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  • Are you ready for the future of building design?

    May / June 2022
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 447

    Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic and climate change are profoundly impacting building design. Contractors should adjust their expectations and upgrade their skill sets accordingly. This article describes some of the general changes that are likely forthcoming as well as some sector-specific trends.

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  • Protect yourself with careful project documentation

    May / June 2022
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 547

    Abstract: Meticulous recordkeeping plays a key role in running a successful construction business. The proof of any project, and a strong legal defense, is in the paper trail. This article describes some of the most important documents that contractors should retain.

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  • Apprenticeship programs – Building a brighter future for the industry

    May / June 2022
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 674

    Abstract: Although the skilled labor shortage that has plagued the construction industry for years has been worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic, hope is far from lost. Construction remains a vibrant and essential industry that can attract strong job candidates. This article discusses how contractors can help themselves, and perhaps mitigate the skilled labor shortage, by establishing an apprenticeship program.

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  • The finer points of joint ventures

    May / June 2022
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 886

    Abstract: As construction season heats up nationwide, contractors could encounter opportunities to engage in joint ventures with other construction companies. These opportunities can be fruitful but pose risks and complications as well. This article reviews the advantages and risks of joint ventures, as well as the importance of a joint venture agreement. A sidebar examines the three typical accounting methods for joint ventures.

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  • Should you invest in custom software?

    March / April 2022
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 429

    Abstract: Contractors are regularly urged to buy the latest and greatest high-tech solutions, but no software tool is perfect. Some construction business owners might consider engaging an outside firm to help them develop a customized software solution. This article explores some of the factors to consider when weighing the “buy vs. build” decision.

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  • Strategize to manage materials and labor costs

    March / April 2022
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 537

    Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic’s ongoing impact on supply chains and labor have made managing project costs increasingly difficult for construction companies. In today’s climate, getting supplies and people to jobsites when they’re needed calls for more planning. This article suggests various strategies to consider.

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  • A good idea: Buy-sell agreements

    March / April 2022
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 675

    Abstract: Life comes at you fast. Any one of a wide variety of dire events could pose a major problem to any construction company with multiple owners. That’s why having a buy-sell agreement is a good idea. This article explores the valuation provision of such an agreement.

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  • Infrastructure projects – A review of bidding methods for federal contracts

    March / April 2022
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 906

    Abstract: With the signing of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act in late 2021, things are looking up for federal construction projects. For construction companies considering getting in on the action, the journey will begin as most jobs do: with a bid. This article reviews the two major bidding methods for federal contracts: sealed bidding and contracting by negotiation. A sidebar looks at some variations on these two methods.

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  • Survey says: It’s time for a digital transformation strategy

    January / February 2022
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 433

    Abstract: A recent industry report found that 96% of contractors across the globe have a digital transformation strategy in place. Essentially, this means they’re transforming their businesses into “digital enterprises.” This article examines some key results from the report and discusses the importance of wise investment in integrated digital tools.

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  • 9 common insurance policies for contractors

    January / February 2022
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 531

    Abstract: Construction companies need insurance, but what kind? The answer depends on many factors, including the size and structure of the business and industry-specific hazards. To help contractors assess what they have and what they might need, this article reviews nine common insurance policies for construction businesses.

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  • Look into licensing before bidding out of state

    January / February 2022
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 661

    Abstract: Construction companies that work near one or more state borders may eventually want or need to bid on out-of-state projects. Before they start figuring out how to get workers, equipment and supplies to the jobsite, contractors need to look into licensing. This article explores the requirements, process and paperwork involved.

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  • Construction accounting – The finer points of a classified balance sheet

    January / February 2022
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 951

    Abstract: Clear, accurate and properly created financial statements are critical for construction companies. Contractors can help themselves and their financial-statement users by creating a classified balance sheet. This article explores important accounting concepts related to classified balance sheets. A sidebar points out what sureties look for in a contractor’s financial statements.

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  • Bits, bytes and building: The latest on BIM

    November / December 2021
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 441

    Abstract: Over the years, building information modeling (BIM) has transitioned from a desktop design tool for architects to a valued collaboration tool among all stakeholders in a construction project, including contractors. This article explores three current uses of BIM: remote collaboration, virtual walkthroughs and digital twinning.

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  • 8 ways to run a leaner construction company

    November / December 2021
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 537

    Abstract: For years, contractors have been urged to explore and adapt “lean” practices originally pioneered in the manufacturing sector. The challenge and benefits of doing so remain. This article suggests eight ways to run a leaner construction company, including improving inventory management and preventing overproduction.

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  • Assess the risks before jumping into an M&A deal

    November / December 2021
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 679

    Abstract: Construction companies are no strangers to mergers and acquisitions (M&A). However, contractors must assess the risks carefully before jumping into such an arrangement. This article explores some of the risks to consider, including cultural factors and financial details.

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  • Entity choice – Limited partnerships and limited liability companies

    November / December 2021
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 935

    Abstract: Working in the construction industry involves a high degree of inherent risk. For this reason, many contractors look to either a limited partnership or limited liability company as a business structure. This article examines both entity choices with a focus on tax impact. A sidebar suggests what general partners in a limited partnership can do to minimize debt liability.

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