One of the reasons many in the construction industry start their own business is because the have a independent streak. They want to do things their way, by themselves, without any help, thank you very much.

That may make them believe they’re in control, and maybe they are. But their odds of success are low. This is a tough business, and it takes a long time to make all the mistakes that can be made. I’ve been in construction for 53 years now. I won’t pretend to know all there is to know about this industry.

So, along with studying at least an hour every day, I still need help from others. Fortunately I have a network of people who are very good at what they know, and are willing to help.

We all need help of one kind or another. Having a mentor is good as long as the mentor knows what they are doing. Having a trained business coach is even better. A coach is trained to deal with the issues at hand and not let emotions muddy the water. Often, a mentor can only draw on their own experience or way of doing things. A coach, on the other hand, has the knowledge and experience of hundreds of other people, companies and projects they have worked with.

If you’re looking at hiring a construction business coach, this will give you some ideas of what to look for and questions to ask. If you’re going to spend money for help, make sure it’s money well spent.

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