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Coming back from a mountain of debt
Contractor Steve Bousquet was growing his company and losing money. His answer was to work harder and sell more jobs. But, the losses continued. Even with Steve’s economics degree and business minor, he wasn’t prepared to run a contracting business. Instead of giving up, he found help. Today, Steve spends a lot of time helping other contractors find their way in the business world – the same way they helped him... MORE
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At Prime Lawn nearly everyone knows how to do everything
Contractor Matt Griffin says cross-training is the only way they are able to offer all the services they do, consistently do them well and serve clients as a 1-stop design/build shop. Nearly all of Matt’s 16 field employees are proficient in all of those things. “I have 6 crews and all but the 2 technicians are cross trained, meaning that everyone can put in a water feature. Everyone can put in porcelain, mosquito systems and fire pits.”... MORE
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Fake it till you make it
“Fake it until you make it” is a phrase I heard from industry consultant Jeffrey Scott about 10 years ago, and it’s stuck with me ever since. First, let me define what it does not mean to me: I cannot lie about my capabilities, or claim other’s work as my own. The essence of the phrase is this: Adopting the appearances and processes of the company you want to be, even if you aren’t there yet... MORE
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5 common false business beliefs
The internet and politics have created a society of absolute rights and absolute wrongs. I do not believe life and business is so simple. Changing some of your internal beliefs regarding your business may help you adapt to today’s ever changing business environment. Remember, for hundreds of years people thought the earth was flat. Here are some common false business beliefs... MORE
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15 ideas to recruit & retain great employees
If you are a boss, one of your biggest challenges in the coming years will be not only to recruit talented employees, but to keep them. Contrary to popular belief, salary is far from the only motivating factor for your employees. So here are some suggestions that will increase the happiness of your employees at work and that will ensure that your employees will never want to leave you... MORE
  • 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

If only this happened every project
February/March 2022

If only this happened every project

With limited input and generous budget, client tells contractor to run with it and create an award winning project. MORE


Building an engineered wall on clay soil
April/May 2022

Get smart building walls

An article for contractors starting to venture into walls requiring an engineer’s stamped drawings. MORE


Meeting the demand for hardscape restoration
December/January 2022

Meeting the demand for hardscape restoration

2 brothers start up a hardscape maintenance company to serve the largely untapped market for restoring old paver projects. MORE


Contractors start up a supply yard
August/September 2021

Contractors start up a supply yard

Opening a supply yard wasn’t in the plans, but the opportunity was too good to pass up. MORE


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