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.
For more tips on improving your network as a subcontractor and using PlanHub’s subcontractor software as your network grows and you find more projects, simply contact us today!
How Do You Network?
Networking sounds like a technical skill and scary, but really, it’s not. It’s just socializing through a business lens. So, in order to network, all you have to do is get out there and meet people.
For example, are there local business events you could attend? Are there conventions or trade shows you could be a part of? Are you actively involved in any charities or social causes? All of these provide opportunities for you to network and meet other subcontractors.
The key thing to remember is that any interaction with someone, whether it’s meeting your partner’s co-workers, going to a Better Business Bureau mixer, or just showing up for a charity walk event: they all are chances for you to network. You never know who you’re going to meet, or when they’ll end up being that connection that comes through for you!
How to network in construction?
Construction networking is a critically important skill and simply a required part of running a construction business. Not a people person? Don’t worry; the PlanHub team has put together 4 practical tips for networking in construction. Read on to learn everything you need to know to build your network.