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  • Construction Success Story – Contractor learns the ins of out-of-state projects

    July / August 2009
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 364

    Abstract: A contractor who had established a successful commercial electrical systems installation and repair business in his home state was considering bidding on jobs in neighboring states. At face value, it seemed like a great way to increase revenue and ultimately expand his business. Before venturing too far afield, however, the contractor ran the idea by his financial advisor, who explained that each state has its own laws and requirements for taxes, workers’ compensation, licenses, insurance and bonding.

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  • Employment update – E-Verify system now required for federal projects

    July / August 2009
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 673

    Abstract: E-Verify, the free, Internet-based system that matches an employee’s Social Security number to his or her I-9, has become a requirement for the growing number of contractors taking on federal projects. This article describes who is required to sign on, how to do so, and the pros and cons of the system. A sidebar discusses new I-9 guidelines.

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  • 3 tips on improving communication (and keeping your sanity)

    July / August 2009
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 527

    Abstract: Today, it may seem as if you have too little communication — or too much. Here are three ways to help you be sure that communication enhances your business instead of crippling it.

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  • Turning bad news into good with an NOL deduction

    July / August 2009
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 521

    Abstract: No one likes losses, but a net operating loss (NOL) may help your construction company because you can use it to offset past tax payments through carryback provisions or reduce future tax liabilities through carryforward provisions. Historically, a company could carry back an NOL two years and forward 20 years. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), however, increased the carryback period to five years for many 2008 NOLs. This article can help you determine if you qualify and whether you should carry a loss backward or forward.

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  • Have assets you need to buy? Give these depreciation-related tax breaks a try

    July / August 2009
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 948

    Abstract: Times are tight. If you need to buy assets but are understandably concerned about keeping expenses down, provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) could help ease this tough decision. ARRA has extended both the 50% depreciation bonus and the Section 179 expensing deduction, which are especially advantageous when used together. A sidebar discusses the benefits of timekeeping software.

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  • Construction Success Story – Contractor learns benefits of a business appraisal

    May / June 2009
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 392

    Abstract: In this issue’s “Construction Success Story,” we tell the tale of a contractor with a five-year-old commercial construction business who was faced with growing competition in his sector — and only a vague idea of his current competitive standing. After learning a fellow construction business owner had learned a lot about his company following an appraisal, the contractor asked his financial advisor about the benefits of the valuation process.

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  • Same equipment, smaller investment – Rental/leasing agreements offer a variety of potential advantages

    May / June 2009
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 727

    Abstract: Investing in high-end machinery can be a big financial burden — especially in a down economy. That’s why more and more contractors are seeking to minimize costs by renting or leasing their equipment. This article explains that, beyond the obvious cost savings, equipment rental or leasing provides several important benefits worth considering.

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  • 3 simple steps to more effective scope management

    May / June 2009
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 499

    Abstract: More than just a theory, scope management provides contractors with a plan for staying on-task and on-budget. And adopting a plan for scope management doesn’t require a major overhaul to a construction company owner’s current management style. This article describes three simple steps to improving a construction company’s scope management.

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  • Do you know where your money goes? Job costing software can help

    May / June 2009
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 516

    Abstract: When it comes to the money spent and made on a project, what contractors don’t know can hurt them. Upgrading to job costing software could provide a construction company owner with the details needed to streamline spending and control costs. This article provides some buying tips for this highly practical technology tool.

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  • Control your debt (so it won’t control you)

    May / June 2009
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 954

    Abstract: As fuel costs fluctuate and project income becomes less reliable, contractors are increasing their debt load in record numbers. In fact, most contractors have come to depend on debt as a source of liquidity to keep their operations running smoothly. Yet, in an unstable economy, having a plan for managing debt is vital — especially now that bankruptcy is more common than ever. This article offers some tips on putting together just such a plan.

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  • Construction Success Story – E-permitting saves contractor time, money and mileage

    March / April 2009
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 335

    Abstract: This issue’s Construction Success Story tells the tale of a paving contractor who was juggling multiple projects and growing increasingly tired of having to drive to City Hall to obtain the required permits. His financial advisor suggested he try e-permitting, which allows local building departments to accept permit applications, review plans, schedule inspections, and calculate and collect fees electronically.

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  • Reviewing EESA’s energy tax-break extensions

    March / April 2009
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 623

    Abstract: This past fall, in passing legislation to bail out the struggling banking industry, Congress also acted to encourage contractors and owners to continue their efforts in energy-efficient building. The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (EESA) extended many tax credits and deductions for energy efficiency. Although this is hardly news, it’s still a good idea to review EESA’s changes as you work your way into 2009. This article covers the law’s pertinent provisions.

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  • Don’t be short-sighted when it comes to job-site security

    March / April 2009
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 524

    Abstract: To many contractors, losses from theft and vandalism are just a cost of doing business. Yet that’s being short-sighted — not only because preventive measures can stop immediate monetary losses, but also because job-site theft often has greater implications. It can delay jobs, increase insurance premiums and cause work to grind to a halt. This article suggests some commonsense ways to ensure equipment, materials and tools stay put.

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  • 4 profit killers to keep away from your bottom line

    March / April 2009
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 488

    Abstract: From unnecessary delays to insufficient communication, profit killers lurk throughout the construction business. They’re usually not hard to spot once one starts looking — and in today’s market, contractors really ought to be looking. This article warns of four profit killers that construction business owners need to keep away from their bottom lines.

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  • Buy-sell agreements – Sleep better with this key document in place

    March / April 2009
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 970

    Abstract: Any construction company owner who still hasn’t considered how to handle the departure — expected or otherwise — of any of the company’s other owners could be putting the continuity of the business at risk. The good news is that a buy-sell agreement can help contractors sleep better at night. This article describes the basics of a sound agreement.

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  • Construction Success Story – Contractor shocked into action by corporate identity theft

    January / February 2009
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 351

    Abstract: In this issue’s “Construction Success Story,” we meet an ambitious contractor who, through hard work and a considerable amount of foresight, kept his construction company’s head above water in a tough market during the past year. He was quite proud of this accomplishment and thought all was well until one day, while surfing the Internet, he came across a Web page with his company’s name and logo. Problem was, it wasn’t the Web site he’d set up — and it contained all the wrong contact information.

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