Construction contractors face ups and downs and must follow the general business news as well as local and national general contractor listings. General contractors should keep up with advances in building and estimating software developments as well as municipal building codes and new green standards that are being looked at in many communities.
Follow the trends affecting independent contractors to remain competitive. Read general service contractor publications that supply you with information about what deals your competitors are closing and where you might find new business opportunities. Look for general contractors news and trends from a variety of sources.
1. Receive email and contractor newsletters about current projects that are being developed.
2. Participate in associations for general contractors to learn about industry trends.
3. Subscribe to magazines that provide deeper analysis of independent contracting news and trends.
Watch for pertinent email alerts for construction contractorsGet email alerts, RSS feeds and prime contractor newsletters that will send you news as it happens. You'll need to know which deals are working and which ones fail to help you make your own business decisions. Learn about impending code changes as well as which companies are reporting growth to find additional opportunities.
Join general contracting groups for insider insights from other membersAssociation with other general contractors will provide you with an inside track to news about who is landing the big deals and what kinds of projects are getting built. Join a building contractor trade association and take advantage of the networking opportunities to develop relationships that could lead to more business for your company. Read the group's publications that provide members with up-to-date news and information.
Read analysts' reports for detailed independent contractor news and forecastsSubscribe to reports and magazines that cover contractor listings and trend pieces to help you know where the industry is heading and where the next wave of building will take place. Look for in-depth building reports to keep up with the movement in green building that's taking over much of the industry news.
- Attend construction contractor trade shows to find out from vendors about the latest construction software products, building equipment and marketing ideas. Go to the seminars and listen to the speakers brought in for the shows who can give you even more updates on the industry's news and trends.