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    Business Expenses - What Should You Be Writing Off?

    Ah, writing off business expenses. The allure, the luxury, the… confusion? Often when thinking of a standard business expense, the same image comes to everyone’s mind… charging a lunch on the company card. Hey, who doesn’t love free lunch? I know I do. But, business expenses are much more involved than ... Read More

    by ApparatusTeam on September 18, 2017Comments (0)
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    Personal Draws - An Expensive Shortcut for Contracting Businesses

    If you’re like most contractors, you’ve been guilty of it at one time or another: taking personal draws from your business checking account. It’s tempting, it’s easy, it’s your money, right? Unfortunately, it’s also one of the worst habits you can develop as a business owner – one th... Read More

    by ApparatusTeam on September 12, 2017Comments (0)
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    Pros & Cons: Dump Trailers vs. Dumpster Rentals

    *Please note, I work for the corporate office of Bin There Dump That, but I will examine contractors needs objectively. Here's the deal...As contractors, you all have a need to get rid of waste at your job sites. Your options are limited. They consist of: There's only enough construction debris to fill up the back of your pick up bed Yo... Read More

    by BTDTBinRentals on August 29, 2017Comments (6)
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    The 5 Most Common Hardwood Flooring Questions I'm asked

    If you're a flooring contractor who does sales appointments, you probably get the same questions and over and over.  It's good that there's some consistency and it's helpful to be prepared with some answers.So, I thought I'd jot the 5 questions I get asked the most.  These are the questions from my sanding and refinishing estimates.1.&... Read More

    by TheFlooringGirl on September 10, 2017Comments (1)
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    What To Look For When Renting Dumpsters For Your Waste Removal

    At the end of your project, the last consideration is always waste disposal. You want this part of the project to be taken care as quickly and efficiently as possible so you can tie a bow on that project and start the next. While many contractors have alternative methods of getting rid of the waste (trailers, pickup truck, etc), you may opt to r... Read More

    by BTDTBinRentals on September 06, 2017Comments (0)
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    7 Hard-Knock Truths To Building A Successful Contracting Business

    I've been blessed to be involved in this industry. It's all that I really know, and I've tried to make the world of it. I've been involved with a handful of start-up companies, I've help build a $20,000,000+ construction company, I've had success's, and I've had LOTS of failures. I've done lots of thigns wrong. I've learned a lot. And so on. B... Read More

    by DamionR on June 15, 2011Comments (17)
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    The No Fluff Approach to Finding a GREAT General Contractor

    As a professional Palm Desert General Contractor for over 25+ years, here is a vital list of things you will need to check and lookout for before hiring.1) Know your project details before you start looking. Know your budget, the type of project you are looking to complete and a rough idea of the materials you will need.2) Look and ask for ref... Read More

    by JCD Constrn. on August 21, 2017Comments (0)
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    A Man of Many failures

    Alot has changed since my first post here at ContractorTalk. Back then it was the contractor chat room.  This guy, Nate was his name, sent me an email after reading one of my posts on another forum suggesting this cool new website.  How could I resist but take a look?  I've been hooked ever since. I was one of the first to sign u... Read More

    by Grumpy on May 01, 2011Comments (24)
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    Turning Away Work

    I turned down a job yesterday. The potential client was explaining his project and as soon as he mentioned the name of the architect, I stopped him. "Sorry, Frank," I said, "I will not work with that architect. I've worked with him on several jobs in the past and each time it was an unpleasant, money-losing experience. The man has no sense of "t... Read More

    by Tim Garrison PE on January 12, 2012Comments (15)
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    Contractor Talk 2.0 Launch Contest

    I'm extremely excited about the launch of Contractor Talk 2.0 and I want everyone to try out the new features. I think once you use the new tools you'll see how valuable and fun they can be. To encourage everyone to try things out and have some fun along the way we've come up with a contest that we hope you'll enjoy. What Can You Win?We are g... Read More

    by Nathan on April 22, 2011Comments (48)
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