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  • martha Amunyela May 8, 2015, 4:13 pm

    hai there, jst register my construction company, i have no idea on running a company nor experience on building. i jst try something out tht i love as my business. pls if u cn help me
    martha from Namibia

    • Scott May 15, 2015, 5:08 am

      Hi Martha,
      Thanks for checking in from Namibia…wow! Welcome to the newsletter….I would suggest that you just start reading this blog from the very first post. There is a wealth of information available here that will give some guidance as you begin your journey with the new business. Everything from starting to marketing to growing…it’s all here. Thanks for the note and let me know how things go!

      • Emir Campara April 14, 2016, 3:59 am

        LOL… Namibia

  • Manfred Danziger January 3, 2016, 11:13 pm

    I have been a one crew framing Busniess since 96. I have wore my tool belt since. Most of my work has been subbing from other builders. I have acquired my state building license a couple years ago. Every time I go a builders seeking advice to grow they offer for me to partner up for a salary.
    I do better on my own but, want to learn how to grow. I now realize I need good people working for me, cannot do it all myself. Any thoughts or suggestions would be very appreciated.
    Thanks in advance, Manfred.

    • Jeff February 13, 2016, 8:59 pm

      Hi Manfred,
      Thanks for the comment. It’s true that you can only grow so much if you’re still out in the field performing the labor yourself. You have to replace yourself with skilled workers so that you can spend your time on “business aspects”: marketing, networking, estimating, etc. Check out my post about getting rich with replication: http://www.richcontractor.com/my_weblog/2008/08/replication-is-the-key-to-getting-rich.html
      Thanks and good luck out there!

      • Barry Dossenko March 14, 2017, 2:33 am

        We live in Western NC and finding good help is almost impossible. People want high pay and lie about their abilities, costing my business credibility. I would love to just run the business, but after going through many employees in the last 3 years I am stuck with fixing the problems on site and doing the work myself. The clients want me to do all the work because of my quality and understanding of all forms of construction. The social services and educational training is failing in providing what is necessary for a good work ethic.

        • Jeff April 7, 2017, 2:47 pm

          Yeah there’s a shortage of skilled labor out there right now. I think what you have to do in some situations is just find the good ones, be willing to pay them well for their skills, and pass along the extra costs to the customers. The ones that can’t hang should be cut loose, but do whatever you can to hang onto the ones who are skilled and do good work. They are worth their weight in gold. Put ads in craigslist and anywhere else you can (including on your site/blog). Always be hiring/interviewing, that way you have a bigger pool to grab talent from.

  • Mohammad Wazzan February 3, 2016, 2:25 pm

    Hi Jeff,
    I was surfing the internet about starting a contracting business and I dropped on this site. My background is IT and I have a MBA. I am in love with DIY projects, I also do many things in my house from electrical work, wood work, gypsum board, painting and a little of plumbing. I hope I can benefit from this site in order to start my very own business.
    Thank you.

    • Jeff February 13, 2016, 9:04 pm

      Hello Mohammad,
      Given your background and range of skills I think you will find great success as a contractor. Since you already have computer skills you should have no trouble starting a blog and building a presence on the internet (which is very important), and of course the MBA already puts you miles ahead of most of your competition as far your understanding of business fundamentals. Be sure to check out my series about how and why to start a blog for your business: http://www.richcontractor.com/how-to-start-a-successful-blog-for-your-business/
      Thanks for checking in and let me know what else I can help you with!

  • Ronnie February 25, 2016, 1:20 am

    Looking forward to becoming a successful contractor

    • Jeff April 26, 2016, 4:35 pm

      Welcome, Ronnie! Everything you need to know is here.

  • Aliakbar March 16, 2016, 2:40 pm

    Hello sir I have been in my btech final year in civil engineering. I have not taken up a job because I want to open my construction company. I am from India.My father is a civil contractor and I also want to be like him and want to make my company very big.So sir what should be my focus right now and how can I make it big?

  • Rachel .Niulevaea May 30, 2016, 6:19 am

    Hi Jeff,
    Me and my husband are plan to start a cleaning contract, but we need to know how can we start and registered with housing to get some cleaning jops for us to earn noney.
    Please

    Rachel.

  • sangay October 25, 2016, 4:49 pm

    Hello Sir
    I am from Bhutan, a very small country. I am very much interested in construction business. Since I am just 24, I need lot of advise and mentor me. Its been just four months that I have started my business and I am still in doubt whether how I will succeed in my business. Please help me.

    • Jeff April 7, 2017, 4:50 pm

      it’s all here in the blog. just start reading.

  • David Remaley November 27, 2016, 5:31 am

    Hey.
    I don’t have a business yet. Just getting some information about how to starting one. I’m only 17. Working on my HVAC certification. I’m learning different thing from my grandfather and friends , like drywall, electrical and woodworking. So if you have any ideas about how to start out let me know.

    • Jeff April 7, 2017, 4:49 pm

      check out my post about “how to become a contractor”

  • peter federah December 1, 2016, 10:22 am

    im 22 years old with a young construction company ,,am i too old to make it the grow big

    • Jeff April 7, 2017, 4:49 pm

      too old at 22? now way!

  • Dick BJ Maganga February 22, 2017, 9:50 am

    Jeff

    Wooow,I really need your help here.

  • Onesmus April 15, 2017, 10:27 pm

    Am a construction Technilogist from Nairobi Kenya ..kindly update me on the best marketing ways for a construction and painting bussines.

  • Christopher A May 3, 2017, 5:41 am

    If you are going to be doing home remodeling…call us…4193807613..the first woman..Or man..can get 15%off..on there first project

  • Carlverd Newton in Zimbabwe May 29, 2017, 9:53 am

    Hi Jeff

    Quite happy to come across with your blog. Well, Am In Zimbabwe and am planning to register a construction company but would love to split it into several subsidiaries, ( driveway construction can stand as a subsidiary, plumbing as a subsidiary, renovation, etc), is this idea worthwhile proceeding with or I should just focus on one company doing all the works? Like I said I would like to register a parent company then split the services into subsidiaries then ending up having 5 or more divisions falling under one company.

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