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  • Construction Success Story – Cost-conscious contractor tries “print as a service”

    May / June 2019
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 453

    Abstract: This issue’s “Construction Success Story” features a general contractor who recently took over her father’s business and needs to upgrade the company’s print technology. Her CPA suggests exploring the possibilities of “print as a service,” an arrangement under which an outside vendor provides printers and other equipment, as well as maintenance and support, for a fee.

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  • Recognize the typical schemes of subcontractor fraud

    May / June 2019
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 543

    Abstract: General contractors usually have good relationships with their subcontractors. But fraud happens in every industry — and construction is no exception. This article examines some of the typical schemes associated with subcontractor fraud and suggests a variety of measures to stop it.

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  • The design-build model: It’s still a thing

    May / June 2019
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 679

    Abstract: Under the design-build model, one entity performs the architecture, engineering and construction components of a project all under a single contract. The concept is nothing new, but recent research results show it’s still a force in the construction industry. This article delves into the data and explores the benefits and risks of design-build.

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  • Tax law reform – Now’s a good time to rethink your accounting method

    May / June 2019
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 935

    Abstract: Because of changes wrought by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, many construction companies can now choose from a wider variety of accounting methods for tax purposes. This article explores some of the options available. A sidebar looks at the benefits of the straight accrual method, which offers a simpler alternative to the percentage-of-completion method.

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  • Construction Success Story – Homebuilder looks to up its telematics game

    March / April 2019
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 440

    Abstract: This issue’s “Construction Success Story” features a company that specializes in building and servicing luxury residences. It had been using telematics technology to track vehicles for years but wanted to upgrade without losing control of costs. So, ownership consulted with the company’s CPA, who helped them explore three hot areas in telematics: integration, built-in equipment purchases and safety features.

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  • 4 reasons why construction companies fail

    March / April 2019
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 560

    Abstract: Most contractors like to stay positive, but it can be productive from a strategic planning perspective to think worst-case scenario: What could cause the demise of one’s construction company? This article discusses four common reasons for construction business failure and how to prevent them.

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  • Protecting your heavy equipment from jobsite theft

    March / April 2019
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 642

    Abstract: Many contractors are surprised, most unpleasantly, to learn that their heavy equipment can indeed be stolen from jobsites. And the resulting costs and hassle are considerable. This article offers a variety of measures to prevent becoming a victim, including double-checking fencing and lighting, and thoroughly documenting assets.

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  • Take a closer look – How to gain more control over workers’ comp costs

    March / April 2019
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 966

    Abstract: Many contractors can’t help but notice that workers’ compensation premiums are their single highest insurance cost. This article suggests taking a closer look at why this is, including researching classification codes, forecasting postaudit adjustments and being wary of owner-controlled insurance programs. A sidebar advises contractors to factor workers’ comp costs into their estimating process.

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  • 6 ways BIM will impact the industry in 2019

    January / February 2019
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 462

    Abstract: Building information modeling (BIM) has been changing the landscape of construction for a while now. Suffice to say, its impact will continue. This article describes six BIM-related technologies that will likely affect the industry in 2019 and beyond.

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  • Is it time for your business to embrace EAPs?

    January / February 2019
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 544

    Abstract: The construction industry is among the hardest hit by suicides and the nationwide opioid crisis. Contractors can provide relief while strengthening their own workforces by offering employee assistance plans (EAPs). This article explains how EAPs can be a cost-effective way to help employees through tough times.

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  • Applying Heinrich’s Law to project safety

    January / February 2019
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 671

    Abstract: There are a variety of predictability models that can be applied to project safety in construction. Some are more complicated than others. This article discusses one of the oldest and easiest to understand: Heinrich’s Law.

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  • Always be building (the bottom line) – How to maintain your construction company’s net profits

    January / February 2019
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 925

    Abstract: A construction company may do many great things to operate profitably. But when expenses come due, its bottom line may not look so hot. This article explores a variety of ways to tighten up net profits. A sidebar looks at the troubling issue of slow-paying project owners.

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  • Construction Success Story – Preparing for a project owner’s audit

    November / December 2018
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 447

    Abstract: This issue’s “Construction Success Story” features an asphalt contractor who was looking to expand from smaller privately funded projects to larger public jobs. One of his many concerns was the prospect of a project owner auditing a job and his company. So, he consulted with his CPA, who explained to him what such audits might entail and how to best prepare for them.

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  • In construction, dispute resolution is a many-splendored thing

    November / December 2018
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 654

    Abstract: In the construction industry, disputes often arise between contractors and owners or with other parties. In such situations, construction companies may encounter a number of dispute resolution methods along with potential litigation. This article reviews these methods, providing key details about each.

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  • Don’t let your company become a cyber target

    November / December 2018
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 553

    Abstract: Hackers are only interested in organizations such as banks and retail chains that store the sensitive data of millions of customers, right? Not necessarily. As the construction process grows more reliant on the Internet, contractors can become cyber targets, too. This article discusses the why and how of cyberattacks and what construction companies can do to fight back.

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  • How sound are your financial statements? Don’t underestimate their inherent informative value

    November / December 2018
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 931

    Abstract: Many contractors may not fully realize how much important and useful information is in their financial statements ― information that is of special interest to lenders, sureties and investors. But what condition are those reports in? This article explains how to get the most from financial statements. A sidebar describes the role of these statements in strategic planning.

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