All businesses must spend money in order to make money. Some, however, must spend a lot of money just to stay vital, and as luck would have it, these are the same businesses that do not get paid immediately after their work is done. Construction contractors often have to wait up to 120 days to be paid in full. Milestone payments are catalysts for a laundry list of financial dilemmas, and various external factors can extend this waiting period even further.
Bids can take weeks to approve, and then contract details must be ironed out. How are contractors supposed to pay their workers, fix their equipment, or finance their next project when their funds are tied up in receivables? Construction projects are time sensitive, with no room for negotiation. If the contractor cannot come up with the money for the upcoming project in time, the client will simply find someone else who can have it completed by the desired date.
New investors and unexpectedly inclement weather can cause more delays, as if the winter months weren’t painful enough for the contractors. Industry outsiders have probably never thought about how construction companies sustain themselves when their workspaces are covered in snow.
The extended business cycles of construction contractors ultimately prevent them from taking on more work, paying their suppliers on time, and making sound financial decisions. Instead of preparing for projects well ahead of time, the search for workers and equipment begins right after the project is accepted. They don’t have the time or money to weigh out options for equipment or consider maintenance costs.
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