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When you start your contracting business, you’ll begin to build a brand for yourself. Branding is really important because it shows the world the kind of business you run. It also describes what people can expect when they work with you. Follow these five branding tips to help put your business in the best position. Search for Your Business Name …
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Home inspection is a busy career that allows you to work with real estate professionals, homeowners and buyers to determine the condition of a target property. Since you’re not required to have a contractor’s license in California to be a home inspector, it could be a great way to get into the industry. Here’s how it works. What Is Home …
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As a small business owner, you may not be thinking much about the benefits that you can offer your future employees. But it’s becoming more apparent that if you want to hire the best and have a chance of keeping them, paid leave can be a big incentive. Here are a few reasons to consider incorporating paid leave into your …
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Although the pandemic seems poised for another surge, it’s a good idea to start thinking about the future of construction after it ends. COVID-19 has taken its toll on the construction industry, but there are a lot of reasons to be optimistic about the future. Here are a few things to think about, if you are considering a career in …
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As you start to prepare for the contractor licensing exam, you may take advantage of online learning to help with your studies. Online learning might not be a familiar approach, especially if you haven’t been in school for a while. Here are five reasons you’ll be glad you incorporated online learning into your preparation. You Can Do It Anytime Trying …
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On occasion, you might decide to buy a new piece of technology. When you are gearing up to start your own business as a licensed contractor, it’s reasonable to wonder which devices will help you in your future business. And if you’re thinking about buying a laptop to help with your studies, you might be making a wise decision. Here’s …
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When you run a small contracting business, every worker is an integral part. You need all pieces of the puzzle working correctly, or you won’t have a complete picture at the end. But what happens when you have an employee or subcontractor who isn’t meeting your needs? Here are several things you can try to help them be in a …
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You’d be hard-pressed to find a person who doesn’t spend any time on social media. In fact, you probably can’t scroll without seeing some article about screen time. But for a modern business, engagement with social media platforms is a must. As a business owner, you’ll use a lot of practical skills that help you run your business more effectively. …
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For most projects, you’ll need to order a variety of construction materials. If you’re smart, you’ll have a system for handling those materials when they go in and out. That way, you always know what you have and where it is. Here are a few tips that you can use to improve your management of construction materials. Use Technology Many …
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If you have been working in the field for years, building up the experience you need to qualify to get your contractor license, you might think you know everything you need to know. Taking the exam is a completely different experience, and it’s one that you should take seriously if you want to succeed. Here are five reasons you’ll be …
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You may have heard that California has a lot in the pipeline for construction over the next decade. It’s definitely a great reason to get invested in the industry as soon as possible. Transportation may be a very big part of that growth, especially as various governments and companies try to find ways to better connect the state. Here are …
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In the early years of your contracting business, you might be looking for any reasonable clients that you can find. It’s common to earn the business of your friends or family members as a way of growing your income and your credibility. But although the people around you may be eager to help you out, it isn’t always a good …
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Getting profits from your business seems like it ought to be simple. You spend a certain amount of money on each project, and the money you make on top factors into your profits. In order to get enough money, you’ll need to research and set your profit margins. The amount depends on industry norms as well as your own business’s …
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You probably know at least a few people who hired a friend or relative to do some work for them instead of hiring a licensed contractor. That might seem like an easy way for people to get what they want, but it’s full of problems. In fact, unlicensed contractors can make life a lot harder for reliable, honest contractors like …
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When the summer days get hot, you might wonder how you can work on the jobsite at a lower temperature. The idea of working at night may seem like the most obvious solution. You can avoid traffic and shave several degrees off the daily high temperature. But working at night isn’t always perfect, either. Here’s what you need to know …
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When you have a highly refined set of skills, that often means that you spend your day doing many of the same tasks over and over. Gradually, these movements can lead to strain or injuries to joints and muscles. Although these problems can get better, they can also become chronic or lead to other, more serious conditions. Follow these tips …
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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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Throughout the daily running of your contracting business, you’ll come in contact with a lot of people who make your life easier. Mentors who help you get started, other contractors who fill in when you need assistance, and even your employees can make a big difference in your business success. Here are five ways that you can thank them. Thank …
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If you read the news at all, you probably have heard some discussion about American dependence on the oil industry. And whichever side you fall on that topic, you can probably agree that oil can be an unpredictable commodity. Sometimes it’s cheap, sometimes it’s outrageously expensive. Here are a few ways to tell that your contracting business is too reliant …
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Since construction is so dependent on materials, the success of your contracting business depends heavily on your supply chain. As the recent delay of shipping due to a trapped ship in the Suez Canal revealed, there are a lot of issues you might face at the moment. Here are a few ways to minimize them. Update Your Estimates Issues with …
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