As a subcontractor, job security is not a luxury you have. You may have weeks or even months where you work for the same contractor, but you need to do everything you can to put yourself in front of more potential employers and retain the trust of those with whom you are already working.
There is no recipe for success—each successful contractor will go about things a little bit differently. However, there are a few tried and true pieces of advice that can help.
Whether you are already working with a contractor you appreciate or you are building your base, keep these tips in mind.
Show up for the job dressed to impress. While a subcontractor won’t wear a suit and tie, there is no need to be sloppy. A well-dressed subcontractor looks like he or she takes the job seriously and is more likely to impress any superiors.
Be on time. This means being on time in the morning and returning from all breaks at the appropriate time. If you have your own timekeeping app, you can prove your timeliness to the contractor and keep yourself from missing time worked. It’s a win-win scenario. Dependability is as important today as it ever has been before and can help you land those valuable contracts.
Keep your tools and equipment organized. Not only is that impressive to any contractor, but it keeps you from losing tools or misplacing equipment. Take note of any equipment you loan on your smartphone or by paper so you don’t forget where all your gear is being used.
Don’t try to cheat the system. Even if it’s not a big deal, there is no reason to give your contractor any reason to suspect your motives. Every contractor is looking for subs who they know they can count on to do the right thing. Honesty almost always pays off in the end.
When it comes down to it, the best thing you can bring to the table as a subcontractor is yourself. Use these tips, but the most important thing is to be yourself. This helps you attract work for contractors who appreciate your strengths in what you do. If you are good at your job and always put in 100%, you should experience success today as well as into the future.