Working Outside in Cold Weather

Working Outside in Cold Weather

Being at the mercy of the weather is one of the many challenges that contractors face on a daily basis. As the winter months begin, it’s time to start preparing for working outside in the extreme cold. Continue reading

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How to Handle Construction Job Delays

How to Handle Construction Job DelaysWhenever a construction job begins, it’s in everyone’s best interest to do one thing as accurately as possible: predict the future.

Unfortunately, not everyone can foresee events that may inhibit the completion of a project. Since such events often lead to downtime during delays, the real question becomes, “How do you handle unexpected job delays?”

Here are some of the most common types of job delays followed by some ideas about how to get through them: Continue reading

How to Win Contracting Jobs

How to Win Contracting Jobs

As a wise green muppet called Yoda once said, “Do… or do not. There is no try.” Because it’s a world of competition out there for contracting jobs, there really is “no try” when it comes to being just the right person that clients look to hire. Here are eight valuable skills to master so that you can stand out as a powerful “Force” among your competitors and claim your position as The Chosen One for potential clients. Continue reading

How to Recognize and Reduce Job Site Theft

How to Recognize and Reduce Job Site Theft

Theft of construction equipment is a national epidemic. At first you may not notice the disappearance of small items from the job site. However, once the thieves deduce that they’ve gotten away with it, larger things may start to go missing. Unfortunately, in many cases, such thieves happen to be on the company’s payroll. Continue reading

More Times Than Not — Dad Knows Best!

More Times Than Not — Dad Knows Best! Happy Father's Day

The right way to handle things, the wrong way to handle things, and my least favorite of them all: The “I don’t know–you tell me” way to handle things.

If I compiled a list of all the things I’ve learned from my father, I’m certain it would have no end. My dad is totally blue collar, capable of what most think is impossible. He sports the same pearl snap shirts he debuted in the 1980’s and would probably still be wearing the matching Wranglers he rocked to his pastime college rodeos had he not gained an extra 40 pounds. Continue reading