- Four Steps to a
Successful Construction Business - It doesn't matter whether you're
just starting out as a contractor or trying to expand your construction
company, these four steps can help you develop a more successful
- Making the Big
Bucks As a Home Building Contractor - I've met a lot of home
building contractors who make a very good living and I've met even more
who don't. What's the secret to making the big bucks as a home building
Looking for Good Clients - Construction Business - Every contractor
that I've ever met is always looking for good clients. If you're one of
these contractors, and I'm sure that you are, read this article
carefully. You've got to be able to understand the difference between a
good client and a bad one, for starters.
- One Job Put
This Contractor Out Of Business - It was only a few years ago that I
was talking to a friend of mine about a plastering contractor who had
just went out of business. He didn't underbid the job, he had a good
contract, but the person he was working for, went out of business and
took the plastering contractor down with him.
- The One
Million-Dollar Client - Construction Business Advice - I'm going to
share a story with you today about someone working in the construction
business. This contractor wasn't any different than you and me and
didn't really have any special skills that were out of the ordinary.
- Problems with
Contractors Using Undocumented Labor - If you're a contractor who
uses the illegal immigrants or undocumented workers, you could easily
find yourself dealing with more problems than you ever believed you
would have. I know plenty of contractors who go down to their local
donut shop to find someone who is willing to work hard for very little
Tips for Contractors Who Desperately Need New Customers - When is
this recession ever going to end. I live in Southern California and when
I go down to the Home Depot, it's packed with customers, but I can't
seem to get their attention, any of them. I see them walking out of the
stores with big-ticket items, but whose doing all the work.
Partnerships That Don't Work - I was taking my daughter to a Girl
Scouts event and needed to pick up two other fathers and their
daughters. By the time I was done with the baseball game that we went
to, I never wanted to see either one of these fathers again. Each one of
them wanted to be my partner, but didn't have anything to offer.
- My Biggest Mistake As a
Building Contractor - The Pen Truly Is Mightier Than the Sword -
Everyone makes mistakes, but in the construction business you're
required to pay for them. I'm not talking about paying with Monopoly
money, I'm talking about mistakes that cost you a lot of money.
a Construction Business Doesn't Require A Lot Of Capital - If you're
planning on building hotels, strip malls and hundreds of homes, right
off the bat, you might need a lot more capital to start a construction
business. If you're planning on starting a construction business and
working your way up, by working on smaller jobs.
- Five Ways to
Increase Profits As a Contractor - This will probably be one of the
most popular articles that I have ever written. Every contractor that I
know wants to know some of my secrets about my success. I rarely share
them with anyone, but today I'm going to share them with you. I hope you
can use at least one of them to make more money as a contractor.
- Help Your
Construction Business by Asking Successful People for Advice -
You're probably not going to believe the story that I'm about to tell
you, but it's what makes America great. You can come to this country,
learn a trade within a short time and become a millionaire in less than
Knowledge Gained through Books - Have you ever wanted to remodel a
bathroom, build your own house or simply be able to replace a kitchen
faucet? How many people get pride and develop a sense of worth, from
your ability to fix something and in the process save yourself some
money? As a contractor for over 30 years, I've heard the women talk
poorly about their husbands ability to fix or repair anything that's
wrong with the home.
- Creating a Good
Image of Yourself - As long as I've been in the construction
business, I have seen some of the lousiest contractors make the most
money, while some of the best contractors, seem to struggle. It's not
always about what you know in the construction business, a lot of times
it's more about who you know or how people perceive you.
- The Key to a
Successful Construction Business Is Referrals - It seems like, I
have had to start my business over, each time that I move into a new
community. I live in the same state, but have lived in three counties
and each move has seemed to cost me a lot of old business. Here's what
I've learned, in my travels as a general contractor.
Marketing Advantages for Contractors - There are thousands of
contractors all over the United States who know how to build new homes
and remodel old ones. These contractors understand construction law and
the construction business, but rarely do they understand marketing
- Fundamentals of
Asking for Construction Referrals - If you're seriously planning on
staying in the construction business, you should consider asking your
previous customers for referrals. Some of the best jobs that I have ever
received have been from referrals.
- Benefits of
Placing Links in Articles - It's not actually going to be the act of
writing articles that will provide you with more business or traffic to
your website. It's the links that you put in the articles that will
provide the benefits from the search engines.
- Benefits of
Writing Articles - If you don't understand the benefits of writing
articles, let me explain it to you. It's not actually all about writing
the articles, it's more about placing links to your website on other
peoples blogs, directories or websites.
