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Freelance construction writer

About Me

Having trouble finding a freelance construction writer that understands the terminology and unique business struggles in the industry? Need a writer with 25 years’ experience in construction in roles such as project management, accounting, and contracts?

After over 25 years of work in the residential and commercial construction industry, I know your clients’ struggles. They work hard to understand the ins-and-outs of construction documentation, contracts, scheduling, and accounting. Content that answers their questions and provides them with next steps is what they value.

I’ve written content for Procore, GAF, Built, Billd, Smartapp, PlanHub, Vanir Construction Management, Levelset, Stonemark Construction Management, and Green Building Elements. Projects have included blog articles, website articles, and landing pages.

I have also written an ebook entitled “Green Building Design 101,” as well as worked to certify three green building projects in my home city.

Industries I Write About



Real Estate

My Writing Samples

6 Payment Application Mistakes

Payment applications are some of the most important documents on a construction project. Without them, no one gets paid. And, if there are mistakes in one company’s application, it can delay payment to everyone on the project. Turning in accurate applications, with all of the required documentation, helps speed up payment to everyone and makes a project run smoother.


How 4 Financial Statements Help You Keep More Money in Your Pocket

There are four basic reports that make up the core financial statements of a construction company: Balance Sheet, Income Statement (or Profit and Loss Statement), Cash Flow Report, and Work-in-Progress (WIP) report. We’ll take you through each of them and describe what they mean – and how they can help contractors improve access to credit, bonding capacity, and cash flow overall.


7 Habits of Successful Safety Managers

Successful safety managers help build support, keep employees engaged, and provide valuable information. They act as a bridge between employees and management, providing oversight and expertise. Safety managers should develop habits that keep them informed of issues in the field and the goals of management.


Why It Pays To Offer Roof Financing

When it comes time to replace their roofs, many customers just don’t have the necessary cash on hand. This is especially true in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, when some customers are experiencing furloughs, layoffs, or having their work hours drastically cut.


7 Tips for Tracking Contractor Compliance Documents

It is imperative that construction project teams track the status of compliance documents like contractor insurance policies, licensing, bonds, and lien waivers. These documents are often required when turning in payment applications, closeout documents, and for insurance audits. They can come from many different sources and at different times throughout a project, so staying organized is important.


“Be That One Guy” Aims to Make the Workplace Safer for Everyone

The “Be That One Guy,” campaign was born when the group discovered that all too often people go to work with a fear that has nothing to do with the danger of the job they are performing. The “psychological violence,” as O’Leary calls it, of harassment is a safety concern that OSHA hasn’t dealt with.


What Does the OSHA Silica Rule Really Mean?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently adopted a new regulation in regards to airborne silica. The rule came into effect on June 23, 2016, which means that employers in the construction industry have one year from that date to become compliant with most of the rules’ requirements. The rule is said to affect over 2 million US workers in several industries.


How Value Engineering Can Help You Build a Better Building

When a project estimate comes in over budget, one of the first terms you’ll hear is “value engineering” (VE). In recent years, it has received a bad rap as a way to drastically cut both costs and quality. The truth is, when done right, it can lead to better projects, better buildings, and happier owners.


Residential Construction Project Financing Options

When it comes time to build a new house, or remodel, renovate, or add on to your existing home, one of the first questions you may ask yourself is “how do I pay for this?” Some people may be able to afford to pay for it using savings accounts or the cash in their pocket. But most homeowners will need to seek out financing of some kind to help with their residential construction projects.


What Is R-Value and Why Is It Important?

R-value is a measurement of how much a building material protects one side from the heat or cold on the other side. A higher R-value means that a material insulates better than one with a lower value.


What Affects R-Value of a Building?

The insulation value, or R-value, of a building is a sum of the components that make up the outer shell. This often includes siding, insulation, framing, and drywall. There are certain parts of a building, however, that detract from its ability to insulate. These parts affect R-value negatively, and though they can’t be totally eliminated, they can be mitigated.


