Recent Blog Posts

  • Using Strategic Relationships To Grow Your Business

    March 1, 2018
    Eighty percent of your success in business today and in the future will come from your business acumen — not your product or service knowledge. This is probably counter to why you went into business in the first place.
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  • Help Hiring Help

    February 15, 2018
    Somewhere in the Sierra Nevada, along the celestial blue shores of California’s Lake Tahoe, Dave Baker, general superintendent for Reno, Nev. -based Dianda Construction, is watching four skilled carpenters rapidly frame a large interior wall that is part of a 19,000-square-foot remodeling job.
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  • Are You Doing Enough to Build Your Brand?

    February 1, 2018
    Building a brand is as essential to a business as building character is to a person. As with character, the process involves balancing nature and nurture, reality and perception, planning and improvisation. It requires self-awareness, commitment to growth, and patience.
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  • Handle These Five Headaches Before the Remodel

    January 15, 2018
    Once your clients hand you a remodeling job, it’s entirely up to you to turn their visions into a reality.
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  • Remodelers, Use These Ideas to Refresh the ‘Hedgehog’ Business Model

    January 1, 2018
    Jim Collins literally wrote the book on building a successful company. Good to Great, published in 2001, is one of the classic management manifestos, accumulating 25 years of rigorous research to identify 16 concepts that “make great companies tick.
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  • What Sales + Marketing Problem Are You Trying to Solve?

    December 15, 2017
    In any given week, plenty of marketing problems need your attention. You’re stretched thin by numerous demands on your energy and focus, and it’s tempting to seek an easy solution. But easy solutions rarely turn out as we expect.
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  • 21 Things You Can Do TODAY to Improve Your Remodeling Business

    December 1, 2017
    Running a successful remodeling company isn’t easy. And trying to build one that can run without your day-to-day involvement is even harder. If you want to take your company to the upper levels of success, you must first acknowledge that it’s a long road.
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  • Homeowners Splurge on Master Bath Shower Features, Study Finds

    November 15, 2017
    Although master bathrooms continue to be one of the most popular rooms to renovate, the features within the spaces have evolved over the years.
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  • Seven Reasons Why Your Next Truck Should Not Be a Pickup Truck

    November 1, 2017
    Tradespeople are relentlessly hit with higher prices, but find it hard to raise their own pricing structure. Thus it becomes imperative to find ways to save money so as to preserve your profitability.
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  • The Dust-Free Jobsite Is Overdue

    October 15, 2017
    It helps to walk in someone else’s shoes—even the dust-covered shoes of a remodeling client. As a former contractor, I’ve generated my share of dust tearing out plaster, sawing and drilling concrete, and sanding joint compound.
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