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This year’s ASPE National Estimating Academy will feature a first-ever seminar on the topic of establishing and operating an estimating consulting practice. Members of the Consulting Estimator Roundtable (CERT), a trade association founded by several ASPE members who are independent consulting estimators, have developed and will present a three hour session focusing on the requirements for starting a practice, marketing it, finding clients, running it successfully,...

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n Friday and Saturday February 7-8, 2014, six members of the Consulting Estimators Round Table (CERT) met in Scottsdale, AZ for the 2014 CERT Winter Conference. [su_document url="http://nebula.wsimg.com/1f7300cc7e00817ed59b2f5d23a30bde?AccessKeyId=56B290F21DDA5DAE274B&disposition=0&alloworigin=1"]http://nebula.wsimg.com/aedc6e0b89a8a88ebec3b420742781c1?AccessKeyId=56B290F21DDA5DAE274B&disposition=0&alloworigin=1[/su_document]O...

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The reader might ask, why would an estimating firm provide services other than estimating? Many of us got started in this business doing something other than estimating. [su_document url="http://nebula.wsimg.com/470bd12421355ba4cef0369ba3952af2?AccessKeyId=56B290F21DDA5DAE274B&disposition=0&alloworigin=1"]http://nebula.wsimg.com/aedc6e0b89a8a88ebec3b420742781c1?AccessKeyId=56B290F21DDA5DAE274B&disposition=0&alloworigin=1[/su_document]...

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Traditional networking, (no password required), means that the more people one knows, and knows well, the wider the network.  Networking is a valuable resource and many businesses depend on it for survival.  It means we can foster growth through introductions to new contacts by people we know, people who can offer personal references as to our skills and reliability.  Well executed networking can transition into...

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When considering the start up of a construction estimating practice, the business structure of the enterprise is usually the first concern that makes the list. It’s human nature to be concerned about the ramifications of making a mistake on which another person or company makes a cost decision, so this is of course a topic of great concern. [su_document url="http://nebula.wsimg.com/f6784a5d9aea4a6440abd443eaeec934?AccessKeyId=56B290F21DDA5DAE274B&disposition=0&alloworigin=1"]http://nebula.wsimg.com/aedc6e0b89a8a88ebec3b420742781c1?AccessKeyId=56B290F21DDA5DAE274B&disposition=0&alloworigin=1[/su_document]...

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There is nothing as satisfying as payday. The hard work you have completed since the last payday is rewarded to you to maintain your lifestyle. [su_document url="http://www.certusa.org/wp-content/uploads/CERT-ET-dec-2013-getting-paid-2.pdf"]http://nebula.wsimg.com/aedc6e0b89a8a88ebec3b420742781c1?AccessKeyId=56B290F21DDA5DAE274B&disposition=0&alloworigin=1[/su_document]...

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For the most part, we (the folks reading this article) are estimators, right? And many of us are, have been, or may in the future have our own estimating business. [su_document url="http://www.certusa.org/wp-content/uploads/CERT-ET-oct-2013-biz-structure.pdf"]http://nebula.wsimg.com/aedc6e0b89a8a88ebec3b420742781c1?AccessKeyId=56B290F21DDA5DAE274B&disposition=0&alloworigin=1[/su_document]...

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Almost every estimator I have ever visited with has considered what it would be like to start up and run a professional cost estimating consultancy. A lot of contractor employed estimators do some amount of kitchen-table style moonlighting for a couple of clients as a way of picking up spending money. But rightfully, they may be hesitant to give up a sure thing and leave a safe haven...

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NEWS from CERT Conference 2013- Philadelphia- July 16 The CERT inks strategic alliance with the American Society of Professional Estimator Patsy Smith- Executive Director of ASPE signs for the Society....

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