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  • Do you know where your money goes? Job costing software can help

    May / June 2009
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 516

    Abstract: When it comes to the money spent and made on a project, what contractors don’t know can hurt them. Upgrading to job costing software could provide a construction company owner with the details needed to streamline spending and control costs. This article provides some buying tips for this highly practical technology tool.

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  • Control your debt (so it won’t control you)

    May / June 2009
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 954

    Abstract: As fuel costs fluctuate and project income becomes less reliable, contractors are increasing their debt load in record numbers. In fact, most contractors have come to depend on debt as a source of liquidity to keep their operations running smoothly. Yet, in an unstable economy, having a plan for managing debt is vital — especially now that bankruptcy is more common than ever. This article offers some tips on putting together just such a plan.

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  • Construction Success Story – E-permitting saves contractor time, money and mileage

    March / April 2009
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 335

    Abstract: This issue’s Construction Success Story tells the tale of a paving contractor who was juggling multiple projects and growing increasingly tired of having to drive to City Hall to obtain the required permits. His financial advisor suggested he try e-permitting, which allows local building departments to accept permit applications, review plans, schedule inspections, and calculate and collect fees electronically.

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  • Reviewing EESA’s energy tax-break extensions

    March / April 2009
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 623

    Abstract: This past fall, in passing legislation to bail out the struggling banking industry, Congress also acted to encourage contractors and owners to continue their efforts in energy-efficient building. The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (EESA) extended many tax credits and deductions for energy efficiency. Although this is hardly news, it’s still a good idea to review EESA’s changes as you work your way into 2009. This article covers the law’s pertinent provisions.

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  • Don’t be short-sighted when it comes to job-site security

    March / April 2009
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 524

    Abstract: To many contractors, losses from theft and vandalism are just a cost of doing business. Yet that’s being short-sighted — not only because preventive measures can stop immediate monetary losses, but also because job-site theft often has greater implications. It can delay jobs, increase insurance premiums and cause work to grind to a halt. This article suggests some commonsense ways to ensure equipment, materials and tools stay put.

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  • 4 profit killers to keep away from your bottom line

    March / April 2009
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 488

    Abstract: From unnecessary delays to insufficient communication, profit killers lurk throughout the construction business. They’re usually not hard to spot once one starts looking — and in today’s market, contractors really ought to be looking. This article warns of four profit killers that construction business owners need to keep away from their bottom lines.

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  • Buy-sell agreements – Sleep better with this key document in place

    March / April 2009
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 970

    Abstract: Any construction company owner who still hasn’t considered how to handle the departure — expected or otherwise — of any of the company’s other owners could be putting the continuity of the business at risk. The good news is that a buy-sell agreement can help contractors sleep better at night. This article describes the basics of a sound agreement.

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  • Construction Success Story – Contractor shocked into action by corporate identity theft

    January / February 2009
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 351

    Abstract: In this issue’s “Construction Success Story,” we meet an ambitious contractor who, through hard work and a considerable amount of foresight, kept his construction company’s head above water in a tough market during the past year. He was quite proud of this accomplishment and thought all was well until one day, while surfing the Internet, he came across a Web page with his company’s name and logo. Problem was, it wasn’t the Web site he’d set up — and it contained all the wrong contact information.

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  • Are you ready for 5D modeling? High-tech estimating software looks promising

    January / February 2009
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 634

    Abstract: Margins are typically razor thin in the construction industry, and it’s important that estimators and project managers have every possible advantage. The newest generation of design technology, 5D, may be the advantage they need to keep jobs in the black. This article takes a closer look at this promising new kind of software.

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  • LEED changes increase complexity of going green

    January / February 2009
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 504

    Abstract: In an effort to eliminate backlogs and comply with ISO standards, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has revised its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program. As a result, contractors looking to “go green” with their projects will face a substantially larger number of reviewing organizations and a more complex point system to qualify for certification. This article covers some of the many specifics.

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  • EVM: Taking the mystery out of job costing

    January / February 2009
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 507

    Abstract: Most contractors likely have a spending plan going into every job, and they probably track every dollar spent once work is underway. Yet, despite these efforts, measuring the true progress of the job may remain a mystery. This article looks at a solution to this particular whodunit: earned value management (EVM).

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  • Add muscle to your bottom line with benchmarking

    January / February 2009
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 931

    Abstract: To maintain a competitive edge, it’s critical for a contractor to know where he or she stands financially. One way to do so is by benchmarking. Under this process, a construction company owner selects metrics, or “benchmarks,” to measure his or her construction company’s performance against its own past performance or against other, similar construction businesses. This article explores the details and benefits of this helpful activity.

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  • Construction Success Story – Cross-training saves contractor money, worry

    November / December 2008
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 387

    Abstract: In this issue’s “Construction Success Story,” we meet a contractor with a commercial construction business in a sizable metropolitan area who was concerned about the fact that many of his seasoned employees were baby boomers who would be ready to retire in a few years, and there weren’t enough younger workers entering the field to take their places. After discussing the situation with his financial advisor, the two recognized that perhaps the most cost-effective option was to cross-train existing “craft” employees (such as electrical or carpentry staff).

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  • General contractor focus – Separate the good from the bad with subcontractor prequalification

    November / December 2008
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 661

    Abstract: With the economy stuck in slow-mo, general contractors may find the list of subcontractors who want to bid on their projects is growing. The challenge is to separate the good subs from the bad before you put them on a job. This article discusses how a solid prequalification process can help general contractors ensure that they work only with financially sound, qualified subs who will perform as promised. (Updated 4/20/12)

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  • Fine tune your bidding process to win the jobs you really want

    November / December 2008
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 518

    Abstract: There’s no question that bidding is one of the biggest challenges any construction company faces — particularly when competition is high and jobs are few. So why do more of it than necessary? This article offers some tips on how contractors can fine tune their bidding processes and win more of the jobs they really want.

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  • GPS technology can lead to cost savings

    November / December 2008
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 494

    Abstract: Global positioning system (GPS) technology has come a long way since its military inception in the 1960s. It’s in most cell phones and many automobiles, and it drives the online mapping systems that enable you to navigate unfamiliar territory. This article discusses how GPS technology can help contractors find new operational efficiencies and cost savings.

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