If you’re a business owner and you take on a project out of the goodness of your heart, recognize that you might not get paid and you’ll be the one funding the project.
I don’t think writing a check is old fashioned, but there are so many advantages to using a credit or debit card that it’s become the preferred payment method for many.
Some people are used to snapping their fingers and having others jump. It’s irritating, but you have to remember that they’re writing the checks.
I want to share a recent phone conversation with a contractor concerning a problem they were having with a client.
I’m not a fan of working with government agencies, but some situations are unique.
Many clients think they can arbitrarily change the terms of a contract and you, as the contractor, have to go along. This is why a detailed written contract is so important.
Over the years, I’ve seen contract language evolve, shifting more and more responsibility to general and specialty contractors.
Is it a good idea to have a service agreement to cover small jobs under a certain amount?
Avoid losing money by recognizing some of the games that building owners play to avoid paying.
Michael discusses a ploy some building owners use to not pay for all of their change work orders. It happens in both residential and commercial projects.
You shouldn’t sign a contract that stipulates what you can charge, even if it’s just on the change orders.
We discussed design agreements last week; today we’re going to look at them from another angle. The first step is setting the budget with the client.
A contractor who has designed projects asked how to protect his design work.
When a client decides to make an arbitrary change to your contract to reduce their price or avoid a payment, there are things you can and should do.
There are two schools of thought on pricing handyman projects and service work: time and material (T&M) pricing or upfront (flat rate) pricing. They both have advantages and disadvantages.
A contractor asked us about an issue they are having with an owner regarding the quality of a job.
We often hear from contractors dealing with a client who, for whatever reason, has decided to change the terms of their contract. Other professionals have the same problem.
Not all of your clients are honest. There are even a few who have no intention of paying you for the work you do.
A contractor asked for my opinion on a request he recently received. It’s not a win-win proposition.
If you’re doing service work on a time and materials basis, make sure your client knows what to expect before you start.