For a company that sells $5 million or more, someone besides the owner should be managing the salesforce. Here’s what to consider when hiring a sales manager.

Why it's important for small-business owners to take vacation

Don’t keep putting off that vacation. Instead, plan for it, then do it. Your business and employees will thank you.

Update job descriptions with input from existing staff

Why, as business improves, it's important to update job descriptions with input from existing staff


Old Way, New Way on a sign

Remodeling industry trainer and educator Shawn McCadden lists five common practices that he believes are holding back remodelers from becoming more professional

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

Cyberattacks occur in remodeling companies, so it's important to educate your staff about cyber security.

In today's interconnected online world, businesses are vulnerable, and businesses with fewer than 100 employees even more so

When contractors discover a defect in their work, repairing the defect can be risky unless you take some precautions

Repairing construction defects can be risky unless you take some precautions

Silhouette behind jail cell bars

Worker's compensation insurance is an expensive cost of doing business and most contractors are always looking for ways to reduce that financial burden

10 costly business mistakes that remodelers should avoid

Mark Richardson's list of the 10 most-common mistakes made in remodeling businesses. Avoid them, and your odds for success go way up.

For remodelers, offering a lifetime warranty isn't as crazy as it sounds

Have you ever considered offering a lifetime warranty? It’s not as crazy as it sounds. In fact, if you do it right, it’s a revenue generator

Holiday ideas for home improvement companies

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

Create a system to ensure and build your profit

If you run your business with profit as an afterthought, it's time to make a change. 

Bright Ideas by Martinec using iPads on jobsite


Photo: courtesy Bright Ideas by Martinec

For this New York–state remodeler, iPads pave the way for greater efficiency and better communication

How to measure business maturity

Many businesses suffer growing pains because they grow by accident. But businesses are like children—they need nurturing and guidance to become healthy and successful

exit strategy man walking away

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

Stop resisting change to move your company forward.

Change doesn't come easy. But if you want it, you must uncover your conflicting commitments and understand the strength of our immunity to change

Checking supplier invoices

Controls at the front and back end will ensure that you’re paying what you should for building materials

@ symbol on email—remodeling change order details are increasingly sent via email

The medium used to communicate and approve changes on a project matters. Consider these pointers 

Change orders in remodeling are a part of every project

You can't escape them, but you can minimize the hassle and anxiety that remodeling change orders can cause. Here's how.


tips for finding A-grade best employees

In great companies, recruitment is less of an HR exercise and more of a sales and marketing initiative. 

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