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Shawn McCadden is one of the most prominent figures in the remodeling industry. He obtained his builder's license by age 18; founded, operated, and sold a successful employee-managed design/build firm; co-founded the Residential Design/Build Institute; and went on to become director of education for a major national bath and kitchen remodeling franchise company. Today Shawn offers business consulting and coaching services for aspiring remodeling business owners who want more for and from their businesses and their lives. He also consults with construction-related product manufacturers and suppliers, helping them understand, find, educate and better serve remodelers in mutually beneficial ways.
Guest blogger Ruth Ann Monti, writing for Shawn McCadden’s popular Design/Builder’s, looks at some digital tools to streamline your...
What can you do to avoid hiring the wrong person?
If you plan to grow your construction business deciding how you will address these five actions can set you on path that is more likely to...
Is your justification for emailing your proposals really a “reason” or, is it an “excuse”?
Stressed about Finances? You're Not Alone
Next time a prospect tells you your price is higher than someone else’s try these tactics to keep the conversation moving and see if your...
Most residential construction business owners will have to work until they die, without enough accumulated investments to support...
Few contractors do, but Shawn McCadden advocates for more transparency if (a big "if") your company has its books in order.
Doing a paper-and-pencil estimates on the fly can actually serve a good purpose ... just not all the time.
Now that the economy seems to be improving, contractors will need to alter the "do more with less" mentality they used during the recession.
As your business grows, you'll need to develop an estimating system that does more for you than simply getting you to a price.
Q: I'm considering a job remodeling a kitchen on a pre-1978 house. The budget-conscious client wants to save money by doing the demo work...
Managing cash flow, deciding to be competitive, employee benefits
How to determine your company's markup
Effective employee reviews
Building a team
The hard cost of labor includes taxes, insurance, employee benefits, vehicle expenses, and more. Failing to account for these expenses will...
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