Trades & Hiring
Residential construction needs 129,000 new skilled workers over next decadeby Steve Payne
With modest growth in new housing, and with Canadian housing stock ageing, construction jobs will continue to shift to the renovation sector, the report says.
What should Simon do? Your answersby Robert Koci
We asked you, in our Nov/Dec issue, to tell us what YOU would do if your best employee pulled a fast one by switching a door – for the best of all possible reasons.
Small contractors need to plan for skilled trade shortagesby Brynna Leslie
If you’re a small home renovations company, you may think the impending shortage of trades and training isn’t your problem. Think again. It may not seem like it, but as baby boomers move out, the labour market is going to…
Is your crew undermining your reputation as a contractor?by Brynna Leslie
“I watched as a crew showed up the day after Canada Day to spend four hours sitting on the front porch, drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes.”
Union bully boysby Robert Koci
Let’s learn how to protect ourselves from union bullying before the fight starts
The 3 million dollar road Part 4: $3 million and beyondby Mike Draper
Before growing from $2 million per year to $3 million and beyond, a contractor needs to make sure his business is running at a very profitable level.
What Your Parents Never Taught You About Businessby Victoria Downing
Having worked in and around renovating and renovators for 20 years, there are some important truths I have gleaned about this wild and wooley business. They aren’t neat and they aren’t obvious but they are true. 1. Running a…
Greek Lessonby Robert Koci
I find it strange. When it comes to the finances of your reno business and your personal life, everyone expects you will use a well thought out budget as the core of a sustainable plan. It will include debt and/or…