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Contractors have valuable skills that are needed by many, regardless of trade. There are many home projects that truly take an expert, which means people call you as a pro to find and fix problems. You’ve worked hard to develop your skills and are running a successful business because of it.
Would you ever consider donating your skills and time to a worthy cause? Some contractors may think this idea is crazy, but there are many benefits volunteering has to you and your business. Here are five ways volunteering can help your business.CONTINUE READING
A contractor in any trade should be prepared to write an estimate for the job. But, as you all know, each estimate will look different depending on the trade. For the remodeling pro, creating a comprehensive estimate is important not only to organize the project, but to win the bid.
Potential customers who are ready to remodel their home are looking for as much detail as possible about how you will complete the project of their dreams. However, there is plenty to remember when it comes to a big remodeling job. Here are a few items to include in your remodeling estimate that will help win the bid.CONTINUE READING
When you decide to take the leap of faith and start your own business, the challenges ahead can seem scary. Whether you’re an experienced pro or just starting out, becoming a business owner has some learning curves. You now have a responsibility larger than the task at hand, but to keep your business afloat.
Being a business owner can also be a great experience to lead others and do the work you want to do, the way you want to do it. You’re in charge! We’re here to help you make sure your business is set for success with these six tips.CONTINUE READING
If you’re a roofing pro, you are probably familiar with the risks associated with your work like physical injury or damage to other people’s property. As a professional contractor, it’s important to mitigate as many of these risks as possible for the safety of you, your employees, and your clients. One big step that you can take is obtaining a roofing license.
Navigating contractor licensure requirements can be tricky. Since roofers are regulated on a state level, it can be hard to figure out exactly what you need. Luckily, we’re here to help you learn what licenses you need as a roofing pro in Texas and where to get them.CONTINUE READING
As a general contractor, you likely have many areas of expertise. But even the most skilled contractors don’t consider themselves an expert of every trade. There may come a time on a remodel where you’ll need to call on other pros to bid out all or part of the project.
When bidding out a remodel, it’s important that you be transparent with both the homeowner and subcontractor you enlist to help. You’ll want to give them as much information as possible to ensure that the work goes smoothly. We’ve compiled a list of the best tips on how to bid out a remodeling job.CONTINUE READING
At the end of a long day on the job, you put your tools away and head home. Maybe you don’t give it a second thought, but what if the tools you need were not there when you arrived in the morning? You invest a lot of money in your equipment and tools and it’s important to keep them safe. For the independent contractor, a stolen tool is an expensive problem to have.
According to the National Equipment Register, tool theft on the job site costs the construction industry up to $1 Billion every year. Contractors rely on their tools and equipment as their key to success, so having anything stolen can potentially hurt your progress. Though tool theft can’t always be stopped, it can be prevented. With a few precautions, you can protect your items and reduce theft on the job site.CONTINUE READING
The unexpected will happen. As a contractor, you know this. Pipes leak, nails go where they shouldn’t and accidents happen. However, when the unexpected happens to you, it’s best to be prepared. That’s where contractor’s insurance comes in.
By finding the right plan for you and your business, you can prepare for all the situations that can’t be anticipated. With so many choices available, navigating the world of insurance for your business can be a tricky one. We’re here to help. Here are a few tips on what to look for when seeking an insurance plan for your contractor business.CONTINUE READING
As a local pro, you don’t have to go at the job alone, even if it sometimes feels like it. Organizations and associations exist to assist you in business and professional growth. Through joining an organization, you gain a collective voice in your field and educate yourself on the needs of your industry. You can work together with other pros, even if you’re not working on the same job.
For painting pros, there are a few organizations and associations you can look into if you want to make the investment to become an active member of the local professional community. Here are the trade organizations all painters should know about:CONTINUE READING
On the job, you and your workers’ safety should be the number one priority. Pros come in contact with dangerous tools and situations with your work. Many of us know common safety precautions, but accidents can happen and you should be prepared if they do. Here is what you need to know to best handle injuries on the job site.
According to OSHA, falls are the most common cause of work-related injuries and deaths on the job. This can be from simple ladders to scaffolding and roofing. A fall can result in serious and permanent injuries; so proper attention should be given.CONTINUE READING
After a long day on the job, you stand back and look at the work accomplished. But, it’s not time to leave quite yet. Part of ending the day’s work should always be cleaning up the job site. Of course, this is the last thing any of us want to do, but it’s essential to your business.
Here are three reasons why keeping the job site clean can improve your business and a few tips to help.
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