Cell Phones on the Jobsite

By Michael Stone

I am not opposed to the use of cell phones on the jobsite as long as the phone is used solely to communicate information about the job, and the calls are direct and to the point.


Making The Trades More Attractive

By Michael Stone

If you want to attract the best people, you need to make the a good offer.


Share The Satisfaction of Working in the Trades

By Michael Stone

There’s a reason that working in the trades isn’t appealing. But if you do the work, you know there are positives that outweigh the negatives.


Job Superintendent / Leadman

By Michael Stone

Finding good employees is difficult, and you want to keep the ones you find. Sadly, I’ve spoken with a few contractors who’ve had their lead person, the one running their jobs, quit in frustration.


Hiring Friends and Family

By Michael Stone

When you own a small business you’re often asked to hire family or friends. Sometimes it works out great, but not always.


How Productive Are Your Employees?

By Michael Stone

As you add employees to a growing company, you’ll both increase production and decrease productivity. You need to account for it when you’re estimating and pricing your jobs.


Employees Are Important

By Michael Stone

It’s true that employees are important, to your business and/or to your subs who get your jobs built. But they aren’t the reason you’re in business.


Finding Construction Employees

By Michael Stone

If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard that it’s difficult to find employees, I’d buy an island in the South Pacific.


Play Fair

By Michael Stone

There are business owners who think it’s okay to put the screws to someone else as long as it helps them make more money.


Subs or Employees – Are Subs More Expensive?

By Michael Stone

Does subcontracting raise the price of the project?


Sharing Company Goals

By Michael Stone

It’s the time of year when you should be planning for the coming year. Once you set your plans for the year, how much of those plans should you share with your employees?


Hiring Construction Employees

By Michael Stone

Make sure your new hire is compatible with your business, in both personality and skills.


Hire Slowly, Fire Quickly

By Michael Stone

Issues that eat into profitability: It’s easy to hire someone who looks good on paper. If the resume is terrific and their references are glowing, they get hired.


Subs or Employees, That is the Question

By Michael Stone

Recently I’ve had a number of discussions with company owners about how to get their jobs built. It all comes down to using subs or employees, or as some like to say, “Should I be a paper contractor or a real contractor?”


Hiring Employees

By Michael Stone

I’m hopeful our industry will continue to improve as owners do the remodeling, repairing or building they’ve delayed. When you sell those jobs, will you use employees or subcontractors to get them built?


Creating New Employees

By Michael Stone

We have a major problem in our industry: we’re getting old. There aren’t enough young people getting into construction.


More than a Paycheck

By Michael Stone

I recently had the opportunity to visit with some construction employees and it struck me that they didn’t know much about the company they worked for.


Paying Others

By Michael Stone

How do you pay a salesperson? If you were to work for yourself, would you be okay with the rules you’ve established for paying your salespeople?


Getting Jobs Built

By Michael Stone

Three approaches to managing jobs. Also, paying production employees and making sure the work gets done. 


Do You Need Employees to Grow Your Business?

By Michael Stone

This contractor will build between one and two million in sales this year, and was told that he needs to revert to an all employee model if he wants to make this happen profitably.


Subcontractors or Employees?

By Michael Stone

Sometimes they request you use employees instead of subs, or work on a T&M basis. Clients don’t understand how the construction world works. It’s your job to educate them.


Can You Afford to Hire?

By Devon Stone

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Side Jobs in Construction

By Michael Stone

Have you ever had a client go behind your back and ask your employees and/or subcontractors to work for them outside your company?


Keep Production Time Productive

By Michael Stone

It's time to discuss production issues on construction projects that are often overlooked. Because time wasted on a job comes right out of profit.


Link Salary to Production

By Michael Stone

When I was selling, I always sold on straight commission only. Pay should be based on performance. When you hire a salesperson, set ground rules that you both work under.


Employees – Three Details that Cost Money

By Michael Stone

You’re in business to provide a service and make a profit doing it. Three employee issues that cost your construction company money.


Like breathing, being profitable isn’t an option

By Michael Stone

If your construction business isn’t profitable, it won’t survive. You have an option of being competitive in construction. You don’t have the option of being profitable.


Employees and Your Business

By Michael Stone

If you have employees, changing laws can impact your business. Two states recently legalized recreational marijuana. Another 15 states allow medical marijuana.


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