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How Can I Find (and Keep) Enough Good Employees?

“Help! I can’t find enough good people.” That’s a common phrase among builders, remodelers and trades people around our country these days. It seems our labor force has taken some serious hits since the recession, and left us begging, borrowing and stealing to come up with enough good people to get the work done. This [...]

Success Must Be Defined Before It’s Achieved

Over the years I’ve witnessed many business owners struggling with frustration, stress and self-doubt, all of which takes a very real toll on them both personally and professionally. I know what it’s like because I was one of those business owners for many years. The physical, emotional and financial fallout can be exponential when left [...]

3 Steps to Protecting Your Profit – Finding Your Focus

No one goes into business with the intention of losing money. Yet a preoccupation with busyness often short circuits our decision making ability and prevents us from capturing small opportunities that can make a big difference on the bottom line. The inclination to stay busy is natural, but adopting the daily discipline to seek only the most productive activities is wisdom; the [...]

Your Winning Strategies to Keeping More Profit on the Table

I received an encouraging phone call from a client this morning who had been struggling for most of his business life with a challenge that plagues many (if not most) small business owners. Though his product is excellent, and there is clearly a demand for it in the marketplace, his success ratio for capturing more [...]

Help! I’m Not Finding the Right Customers

“It’s not what you think it is,” I commented. My client had just re-visited a chronic issue that has plagued their company for years. In fact it’s become the Achilles heel of their business. The challenge I’m referring to is consistently driving more business to their door; in other words, marketing effectively. Most of the [...]

The Leads Exist But Your Sales Are Struggling, Why?

This past month I met with a business owner client of mine who told me that his ratio for closing sales leads is less than 10%. Now, to put this issue into context, this owner has invested thousands building a new kitchen showroom/design studio with beautiful, up-to date design and product displays, and hired a [...]

Pricing Your Jobs for Profit – are you pricing your jobs too low?

Since business activities have been on the upswing business owners haven't had to battle competitive price wars to the extent they have in recent years. But that doesn't mean there is not competition. With increased sales opportunities comes increased competition and healthy competition is what holds prices in check. The mistake most owners make though is not [...]

Courageous Leadership – The Difference Between Great and Average Companies

If you’re striving to be a mediocre building or trades company, this article is not for you. Of the many contractors and business owners I speak with every week, most have defaulted into this category. Not by choice of course, but because they’ve missed the power this game-changing difference possesses to create enduring, self-sustaining success. [...]