Choosing the Right Classifications for You
As a contractor, you know how important it is to be able to advertise and promote your licensed skill set. That’s why the most successful contractors stack additional classifications on their original license. Adding contractor classifications does two important things for you and your career: it broadens the amount of jobs you can take on and it increases your earnings potential.
A Bigger Toolbox
Your licensed skillset is like your own personal toolbox. Each classification you add enables you to properly complete more diverse tasks, which allows you to bid on and win more jobs. But which classifications should you choose?
Once you earn your original California state contractor license, you can then add different classifications. The first contractor classifications you should add to your license are the ones you already have experience in. This will allow you to stack more classifications quickly, granting you the freedom to take on a wider variety of jobs.
Build On What You Know
If you already have experience in plumbing, masonry, or drywall for example, you can add that skill to your license and then confidently take on or supervise those jobs. This helps your business by allowing you to advertise your newly licensed skills, while bidding on jobs that previously weren’t available.
Once you have added classifications you have knowledge of, you can then learn new valuable skills. This allows you to determine where you want to take your career and how you want to build your business.
Know Your Own Backyard
The best way to decide which new contractor classifications to add is to determine what kinds of work need to be done in your area. By searching existing contracting companies nearby, you should be able to see which skills and classifications saturate your work area. By looking at other contractors, you should be able to tell what skills are marketable and which you might not need.
Keep Your Ear to the Ground
To determine what type of work needs to be done in your area, you should also listen closely to your customers. What types of jobs are they asking for? Even if you can’t or won’t bid on certain jobs, you should keep records of the work they are looking for so you can determine specific trends and patterns.
Watch the Weather
Finally, what type of area do you live in? If you live in an arid, dry environment, then adding mold and other moisture-related classifications may be unnecessary. Likewise, if you live in an area where the environment is harsh on the roofs of building, you may want to invest in getting additional contractor classifications in roofing skills.
By adding additional classifications to your original contractor license, you add to your personal toolbox and increase your earnings potential.
We Can Help You Choose
Adding licensed skills lets you construct your own future on your own terms. We can help; Contractors License Resource Group has been helping contractors build their careers for nearly forty years. We can guide you through the process of adding additional classifications. What are you waiting for? Your future awaits!