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  • How Small Jobs Killed My Business

    Chasing energy rebates takes the focus off solving problems and puts it on getting as much rebate with as little out of pocket as possible, resulting in small jobs and mediocre performance improvement.

  • A Fight for Skilled Labor

    Construction workers are in short supply in oil boom states where they can make more by working for oil companies.

  • 5 Success-Limiting Actions Contractors Should Avoid

    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 support your long term professional and personal levels of success.

  • A second option that reduces the length of Mikes workweek is to train his employees in the lead carpenter system and delegate project management responsibilities to them.

    Tracking the Owner's Time (Subscriber content)

    You need to know what functions you perform before you can make informed hiring decisions.

  • Can the Housing Market Recover?

    Sales of newly built homes surged last month to the highest level since 2008. But overall the housing market's slipped.

  • The Pitfalls of Hybrid Estimating

    A look at three ways to create an estimate, with varying proportions of labor, materials, and subcontractors.

  • A Builder's Guide to Easing Financial Anxiety

    Stressed about Finances? You're Not Alone

  • Retainage: How to get Some When You're Halfway Done

    On public jobs, the halfway point is a milestone which, when reached, requires a reduction of retainage from all subsequent payments. Private contracts, on the other hand, treat retainage according to the contract. But nothing prevents you from negotiating a similar reduction at 50% completion.

  • More Than 'Tips' Needed to Improve Energy Efficiency (Subscriber content)

    A thorough, step-by-step analysis that treats the home as an integrated system is the only route to true performance improvements, including lower energy bills and better indoor air quality.

  • Seven Reasons Why Most Contractors Will Never Be Able To Retire On Their Own Earnings

    Most residential construction business owners will have to work until they die, without enough accumulated investments to support themselves during retirement. But it doesn't have to be like that.

  • 3 Reasons Contractors Don't Share Financial Info With Employees

    Few contractors do, but Shawn McCadden advocates for more transparency if (a big "if") your company has its books in order.

  • Why 'Energy-Saving' Tips Suck

    The truth is that commonly espoused energy-saving tips are worthless. We look at four common offenders.

  • Risk goes up the more a job differs from a typical project. To calculate disaster potential, multiply the first three columns, then divide by the last two in succession.

    Four Common Delusions Among Contractors (Subscriber content)

    Contractors are often their own worst enemies. Here are four ways they make it harder for their businesses to succeed.

  • Take the Discount

    Most lumberyards offer a discount for early payment. Don't let that 2% discount go to waste.

  • Nothing but Net (Subscriber content)

    Judging a company's profitability based on gross profit can be misleading. Your bottom line numbers are a better indicator of performance. Here's why.

  • Savannah, Georgia, Economy Shows Increasing Strength

    Georgia’s chief coastal metropolitan area shows continued signs of economic resurgence, according to a university report.

  • Paid in Full?

    What to do when the scope of work changes and the customer disputes your claim for full payment.

  • This list applies to new construction or a structural remodeling job. Your Job Start Package should be customized to the type of work your company does.

    How to Conduct a Job Start Review (Subscriber content)

    If you work with employees or subs, you need to be clear about what, exactly, the project entails and when it's expected to be completed. Everyone needs to understand. This job start package lays it all out.

  • Save the Trades

    Ottawa, Illinois high-school students shine in national spotlight for protesting the cut of building trades training.

  • Elevating Houses (Subscriber content)

    From financing to compacting fresh fill, we take an in-depth look at elevating a home.

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