How to be a great subcontractor
Working as a subcontractor can have many benefits such as flexibility in job choice, the ability to get paid for every hour worked and you can simply leave a job site once your task is completed. While working as a subcontractor can give you a great sense of independence, it is important to build strong relationships in order to avoid any confusion or misunderstandings. Here are some quick tips on how to be a great subcontractor.
Get organised and do research
Before taking on a job it is important to get organised and do research first. It is vital to know what tools will be needed for the task, what pre qualifications are needed and of course if you have the time in your schedule. Quick ways to stay organised are to keep a calendar easily accessible on your phone and to have an in-depth chat with the contractor about the requirements of the job. This reduces the chance of you getting left out of pocket for any tools or certifications you didn’t know about, and helps you portray yourself as a professional to contractors.
Create a contract:
A great way to avoid any disputes down the track is to have a clear-cut contract between yourself and the contractor. This can help ensure that if any changes are made to plans that you are notified, and can often include payment dates, indemnification clauses and more. If you have never read or created a contract before, it may be a good idea to contact a local lawyer.
Find jobs that are right for you:
While it can be hard to not jump at every opportunity that pops up, it is important to find jobs that are right for you. If a contractor is including things in a contract that you are not happy with, it is okay to walk away. As a subcontractor, you still have rights and still deserve to be treated fairly on a job site. Similarly, if you are already overbooked there is no use in making false promises. A great subcontractor will only take on jobs that they have time to complete and will not leave themselves rushed.
Companies are not going to know who you are unless you market yourself. Social media is a great way to do this and many people simply send their LinkedIn bios instead of a resume. Setting aside funds to create a small and simple website that includes your contact details, insurance details, qualifications and examples of previous work is an easy but effective way for more companies to find you. Alternatively, you can set up a subcontractor business profile on the Construct You website. Here you can submit information about your business as well as photos, past projects, your experience and more.
Subcontractors can sadly have the reputation for doing the bare minimum on a job site. A great way to leave a lasting impression that you are a great subcontractor is to exceed expectations. This can be in the form of arriving at a job site early, having a positive work outlook and listening to contractor’s requests and feedback. Companies and contractors always remember the subcontractors who get the job done efficiently and do the job without complaints.
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