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How to be a construction super sub

As the construction sector warms up again, we look at ways that sub-contactors across all fields can give themselves the advantage over the competition. Follow the simple steps below and whether you are a electrician, plumber or surveyor, you can build the kind of reputation that means you won’t always need to compete on price.


1. Get the bid right

Make sure that projects include enough qualified workers. In construction, reputation is important, and skimping on staff can mean expensive delays and cost you future contracts. Once you’ve got the bid finalised, make sure it’s in on time. Missed deadlines act as an early warning call to any contractor.


2. Manage the contract

You’ve won the contract, well done! Now you need to make sure you have read and digested all of the details to ensure you can manage it properly. Failing to carry things out as specified or having to be prompted by the contract supervisor is also a red flag.


3. Be proactive

Stay on top of every job. Subcontractors who take responsibility for monitoring projects by visiting jobsites and stay in touch with the site supervisor on a regular basis, will stand out. In fact, why not sit down on one of those visits and ask the supervisor how you can make the job run perfectly for them?


4. Manage the site

Keep your part of the project tidy, don't leave a project unfinished if it can be helped. Most of all, don’t create unsafe conditions and leave them as hazards for unsuspecting co-workers. Regular safety meetings and end of the day clean-up sessions are a must.


5. See this contract as an opportunity for many more

If you’ve won the contract and delivered a great job, don’t imagine this will mean the contractor will come beating your door down when the next opportunity comes along. Build a good relationship and keep in touch with key people to make sure your name is still in their minds when the next job comes along. Ideas to make that happen include: Take the supervisor out for a few beers or a meal; Ask them if there is anything you could do better – and act on the responses; Send product literature, newsletters or e-newsletters to keep in contact; Say ‘thank you’ when the job is over; Finally, be helpful to their business, if you think of leads or contacts that could help them, pass them on.


Posted on November 22, 2013 by Elena

How to be a construction super sub