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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. 

The leaves are turning here in Bethesda, Md. Fall is a cliched metaphor for change, and it’s the part of the annual cycle that cynics abhor for pumpkin-spiced everything.

Election Day is right around the corner. That probably isn’t news to you, but it is essential to be aware of what’s at stake and to consider the issues that are important to you, your business and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).


Every month, we pick the top Ideas That Work submitted by you, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR readers.

ETAJ training coordinator Danny VanSickle and instructor Sanders Masters help deliver a trailer full of donated goods to flood victims.

Between Aug. 12–22, an unnamed storm damaged more than 150,000 southern Louisiana homes. Gov. John Bel Edwards said part of the state received more rain in 48 hours than the Mississippi River discharges into the Gulf of Mexico in 18 days.

More on Your Business

Ghosts in the Darkness

Phantom power produces dim lights during power outage During the heat wave that gripped the Northeast this past July, increased air conditioning use strained the electrical system.

When All the Lights Go Out

Backup power for commercial/industrial/institutional (CII) facilities

Wait a Minute, Mr. Postman

Improve written communication by following the rules Have you ever written a letter like this? “Dear Owner/Contractor: We have been in business for 20 years and never encountered the problems we have with this job.

Reducing the Cost of Material Distribution

Part I: The Paradox   As the economic landscape of the electrical industry shifts from industrial to commercial/residential, the contractors demand more effective services from their supplier/distributors. Every day owners and operators of electrical distributors must face the question: Who are we?

Build Revenue and Customer Loyalty

  Service and maintenance are an important value-added opportunity for the electrical contractor.

The Birthplace of Mistakes

How to review during the takeoff I SOMETIMES GET AHEAD OF MYSELF when I write these articles. In my April article, I discussed what you should do when you find one of your mistakes. But I never told you how to avoid making mistakes. Nobody can.