Have you ever been walking through a shopping mall where a new store was being built and wondered what it would be like to do that kind of work? Like residential work, commercial jobs have their challenges and rewards, but the work isn't for everyone. The goal of this article is to discuss some of the differences between the two, so you can look at commercial work with a more educated eye. For our purposes, we'll define light commercial as retail fitouts and small office spaces.

On residential projects, you typically work for homeowners. But on a commercial project, your "client" may be a group of people. Even on a small office fitout, you may be dealing with a facilities manager, the purchasing and accounting departments of the company that owns the property, and the end user of the space. Each of those...

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