Canadian Contractor


Canadian Contractor
March 30, 2012  

Ontario WSIB truth

In Ontario, you don’t have to be WSIB covered if…

Canadian Contractor
March 30, 2012  

The Federal budget for renovators

Steady as she goes, with help for the private sector and a Conservative twist to our fiscal direction

Canadian Contractor
March 27, 2012  

Sell More at Trade Shows

Last week I was at  the Spring Home Show. 

Canadian Contractor
March 24, 2012  

A close shave

Remember, just because you’ve never had a guy wearing a blue hard come up to you on your renovation site all those past years you’ve been in the business doesn’t meant it won’t happen to you today.

Canadian Contractor
March 21, 2012  

A Thousand Decisions

Quality really boils down to a whole bunch of small decisions pointing in the direction of quality.

Canadian Contractor
March 20, 2012  

Best Way to Profit

Almost all contractors and sub trades are looking for ways to make more profit. One of the best ways to do so is to reduce your cost. Sounds simple enough, yet everyone struggles with how. Here is one secret….

Canadian Contractor
March 20, 2012  

Are you conservative?

Most small business owners are, but what does “Conservative” mean? What does “Liberal” mean, for that matter. Put your hammer down for a minute, and chew on this.

Canadian Contractor
March 18, 2012  

Being a MOL

After my close shave with the Ministry of Labour (MOL), I contacted them to compliment their inspector. You might think I’ve a screw loose doing this.

Canadian Contractor
March 13, 2012  

Win more business

To win more proposals you have to be looking at your proposal from the eyes of the homeowner.

Canadian Contractor
March 8, 2012  

The Profit Series Part 2: Markup and Margin

Knowing the difference between Markup and Margin can make or break your profit strategy

Canadian Contractor
March 7, 2012  

How can you compete against this?

You run a professional business. With the overheads you have, how on earth do you compete?

Canadian Contractor
February 28, 2012  

Home show strategies

For renovators, home shows are a must

Canadian Contractor
February 3, 2012  

How do you fire a client?

You ever have a client you just can’t work for any more? How do you end the relationship?

Canadian Contractor Trades & Hiring
January 26, 2012  

Union bully boys

Let’s learn how to protect ourselves from union bullying before the fight starts

Canadian Contractor
January 13, 2012  

The Passive House continued

Reno Coach Reiner Hoyer’s Passive House gets a new fan in Canadian Contractor Tools Editor Steve Maxwell

Administration Canadian Contractor
January 6, 2012  

Meetings…what a waste!!

Actually, meetings are critical to work flow and morale. Here’s how to make them productive.

Canadian Contractor
January 3, 2012  


Is it the 90s crash all over again?

Canadian ContractorBasement
January 1, 2012  

Reliably Dry: Best practices for keeping water out of basements

There are three main categories of features that work together to make a basement reliably dry.

Canadian ContractorResources
December 26, 2011  

Underground truths

We must deal with the underground cash economy, but it’s not all our responsibility

Canadian Contractor
December 22, 2011  

Showing off

Helping your local big box or hardware store put on Saturday morning seminars is a great way to get in touch with your market

Canadian Contractor
December 16, 2011  

The 3 million dollar road Part 1: The eight steps to growth

Most renovation companies gross under $1 million in annual sales. That’s small, but Mike Draper, consultant to renovation contractors, says it doesn’t have to be that way. In the next four issues of Canadian Contractor, Draper, vice president coaching at Renovantage Inc., will explain how his company helps contractors grow their business from startup status of less that $300,000 to the heady success of $3 million and more.

Administration Canadian Contractor
December 16, 2011  

The 3 million dollar road Part 2: Along the $3 million road

The following is the second in a four-part series

Canadian Contractor
December 16, 2011  

The 3 million dollar road Part 3: Beyond your first million

In the last issue of Canadian Contractor Magazine we took a look at how important cash flow is for a $300,000 business growing to $1 million. The following is the third in a four-part series that will take you on the road to a $3-million business.

Administration Canadian Contractor Trades & Hiring
December 15, 2011  

The 3 million dollar road Part 4: $3 million and beyond

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.

Canadian Contractor
December 14, 2011  

To profit, specialize

you need to do one thing well
By Steve Greer

Canadian Contractor
December 5, 2011  

Illegal immigrants in construction need a break

The underground gets worse when you don’t let good, experienced trades from other countries work here legally.

Canadian Contractor
November 22, 2011  

The right price

There is a right price, and you need to charge it.

Administration Canadian Contractor Permits & Legal Trades & Hiring
November 8, 2011  

Greek Lesson

I find it strange. When it comes to the

Canadian Contractor
November 2, 2011  

Your Leadership Style

By Glenn Gutek. In leadership, leaders must understand this

Canadian Contractor
October 25, 2011  

A Canadian View of the American Housing Industry

According to the U.S. Commerce Department, seasonally adjusting housing