- Protecting Your
Company and Personal Information - It seems like, ever since time
began, people have been looking for easy ways to acquire information
that would be beneficial to them and others. Your personal information,
is extremely valuable to marketing companies and e-mail spammers.
- Stair Builders
Directory Page Positioning Experiment -
In the advertising world, bigger is always going to be better and first
position is always going to be better than second. I can't stress the
importance of signing up for the Stair Builders Directory, before your
Secret for Remodeling Contractors -
If you're a remodeling contractor and your business isn't working as
well as you would like it to, I would like to share a few moneymaking
secrets with you. Hopefully these secrets will take your remodeling
business to the next level.
Cleanliness Is a Must for Building and Remodeling Contractors - When
I first started working in construction, I was constantly stepping over
large pieces of lumber that were spread all over the jobsite. I would
often trip or fall over these large cumbersome items and never even
thought about cleaning any of it up.
- 10 Ways a
Contractors Can Make Their Clients Mad without Even Knowing It - If
you've been in business as long as I have, you probably said things to
your clients that either weren't taken the way they were meant to be or
said something to them that was out of line.
- Con Artist Even
Work in the Construction Industry - I would like to share another
construction story with you about a contractor who desperately tried to
take advantage of one of the people that I was working for. This was an
intelligent contractor who had been in business for 10 years.
- Five Wacky Things
Homeowners Ask Me to Do - The Nerve of Some People - Just when I
think I've seen everything in the construction business, someone does
something to prove me wrong. I can't believe how many wacky things
homeowners have asked me to do while giving estimates.
- How to Avoid Home Repair
Lawsuits by Doing Good Work - If you really want to avoid any type
of lawsuits, you need to educate yourself and use caution with
everything that you do. Construction lawsuits are no different, if you
understand construction lawsuits and use caution, you could easily avoid
them in the future.
- Remodeling Contractor
Becomes Multimillionaire - I don't know if you have ever noticed or
not, but there are very few contractors that are billionaires but there
are some that are millionaires. I would like to share a story with you
about a remodeling contractor who became a multimillionaire, by working
hard and investing wisely.
- Remodeling Contractors
Surviving the Recession - There are thousands of remodeling
contractors all over the United States that are only interested in doing
a good job and making their clients happy. There are a few who think a
little different, but for the most part, remodeling contractors are
interested in making their clients happy, so that they can refer them
- Tools for Calming Down Anyone
Working in the Construction Industry - When I first started working
in construction, in the late 1970s it seemed like every person on the
job had an attitude. The carpenters didn't like the plumbers, the
plumbers didn't like the electricians and the electricians didn't like
the plumbers or the carpenters.
- Who Would Ever Start a Home
Building Business? - One of the biggest problems in the home
building business is the amount of materials and labor that are needed
to complete one house. There are so many things that could go wrong, yet
millions of homes are still built year after year.
- The Best Money Ever Spent -
Construction Business Secrets Revealed - A contractor shared
something with me a long time ago and I would like to share it with you
today. Taking someone out to lunch, could be the best money you ever
spent and I'm about to tell you why.
- Professional Home Remodelers
Are Changing the Business - As more and more people become educated
about how contractors do business in the United States, I'm starting to
see a shift in the way home remodelers do business. It seems like were
finally getting rid of the crooked contractors and replacing them with
honest reliable professionals.
- Universal Construction
Methods Remain the Same -
In case you're wondering why most houses look similar and are
constructed and relatively the same method, you're absolutely right.
Most homes are designed and constructed in similar manners, using
standard construction methods.
- How Much Money Is a Contractor Actually
Worth? - I've been a contractor since 1986 and this seems to be one
of the biggest problems that homeowners and other employers of mine seem
to have. Is my contractor charging me too much money? This seems to be
one of the biggest issues and confrontational problems in the
construction industry today.
- Construction Shortcuts Create Big
Problems - I've seen plumbers poorly fastened pipes together, only
to create water leaks that damage large sections of homes. I've seen
electricians create fire hazards by splicing electrical wires in
concealed areas and I've seen roofers improperly flash around skylights
without any knowledge of the problems that they were actually creating.
- What I Learned from
Carpenters in the 1970s - When I started working in construction,
the year was 1978 and carpenters usually brought their dogs to the job,
had their radios blasting out loud music and there was plenty of alcohol
that was consumed on a regular basis. These carpenters that I'm talking
about, weren't really interested in safety or doing exceptionally good
- Think Twice before Making Your Own
Changes during Construction? - My grandfather was a carpenter and he
taught my father and his brother the art of home construction. I was
talking to my uncle one day when he said something that I would never
forget. He said,” We are just assembling the homes, it's not our job to
reengineer or design them.”
