As a general contractor, you’re too busy to sit around reading piles of magazines and long lists of websites every day. At the same time, you still need to stay up-to-date with the latest industry news and trends.
To help you find the no-nonsense news and information you need, we’ve put together this list of magazines, websites, and other info sources that you can check out in the office or on the go.
The leading trade association for construction professionals, AGC has more than 25,000 members. In addition to news and industry updates posted on their website, AGC produces Constructor Magazine. The magazine gives you in-depth coverage of important industry topics that impact your business.
2. Engineering News-Record (ENR)
Another important source of information for contractors, ENR offers information and articles about projects, business management, equipment, and more. This weekly magazine helps you get the job done more effectively and keeps you updated on the latest trends, methods, and legislation.
Launched in 2004, Construction Business Owner is dedicated to helping general contractors manage their businesses more effectively. With articles on strategy, accounting, marketing, and more, this site gives you the tools you need to make your contracting business a success.
Need to network with other construction professionals? Want to discuss the latest news and tools to help you get the job done? LinkedIn is a great place to start, and the Construction Management group may be just what you’re looking for.
Recent discussions in this group include when to appoint a project manager, union vs. non-union workers, and tracking productive vs. unproductive work hours.
Another helpful LinkedIn group is Associated General Contractors, Subcontractors, Affiliates. This group’s recent discussions include trenching procedures (prompted by an article by North America Heavy Equipment Training Services), advertising methods, and accounting software.
A great resource for business management, as well as reports on project successes, the AEC Business blog is managed by architect and management consultant Aarni Heiskanen.
Recent posts on the blog cover topics like noise reduction, marketing, and choosing the right software for your business.
From controlling runoff and erosion at construction sites to improving owner interaction through new design documents, the Construction Informer blog covers a wide range of topics to help you run your business.
Other helpful topics recently covered on the blog include management vs. leadership, the AEC Cares project’s “blitz-build,” and industry experts’ opinions on construction innovation.
Featuring articles, blog posts, project details and instructions, tool reviews, and a user forum, ContractorTalk.com is a well-rounded landing spot for construction professionals.
Topics covered on the site’s blog include how green building can improve your bottom line, creative drainage solutions, and how to handle a non-paying client.
Aimed at commercial and residential mechanical contractors, Contractor Magazine delivers news, information, and event coverage for busy contractors.
Here you can find articles about bringing the next generation of construction professionals into the trade (and recruiting young people into the contracting field), EPA decisions that affect your business, accounting, and more.
Last but not least, Modern Contractor Solutions is a monthly magazine devoted to helping general contractors with their business and operational tasks. The magazine covers office, jobsite, project stories, equipment, management, and much more.
The site also has a breaking news section, where you can get the very latest scoop on what’s happening in the construction industry — and how it affects your business.
These are just a few information sources you have to choose from. Did we miss your favorite? Let us know about it in the comments or email [email protected].