Aug. 5, 2021

Daniel Preston, Project Manager at Clay Construction (Part 1)

Daniel Preston, Project Manager at Clay Construction (Part 1)

Today, Daniel Preston of Clay Contracting talks with Mike about his start as an apprentice to a mason, his years wearing tool bags and then moving into a management position for new custom home construction. His company is a cost plus builder with no employees and subcontracts all of their work. We talk about boundaries with clients, estimating time for proposals, how the keep clients in the know about project progress through the use of cameras, hard conversations with clients, and more. Daniel values integrity and honesty above all else.

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The Contracting Handbook podcast discusses the behind the scenes running of a small contracting company. Your host, Mike Knoche, has been running his small contracting company for 16 years. Here he shares what worked for him, mistakes he made along the way, and his “aha” moments. It’s everything from starting up, working with employees, subcontractors, and client. He’ll get into proposals, contracts, marketing and much more. It won’t just be Mike’s perspective as he will talk to contractors from all over  the world of any variety of size and structure because through his travels in the off season he’s come to see that contractors everywhere have similar business needs, struggles, and ideas in common. Contact Mike at for questions, comments, or to be interviewed.

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