TCJA could inspire you to change your business structure

Since its passage in late 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has given business owners and their tax advisors plenty to think about. One ongoing item of interest to contractors is whether their chosen business structure still makes sense in light of tax law reform. What’s the deal? The TCJA slashed federal corporate […]

How to become an employer of choice

Spring means a weather warmup and more projects underway. It can also be a time of desperation, when contractors need to hire new employees before the busy season takes hold. With the construction industry continuing to face a nationwide shortage of skilled labor, it’s critical to look for any edge you can find to distinguish […]

Why it’s worth going above and beyond OSHA compliance

Every contractor is aware of the importance of complying with safety rules set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). There are heavy penalties and fines associated with noncompliance. And most construction businesses take steps to at least meet the minimum qualifications. But why be satisfied with the bare minimum? There are several […]

The 411 on IoT: Everything is connected

Once upon a time, there was the Internet. And relatively speaking, it was easy to understand. The Internet was (and is) a network on which any computer on the planet could communicate with other like-connected computers, enabling users to correspond and share files. But the Internet wasn’t (and isn’t) satisfied with connecting only computers. It […]

Speeding up the payment process: Supply chain financing for construction projects

Construction is historically an invoice-based industry. You get paid when work is completed, and only after the invoice is submitted along with other documentation and approved by multiple project stakeholders. This payment process can take weeks or months, creating serious cash flow and working capital challenges for contractors who are waiting to get paid for work […]

Why it’s a good idea to review your business plan

Most construction companies start out with a business plan: a road map that outlines goals and details how to achieve them. But once a business is up and running, this document tends to get buried in a file cabinet or on a hard drive. Construction company owners, however, would benefit from digging out their business […]

Deconstructing the TCJA’s deduction for business income

We’re fast approaching the one-year anniversary of the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). All these months later, the law continues to challenge tax experts and business owners alike as they try to implement strategies to maximize the tax savings from the act. One example is the new tax deduction for qualified […]

Tips on managing and reducing payroll costs

Every construction company must pay its employees, so some payroll costs are unavoidable. But precisely how you should go about paying your employees can change over time. What made sense a few years ago may not be as logical or efficient now. Let’s look at some ways contractors can streamline payroll tasks to keep costs […]

Which accounting system upgrades should I look for?

Construction accounting is unique and complex. Each of your projects serves as an individual profit center with its own revenue, expenses and payroll. This means contractors shouldn’t use an off-the-shelf system. When looking to upgrade, focus on industry-specific features such as: Job-cost tracking. Contractors need to track expenses according to projects, cost codes, classes, and […]

Project management solutions may lie in the cloud

A good project manager knows communication is key to delivering a job on time and within budget. When team members can’t easily obtain project data, the result is often wasted time as they track down that information or, worse, duplicate efforts. Meanwhile, profit-eating costs mount and schedule overruns can occur. Many top-level construction companies are […]