Planning to retire from a 1-crew company
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Planning to retire from a 1-crew company
Gary Buckpitt works in the field on his only crew every day. But at 63 years old, he’s getting ready to retire. Unlike many small companies, the business won’t end when he’s done. He’s built something he can sell, and which will continue to provide for employees’ families after he leaves. Though he works on the crew, he says he hasn’t been the crew leader for about 8 years...
6 things every website must have
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6 things every website must have
Lee Goff is a marketing expert who has been hugely successful in applying his skills to developing websites capable of effectively marketing the businesses they serve. His unique skill set has led him to become Guerrilla Marketing's Chief Web Officer and the leading Internet strategist for the country of Fiji's entire tourism industry. Lee offers 6 things your website must have to effectively market your company. These things can make a huge difference in your bottom line...
Why a contractor teaches competitors
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Why a contractor teaches competitors
When choosing topics for my articles, I like to pick something that I think will be of interest to a wide range of contractors. Compaction, geo-synthetics, the 4-day work week…these are all topics that I have received a lot of feedback on from Hardscape Magazine readers. But, here’s the question I hear most from contractors: Why? Why, as a contractor, do I do so much contractor education? Aren’t I giving away all my secrets that took years and years to learn?...
Create a culture of communication
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Create a culture of communication
The 135-year-old business I left 20 years ago set the gold standard for how people need to work together in a company. It’s been a stark contrast to what I’ve seen at other companies since. The central thrust of their “internal customer” policy was that everyone in organization needed to be responsive to everyone else, and proactively communicate with them in a timely manner...
Permeable paver solutions
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Permeable paver solutions
As more and more communities and homeowners look for water conservation and stormwater management solutions, Burt Plett sees an opportunity for contractors to provide a permeable paver solution. Burt is the go-to guy for permeable pavers at Willow Creek Paving Stones. Burt shares his experiences in guiding specifiers and contractors to solve drainage, ice and regulatory challenges...
  • Growth makes you busy; efficiency makes you profitable
  • Growth makes you busy; efficiency makes you profitable
  • Growth makes you busy; efficiency makes you profitable
  • Growth makes you busy; efficiency makes you profitable
  • Growth makes you busy; efficiency makes you profitable

Contractor Profiles

Launching a cleaning/ stabilizing/ sealing business
December/January 2015

Launching a cleaning/ stabilizing/ sealing business

After 3 years of setting up systems, Paver Rescue is poised to take advantage of a growth opportunity. MORE


Remaking a struggling company
August/September 2014

Remaking a struggling company

Switzer's makes the difficult transition from a large, unwieldy business down to a small design/build firm now on a solid footing for the future. MORE


Are your designs falling from fashion?
June/July 2014

Are your designs falling from fashion?

Getting creative in paver design lets Farley Interlocking Paving appeal to more people in more markets. MORE


Lessons learned from years building walls
April/May 2014

Lessons learned from years building walls

Continually expanding skills and improving efficiencies ensures success in the constantly changing market. MORE


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