What does an Independent Contractor do?

General contractors are responsible for the overall administration of a construction project and managing the day-to-day activities of the job site operation. They coordinate and supervise the work of subcontractors, trade professionals, and other workers involved in the project and often serve as a liaison between the customer and other parties. They are accountable for ensuring quality standards are met and all work is done safely and according to specifications. They oversee the ordering and delivery of materials and supplies and approve payments to vendors.

General contractors have an extensive background in the construction industry or building trades, including hands-on experience managing all phases of a project. They must have excellent project management skills and in-depth knowledge of all of the trades involved in the project. These roles require strong attention to detail.

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Independent Contractor
13 Feb 2021

“I gave up my great salary and my 40 hour a week job and have not looked back once.”

Independent Contractor
28 May 2021

“The issue was that this tech support team was not answering and I needed advise on what to do.”

Resource LogisticsResource Logistics
15 Apr 2022

“There aren't any paid holidays and the benefits are way below what is average in the workforce.”

Visionaire PartnersVisionaire Partners
7 Jul 2021

“I do wish that the job came with PTO and the pay was a little higher.”

erica lane enterpriseserica lane enterprises
15 Aug 2021

“Nothing I can think of off the top of my head my entire job is wonderful”

12 Jan 2020

“I have never heard any word from my line manager if I did right or wrong”

Loyal SourceLoyal Source
19 Aug 2021

“The pay is decent as a contractor while I was working there but at what cost”

5 Oct 2020

“rate is lower than market however this was secured during covid so see how it looks in the future”

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