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Editor’s Note: Written by our regular columnist George Hedley, each monthly edition of Get Your Business to Work provides you with practical, immediately applicable business management tools to assist you on your path to building a successful, growing business. To read the next article in the...
The current sub-prime mortgage situation has dealt a serious blow to small and large homebuilders alike. Like all downturns, this too shall pass, but experts predict it may take quite a while for this housing market to stabilize. However, all is not lost: Commercial construction continues to thrive...
Q:I want to install a new accounting/project management software program, but I have some real concerns. A colleague of mine told me he spent thousands of dollars on a new system as well as many months devoted to planning and customization. Despite all that, many employees were unhappy with the...
Dear Jayme,I keep reading that it’s possible to own a business and not be stressed out, work long hours and fight fires all day, but I don't see how that’s possible. I’ve been running my business for twenty years. It’s always been one headache after another, and it seems like it will always be. How...
Disaster recovery preparation is a huge buzz phrase in business today. Every day I go into businesses and talk about disaster recovery and ask what steps are taken to protect the business from a disaster. That is when the confusion starts; most companies are confusing disaster recovery with...
Editor's Note: Following is the final part of our eight part series called "Better Next Year," by Fred Ode, CEO, chairman and founder of Foundation Software. To read the previous article, click here.This summer, I let go of familiar.In response to my body’s need for a physical challenge and my...
It’s that time of year. Everything is new and fresh and we all tend to make an attempt at starting over, beginning anew and revamping the old with the advent of a new year. When the resolutions wear off and reality sets in, you are still left with the same employees, the same job and usually the...
In today’s tough economic climate, it can be a real challenge to survive until things improve. In good times, work is plentiful, and even marginal or poorly managed firms can be successful. Tough times present an opportunity for you to review your operations, make an effort to understand what works...
Work... the daily grind…it’s a place where productivity is measurable and the bottom line serves as a necessary evil. Some say work can’t be fun, because if it was fun then it would be called “play.” Can work be fun? Can work include a bit of humor and still see objectives attained?  Can...
Times have been very good for the construction community over the recent past.With the exception of the real estate market, all phases of construction seem to be operating on all cylinders. This has resulted in strong profits for many companies. However, all good things eventually end. Whether it...
Tell the truth. What are your real expectations for your safety management program?“Let's be honest,” said one exasperated construction business owner. “I’d be happy if it only got my workers to do what they’re supposed to do in the first place.”But why settle for so little when the potential...
Editor’s Note: This is the first of three articles on practical, cost-effective, green building techniques. To read the next article in the series, click here.A recent study points out that builders overestimate the cost of building green by over 300 percent.They tell clients that their new, green...
Contractors that have a "green" advantage can gain a valuable foothold in the architectural marketplace, especially as more and more designers and building owners seek environmentally-friendly materials and construction practices for their projects.For most contractors, their role in implementing...
Generating new business—it’s the lifeblood of every successful company. Construction companies—in fact, all companies—that market themselves effectively differentiate their services from the competition and stand a much better chance of driving qualified new business. Those with the willingness to...