Parceling Out Work In A Way That Makes Sense: How To Database Your Subcontractors

Sometimes a contract results in a lot more work than most general contractors can manage. If you have realized that you have bitten off more than you can chew, there are ways you can address this problem. The most common way is through subcontracting. A lot of general contractors either act as subcontractors, or they are looking for extra contractors to assist on a particular project. So how can you sort the proverbial wheat from the chaff? The best ways are as follows.

Subcontractor Database

Recently, contractors began developing subcontractor certification video database that helps them identify valuable subcontractors who work hard and well with others and who charge fair prices for subcontracting work. You can scan and search this version of your local subcontractor database to find those specific subcontractors you need for your project. Once you have found them, their contact information is listed. You can contact them to see if they want to do the extra work for you.

"How To" Video Database

Another option is to scroll through dozens of "how to" videos posted on social media and streaming video websites. Many of these videos are made by general contractors and/or other contractors looking for work. When you search specifically for the types of contractors you need to subcontract, it narrows the list down significantly to just those working in your area and just those who are clearly experienced in these specific contract skills. Think of these videos as "audition for the job" videos, as it were, and you are sure to find a couple of contractors that seem pleasant, easy to work with, and most knowledgeable for the kinds of contractor work you need them to do.

Certification Lists 

Another place to look is state licensing and certification boards. These state licensing and certification boards list all contractors in the state that have not lost a license or certification yet and who might be right for the job. New contractors are added to these state lists all of the time, so if you do not find someone right now, you may find someone next week up to twelve weeks from now because of the licensing and certification processes. Some contractors include short bios on skillsets, with or without videos. If you spot someone that looks like they have not logged into this database in a while, it does not mean that he/she no longer has the correct licensing and certification. It just means that the database does not have current info on this particular contract.