- Don't Mix Alcohol with Construction Labor
- When I first started working in the construction business, in 1978 it
seemed like everyone drank alcohol on the job. These people seem to
function pretty good, even though some of them were definitely under the
influence of alcohol.
- Abusive Homeowner
Gets Mad at Contractor - Whenever we think of home remodeling or new
home construction, we rarely think of the homeowner taking advantage of
the contractor. It's usually the other way around, but this time the
homeowner got a little carried away with the contractor.
- My Ex-Wife and
Construction Problems - What does my ex-wife have to do with any
construction problems? If you keep your eyes open in your mouth shut,
you could learn an extremely valuable lesson about solving construction
problems. I learned this one from observing my ex-wife after we were
- How to
Deal with Construction Know It Alls - If I was to ask you, do you
know someone who knows everything about the construction business, but
realistically doesn't know much? This type of person likes to get in
your face and tell you what you're doing wrong, even though they know
very little about home building. How can we deal with the construction
know it all?
Contractors - How to Get Paid on Time - One the biggest problems
that I have found, working in the construction business as a contractor
and business owner is getting paid on time. If you've been a contractor
for over five years, there's a good chance that you know what I'm
talking about. Here's a couple of tips from a concerned professional.
- Good Contractors Don't Sell
Themselves Short - When I was young, I had dreams of becoming
rich and successful. These dreams were changed, once I started working
in construction. If you notice, there are very few billionaires in the
construction business. It seems like most contractors live in a dog eat
dog world and will often take jobs cheaper than other contractors,
simply because they don't know any different.
- Removing The Scammers from the
Construction Business - Whether you're in the construction business
as a laborer, superintendent, Foreman or you're actually the boss, you
have an obligation to your trade to honesty and fairness. This goes both
ways of course, if you're working for someone and they're not treating
you fairly or being honest, it's time to find another job.
- Spotting Though Clients in the
Construction Business - Some clients can make your life a living
nightmare, if you choose to work for these people, they could make your
life extremely miserable. Here's a story about a man that called me one
time for an estimate, but didn't seem to understand, how to treat
people, especially people that don't need to work for people like him.
- Ending Construction Delays
before They Even Start - One of the biggest problems in the
construction industry is construction delays and these are usually
created by avoidable problems. Some of these problems were unforeseen,
while others happened and now you need to deal with them. You might not
be able to stop every single construction delay before they ever start,
but you can do your best to avoid them, with some simple planning.
- Finding Good Contractors, Creates
a Win-Win Situation - All the years I have spent in the remodeling business, home building
business and all of the work that I have done that doesn't fall into
either one of these categories, in the home repair business, has taught
me a lot about people.
- Hope for Remodeling
Contractors During Tough Times - Well this is about the third time
for me, going through some tough times and the bad economy, in the
construction business. If you're a remodeling contractor or are
currently working in the remodeling business, you're in a better
position than those who are used to working in new construction, track
framing or commercial tilt ups.
- Take As Many Pictures As You Can -
Protecting Homeowners - What if I could tell you a secret that some
contractors know about, but it seems like most homeowners never do? What
if I told you something that could save you thousands of dollars in home
repairs, litigation and insurance problems, in the future? I think I
have your attention, don't I.
- How Do I Become a Licensed
Contractor? - So you're finally ready to take the next step and
become a licensed contractor. Before you do this, I would like to share
a couple of things with you about contractors licensing schools and what
it takes to become a licensed contractor in most states.
- How Hard Was It to Get
Your Contractor's License 20 Years Ago? - Well to be honest with
you, it wasn't as hard as I thought. It's probably easier today to get
your state contractors license than it was 20 years ago. When I took my
test in 1986, there were plenty of people who didn't have much
experience in the construction business, taking their test to become a
general contractor. Quite frankly, I was surprised.
- Construction Website
Building Tips - Attracting New Customers - It wasn't long ago, that
contractors didn't need websites, but today things are a little
different and we do. If you don't have a website for your construction
company, there is no time like the present for you to get one. If you
have more business than you know what to do with, you can stop reading
the article right here.
- Working for Your Church - Pay
Attention Christian Contractors - One of the best things you could
do for your construction company is work for your church. If you belong
to a large church, you might not ever have to advertise again. What I'm
about to share with Christian contractors can also be applied to other
organizations. Don't limit your thinking, because the possibilities here