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Q: We asked a dozen builders and remodelers across the country about their experiences in starting and growing their businesses. Here is their wisdom, gleaned from the school of hard knocks, on everything from hiring and delegating to estimating and charging for design.
Using spreadsheets to transfer data
Are you still doing estimates and job-costing with pencil and paper? A builder and computer expert shows how to automate the process using a spreadsheet.
Small changes in both the office and the field can lead to greater efficiency and bigger profits. A veteran remodeling contractor tells how he boosted his company’s productivity without spending a lot of time and money.
Estimating with WinEst Pro 4.0
Four computer-savvy contractors explain how they use off-the-shelf software to integrate and streamline their business procedures.
Estimating electrical work
Insurance repair jobs usually go to the lowest bidder. But when nature wreaks havoc, the rules change. An upscale remodeler tells how he learned to love insurance work.
A Massachusetts builder explains how he uses factory-built panels to lower costs and speed construction of custom homes and additions.
A veteran estimator shares tricks and tips that ensure fast and accurate estimates, from foundation to finishes.
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