We’ve all heard the old saying, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know,” when it comes to getting a job. And whether we like to admit it or not, there’s a lot of truth to this particular bit of homespun wisdom. If you’re a construction subcontractor, the more people you know, the more jobs you have lined up. Networking is an important tool in keeping your calendar full, so practice these to expand your pool of who you know and potential project prospects.
Tip #1: Attend Events
Local business conferences, trade shows, expos, or any other kind of convention are great places to meet people, establish business relationships, and line up jobs down the road. Make sure to show up with a stack of business cards and a hearty handshake! Meet people in your industry and prime yourself for future projects.
Tip #2: Establish Working Relationships
Every job you take on is a chance to expand your network. Every general contractor you work with, every subcontractor you meet, and every client you sign on with is another person who now knows you. Work hard and do a good job, and they’ll call you up when they need someone reliable for a new job.
Tip #3: Leverage Word of Mouth
It’s not just the people you work with that keep track of you; your clients do as well. Working with people on a job is a chance to improve your network, and if you make a significant impression, word will spread. That can be both good and bad, so make sure you always try to put your best foot forward.
Tip #4: Use PlanHub Software
The world has gone digital and finding contractors and subcontractors to work with is easier than ever. Rather than digging through Facebook or trying your best with LinkedIn, PlanHub puts contractors and subcontractors at each other’s fingertips, allowing professionals to get onto each other’s radars, so we can all do better work.