Do You Want To Be A Site Contractor
In order to be a good site contractor you have to approach it like every other field in which you want to be good. You have to be dedicated to it and learn the business. You have to be willing to perform in it. However, what has to be known specifically about site work includes knowing what elevations are and how to measure them, the classes of dirt, the different types of compaction and how to obtain sufficient compaction. I will discuss these aspects in later articles. Right now I want to mention a very important part of being a good site contractor.
You absolutely must recognize how important it is to have a good foundation. Many clients do not understand that you have to be willing to invest in the best foundation. Understandably it can be nerve wracking to spend what appears to be so much money at the beginning of the project. After all the foundation is not like the carpentry, flooring or other aspects of the building that you will see when the product is finished. If you do not get the foundation right the entire building is in jeopardy. The soil can shift and the concrete can crack. One thing to always remember is that if you have a problem with the roof it is not that difficult to just replace it. It is easily accessible. A foundation problem? That’s a whole different story. It is not something I would wish on anyone.
Another overlooked area in being a good contractor is actually a part of being a good business person no matter what field you specialize in. That area is the dreaded paperwork. I know many of you (including me) would rather be out there on the site on the backhoe digging something. However, if you are unable to provide the client with a proper invoice you may have difficulty getting paid. Even worse when it comes to tax time you will have no idea what your revenues and expenses were.
I recommend using accounting software like QuickBooks or Quicken. If you are not ready to go that directions at least use some preprinted invoices, proposals and checks. I started off with Adams Invoice Book 2-part Carbonless. A good proposal form is Adams Contractor’s Proposal Forms.
You are going to want to open a bank account in the company’s name whether you are a sole proprietor or an LLC. Your bank can furnish the checks. Make sure you keep an accurate ledger of your transaction until you are ready to move to the software. You do not want to confuse personal expenses with business expenses.
I hope this has been helpful for a quick overview. No matter what, pay attention to details whether you are filling out an invoice or working on site. If you do you will quickly build a reputation as a good site contractor.