Electrical Estimators should not rely on someone else to type their scope letters. Many of us think we do not have time to type out the scope letters because we’re so busy. There was a time when I was guilty of this way of thinking also until I worked for an electrical contractor who’s secretary…Details
Before you put that project you just quoted in the file cabinet take a moment to create a bid log. You will be amazed how quickly it will become a powerful tool. A bid log can contain a lot of different information but even a simple one can give the electrical estimator and owner a…Details
What does your email address say about you? Recently I sent out a bunch of emails announcing the opening of DBP Electrical Consulting where I talked about our electrical estimating service and electrical contractor training programs, most of them were addressed to electrical contractors. As I addressed my emails I was amazed at some of…Details
Talking with the general contractor’s estimator before a bid can be a great way to gain insight into the project being bid and your competition. Depending on the type of job I call around to all of the general contractors that I know about. Usually I can tell within just a moment or two if…Details
The electrical estimate is the foundation of all electrical jobs. The job’s success can be won or lost during this process. In order to effectively bid work you need to have a consistent process or methodology. The process should always be scalable and consideration should be given to how the project will be built and…Details
How many times has it been said “he is a great electrician but he doesn’t understand how to run a business”? As a contractor in Alabama in the 90s this definitely applied to me. I got my master electrician certificate at the tender age of 27 and jumped right into the world of contracting. What I endured for the next decade was really painful at times but this does not have to be your fate as well!Details
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