Contractor says Ontario College of Trades the last straw: "Guess I'll… get out of business."by Steve Payne
“I’m fed up,” contractor says.
Margin versus Markup: One more time on this critical lessonby Mike Draper
If you don’t understand the difference between Markup and Margin, you have almost no chance of making good money as a renovation contractor.
Three in the bedby Alec Caldwell
As a self-employed renovation contractor, you might enjoy your independence, as you should. But you’re still “three in the bed.” You’re in there with the WSIB (in Ontario, or its equivalent in other provinces) and your provinces Ministry of Labour.
How to get ahead of the competition with YouTubeby Steve Payne
Two-thirds of all customers are “visual learners.” That means, to entice prospects into hiring you to do renovations for them, you need to excite them with images, not words. An online video on YouTube can do this for you brilliantly.
Gross versus net profitby Mike Draper
If you don’t understand the difference between these two types of profit, you are not heading in the right direction
Canadian house prices dropped 2 per cent in past year: Scotiabankby Steve Payne
Ottawa’s mortgage rule changes in July, including a reduction in the maximum amortization period from 30 years to 25 years, are expected to “further moderate” prices in the fall
Who's responsible when a flood occurs on the job?by Steve Payne
The chances are, you are: the general contractor. Which is why liability insurance, and using licensed plumbers and electricians, is key to avoiding expensive mishaps.
Opinion: A failure of regulation? Or just a fail.by Robert Koci
When bad things happen, get it fixed and move on
Opinion: Unions destroy jobsby Robert Koci
It’s time to push back on unions and the political parties that protect them
Disability Plans Part 3: What is best for youby Robert Koci
Over a past few weeks we spotlighted Accident and Accident and Sickness Plans and this week is our final article on the subject.
Disability plans Part 2: Accident-Only Plansby Alec Caldwell
They are cheap, but look out for restrictions and limitations
Got a plan?by Alec Caldwell
Disability insurance can save your business, but you need the right plan. Over the next weeks, we’ll explain what you need to know.
Everything was going fine, until…by Alec Caldwell
Everything was going fine until….. Until…. you felt a lump behind your left knee and found out later it was cancer and you’re only 46? Until…… you experienced sudden chest pains and discovered later you were in the middle of…
Cape-able Contractorsby Robert Koci
Should contractors have a license?
To Systemize or Not To Systemizeby Mike Draper
With all the articles lately on systemizing your business, you might be feeling like all the creativity of building is being removed. In fact, it should be more fun. You should be able focus more on creating and building your ideas than worrying…
Will getting three quotes find the bad banana?by Alec Caldwell
I constantly hear “Get a minimum of three quotes from contractors.”
WSIB respondsby Robert Koci
As promised, we approached the Ontario Workers Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) with the questions our readers asked as he was being audited. (See “Another contractor enters WSIB hell”) Here are the responses we were given. (comments and questions from…
Ontario WSIB truthby Robert Koci
In Ontario, you don’t have to be WSIB covered if…