Your Business

 

 

Articles in this section are intended to help electrical contractors grow and improve their businesses, from financial and legal advice to creating a service and maintenance department. You’ll find articles on estimating projects and more below. 

Once again, I was inspired to write after reading a post in a LinkedIn construction group. The article, “If I Own a Drill, Does That Make Me a Dentist?” laments the belief that simply buying a tool makes one a skilled craftsperson.

From left: Greg Cummins, Ed Schuler and Kevin Rickett

Smarter materials management is especially beneficial in electrical service work. Service electricians are constantly confronted with the challenge of obtaining materials while striving to minimize the amount of lost time, back-and-forth travel and rush charges that inevitably follow.


Klein voltage tester with flashlight

One of the most basic tools every electrician carries is the noncontact voltage tester. Essential complementary tools include circuit breaker finders and tone probes for tracing wires. Scanning devices are able to see through walls and floors to identify wires, conduits and other objects.





A recent World Wildlife Fund survey found that almost half of Fortune 500 companies have at least one climate or clean-energy goal. It’s good business to be eco-friendly, and the construction industry has made great strides in going green without sacrificing profits.

More on Your Business

 
Improving Lives, Improving Our Companies

I suspect that most of the firms on Fortune magazine’s annual list of the “Best Companies to Work For” would also make anyone’s tabulation of “Best Companies to Deal With.” It follows that employees who enjoy their jobs and are aware of their employers’ mission, capabilities and goals will do their


READ MORE
 
FCC Survey Finds Faster Broadband Needed in Schools and Libraries

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a report on the state of broadband connectivity at schools and libraries receiving funds from the federal E-rate program, which provides support to help connect schools and libraries to the Internet.


READ MORE
 
Editors' Pick
The EC as Detective

While the term “retrocommissioning” (RCx) is being heard with more frequency, electrical contractors (ECs) may not fully understand what it is or what it entails. Evan Mills, Ph.D., of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has a useful analogy.


READ MORE
 
Sustainable Service

In a recent keynote address, Robert Catell, chairman of the New York State Smart Grid Consortium, characterized the state of the electric grid in a way that he knew his audience could understand.


READ MORE
 
To Infinity and Beyond?

In some ways, it seems as though nuclear power plants are the Energizer Bunny of electric-generating technology—they just keep going. Constructed between 1969 and 1996, the nation’s 104 nuclear reactors were licensed initially for 40 years of operation.


READ MORE
 
Are You Smarter Than Uncle Sam?

No matter how you view the results of the recent elections, you may be hoping for a reduction in government spending for 2011 and wishing you could teach Uncle Sam some of the business lessons you have learned.


READ MORE
 
Editors' Pick
Plan Now

After one of the toughest employment years in recent history, with many electricians benched in industry layoffs, it may seem counterintuitive to focus on employment right now. As the economy recovers, the employment situation will become more complicated.


READ MORE

Pages

X