5 Things Every New General Contractor Should Know

5 Things Every New General Contractor Should Know
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    Becoming a contractor can seem like an overwhelming task, but if you are the kind of handy person that has an eye for detail, it can be a lucrative career path.


As with any job, it is important to know the qualities of a successful person in the field already. This is especially important as a general contractor, as you will be providing shelter and workplaces to many people over your career.

Here are a few things that every new general contractor should know.

Build Your Brand

When you begin working for yourself, it is important to remember that your reputation is everything. Your reputation will be what gets you jobs and keeps you in the money.

Marketing yourself can seem like an uncomfortable prospect to some, but as a general contractor you will need to separate yourself from your competitors in a meaningful way.

Do not be afraid to talk yourself up and expound on your skills, just try not to sound arrogant in the process.

Sell Your Services

If you want to be a general contractor to avoid sales in some way, you have picked the wrong profession. Contracting is heavily involved in sales as well, and you should be comfortable talking money and upselling to potential customers.

While you do not need to be overly pushy about your services, being a pushover will only ensure that you will be doing work for less than you are truly worth.

Create a Team

Attempting to do everything yourself will only stifle how much you can grow and restrict the kind of projects you can work on. This is another aspect of your business that will require you to get out and meet people that you can build relationships with.

A good accountant or lawyer is important to have in your pocket for general contracting and should be considered essential when starting your own contracting business.

Know Your Sources

Where you are going to get your materials and how they will get to you is another critical step to becoming a contractor. Know your tools and how to source the best ones for the job.

Will standard tools work, or will you need specialized tools for each job? Is there a way to build a relationship with a supplier to get a better deal on supplies? These are questions you need to ask in order to get the most out of your materials.

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Be Adaptable

Contracting and construction is an ever-changing field. New processes and materials are created on a regular basis and you will need to keep up with the industry if you do not want to be left behind.

This also applies on a job-to-job basis, adapting to new situations and projects as they come will make sure you keep your customers happy and your business afloat.

Every new general contractor needs to know these five things. Keep them in mind and your business will be able to stand the test of time.

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