Construction company interested in doing sub-contract work nationwide
Where can I find this kind of buisness opportunity. If by grapevine,
Do I submit query letters? Just wanted some advice on how to get on
board with these kinds of Corporations that are doing new construction
and face lifts on thier stores throughout the country...
any advice??? let me know, I'm very interested.
I don't want to be an alarmist, but--be careful! I write a lot of
articles in construction magazines, mostly focusing on getting paid for
your work. I was part of a panel at this year's World of Concrete,
where we discussed that same topic. There were some horror stories
told by a few people, talking about what it was like to work for the
"Big Box" stores. And it wasn't pretty! That article is available at:
www.SitePrepMag.com. Look for the article titled "Full Contact
Project Management". It was written by me--so of course I think it's
great! It's the current issue (Summer 2006), so go get it now.
I also write in Masonry and in Coatings Pro, and this Fall I will also
be in Construction Purchasing, and a lot of my stuff deals with changes
in the plans and specs. This is where you'll absolutely get hammered
if you don't know what you're doing.
Some suggestions for you: read those magazines, because they are
available online and my columns will help you. Better yet, go to my
website, below, and order my book. It is called "Get Paid for a
Change!", and is subtitled, "The Contractor's Blueprint for Turning
Extra Work into Extra Money--through Change Orders".
I'll just put it to you this way: if you don't know how to deal with
the changes in your scope of work, you will get your clock cleaned and
get your a.. handed to you! Sorry to be so blunt, but it's true.
The basic theme of my book is that too many contractors do too much
extra work for free. Unless you have some kind of a system for dealing
with changes, such as my book, or a very wise partner who knows all of
this stuff, you'll lose.
Let me know if I can help you further. Sorry to be a wet blanket on
"You Need this Stuff!"
This sounds *very* familiar to me. I've not had experience with large
corporations in the construction business, but have in other lines of work.
And the above is quite true when it comes to large corporations. Many will
"squeeze" small vendors doing business with them. They want work done at a
discount. They will want extra work done for no additional payment. And then
sometimes they will just announce that they are not going to pay for a
certain job. And you have 50 jobs and a lot of future work with this
company, so if you tell them to stick it, then you risk losing all that
Basically large corporations have "bean counters" who sit around thinking of
any and everyway they can squeeze a few more pennies profit out of this or
that. Doing what is morally right or doing the right thing does not enter
into their thinking. They cheat in this game and do it because they can.
If you are working in the building industry, you really should read the
article in Site Prep. When you do, I'd be interested in your take on
And, while I don't say this in the article, I much prefer to do public
works projects, because you don't have to take crap there--if you're
the low bidder, you'll get the job! Doesn't matter whether you are
liked, or not!
Very good article and advice.
I think a lot of people are used to all the "consumer protection" with home
and personal contracts. They don't realize that in business, all is fair and
cheating is allowed. With a few clever words in a contract, you can be
toast. So the contracts need to be read and understood.
There is no "consumer protection" when it is a "business to business"
When referring to a year or years for example, the wording "the years in
which" is a whole lot different from the wording "the years for which".
[The years in which the company did business.]
(Company did business for 1 year in 2005 and for 1 day of 2004. The above
equals two years.)
[The years for which the company did business.]
(Does this mean one year of doing business?)
You will be paid a bonus of $50,000.00 for each year in which your company
is employed as a contractor.
You will be paid a bonus of $50,000.00 for each year for which your company
is employed as a contractor.
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