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Leslie Shiner

Leslie Shiner

Leslie Shiner, owner and principal of The ShinerGroup, has more than 20 years' experience as a financial and management consultant. Management, staffing, organization
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Financial Statements: Above or Below-the-Line Costs Financial Statements: Above or Below-the-Line Costs

In recent years I’ve spent a lot of time speaking to and consulting with builders and remodelers, big and small, and I’ve noted that there’s often confusion about what types of costs go where on a financial statement. Read more

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Before You Drop Your Prices, Read This Before You Drop Your Prices, Read This

Has it ever occurred to you that dropping your prices to stay in business could put you out of business? Many contractors tell me they’ve had to drop their prices to remain competitive in today’s market. They just know they’re losing jobs because the “other guy” is cheaper. Read more

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Putting a Purchase-Order System in Place Putting a Purchase-Order System in Place

As a financial consultant to small construction companies, I've seen lots of cases where a builder finished a job and the bookkeeper closed the books on it — only to have a late subcontractor bill for that job show up months later. Read more

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Straight Talk About Fraud Straight Talk About Fraud

In 2006, occupational fraud cost U.S. businesses about $600 billion, or roughly $4,500 per employee, according to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Building contractors rank second in the list of targets, after retail stores. Read more

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Improve Your Cash Flow

Many contractors complain bitterly about their lack of cash flow. That's no surprise, given that employees, subs, and vendors all expect to be paid — whether or not the customer has paid the company. Read more

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