Most contractors struggle with cash flow occasionally, if not regularly. These problems can take a variety of shapes and sizes and stem from many causes. One common contributor to cash flow slowdowns is the very paperwork you use to arrange and close out projects: namely, your contracts and invoices. Read the fine print When you…

In January, the IRS issued final regulations under Internal Revenue Code Section 199A. This section allows owners of pass-through entities — sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability companies and S corporations — to deduct up to 20% of their qualified business income (QBI) from those entities. Owners of construction companies organized under these entity types should…

There’s no getting around it: Construction is an inherently collaborative enterprise. Many, if not most, projects involve a variety of contributors. But therein lies a danger. Contractors who exercise control over the employees of subcontractors or other parties — or reserve the right to exercise such control — risk being ensnared by the so-called “joint…

Insurance is a challenge for most construction businesses. You want to control your costs, but you may struggle to obtain affordable coverage of difficult-to-insure risks or fill “gaps” in your existing coverage. One potential solution for fast-growing or well-established construction businesses is captive insurance. It can help reduce premium costs while providing a variety of…

As a construction business, your company may be eligible for the Section 199A deduc­tion for “domestic production activities.” This tax break is known by several names, including the “domestic production activities deduction” and the “manufacturers’ deduction.” In fact, many contractors overlook the Sec. 199 deduction because they believe it’s only for man­ufacturers. But it’s also available…

Building information modeling (BIM) is one of the most important technological developments in construction history. As you’re no doubt aware if you’ve used it, the software helps everyone involved resolve design conflicts and other issues before construction begins. When used to its maximum potential, BIM can also enhance quality, speed and productivity while reducing costs….

Tariffs on steel and aluminum have recently contributed to rising materials costs. There are many other factors that can cause prices to escalate, too, including shortages brought about by building booms in other parts of the country or world; environmental issues, such as loss of forestlands; and rising fuel and other transportation costs. What can…

The skilled labor shortage has been a problem for so long that you might be tired of reading about it. Yet, on a nationwide basis, the fact remains that construction businesses face a great challenge in hiring and retaining well-trained and experienced workers. If your construction company has good people on board right now, you’ve…

Is your construction business organized as a sole proprietorship or pass-through entity (such as a partnership, S corporation or limited liability company)? If so, the new 20% “pass-through” deduction can be a valuable tax break. But the deduction is subject to complex limits and restrictions. That’s why it’s important to review your situation carefully to…

Benchmarking is the process of comparing one’s business processes and performance metrics with your own historical data or those of other, similar companies. Through this process, you can identify the “best in class” business practices in the construction industry, or in another industry where similar processes exist, and compare these approaches and results with your own. In doing so, you’ll hopefully…