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How Do I Become a Contractor?

Are you thinking of entering the field of residential or commercial contracting? Entering a new profession—any profession—is a difficult decision. Whether you have years of experience in the construction industry or are new to the field, there are a number of items to think about as you take the steps to become a contractor. You should clearly understand not only what that new profession will be like, but the best path to success for you in that profession.


What is it like being a contractorWhat is it Like Being a Contractor?

A residential or commercial contractor is more than someone with solid construction knowledge or experience. While knowledge of construction is essential, successful contractors also possess a good understanding of business and sales concepts. To have a long and successful career as a contractor, you must serve your customers better than your competition AND you must make a profit.


What is the financial opportunity for contractorsWhat is the Financial Opportunity for Contractors?

If you are thinking of becoming a residential or commercial contractor, there are a number of factors to consider to set yourself up for success. As with any financial opportunity there is a degree of risk, so it is best to consider your options within the profession as well as research your local market. Then create a business plan.



Is Green Cement the Future of Sustainable Construction?

As important as cement is, the process to manufacture it is also a major cause of industrial air pollution. The production of clinker, a key ingredient in cement, is a chief source of emission of noxious gases, especially carbon dioxide. Could 'green cement' provide a sustainable and suitable replacement?


Extension for Certain Certified RenovatorsExtension for Certain Certified Renovators

On April 8, 2015, the Administer of the EPA signed the final rule to extend the certifications for certain individual renovators. This rule pertains to individual renovators who received certification prior to March 31, 2011. Read more to find out what this means for contractors. 


Four Simple and Affordable Lead Generation Ideas for Contractors

Leads are the lifeblood of every contractor's business. The long term growth and success of your business depends on your ability to attract and convert new business. We've put together this list of four lead generation ideas that you can begin using today to increase the volume and improve the quality of leads for your contracting business.


Contractors: Understand Your Local Market

To be an effective contractor, you clearly need the skill set necessary to successfully complete projects. But you also need to have an understanding of the geographical area, as well as the local real estate market and the competitive landscape of other contractors in the area.



Minnesota DLI Announces the 2012 IRC Code Adoption

It's official—the MN Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) announced that the 2012 International Residential Code will take effect January 2015. Read this article to find out what this means for your current building projects.



EPA Lead-Safe Certificate Expires Every 5 Years

Are you approaching 5 years since you become EPA lead-safe certified? If so, you will need a 4-hour refresher course to remain a certified renovator. Once your recertification course is completed, your certified renovator status is active for 5 years from the course completion date.