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More stories about Management

  • Management by Meeting

    After years of trial and error (mostly error), I've become a firm believer in management by meetings. Whether I like it or not, my primary job as company owner is overseeing meetings.

  • Interview: Island Habitats

    Robert Van Cleef started Yankee Housewrights as a residential remodeling business in 1985 in Jamestown, Rhode Island. With a wealth of remodeling experience in his toolbox, Van Cleef tells us why certain new construction projects don't interest him and how preparing your business to handle two or...

  • Talking to Clients About Money

    Talking to clients about money; selling remodeling jobs; the color-coded offic

  • Staying Informed Can Keep You Out of Trouble

    You can get yourself in a lot of trouble in our industry by thinking you know what you really don't.

  • Determining Your Break-Even Point

    Like many small contractors, you probably want your business to grow and produce more profit. But growth entails risks, including the possibility that hiring more managers or office people could increase overhead to such an extent that profit declines.

  • Business

    Remodeling without losing your shirt; caution before cloning

  • Team Hiring - A Group Decision

    I'm a remodeler in Northern California and do about $1.5 million per year in kitchens, baths, and whole-house remodels. Much of the work is subbed, so we can do this volume with a relatively small full-time crew; currently we have two in the office and three in the field.

  • Blueprint for Successful Marketing

    Whether you're a small, one-person operation or a company with 50 employees, an effective marketing program will help you build a healthier business.

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  • Are Translated Policy Manuals Necessary?

    Q. Are Translated Policy Manuals Necessary? I believe an employee policy manual is required for general contractors in California, and employees must sign off on having read it. But many Spanish-speaking workers don't read English. How do contractors hand