Construction Industry Advisor

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  • Automate purchase orders to control costs, save time

    Spring 2009
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 682

    Abstract: As hard as you try to track every expense on every project you’re managing, it’s easy to lose control of costs if you’re using an antiquated purchasing system. Moreover, if your current system is allowing billing and inventory discrepancies to fall through the cracks, you’re likely experiencing a negative effect on your cash flow and your ability to take on more work. This article explains why, now more than ever, contractors are choosing to automate the purchasing process to increase tracking efficiency — and increase profits.

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  • Sale-leaseback financing: The pros and cons of a quick fix

    Spring 2009
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 645

    Abstract: Sale-leaseback financing has long been a common way for contractors to gain added income without having to sacrifice the use of equipment. And as the economy forces contracting businesses to tighten their belts, it’s become an even more appealing option. But along with the obvious benefits are some drawbacks, such as the loss of flexibility associated with ownership. This article covers the pros and cons so you can make the right financing decision.

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  • Ending on a high note – How to close out a project without regrets

    Spring 2009
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 824

    Abstract: Closing out a construction project is a critical part of the job. So why is it so easy to let the final stages of a project fall apart? The key to closing out a project on a high note is to stay on top of all aspects of the project right down to the last detail. This article offers some tips on how to do just that. A sidebar offers additional advice on how to keep functional details top of mind when closing out a project.

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  • Contractor’s Toolbox – New law gets to the HEART of military service

    Winter 2009
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 471

    Abstract: Last summer, in an effort to give military veterans some financial relief, the Heroes Earnings Assistance and Relief Tax (HEART) Act of 2008 was signed into law. If your construction company employs workers active in the military, this is an article you shouldn’t ignore. That’s because you may need to make some changes to your accounting procedures as well as your benefits programs for employees who perform qualified military service.

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  • Protecting data on mobile communication devices

    Winter 2009
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 348

    Abstract: Your employees probably rely on mobile communication devices to keep them in touch and in control. And whether they’re going across town or across the country, they’re taking critical information with them. If a worker leaves a laptop in a cab or a BlackBerry® at a restaurant, you may be losing more than a piece of equipment. In the wrong hands, such communication devices could be the equivalent to the keys to your company vault. This brief article discusses how to protect that valuable information.

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  • 6 things you should know about before you do work in another state

    Winter 2009
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 728

    Abstract: If this tight economy is pinching your wallet, you may be thinking that now is a good time to explore business opportunities in other states. Before you venture too far from home, however, know what you’re getting into. State requirements surrounding construction projects vary widely. These requirements may not be burdensome, but you’ll need to satisfy them before you can lay the foundation. This article discusses the top six you should know about.

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  • Improve collections to boost your cash flow

    Winter 2009
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 890

    Abstract: Collections may be a nasty part of doing business but, in a down economy, it’s critical. Sure, you can file a mechanics’ lien to demand payment, but the reality is that, if the bank takes over the property, a lien means you have to get in line to get paid. A far better approach is to develop a good collection process that will keep the cash flowing in when you need it most. A sidebar explains why lien laws can be tricky to understand.

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  • Mirror, mirror on the wall, do I look good to my surety at all?

    Winter 2009
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 594

    Abstract: When the economy’s robust, chances are you don’t have much trouble getting a surety bond. When the economic forecast is bleak, however, sureties may not be as trusting and you may need to do more to improve your bonding capacity. This article offers some tips on how to do just that. Here’s one: If you’ve had significant swings in monthly performance, try to eliminate them and be prepared to explain them to your surety.

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  • It’s your choice: Go green … or go broke?

    Fall 2008
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 736

    Abstract: For years, “green” construction was seen as a niche market in the building industry. Today, it’s almost a given that you must have a solid knowledge of — and even experience in — green building if you want to stay competitive. If you’re behind in the green arena, this article is for you. It explains where to learn about green building standards and guidelines, and how to incorporate sustainability into any project.

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  • How to tame the workers’ compensation beast

    Fall 2008
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 675

    Abstract: In a perfect world, accidents never happen. Unfortunately, hazards abound on job sites and, therefore, someone is bound to get hurt … eventually. Although you may not have a spotless workers’ compensation record, your premiums don’t have to break the bank. This article discusses how making small cost-saving moves may minimize expenses and help you tame the workers’ compensation beast.

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  • Mobile faxing: A tool for busy contractors

    Summer 2008
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 336

    Abstract: Sending and receiving faxes in real time via e-mail is a big boost to contractors on the go. There’s no need to be tied to the office for fax machine transmissions of proposals, signed contracts and other documents — you can manage them electronically from job sites or anywhere else, 24/7. This brief article explains how Internet fax services allow you to send and receive faxes using your e-mail, without installing any software on your computer.

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  • Withholding measure targets government contractors

    Summer 2008
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 591

    Abstract: If you’re a contractor that performs work for federal, state or local governments, you may want to rethink taking on public projects after Dec. 31, 2010. That’s when Uncle Sam will begin withholding 3% from your total payments under a little-known tax code provision. Internal Revenue Code Section 3402(t) is designed to close the “tax gap” — the difference between what taxpayers should pay and what they actually pay. This article explains how Sec. 3402(t) could affect your construction company.

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  • Can your salaries stand up to IRS scrutiny?

    Spring 2008
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 453

    Abstract: If your construction company is an S corporation, the IRS is likely to examine your 2007 tax return closely. That’s because it’s on the lookout for S corporations that fail to pay “reasonable compensation” to shareholders who work for the business. This article explains why it’s such a big deal to the IRS and why it should be a big deal to you, too.

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  • Dateline 2008: Contractors need — and find — solutions to rising costs

    Spring 2008
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 364

    Abstract: Just as consumers are paying more for gasoline and groceries, contractors are feeling the pinch of escalating material and fuel costs. This article explores the forces that are causing today’s price escalations, including strong demand for construction materials overseas and higher energy costs stateside. But it also offers some practical solutions that you can employ to help keep your costs under control. A sidebar offers a reality check on whether it’s time to raise your rates.

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  • It’s time for your financial checkup

    Spring 2008
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 682

    Abstract: From the time you win a bid until the last punch list has been signed off, you probably know exactly where you stand on every project budget. But can you say the same about your construction company’s finances? This article discusses five key metrics (such as return on assets, return on equity and fixed assets ratio) that will help you identify emerging problems and uncover potential opportunities for increased profit.

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  • Paying for personal safety equipment is now law

    Spring 2008
    Newsletter: Construction Industry Advisor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 645

    Abstract: Get ready: A new OSHA rule requiring contractors and other employers to buy their employees’ personal safety equipment takes effect May 15, 2008. The rule states that you must provide the equipment at no cost to the employee, and that any employer who violates the rule will face stiff fines of up to $10,000 per violation. This brief article gives you the lowdown on the new rule.

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