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Other stories by Melanie Hodgdon

  • When the Customer Is the Owner

    Having the company perform work for the owner is essentially the same as taking money out of the company and should be recorded that way in the financials.

  • Tracking the Owner's Time

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

  • The Pitfalls of Hybrid Estimating

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

  • Four Common Delusions Among Contractors

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

  • Nothing but Net

    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.

  • Making the Transition From Field to Office

    Experts Melanie Hodgdon and Tim Faller offer tips on how to make this transition as smoothly and effectively as possible.

  • QuickBooks Pro vs. Contractor: Which Is Better?

    The answer, says a Maine business-systems consultant, depends on whether you like packaged reports or prefer to customize the program to match the way you do business.

  • In the News

    Western water shortages, Weyerhaeuser antitrust suit, cold-weather concrete pours, scheduling part-time office help, California condo comeback, mor

  • In The News

    Right-to-repair laws, new water heater standard, tougher shingles, award-winning basement

  • In the News

    New coastal window codes puzzle builders, court cuts mold award, selling surplus material for charity, new nailgun rules, more