Construction Business Owner, November 2006
New entrepreneurs are likely to hear lots of doom and gloom statistics about the probability of failure. The current figure supported by the Small Business Administration is that more than half of all startups will fail within the first five years. That's a daunting number.Most Business Owners Ask...
With record low unemployment numbers being reached in many markets in the United States and a push by parents to guide their children into technology or professional "white-collar" jobs, it is clear that construction companies should seriously take proactive measures to become more aggressive in...
Editor's Note: Following is the fifth of our ten part series called "Technology Traps and Mishaps," by Fred Ode, CEO, chairman and founder of Foundation Software. To read part four, click here. To read part six, click here.Hi Honey, I'm Home!The last time my family and I moved was in 1991 during...
Work zone traffic accidents are on the rise and are a serious concern for contractors.Savvy contractors know that even a few simple steps can significantly reduce their exposure to accidents-all it takes is a little creativity and defensive thinking.When it comes to worst-case scenarios, Barriere...
If you are like most construction executives, you don't view yourself as a software technology expert.In fact, you probably approach new information technology (IT) projects with trepidation and hand it off to the back-office staff or third-party consultants. This is an understandable and healthy...
For contractors, paper blueprints have always been a staple of the construction business.Recently, a trend has emerged that would potentially replace paper blueprints with digital blueprints. The savings in reproduction and distribution costs alone would be substantial.In the construction industry...
When you decided to pursue your chosen career, the picture of the role you anticipated probably centered on the primary tasks of the job title. If you imagined yourself as a civil engineer, you likely pictured yourself using CAD software to design bridges and tunnels. If you imagined being a lawyer...
Dear Jayme:You've told me to listen to my employees to be aware of how my business is running. Good idea, but employees are always afraid to tell the boss the bad stuff. They're not going to talk to me, are they?Trenton  Dear Trenton:Employees afraid to talk honestly to the boss? Not...