ABCs of Small Business Industry: G is for General Contracting

This week we’ve chosen to cover a very important sub-sector of the construction industry, general contractors. Now we did previously cover construction companies in an ABCs of Small Business Industry post. And you may be asking yourself if there are any differences between the two – don’t worry, there are. General contracting is a very specialized industry, with its own host of regulations and policies to follow. So how do you start a general contracting firm? general contracting

First, you need to be a licensed general contractor

Contractors are licensed, typically by the state. And without that license, you can’t offer your services as a general contractor. Licensing requirements vary from state-to-state, but most states maintain a database of active licenses, which the public can search through. Most of the companies looking for a general contractor will also want to see some sort of college training. Continue reading

5 Unexpected Costs to Watch Out For When Moving Offices

Moving to a new office space is an exhilarating and important step in any growing business.  Whether undertaking a remodel of an existing office space or constructing an office building from the ground up, the process can often prove more expensive than anticipated.  Savvy business owners will stack the odds in their favor by selecting an experienced general contractor for the project who can help keep construction costs under control.  Here are five unexpected costs you to be on the lookout for when remodeling or building a new office space.

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