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Money Matters: 4 Expert Tips for Creating Profitable Project Estimates

Creating job estimates is one of the toughest parts of every home professional’s job, but it’s also one of the most important. Accurate job estimates earn the trust, repeat business and referrals of your customers. And they can also help you better manage your finances and increase your bottom line. To help you up your…


Getting Back to Basics

In today’s on-demand world, it’s easy to get caught up in the latest ways to reach new customers and increase the bottom line. Unfortunately, it’s also easy to lose sight of good customer service in the process. That’s why it’s important — perhaps now more so than ever — to slow down and put some…


Avoid Hiring Mistakes With 3 Simple Questions

Depending on the job, a sub-par worker can cost thousands of dollars in damage — and drag your business through an ugly firing process as well. When you begin interviewing, ask yourself these three questions to ward off any costly hiring mistakes. 1. What makes a good interview? During the interview, take note of how…


5 Costly Business Mistakes

You don’t install sinks backward or fall through attic ceilings, but you might be making other, less obvious mistakes without even knowing it. Here are five costly — and common — business mistakes and how to fix them. Mistake #1: Over Promising. Over promising usually ends in under delivering — which always results in an…


Hire a Dependable Subcontractor in 4 Simple Steps

Experienced and easy-to-work-with subcontractors are a huge help to any project. But locating and hiring dependable pros isn’t always as easy as it may seem. Use these tips to find dependable subcontractors for your jobs. 1. Define the job. Under or over hiring for a job can result in delays, bloated prices and unhappy customers….


The 4 Must-Haves of a Business-Boosting Website

Are you creating or updating a website for your business? Be sure to include these four essential features: 1. Functionality: Before building your site, write down your goals (e.g., higher online sales, more leads, better scheduling, etc.). Then, create and finalize a basic outline of your website’s pages and their uses — making sure that…


5 Challenges of a Family-Owned Business

Family-owned businesses offer close working relationships, collaborative environments and out-of-the-box problem solving. But working with relatives isn’t without its challenges. Here’s a look at five family business problems and the simple solutions needed to solve them: 1. Personal disagreements. Disputes in a family business don’t always remain professional. If you disagree with a family member,…


5 Tips for Finding the Perfect Customer

Finding easy-to-work-with customers isn’t as difficult as you might think. You just need to know what to look for. Use the following guidelines to help you pinpoint your dream customer and avoid any troublesome or trying clientele. 1. Understand your strengths Choose projects that demonstrate your expertise. Jumping into a job without 100 percent confidence…

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