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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. 

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On a regular basis, Contractors ask me to review their contracts before they sign.

Beginning this month, we are taking a fresh look at Ideas That Work. This column has been part of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Magazine for many years, and most submitted ideas have been time saving and practical.

In the utility sector, not many issues cause industry stakeholders more anxiety than the aging infrastructure and continuously increasing demand. Around the country, utilities are investing heavily to keep up with degradation and power-hungry consumers.


It isn’t often that an electrical contractor (EC) literally goes airborne during system testing and commissioning.

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From Swordfish to Motor Saws
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I still remember the bewildered look on my nephew’s face after watching an episode of “The Flintstones.” Fred had been working at his quarry in Bedrock and sawing off a giant piece of stone with a live swordfish.

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Dirty Little Secrets
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Some of this column’s readers have sent comments and questions, and one of those prompts this month’s column regarding the earthwork on a project.

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Managing Lease Agreements
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Electrical contractors can obtain needed equipment by purchasing it, leasing it or renting it. Electrical contractors use each of these three equipment acquisition methods every day and each method has its advantages and disadvantages.

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Time Is Money
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Customers are placing a higher priority on time than money, and it seems that nearly all projects are now “fast track.” Managing money is easier than managing time, and every electrical contracting company struggles with waste, inaccurate records, or even time theft.

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E-Biz for Smaller Contractors
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Paperless communication reduces errors Translation is a huge problem for e-business. Can your accounting system “talk” to your distributor’s business system, and vice versa? After all, your system has information the distributor needs; and you could use data in the distributor’s computer.

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Security System Upkeep
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Security system upkeep is important to ensure the integrity of the system in the event of an actual breach or break in. It’s then that the significance of a reliable intrusion detection system comes to light.

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