December 2010 Newsletter

A newsletter with vital information for construction contractors and suppliers!

Table of Contents:

Move Over Law

Have you heard of the "Move Over Law" or the "Move Over Act" or the "Steer Clear Law" or the "Steer Clear Act", etc.?

All but about two or three states have their own version of the Move Over Law/Act.

The basic idea behind it is to protect our law enforcement personnel, our emergency personnel, our tow truck drivers, etc.

And rightly so.

Chances are your state is one of the states that already has a law, and if not, there's no doubt it'll have one soon.

Click here to

Last Minute Stocking Stuffer

It's that time of year again when you can get two SBIs (Site Build It!) for the price of one. Let 2011 be your year, and that of a loved one!

No matter what business you're in, a website through SBI will make it better.

You don't have to know how to build a website, you don't have to know anything, it's all included.

Just write about what your business does, and you'll find yourself turning customers away because you'll have so many.

Case Studies: Dr. Burch

When you get there, scroll down to read about Dr. Burch. His business is service oriented, just like yours is. His business has exploded.

Or, chuck the construction business (it's not so friendly these days anyway) and make your living on the Internet. It really is doable, and again you don't have to know how to build websites. It's all included.

Case Studies: Judd Burdon

When you get there, scroll down (almost to the bottom of the page) and read about Judd Burdon. He used to be an Asphalt contractor but no longer. Now he makes a living with his websites.

I was a contractor, you guys know that. And I'm now making a living with websites.

YOU can do it too!

And until December 25 2010, you can get two for the price of one. An excellent last-minute stocking stuffer!

There are KIDS using this program and making money, it's that easy!

There's a 90-day money back guarantee (try getting that with most Christmas presents!).

At least look at it. You might be surprised.

And if you're not sure, grab it now while you can get two for one and then decide. You get a full 90 days and if you decide it's not for you then you get a full 100% refund. Then, if you decide to stick with it, you got two for the price of one.

But the special ends December 25.

Letter of Transmittal

Have you seen the Letter of Transmittal form that's now available?

There are actually two versions ... the basic version is a very basic document but the deluxe version ... ooh la la! ;o)

Click on the image to the left, or click here, and you can see a larger version of the form.

When you get to the website, just click on the Preview link and you'll get a full-sized PDF version of it to see exactly what it looks like.

It's become quite a popular form so you might already have it but if not, check it out soon.

Tip: Make Back-ups of Your Documents

I am always happy to provide free replacements should form(s) get lost but I've started asking that everyone make back-up copies of their forms the same as you would make back-up copies of any other important documents.

The reason for this is, I am sometimes not available as quickly as someone needs their form replaced.

By having the form(s) backed up, you can get a new copy of the form from your backed up copy as opposed to having to wait for me to be available.

You can use a thumb drive, a CD, even one of the new small "footprint" external hard drives. I have one called "SimpleDrive Mini" and I have it set up to back up my computer every hour. The first back up takes a while but after that, it works in the background, I never have to stop and tell it to do a back-up.

Again, I am always happy to replace them, and will continue to do so; I'm just looking to save some grief for anyone who needs a replacement quicker than I can get it to them.

If you need any help with backing up your forms, please email me direct and I'll walk you through it. :o)

Answers to Your Legal Questions

I have partnered with
JustAnswer to offer online answers to construction and other business legal questions. These answers are provided by experts in the construction and other business fields.

Unlike many other programs like this, with JustAnswer you don't pay for an answer until and unless you decide that you like the answer.

And if you do decide to purchase an answer you like, the price is often as low as $15 (and JustAnswer will tell you the price before you decide to purchase the answer).

A lot of my readers have used this service so JustAnswer must be doing something right. :o)

Tip: The Law Says that You May Qualify for Business Health Insurance

Business health insurance is often so much better than personal health insurance. A big benefit of business vs. personal is that usually with business health insurance you don't have to worry about pre-existing conditions or being disqualified for prior medical issues.

But it's always been so difficult to get business insurance, even if you're a business. It used to be that if you didn't have a huge number of employees, your business wouldn't qualify.

But now, due to changes in the law, even the smallest businesses qualify. Even businesses with as small as ONE employee may qualify!

Don't have health insurance but you're interested in checking it out?

Click here and get quick and free quotes. This is exactly how I found our health insurance.

After years of going through the dreadful nightmares of comparing insurances, benefits, premiums, service locations, confusion up the ying-yang, etc., I thought "there has to be a better way to do this!" 

That's when I found eHealth Insurance.

You'll be amazed at how easy they make for you to find the absolute best health insurance for your needs (whether you're a small business or a large business).

There's not even a fee, no cost whatsoever to use their service, and your insurance doesn't cost more for using them.

QuickBooks Available in Online and Offline Versions

I have been using
QuickBooks since the late 1900's.

Wow, that makes me sound so old! Let me clarify ... I'm talking the LATE 1900's, like 1998... ;o) 

I started off with Peachtree and was so confused, utterly lost.  But someone talked me into trying QuickBooks so I, very reluctantly, tried it out.

I was pleasantly, very pleasantly, surprised.  It was a world of difference from Peachtree!

QuickBooks has been brought up to date for 2011, with QuickBooks Pro 2011.  In addition, there is an online version that allows you access your books from anywhere, like from your accountant's office during tax time (which is - shudder - right around the corner).

Either way, online or off, you can't go wrong.  They have a 100% satisfaction guarantee. 

And by clicking here -->  QuickBooks <-- you'll be dealing directly with the makers of the program (Intuit), rather than a 3rd party seller. :o)

Free Construction Magazines

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No credit cards, coupons, or promo codes required. You gals and guys know that when I say free, I mean free!

Just a few of the 600+ titles available:

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Landscape Management
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Lots More Free Construction Magazines!

Construction Forms for Every State

Download Construction Contract Forms I've partnered with US Legal Forms to bring you over 36,000 downloadable, fill-in-able, unlimited usage forms for all 50 states!

They have many, many more forms for Contractors than I have available through my site (but always check my site first!), ;o) and the folks at US Legal Forms will treat you right. :)

New IRS Audit Likely to Snare Some Contractors

Written by Leslie V. Guajardo, CPA, CCIFP

One of many lessons learned by governments the past three years is that unpaid taxes make economic downturns considerably worse. With that lesson fresh in mind, the IRS earlier this year launched a major audit initiative intended to capture delinquent taxes. The audit, called the National Research Project (NRP), is particularly significant for contractors because it closely examines worker classification. Because practically all construction companies employ a combination of full-time workers and independent contractors, the audit may strike close to home to some in the construction trades.

NRP, which began ...

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