Independent Contractor and Employee Classification

How to Reclassify Your Workers to Stay in Compliance   As a general contractor, you’re familiar with and successful at running jobs and completing projects. This is in part due to the great team you’ve assembled. Your crew might consist of employees, subcontractors, independent contractors, or some combination of the three. For the most part,…

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Marketing Your Business in the New Year

Planting Marketing Seeds for Sustainable Growth The holidays are just around the corner. And, yes, this season is already so jam-packed it’s hard to imagine trying to fit anything else into your schedule. So, we won’t ask you to. Instead, we’ve strategized for you and compiled a list of initiatives you can take to help…

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The Distinction Between Bookkeepers and Certified Public Accountants

Understanding the Roles within Your Financial Team You’ve seen the words CPA and bookkeeper used a lot, sometimes interchangeably.  Maybe it’s been a source of confusion for you in your hunt for back office support for your contracting company. We want to clear up the definitions of each so you can look for the help…

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Goal Setting

Working Intentionally for Long-Term Results Writing down your goals increases the likelihood of achieving them Today let’s talk a little bit about goal-setting. It’s a highly-regarded and fairly well-understood concept , yet it is not practiced often enough.  We’re big believers in goal-setting here at Apparatus. Creating a goal inspires a mental picture of growth,…

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The Independent Contractor Test

Classifying workers appropriately is important for your financials. Is Your Worker an Independent Contractor or an Employee? Most general contractors and subcontractors will run into this situation at some point in their careers – is your new worker an independent contractor or an employee? Well, luckily for those who find themselves in this situation, the…

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Qualities of a Hirable Contractor

Pre-client meeting preparation is important. Impress Clients and Land Jobs As the representative of your own business, your goal is to consistently impress clients. You’ve probably had to answer your fair share of questions from potential clients when trying to land a new job.  For many clients, giving up control is a hard thing to…

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8 Key Contractor Habits

Create Your Best Contracting Business Contractor Habit 1: Get in the Habit of Goal Setting Do yourself a huge favor and get into the habit of running your contracting business with intention. Go out of the way to write down the goals you have for your company and its future. Studies show that making this…

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Notice of Right to a Lien

Understand Your Rights and Protect Your Jobs – A Guide for General Contractors Notice of Right to a Lien As a contractor, you know there are several steps involved in starting a new job. From initial assessments, defining the scope of work, securing subcontractor estimates, hiring subcontractors, finding suppliers, signing contracts and more: there’s a…

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