Contractors and Sub-Contractors-The Truths


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It may seem on the surface that the only real difference between a contractor and a subcontractor is the title, but let’s take a moment to unpack how that difference manifests in reality. While contractors need to generate referrals and engage in networking with customers to find business, subcontractors are mostly looking to network with the contractors that have work for them. As a result, contractors need to be far more customer-focused than subcontractors to function effectively.

A building contractor finds, solicits bids from and schedules all of the subcontractors that are necessary to complete the project. The new homeowner or business owner contracts with the building contractor, and the building contractor contracts with the subcontractors and suppliers. Contractors typically charge from 10 percent to 15 percent of the total project cost for this service. For example, if the contractor oversees a $1 million project, his fee for doing so might be in the neighborhood of $100,000 to $150,000.

General contractors often don’t do the physical work themselves. They might have been carpenters or plumbers, but now that they run their own businesses, they’ve retired their tool belts. Instead, their role is to sign clients, manage budgets, and schedule a cast of subcontractors. When he’s trying to win your business, a contractor can be pretty vague about how involved he’s going to be — and who will be running the job day-to-day.

Among other things, working as an independent contractor means that your client gets no say in your relationships with other people. One of your independent contractor rights is that whoever you’re working for usually can’t control who you hire or fire, including subcontractors, and they generally can’t control how you market yourself or whether you take on other clients.

Contractor’s License Application Package

Snow removal contractors
if a snow event takes place and the regular city snow removal workers need assistance, contractors may be hired. The city maintains a list of contractors who are available when the need arises. If you are a licensed contractor with snow removal equipment and would like to be considered for contract work on an “on call” basis and you meet the criteria to be a contractor for the city, please make application with the public works department.

Contractors state license service is one of the only contractor schools in the state that is run by educators, not lawyers or people mostly interested in the bonding and insurance business. Most importantly, csls operates under the provisions of the california private postsecondary education act of 2009 which is administered by the bureau for private postsecondary education. Csls offers comprehensive application processing by trained professionals – we will even submit it to the contractors state license board (cslb) on your behalf.