No Trespassing signs can be legitimate attempts to keep members of the public from hurting themselves in places they don’t belong. Most contractors use them this way. But shady contractors can use them to keep a jobsite private from prying eyes who might see, and report, gross safety violations.
Why parents don’t want their kids to be trades people. And what to do when your customer owes you $100,000
Do we need central planning or should we let the free market sort things out?
The curse of TV and the help of sponsors and contractors working for free
The editorial position of CANADIAN CONTRACTOR is that the new WSIB rules are a shameless rip off of hard-working Ontarians. Bill 119 is insulting to self-employed small businesspeople in the trades in this province while fuelling the underground economy.
The protests against mandatory WSIB in Ottawa and Hamilton on Feb. 12 were very unusual events. Most of those people on the picket lines had never “protested” anything, publicly, in their lives. Renovators, in general, would rather be at work than waving banners. But they’ve had enough.
More and more contractors I talk to are planning to work for cash, or to set up barter systems, or find other methods of avoiding punitive government fees and taxes. The WSIB money grab in Ontario is possibly the last straw for many formerly law-abiding, legit contractors.
Frank Lloyd Wright stands as the father of contemporary residential architecture in North America. Does he deserve it?
What is it about February that makes some renovation customers so difficult to deal with – and get cheques from on a timely basis?
The plateau effect, where you grow your business to a certain size and it never gets any bigger, can be overcome. Systems are everything. And getting outside help in setting up these systems is a really good idea.