Those Pennies Count

Those Pennies Count Everything is getting more and more expensive these days. Just when you think you’ve got your business budget worked out and showing a livable profit – wham! Here comes another increase. Contracting is a competitive business, and sometimes just a...

Remodeling

Contractors have gotten a bad rap because they frequently have to charge more for unexpected things or because they tend to start a job and then vanish for weeks at time – leaving the customer confused and angry. Here are some ways to show that you’re one of the good...

Planning Beyond the Next Project

It’s easy to work one job after another; put an ad up and take whatever comes in. Easy, yes; smart, no. The successful business owner sets goals for their business. They can be monetary goals, such as “My company will have revenue of $30,000 this fiscal year;” or...

That Next Job

Between the phone calls from clients, vendors who can’t guarantee their delivery makes it on time, and that threatening weather report, you’re always worrying about the next job – the next project you don’t have lined up yet. You’ve got to meet payroll, adhere to...

Asking for References

Never hesitate to ask for references from any contractor you’re thinking of hiring – and then contact them.  Most everyone will tell you honestly about their experience with a contractor.   A good contractor will be glad to have you contact their clients. A...

To Get More, Give More

Every contractor could use some good publicity. Believe it or not, there are many ways you can get good publicity for free. In nearly every community there are projects such a Habitat for Humanity or other organizations that provide free or very affordable housing. In...