and here is my reply:
7 ways a General Contractor can wow a subcontractor
Schedule the job:
Prepare detail schedules in advance telling me what you need done by certain dates and send it to me several weeks in advance. Don't call me up Tuesday afternoon and tell me you need 5 guys there tomorrow morning to maintain your schedule. Or worse yet because your say drywaller is behind schedule you are expecting me to work the weekend at no additional cost.
Be well financed:
Payment is due at the end of the following month in full, Don't tell me you didn't get paid, that's not my problem, I am not your bank. Generals who don't pay me on time fall to the bottom of the list in priority of doing your job. If you are constantly late in payment then why should I adhere to your schedule. Payment schedule is also a schedule.
Read my quote:
Don't send me a BS contract that includes a whole bunch of things I specifically excluded and is thick as a phone book.
Adhere to the schedule. I can't tell you how many times I have spend organizing projects for manpower and I have everything organized to take the crew from project A to B to C. Then boom it all falls apart and you are delayed say 2 weeks, well guess what, too bad, I am already booked on another project, My response is we will get to you when we can, but I can't pull a rabbit out of my hat
I could continue on, but you get the picture. A general contractor is not god and I am not going to kneel down and listen to your word as gospel. A general contractor with an attitude like wrote the original article, I'll bid you, but expect a 10-20% premium over a general contractor who treats me with respect