For professional contractors, green is the bottom line: the verdant green of gorgeous landscaping that pleases your demanding clientele, the spot-on green of efficient budgeting and the vital green of a thriving business and a growing professional network.
Of all the tools in a professional contractor’s arsenal, the most important may be a robust and versatile set of landscape cost calculators, assisting with every aspect of landscape budget planning, from costing out Grading and materials, to determining whether a lawn should start out from seed or sod, and a good, working knowledge of Fixxbook. Read more.
Any person who does more than supply furnishings made or constructed by another manufacturer – whether they’re applied inside or outside a residential or commercial property, will require a general building contractor license to avoid being fined for the work; no matter how well it turns out. Although this is a basic and all-encompassing rule that extends nationwide; there are other general contractor requirements with which a builder must become familiar. These can vary from state-to-state. The license isn’t only required to legally build and construct, but also for less-intensive projects such as painting and electrical repairs. Read more.
After you find the right job, there is still the issue of trying to estimate what that job is worth. All of that paperwork can be a hassle but with the right software tool it will make things that much simpler. Below is a list of electrical estimating software for contractors considered some of the best on the market. These are all reviewed on Softwareadvice.com Read more.
Passing the electrical contractor exam is the final step toward being able to secure employment as an electrician. This test is extremely difficult and has a high rate of failure for first-time takers. In order to increase the odds of passing on the first attempt, applicants will need to develop a rigid study plan to ensure a successful outcome. Read more.
When taking on an electrical contracting job, it is imperative that you invest a good deal of time in careful electrical project planning with attention to detail. You should have a game plan for every step of the job including:
- The initial stages of electrical project planning and development
- The construction phase and project delivery
- Project close out
All members of the project team (such as construction project managers, engineers, estimators, foremen, etc.) should be involved in the electrical project planning process and should be in close communication with one another throughout the job in order to ensure that any changes to the plan are understood by all and to make certain that everything goes smoothly and according to plan. Read more.
From project to project you might notice that each of the owners and subcontractors you’re working with all have different ideas and goals for running a project. Though it’s very rare for any two entities to think alike on every matter related to your project, there are some basic core elements that you’ll always need to give attention to when setting up your construction project plan. Regardless of the endeavor or who you are working with, when you take the time to organize the following key construction project elements, you can rest assured that your project will run smoothly. Read more.
Facility managers searching for high quality service providers often find themselves struggling to locate quality professionals that offer the needed services in a reliable, consistent manner. This can lead to frustration and wasted time, with the tendency to settle for contractors that do not offer the best quality of services – simply because they can be found.
Contractors that are interested in finding work will need to put effort and attention into marketing themselves to facility managers in order to make themselves visible and attractive in prospective clients. This can be one of the greatest challenges of being a contractor, but once handled properly it will bring these professionals into connection with the facility managers that need them. Read more.
A person looking to find work as a certified contractor must first ensure he gets the required certification from his specific state. Each single state has its own prerequisites and rules that must be fulfilled before one gets certified as a contractor. A key requirement for all contractors is that they must pass the state exam. If a contractor happens to move to another state, he is required to sit for the state exam in that particular state before he can start working as a contractor there. While a contractor is not required to be certified in all the different states before he or she can begin practicing as a contractor, it is advisable to do so as he will be able to get more work when he or she is certified in various states. Read more.
Meeting needs of facilities management resources can be tricky if you do not know where to begin. There are many things to consider when choosing the right manufacturer to outsource your needs for hardware. Hardware in this case meaning the supplies needed to complete the project at hand. Interview the manufacturers you are looking into. Create a check list. Cheap is not always the best way to go, but they do not need to nickel and dime you either. Read more.
By Dan Farmer
As part of our ongoing effort to bring more highly-trained contractors to Fixxbook, we were fortunate enough to not only exhibit at, but to also make a presentation at the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas. This show, and this alliance with NECA, is a key piece of our goal to partner with leading associations for each of the trades our contractors represent.
NECA is a fantastic association to be partnered with for our clients looking for quality electrical contractors. They have 119 chapters, and growing, that are responsible for ensuring the highest standards for the electrical trade. NECA companies are a bit different from other trades in that they are tightly associated with the electrical trade union, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). Read more.