Business — Home Improvement

remodeling mastery

Commit to collaboration and your business will only improve.

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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? 

Donald Trump

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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.

Bounced check marked non-sufficient funds

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 

Building Permit

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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

business transformation and new name

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

home show attendees

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

subcontractors—plumber and electrician—at work

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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

staff training

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

undocumented workers

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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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