Entrepreneurs in Southern California don't reach success by sitting around and waiting for others to take charge; they do it themselves. Successful start-up companies and more established businesses generally both have something in common, i.e., owners and managers who aren't afraid to roll up their sleeves and take action. Being proactive and aggressive in the business world is a great attribute, but even the most hands-on businessmen know that they can't do everything themselves.
New and expanding businesses in California are no doubt aware of the numerous requirements and processes that go into hiring a new employee, contractor or seasonal worker. In California, the number one goal is to create a safe, fair and accessible job market so that businesses and their employees can flourish. But understandably, many small businesses and start-up companies can get frustrated at all the hoops they have to jump through. While excessive reporting and paperwork requirements can require significant administrative time, it does help to know that some of these requirements have a noble purpose behind them.
People in the construction industry know that some disagreements and misunderstandings are an inevitable part of almost every single project. In a complicated construction project, architects, contractors, subcontractors and other parties are all expected to speak the same language and hold up their end of the bargain, but when something goes wrong, each party scrambles to protect themselves from liability. Whether it is a design flaw, construction defect, delay or failure to perform, contract disputes happen, and when they do, these parties need to reach a solution. Sometimes that solution isn't possible without litigation or arbitration, but before things every get that far, it's important that contractors protect themselves by drafting and executing good contracts.
People in the construction industry in California may have found themselves a bit busier now than they have been in recent years, as new projects and new opportunities seem to be coming around after a long-dormant period of economic recession. The good news is that this optimistic outlook appears to be widespread, and hopefully will translate to continued economic success in several major California markets in the coming years.
People in the construction business know that there is no substitute for experience. No two projects are ever the same, and the dozens of minor issues that are likely to arise in the course of a construction project may not have the same solution every time. So how do construction professionals and small businesses get the edge they need to successfully compete for bids, complete projects and avoid the common pitfalls that are common in the industry, all while turning a profit? The answer lies in having the experience and knowledge to handle any construction litigation situation.
Contractors in California know that public works projects can be a very lucrative source of income. Some contractors may shy away from the public bidding process because it seems complex, but, in reality, getting lined up to bid for state and municipal projects may actually be more simple than many first believe.
One of the biggest sources of growth and labor in California is the government, which typically awards billions of dollars every year to private contractors and small businesses that provide the know-how and expertise for big government initiatives. Government contracts run the gamut from construction labor to technical guidance, so doing work with the state can be big business for even small construction companies. Each year the state contracts for and purchases about $10 billion worth of goods and services, so construction company owners who want to throw their hat in the ring may be well compensated for their efforts.
At long last, the state of California has begun construction on the state's largest transportation project in history, the high speed rail which will eventually span most of the state and connect San Francisco with Lost Angeles and beyond. Ground was broken earlier this month on the first segment in Fresno, which will span approximately 29 miles.
Contractors in California have to work hard to obtain their licenses to conduct business, and in many ways this license is absolutely critical to most contractors' ability to continue to perform and be compensated for future work. Just obtaining a license from the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) can be a complicated endeavor, but it doesn't end there. Contractors in California need to take proactive measures to protect their licenses against claims, complaints and allegations from clients, otherwise they could lose the very thing they've worked so hard to achieve.
People in California may have heard about the state's plans to develop and construct one of the nation's largest and most ambitious high-speed rail systems, which will ultimately span the majority of the length of the state from Sacramento to Southern California. This massive undertaking has garnered a lot of attention from the media and the construction industry from the get-go, with the latest controversy coming in in the form of the winning construction bid, which came in unexpectedly low.