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BFS Capital Blog

The Best Resources for Your Construction Business

January 14, 2016

The construction industry can be a lonely place.

Sure, you’re surrounded by people, construction material and noise all the time, but when it comes to getting help, sometimes you can feel a little lost. In such a complex industry, where you deal with every conceivable issue from legal to personnel to sourcing and licensing, keeping on top of it all can seem overwhelming.

But there are construction resources that can help. A number of trade associations and online publications give you a wealth of information to help your construction business thrive. Here is a list of the best resources for your construction business.

Construction Industry Associations

  • American General Contractors – The official site for the AGC trade association. Here you can manage your membership as well as connect easily with other members and learn about AGC events. It’s also a great resource for industry data and ongoing training.
  • Builder Space – A building industry portal that includes articles on developments, technology, and other current events relevant to the industry. It’s also got an extensive directory of service providers and suppliers, as well as a job board and a calendar of industry events.
  • CFMA – The official site for Construction Financial Management Association, an organization dedicated to bringing together contractors and the financial people they need to support them. This is your stop when you need accountants, insurance brokers, attorneys or any other professional on the administrative side.
  • CMAA – Becoming a certified construction manager can make a huge difference in the amount of work your business gets. Here is where you learn how to get that certification, keep up to date on ongoing training, and take online seminars to learn more about the field.
  • The American Institute of Constructors – This is a standards organization that can get your company certified under the umbrella of the ANSI. It’s another certification that can show potential clients that you are among the most reputable and qualified builders in your industry, and an excellent organization to join to keep on top of ethical issues.
  • Construction Users Roundtable – This organization was founded by construction owners as a forum where people in the industry – from those owners to contractors to job seekers – can share information to help make businesses run as efficiently as possible. Members have access to forums, newsletters, and dozens of other resources that feature the expertise of some of the biggest successes in the industry.

Online Resources for the Construction Industry

  • Construction Dive – Outstanding industry resource that focuses on providing construction professionals with daily news commercial building, residential building, green building, design, regulations, and safety. They also feature a job board and a daily newsletter that will get you caught up on the industry in 60 seconds.
  • Construction Data Blog – This painfully self-explanatory title is the blog of the Construction Data Company, an organization dedicated to amassing and publishing data on the industry. While the volumes of information the company has is intimidating, this blog gives you the most pertinent and relevant highlights so you can know where the construction industry is headed.
  • Construction Payment Blog – Being a great contractor is only half of what makes you a successful one. The other is being able to collect payment, without losing business. This blog, an offshoot of zlien, is completely dedicated to the art of getting paid.
  • Construction Marketing Association Blog – Marketing might be the last thing you want to think about, so this association does it for you. Peruse their archives for tips on everything from utilizing social media to bettering your proposals to developing a construction mobile app.
  • Building Design and Construction – Really more of an online magazine than a blog, this image-heavy site will guide you through the current trends in architecture, interior design, and even stuff like lighting. It is helpful for proposals as well as working with designers for the overall aesthetic of a project.
  • Best Practices Construction Law – This blog from construction lawyer Matt Devries gives you the legal basics of the industry without charging you $400 an hour. Here you can learn everything from the specifics of contract language to minimizing your liability to claims preparation. It’s a one-stop legal resource that’s well-organized and informative.
  • Construction Informer – Unlike a lot of industry-specific online magazines, this site sources its stories from a wide variety of people, from publicists to professionals to journalists. It’s a great resource for scouring press releases from construction companies, or reading long-form features on heady issues like leadership and urban design.
  • Equipment World – Even if you’re not a heavy equipment manufacturer, this blog – like a Car and Driver for the construction industry – will keep you apprised of the latest in construction equipment, and how it’s being used. The blog also has loads of industry news as well as updates on some government contracts.
  • Hard Hat Chat – Commercial construction is a pretty wide-ranging topic: It can mean building everything from a bank to a restaurant to a new hotel. This blog delves into all those areas at some time or another, and is a fantastic resource for one looking for specific information. It offers precision that many other construction blogs do not, and if you don’t see what you’re looking for immediately, you will eventually.
  • AEC Business – There’s a reason why this blog from management consultant Aarni Heiskanen shows up on every list of top construction blogs: It’s flat out the best one. The long-time construction industry insider delivers tips on everything from writing reports to utilizing mobile apps, often interviewing industry leaders for the stories. Combining that with a wide-image, sexy layout and relevant content makes this a must-read for anyone in the industry.

And while our small business blog doesn’t cover the industry exclusively, we have taken a close look at some relevant topics including the ongoing growth of the construction industry, the impact of 3D printing on the construction industry, and tips on addressing the skills gap in the construction industry.

If you notice any valuable construction resources that we may have missed, please feel free to mention them in the comments below. We hope our list of construction industry resources will provide value and allow you to take your construction business to the next level.