Construction Business Owner, July 2012
How will the construction industry attract a new generation of quality tradespeople? When it comes to employment in the construction industry, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) paints a grim picture: Since January 2008, nearly 2 million jobs have been lost. Two-thirds of these losses...
With written systems in place for your team to follow, you have more time to spend on growing your construction company. During the first seven years of building my construction company, I tried to do too much myself. I created the estimates and presented the bids; negotiated and signed all...
    Improve your construction crew's productivity in five minutes a day. Images of Joe Montana, Peyton Manning and Tim Tebow barking signals to their 10 offensive teammates create vivid illustrations of how small planning can influence a game. Within as few as 10 to 15...
Gain a better understanding of this complex and often misunderstood type of construction insurance. Editor's Note: This article is part of a contractor's insurance series by Steven Davis. To read his other articles in this series, click here. The exposures that contractors face have...
Discover the risks and benefits of Contractor Controlled Insurance Programs (CCIP).
Editor's Note: This is the second of a two-part series on controlled insurance programs. The first article focused on Owner Controlled Insurance Programs (OCIPs). A Contractor Controlled Insurance Program (CCIP) can deliver the same benefits as an Owner Controlled Insurance Program (OCIP) for...
Are you unsure about how to use social media? Follow these easy steps to join the conversation. Like many business owners today, construction business owners want to know how social media can help them promote their business to drive leads and increase sales.Social media may not necessarily be...
Succeeding in federal procurement takes time, money and a lot of perseverance from construction firms.  Construction firms interested in growth and expansion will often explore new markets. And for many construction companies, that new market could be the federal government.In 2011, the U...
   Alternative public works projects change the role of subcontractors. For most of my working life in the construction field, I have been familiar with only one kind of subcontracting.It was simple: We put a fixed price on our work and hoped our bid would be the lowest. If we...
Don't get blindsided: Use these tips to prepare for prevailing wage compliance.   Government work can provide great opportunities for contractors, but the decision to move to the government arena should not be made lightly. It requires a true commitment to the entire process from...
    Guidelines to follow when operating skid-steer loaders and telescopic forklifts Construction zones can be unpredictable and full of hazards—workers encounter huge machinery, multiple kinds of building supplies and high amounts of instability from loose sand, gravel or...
       True accounts of recovered construction equipment and tips to protect your investments. Construction equipment theft is a costly and disruptive issue resulting in $300 million to $1 billion in losses each year. Owners risk the loss of highly expensive...
          Today's fleet management GPS are sophisticated enough to lower costs and improve efficiency. If you do not use a GPS-based fleet management tool, you might be surprised to discover the impact this technology can have on your bottom...
Learn about new tools that can improve construction machine and operator performance. When it comes to machine management, you must seize every possible opportunity to increase jobsite efficiency and security for your construction equipment assets. Poor machine or attachment productivity...
         Follow these steps to maximize your online bidding experience when purchasing construction equipment. Buying construction equipment online can positively impact your bottom line. But with more providers entering the online auction space...
      The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) has unveiled Envision, its new infrastructure rating system. The professionals who design and build these projects must satisfy the ever-growing infrastructure demands while responsibly addressing potential...