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Home improvement juggernaut West Shore Home's new company-wide base wage doubles the legal minimum in nearly every state it operates

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Some of the most successful companies in home improvement are partnerships, but not every partnership is destined for success. (Photo: Pixabay)

Business partnerships in the home improvement industry can be golden—provided you take the necessary steps

A series of powerful weather events creates plenty of exterior repair work. But insurance work can easily find you in over your head.

Sure, an informal agreement with minimal documentation is easy, but it could cost you time, money, and referrals

Suspect substance abuse? Unless you have a policy in place, your choice in how to respond is to either tolerate it or fire the employee

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Many business owners think that an office manager should be the last person you hire as your company grows. Those with experience say otherwise.

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Creating a successful internship program for your company is all about creating a process, including managing it

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Some economists suggest the U.S. is overdue for a downturn. Here are key steps to take to prepare your company in case they’re right.  

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You can’t control how the prospect heard about your company, but you can control that first phone interaction

Online remodeling sales are gaining traction with consumers

Buying a car used to involve haggling with a salesperson on the dealership lot. Now most car dealers have an online sales department. Is home improvement next? 

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The effect of announced plans to change or eliminate the Affordable Care Act, scale back taxes, and rein in OSHA enforcement will likely not be seen right away

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Determining what kind of help you need, and when, can not only see your business through a crisis, it can help provide a basis for stable growth

A contentious election year produces an unexpected result. Here’s what some contractors would like to see happen next.

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You finished that replacement job two weeks ago and collected the final check. Today a letter from the bank arrives: you've got a bounced check.

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For home improvement contractors today, a lot hinges on review sites 

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Homeowners are often in the dark about what permits are required for the work they want done and who's responsible for obtaining them. Short answer: you are

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Does your company’s name align with what you actually do, and represent, in your market?

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Even contractors who dislike them concede that success is all in the effort

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You’re using guys you know but they’re not on your payroll. Does that matter to your homeowner customer? 

Homeowners sometimes get blindsided when it turns out the GC they hired hasn't paid his subs or materials suppliers. The lien waiver in your contract protects homeowners against this.

Using a CRM system for sales leads

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Industry-specific CRM software is often the first choice for home improvement companies with ambitious growth plans

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