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March 18, 2013 Voice

What’s your ultimate tool or asset?

by Alec Caldwell

Too many of us insure our cars and homes with much more forethought and care than we insure ourselves

March 18, 2013 Voice

What's your ultimate tool or asset?

by Alec Caldwell

Too many of us insure our cars and homes with much more forethought and care than we insure ourselves

March 12, 2013 Voice

Rob Ford’s latest controversy: What if it happened to you?

by Alec Caldwell

Act in a professional manner and move away from a bad situation. When it comes to allegations like this, there never are any winners.

March 12, 2013 Voice

Rob Ford's latest controversy: What if it happened to you?

by Alec Caldwell

Act in a professional manner and move away from a bad situation. When it comes to allegations like this, there never are any winners.

March 12, 2013 Voice

When your phone stops ringing, try this…

by Alec Caldwell

Web-based referral companies – at least the best of them – are well worth a shot, if you are running out of business. Some CARAHS members are able to run more than one crew based solely on their web-referred business alone.

March 5, 2013 Voice

Smaller-sized builders feeling the squeeze around the GTA

by Alec Caldwell

It seems like only the very biggest developers can afford to operate in the subdivision market around the GTA. The smaller builders must join the competition, and bidding wars, in the city’s core. The result is a net loss of employment.

March 5, 2013 Voice

Training, time-management and your contracting firm

by Mike Draper

Training should be an ongoing, routine part of your company. It shouldn’t be something you only do when a new hire is brought on.

February 26, 2013 Voice

What’s really behind No Trespassing signs?

by Alec Caldwell

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.

February 19, 2013 Voice

Mandatory WSIB in Ontario: more fuel for the underground economy

by Alec Caldwell

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.

February 19, 2013 Voice

Frank and me: Touring the Darwin Martin House in Buffalo, NY

by Robert Koci

Frank Lloyd Wright stands as the father of contemporary residential architecture in North America. Does he deserve it?

February 19, 2013 Voice

Why are so many homeowners holding up that last cheque?

by Mike Draper

What is it about February that makes some renovation customers so difficult to deal with – and get cheques from on a timely basis?

February 12, 2013 Voice

Dreaming of making more money from contracting? Start acting…

by Mike Draper

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.

February 12, 2013 Voice

Working for cash, some thoughts

by Alec Caldwell

It’s the homeowners. They are the ones that want to avoid the taxes, but it’s the contractor who is exposed to most of the risk.

February 5, 2013 Voice

Killer asbestos: Where it’s hiding

by Alec Caldwell

We recently heard about a man who died in his early 50s, from asbestos cancer-poisoning of his chest and abdomen. He wasn’t even a contractor. He was the son of a contractor who used to shake out his work clothes when he came home each day. That’s how deadly asbestos can be.

February 5, 2013 Voice

Killer asbestos: Where it's hiding

by Alec Caldwell

We recently heard about a man who died in his early 50s, from asbestos cancer-poisoning of his chest and abdomen. He wasn’t even a contractor. He was the son of a contractor who used to shake out his work clothes when he came home each day. That’s how deadly asbestos can be.

February 5, 2013 Voice

Join the Ontario WSIB protest Feb. 12 in Ottawa and Hamilton

by Robert Koci

Bill 119 in Ontario is shoving WSIB fees down independent contractors’ throats. Enough is enough: it’s time to push back

January 30, 2013 Voice

The Road to $3million Seminar

by Robert Koci

Mike Draper, author of “The Road to $3 Million.” is offering a seminar based on the series for Canadian Contractor readers in the GTA.

January 29, 2013 Voice

Only the lonely

by Alec Caldwell

You really are lonely if you are working at more than 10 feet above the ground without Fall Protection Equipment. You are totally at risk.