Where Is My Competition?

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This spring will be a good season for contractors.  The writing is on the wall.  The recession is finally somewhat over and folks are starting to prepare for renovations to their homes. People are staying in the homes they own longer.  The banks aren't making the easy loans anymore.  Instead of shopping for larger homes… Read Article

Passion Equals Sales

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I found this thread rather kick a** from the Contractor Talk forum: Original Post from -- katoman: I was thinking about how it is I've never been unemployed through good times and hard times. Not boasting at all. I think a big part of why I get work is because the customer sees the passion… Read Article

Plumber Takes The Pesos And Skidaddles

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Emmit the plumber has been taking the homeowners for a ride.  He was to install a simple shower in a guy named Hank's basement.  Hank is in his 80's and says he couldn't find him if he had to. Hank paid $2,000 bucks and hasn't seen Emmit since! Gerald, another guy, hired him to fix… Read Article

Take Your Tools With You

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It is beyond me why some contractors leave their tools at the job site overnight.  It is your livelihood.  Why the hell do they still do it? I make it a rule of habit:  NEVER leave any tools!  If you are to tired to pack your stuff up at the end of the day, you… Read Article

Why Shop At The Local Supply Store Instead Of Home Depot Or Lowe’s?

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Yesterday, me and a guy at Home Depot were discussing the reasons and differences for shopping at the local store or lumberyard when getting supplies for their business. After all, the big box stores carry tons of supplies; why just not go there?  I'd thought I would share some views on this topic. The big… Read Article

Contractor Tips Are Great!

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Jim Kirkland gives some pretty good tips about contracting.  I thought I'd post it because I felt a hallelulah moment.  They are also hawking a software program towards the end.  I didn't pay too much attention to that! Here's the video~… Read Article

Concerned Citizens Corner: Contractor Got Punched In the Mouth

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So this contractor was contracted to do some patchwork in an area of Baytown.  A citizen got pissed off because the guy was runnin jackhammers at 6 am on a workday.  He was contracted to do cement repair work. [Six AM! C'mon!] The white male punch him in the mouth after telling the contractor, Edward… Read Article

How To Pick The Best Employees

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Running a small remodeling outfit can be a living hell if you have the wrong people working for you.  Micro-managing a bad employee induces periods of stress and anger. It doesn't have to be that way. Rule #1:  Hire people that are similar to yourself. That is the golden rule.  If an employee doesn't show… Read Article

How To Put Together A Custom Point Of Sales Package

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When it comes to sales, you'd better be ready when the opportunity presents itself.  Look at every open door invite to a prospect's home or business as a chance to refine your selling approach. Free Estimates. Companies just starting out should certainly offer free estimates because a regularly practiced dress rehearsal makes a sale.  I… Read Article

Review: Using Google Sketch-up And Time-lapse Videos To Gain An Edge

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Have you guys tried Google Sketch-up to gain an advantage when presenting the homeowner with illustrations of their project?  You can give a client a 3D rendering of their project -- straight to their inbox. This useful software tool combines a tool-set with an intelligent drawing system. It enables you to place models using real-world… Read Article