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Construction Programs & Results Inc

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Markup and Profit Newsletter Archive

Markup and Profit Newsletter, USB Drive

Our first email newsletter was published on June 21, 2001. It included an article by Michael on "Donkey Work", defined as "time spent chasing your tail, doing things that will not increase your bottom line, and in fact might cost you money." From 2001 through the end of 2015 we've published 370 email newsletters and all of them are now available for purchase on a USB drive.

Among other things, you'll find excerpts from our sales book and our five-part series on Making Your Phone Ring. Our newsletters included a four-part series on Estimating Blunders, and we frequently included a "Legal Issues in Construction" section that suggested legal language for your contracts.

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Markup and Profit Newsletters, 2001-15, $29.95

We started in the early years of bulk email communications, and it shows.

  • Our first 5 newsletters were published using Topica, an email delivery service that included ads. 
  • We often included recommended websites to visit. Some no longer exist, others are still present but don't appear to be maintained. In October 2001, we recommended Google as a search engine. It was only a few years old at the time. 
  • In November of 2001, we attempted to add an attachment to the email and failed miserably.
  • From April 2003 through July 2005, we mailed physical copies of the newsletter to those who didn't have email, free of charge. 

You'll read details from our life as they applied to business, including a remodeling project in 2006, Michael's health challenges in 2009, and our children growing up. You'll see our typos and grammatical errors.

The only items deleted are links to webinars long gone. In some situations, we crossed out information no longer valid. We attempted to make sure links still work but can't guarantee it, especially those going to outside websites. Some of our newsletter articles are also available on our blog. Newsletter articles since 2013 (148 of them) are on our website but aren't included in any website menu. All files are in .pdf format. Download the index here.

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Markup and Profit Newsletters, 2001-15, $29.95