When you start a new project, you need to be prepared for the job, and engaged with your clients to help your business be successful. By considering just a few key things for a project, you can be sure you will accurately deliver services to your clients and keep building your business.

No matter if it’s your first experience as a contractor or you have plenty of experience, these simple considerations can help you on almost any job.

Whether you can complete the project

Whenever you begin a project, make sure you know you can complete it. The last thing you want to do as a professional is get involved in a job, and find out later that you don’t have the skills or knowledge to adequately complete the task.

Consult with your clients before you begin, and make sure they know any limitations you have, or that you may have to hire a subcontractor to complete parts of the job you cannot.

Whether you are able to meet your client’s deadlines

Be sure to let your client know your schedule and who will be working on the project. If you know you won’t be able to start work on a new project until after a certain date, discuss this with your client.

Let them know approximately how many crew members will be working on the job site. Being open and friendly with clients is never a bad thing. After all, they hired you as their contractor for a reason. Be mindful that the client may want to hire you again for future projects if they have a good experience.

Naturally, there may be things that delay a project’s completion slightly. Bad weather and other unforeseen circumstances can delay your estimated end date. Be sure to stay in communication with your client about any delays.

Whether your estimates are accurately budgeted for the project

The last thing you want to do on a project is agree on a certain cost, and then go over budget ー that’s how you lose money on projects. Make sure your estimates are up-to-date and the price of materials has not changed. You should also account for any subcontractors or extra crew members needed for the project.

Whether you will need building permits

Different jobs require building permits before you can begin work. Permitting requirements may also vary depending on the size of the project. As a contractor, it is your responsibility to obtain all necessary permits and inspections relating to those permits for your client. Be sure to factor the cost of any necessary permits into your estimates.