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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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As competition for workers intensifies, home improvement companies direct more efforts to training

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It’s against the law to hire undocumented workers, and that applies to general contractors whose subcontractors employ illegals

Many home improvement business owners reaching a key growth stage will consider if, when, and how, to engage someone else to run their company

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Home improvement companies share secrets of success for recruiting young sales talent

The greater the effort made to prepare new hires for their job, the more likely it is that they will succeed

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Once burned by a nonpaying client, contractors will find ways to make sure the experience isn't repeated

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The way a business handles complaints is a litmus test of company culture. How does yours fare? 

What to do when a jobsite accident occurs.

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You just got a phone call. What you hoped would never happen has happened. Now what do you do?

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Solar can be a lucrative business for those adept at navigating the politics involved

The demographics of remodeling clients are changing

Remodelers need to get to know the attitudes and ideas of a new generation of homeowners 

Providing job-related training helps home improvement companies retain employees.

Spending time and money to train employees may seem like an ancillary expense—until you have to pay the cost of replacing those employees

By having cash reserves, you can offset unpredictable business setbacks

Having cash reserves can offset unpredictable business setbacks or fund future growth

 

What to do when a key employee leaves your company

A key employee unexpectedly leaving can be a stress bomb if you don’t see it coming and you don’t have a plan to deal with it

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Under most circumstances, it’s difficult for a homeowner to cancel a valid home improvement construction contract once materials have been ordered and the job’s been scheduled

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Studies show that substance abuse is higher in construction than in almost any other industry. That's one more reason why every company should have a policy.

Holiday ideas for home improvement companies

Holidays present some unique opportunities for marketing, managing, selling, or just giving back

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Even with a succession plan in place, it’s difficult for owners to step away from their business

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In launching your own business, long-term success relies more on the planning than the timing

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What happens if there’s a fatal accident on one of your jobsites?

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Most company owners—at some point in their business—are either threatened with a lawsuit or consider filing a suit themselves

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