september 2006
Several years ago, Mark Miles' Greener Pastures lawn care service was facing bankruptcy. He needed to create new income streams, but he had little cash to invest in traditional marketing.So he joined a barter exchange, and with a $10,000 credit line in "trade dollars," he was able to barter his...
Editor's Note: This article is the ninth in a series of twelve to lead you toward entrepreneurial excellence by our regular contributor George Hedley, owner of Hedley Construction and Hardhat Presentations. How many times have you said to yourself: "It seems like workers don't care." "Can't...
CPAs and taxes can be synonymous.When a question about a tax deduction or new tax law arises, the CPA is the first person that comes to mind. There is no denying that CPAs are excellent resources to help businesses and individuals reduce their tax liability, but CPAs are about more than just tax...
When residential, commercial and public sector buildings are on the upswing and contractors find themselves taking on more projects, many construction business owners find themselves in need of new or updated equipment to meet increasing demand.Even during the best of times, however, there are...
It is no secret that the battle for the shrinking pool of talent from U.S. construction schools is hotter than ever. How can contractors be seriously considered by top graduating students and meet their staffing needs in this tight employment market? One proven method is to make a serious...
Past historical data gives proof that investing in safety and health will help control a company's bottom-line during all phases of the company life cycle.The one problem with this statement is that society today is all about the "here and now" and is often not concerned with the future. In many...
By investing in cutting edge technology, your business can gain an upper hand on industry competition.The financial commitment has its risks, but when you combine an Information Technology (IT) program with your corporate goals and strategies, the alignment can provide a critical benefit in...
For Greater Success in Permitting:P=PreparednessA=AttitudeS=SurveillanceS=SurrenderEven in polite company, the topic of construction permits can bring unsavory four-letter words to the lips, or at least an underlying feeling of dread. We've all heard horror stories of the neighbor who tried to get...
We are all aware of OSHA's site inspection activities, but many construction business owners may not be aware that OSHA maintains a comprehensive website that provides free information and training materials on Safety for employers to use in developing their safety programs. Here is an example...
Editor's Note: This is part one of a two-part article. To read part two, click here.The construction industry has come to recognize the relationship between managing risk and return on investment.Now considered a serious profit initiative, risk management in today's insurance market requires beyond...
Dear Jayme,I keep hiring lousy employees. Where are all the good people? How come I can't seem to hire them?Clint Dear Clint,The good ones are out there, but they won't fall in your lap just because you're cute. Like any scarce commodity, finding them takes some effort.Employees are leveraged...
Editor's Note: The following is the third in a ten-part series called "Technology Traps and Mishaps." To read part two, click here. To read part four, click here.The book, Younger Next Year, by Chris Crowley and Henry Lodge M.D., is based on the premise that by the time you reach age fifty you have...