Ultimate Guide to Construction Accounting

Construction accounting is different from regular business accounting. In addition to the standard accounts payable, accounts receivable, and payroll transactions, construction companies deal with retention, job costing, change orders, progress billings, customer deposits, and other anomalies. These added facets make construction accounting different and require special processes.


How to Create a Chart of Accounts in Construction

Organization is key when it comes to recording financial transactions and creating financial statements. A chart of accounts provides the structure to organize a construction company’s financial transactions. It’s a key component of a company’s financial recording and reporting system. Creating a chart of accounts for construction isn’t easy, but it doesn’t have to be stressful either. If you’re starting out with a new accounting software package, most will provide a basic structure for you.


The Balance Sheet: A How-to Guide for Businesses

There are three main financial statements that businesses create and use: the balance sheet, the income statement, and the cash flow statement. They provide information to finance companies, banks, and other vendors about the financial stability of a company. Creditors often request these financial statements when approving loans or vendor accounts. Businesses can also use them internally for reporting and trend spotting.


7 Benefits of Outsourcing Payroll Versus In-House Processing

Making the decision about whether to outsource payroll or keep it in-house takes a lot of thought and preparation. Construction payroll can be complicated, and you also have to make sure that your payroll costs are allocated appropriately. Before you decide what to do about your payroll, keep in mind these seven benefits of outsourcing construction payroll.


How to Create a Cost-Plus Billing for a Construction Project

Whenever possible, many contractors prefer to use cost-plus contracts for their construction projects. These contracts help reduce the contractor’s risk, as the customer will reimburse them for most of the costs incurred during the project. This even includes unforeseen issues and overruns; they’re the customer’s problem, not the contractor’s. While the lower risk is certainly attractive, put together an air-tight cost-plus invoice can be a challenge.



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Writing content for their knowledgebase about construction payments and mechanics lien processes.

Company: Levelset

I worked there from 7/2019 until now

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Writing long-form blog posts about construction material financing and construction finance topics.

Company: Billd

I worked there from 9/2020 until 12/2020

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Writing short and long blog articles regarding online bid room, construction bidding tactics, and software offerings.

Company: PlanHub

I worked there from 9/2020 until now

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Writing long form blog articles about technology in construction and collaboration.

Company: Smartapp

I worked there from 10/2020 until 11/2020

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Writing project summaries, case studies, and website content.

Company: Vanir Construction Management

I worked there from 6/2020 until now

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Writing blog articles on construction payments, job costing, report writing, and project finance topics.

Company: Built Technologies

I worked there from 4/2020 until 2/2021

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Writing long-form blog posts regarding the project management process, risk management, project budgeting, and safety topics.

Company: Stonemark Construction Management

I worked there from 1/2020 until now

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Writing blog articles on roofing topics, online sales techniques, and professional advice. Includes articles requiring interviews of SMEs and contractors who use their products.

Company: GAF

I worked there from 12/2019 until now

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Writing reviews and informative articles about insurance, credit cards, and loan programs.

Company: Red Ventures

I worked there from 7/2019 until 1/2020

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Writing articles for construction industry blog, focused on current news and evergreen content. Wrote several small ebooks on green building.

Company: Procore

I worked there from 5/2019 until 12/2019

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Writing articles regarding construction industry news, accounting, payroll, job costing, etc.

Company: Jonas Premier Construction Software

I worked there from 11/2020 until now

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Writing articles on construction management and accounting principles.

Company: Assignar

I worked there from 2/2021 until now

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Writing blog articles and short newsletter articles on construction industry news and trends for members.

Company: American Contractor Organization

I worked there from 3/2021 until now

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Writing articles on construction financials, credit cards, job budgeting, etc.

Company: Theo Build

I worked there from 2/2021 until now

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Writing articles on construction estimating, project budgeting, etc.

Company: Buildxact

I worked there from 5/2021 until now

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Writing articles on construction payments, infographic copy, and case studies.

Company: GCPay

I worked there from 5/2021 until now

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Writing articles on Davis-Bacon, construction payroll, prevailing wage, etc.

Company: Miter

I worked there from 7/2021 until now

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