Archive for September, 2010

Attention to Deal and Project Management- What Your Reputation is Built On The tennis courts were only two years old. Cracks had appeared, grown larger, and eventually prevented the courts from being used. Built by a contractor with a good reputation in tennis court construction, this job had gotten away from him, and along with it, his reputation. With these courts... More
Posted by admin on Sep 22, 2010

Qualifications Vs. Risk: Are You Willing to Risk Your Reputation? “If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the boiler room.” Old saying paraphrased—but still true—and applies directly to contractors who even think about bidding a job with second (or no) thoughts about their qualifications. Qualification and Risk are partners in the... More
Posted by admin on Sep 22, 2010

The Changing Relationship Between Designer and Contractor When a costly and time-consuming problem occurs because of a design mistake, the contractor assumes his role as repairman, and attends to the matter. Several precedents are offered for contractors to consider taking a more a pro-active position. It has been interesting to watch interior design... More
Posted by admin on Sep 22, 2010

Construction Project Bidding: How to Determine What Price To Charge For anyone who has done sales before, the big question when it comes to their business is: How do I price my services and how to I relay the benefits of those services to my customers so they will pay for them? For someone selling goods, the price is not so complex – you buy or manufacture a... More
Posted by admin on Sep 22, 2010

Creating a Customer For Life If you put an emphasis on customer service and go the extra mile to make sure your clients are satisfied, they will be more likely to call on you again. The important thing to remember when it comes to customer satisfaction is that it’s easier for people to dislike a company than it is to dislike... More
Posted by admin on Sep 21, 2010

Lost Opportunity and The Impact It is Having On Your Business With the challenges facing the construction industry right now, I am really surprised by the number of construction companies and contractors (both big and small) that don’t put the time and effort into people visiting their websites as they do leads that they may come across through word of... More
Posted by admin on Sep 21, 2010

Researching The Bid: Plans & Specifications Don’t Tell The Whole Story THE OWNERWhether it is a large industrial project or a residence, researching the owner is never a waste of time. The reason behind the effort is to establish influence on the project. Who is the person making all of the decisions? What sort of a person (or entity) will guide the... More
Posted by admin on Sep 21, 2010

Construction Business Planning: If you fail to plan, then plan to fail Just as you wouldn’t start a contracting job without a set of plans or blueprints to guide you, you shouldn’t operate your business without a plan to follow. If you’ve been putting off creating a Business Plan, don’t procrastinate any longer. If you ever apply for a small business loan or... More
Posted by admin on Sep 09, 2010

Challenges Electrical Contractors Can Face The list of difficulties an electrical contractors can face is daunting, but manageable.  First, there can be difficult jobs. The first that comes to mind is one that has some unexpected issues. These types of jobs a rarely found in new construction, they are mostly in renovations, upgrades and... More
Posted by admin on Sep 02, 2010

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