Whether you own a tile business or are just doing one-off remodels, tile work can turn into a nightmare in a hurry.  Tile experts know that the craftsman is only as good as his or her set of tools.  The proper tools help speed along installs, create cleaner finished products, and make your life …
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A drone is capturing aerial footage of a construction site at sunset.

Drones on the Job Site? The construction industry is changing quickly; we’re seeing more and more digital technology make its way out to the jobsite.  Drones are the latest and greatest tech that is revolutionizing the way we work. Long before any construction professionals show up, drones can conduct site surveys with high-resolution aerial images, 2D/3D modeling, and detailed terrain …
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A house being remodeled by a certified contractor with scaffolding and a pool.

Exterior Remodeling Projects – How to Easily Add Value with a Few Simple Tweaks Across the country, droves of Americans choose to remodel their houses every year.  Whether they are looking to sell the house on the market or just want to improve the look and feel, homeowners are turning to contractors for expert advice when it comes to updates …
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A group of construction workers, with contractor licenses, looking at blueprints on a rooftop.

Organizing and Planning Succession Within Your Construction Business   Planning for future is often overlooked in the construction industry – many construction professionals have small teams that are swamped with local projects and bids, barely getting their proverbial heads above water.  It’s never too early to get started on creating order, organization, and structure that provides both security and continuity …
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Construction Theft: A Problem Plaguing Jobsites In the construction world, jobsites are home to large amounts of heavy equipment, expensive raw materials, and ancillary resources that are essential to the project’s completion.  Despite large amounts of money invested, construction security is typically overlooked, meaning both thieves and employees can abscond with materials and you’ll be none the wiser at the …
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A contractor is taking a picture of a construction site with a smartphone.
Augmented Reality and the Jobsite Chances are you’ve heard about the modern advancements in virtual reality - for the first time in years, companies like Google and Oculus Rift have engineered and built relatively affordable devices that bring 3D virtual reality to the masses.  Virtual reality has long been a utopian tech dream in our evolving digital culture, embodying a …
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Four construction workers in hard hats reviewing blueprints for building projects.
Regardless of career, industry, or profession - there’s set of myths or misconceptions about certain jobs that people commonly recite as gospel.  You may have heard them over the years...you can’t trust a lawyer; all cops have mustaches; doctors are in it for the money, etc.  Unfortunately, the construction industry is not exempt from these old wives’ tales and stereotypes. …
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Industry Trends Shaping 2017: Construction Business Strategy Every time a new year rolls over, construction business owners and contractors approach the upcoming 12 months with a calibrated balance of optimism and trepidation.  This year’s election cycle closed out a tricky second half of 2016, but regardless of political affiliations or eventual outcomes, construction leaders will need to charge head-first into …
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Fraud and Risk on the Rise For Construction Companies in 2017   Business intelligence experts at Kroll (http://www.kroll.com/en-us/global-fraud-report) have compiled a 2016-2017 global report that describes and forecasts a volatile business world for construction, engineering, and infrastructure companies.  Attacks on private information, digital data, and cyber infrastructure have become so commonplace, security and compliance industry experts are warning business owners …
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