A very nice gentleman called me last Friday. He related a story about his home remodeling project. It was done a Cost Plus job, the "plus" was negotiated at 18%. Read more about Another Cost Plus Disaster
Rabbi Lapin and I have the same opinion of that message - Horse Apples. He doesn't say it that way, but I will. Most who prosper financially work to earn what they have. Read more about "Thou Shall Prosper"
We've noticed the same problem that we've seen with other specialties. They believe that because their work is focused on one thing, their business operates differently. Read more about Business is business
During class, a question came up on how to deal with contractors who let their insurance and sometimes even their licenses expire. "How do you compete with that?" Read more about Provide Proof of Insurance - and demand others do, as well
A friend called today with a problem. He subbed his work to a general contractor from the east coast to do a job here on the west coast at a government facility. Read more about How Not to Do Business
While exercising the other day, I watched a code compliance violation hearing on one of the local TV stations. It's a station that shows local city government meetings. Read more about Permits for Your Construction Project - That's a Job for the Professional
May I make a wish list?
That suppliers and manufacturers would stop using pictures of guys and gals wearing a brand new tool belt. Those new belts haven't spent a minute on a job site, they even look stiff and uncomfortable. Worse, the screwdrivers, hammers and pliers have no paint or dirt on them. Come on suppliers, get real.
That contractors would pay attention to their websites, recognizing that the website might be the first impression a client has of them. And that they would put their company name and phone number at the top of each page. Read more about My Wish List
If you aren’t getting a response to your advertising, either printed or on the web, you aren’t connecting with your potential clients. You must connect with them. Read more about Connecting with Potential Clients
I returned from a business trip this morning to find a note on my desk. The doctor's office called - it's been 5 years since my last colonoscopy, time for another one. Read more about Speaking of Maintenance . . .
I received a note from a contractor. He took a call from a potential client for a job he quoted 9 months ago. They want to do the job but at the same price. Read more about Using Old Prices for a New Job
If you're looking at hiring a website designer or SEO provider, beware! The stories we hear from fellow business owners on how they've been treated defies description. Read more about Website Designers - Hire Carefully