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This study guide is designed for people who have enough experience  to know the difference between a shovel and a hammer. It only contains the information needed to pass the test.

 

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I made this website because I couldn’t find an affordable easy study guide when I was studying for my license test.

I kept finding outdated  study guides or classes being peddled for $500.00 or more.

The test isn’t that hard if you simply brush up on some basics. When I took the test I created a study guide for myself and passed the first time I took the test.

When I passed my test I was glad I kept my $500.00 and didn’t have to sit in a room full of annoying strangers for two days.

 

If you think you can afford to pass up this study guide think again…here’s why…

A good friend of mine working at the same company also planned on taking the license test with me. We both had big plans about how we could run our own businesses! He bought one of those 300 page study guides and guess how many pages he read?? He didn’t make it through the first two chapters. So he never got around to finishing the book and he never got around to taking the license test. Hes still working for someone else… years later…

 

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The study guide I’m selling here is small enough to read in a single day! Read it three or four times and if there is anything you don’t understand due to brevity use the internet to do some extended research! Going into business for yourself is a new and daunting challenge. My test is a shortcut to your success! 

 

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Commercial property trends in Los Angeles

Here is a very inspiring video from Allen Matkins relating to Los Angeles Real Estate Markets. They have also released some data relating to California construction. I think there are some opportunities and some risks currently in the Los Angeles market.

The short term opportunities are the downtown revitalization for property owners in this area. I have walked the streets and the change in appearance is palpable, (although I can still read the words “hourly rates” on some of the older hotels. But hey, they are making steps in the right direction. It’s a great opportunity for owners agents such as designers, contractors and real estate pro’s.

The long term I’m not completely sold on, and of course I have to offer some contention for the sake of balance. Los Angeles has a few tough issues. If I were holding real estate or serving customers in Los Angeles county exclusively I would be proactive in diversifying my reliance on the area for a few reasons. Los Angeles is tied with Detroit for population migration according to bloomberg. But there are large inflows of immigrants as EM economies have pushed hot money investments in local real estate. As we have seen previously with Japan, a foreign deflationary situation can reverse this trend sometimes very quickly. The unemployment rate is going down but its not low by any means. There is also the rising cost of pensions and city expenses billions are unfunded and are guaranteed by taxpayers. The cities international status and geography in relation to trade is a very big plus so for the time being everything is looking very rosy.

I think Los Angeles is in a period of recovery but the voting base continues to push less qualified candidates(In my humble opinion) into office and this trend will likely continue. I would consider diversifying my project between another nearby county to help reduce exposure to bad politics and the associated taxes that inevitably follow.

 

 

 

Construction Safety Meeting

In California the law requires a safety or tailgate meeting every 10 working days. There are two important things to do at these meeting.

1) Bring up a particular topic

Here is a list of topics and general information 

2) Get a signature from everyone explaining that they understand the topic discusssed

The easiest way to do this is to have the meeting right before you hand out out the checks. Here is a form you can download to collect signatures

The important part is to bring up a topic and allow workers the chance to bring up their own issues. By having them sign this document it will reduce your liability by creating an environment where people can bring up safety issues which shows safety initiative and legal compliance.

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How to Ask for a Raise

You want more money and less work.

Your company wants more work for less money.

It’s an important step in anyone’s career to ask for a raise and to get a solid answer from their employer. Let me take you inside the mind of your employer so you can get an upper hand at asking for a raise. This post has two parts A) Should you ask for a raise and B) How to ask for a raise.Your employer is already thinking about your position at their company. Trust me, as the person writing this article I think about my employees pay constantly and each person falls into three distinct categories for their ability to negotiate a raise.
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How to Write a Good Construction Contract

contruction contractI rarely see good contracts. Most people just make some stuff up without really thinking about what they are doing but as you grow you will find it necessary to create a contract template that would take a beating from the talented and “useful” legal minds currently knocking clueless contractors into the poor house. Check out the products page for a fully legal contract template. This article does not constitute legal advice. Consult an attorney for more information regarding contract law.

1. Basics

A contract is an agreement between two people. It should always be in written form to avoid confusion. 

A contract can be changed when all parties agree through a contract addendum, amendment or in a construction contract a change order.

Signing a contract is called execution

A contract must be balanced, fair and drafted with the intention of not misleading either party.

It must name both parties along with their performance. Performance means what they agree to do within the contract.

A contract must meet all legal requirements of the jurisdiction in which it is subject.

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Email marketing for Contractors

contractor marketing list

Most contractors don’t build a significant marketing database but they should.  Email marketing is a key strategy in keeping your business relevant in the minds of customers.

The obvious first step is creating a spreadsheet with customer emails. This takes consistent effort to retain this information. I always add customer emails to the contract themselves so the information doesn’t go missing after a few months.

How

Emailing your customers should be done annually or semiannually. I don’t recommend snail mail or any other form of mail because most people will trash it right away. But after they see your email they will do what everyone does with email. Leave it sitting their inbox as they go back to their lives. But fortunately when they remember they need a contractor they can quickly search their inbox for you recent email.

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Fat Fingers & Naked Shorts

 

From Investopedia

“The illegal practice of short selling shares that have not been affirmatively determined to exist. Ordinarily, traders must borrow a stock, or determine that it can be borrowed, before they sell it short. But due to various loopholes in the rules and discrepancies between paper and electronic trading systems, naked shorting continues to happen.”

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cost segregation

Cost segregation is something people don’t talk about often. Most people are aware of tax depreciation associated with investment properties. Also most people use the standard variations of a few basic depreciation methods. However there are some pros and cons for the a real estate owner to consider concerning cost segregation.
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The value of Bitcoin

bitTo use a basic standard when considering laws makes sense in the following ways. People are naturally good and most people are doing mostly right in their lives. Some people are demented or just get too greedy or angry. If you can admit the fact that most people are susceptible to some mistakes it seems only fair to not impose you mistakes on someone else and their mistakes on you. In essence every action should be voluntary. Passing a law per se is the opposite of voluntarism though and we do need laws.  The basic tenants of such laws is the need to focus on assuring parties agree to do that which they have agreed and also to protect parties from encroachment in it’s many forms.
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