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January 29, 2013 Voice

Are we here to “convince” customers to buy what they don’t want?

by Robert Koci

Don’t tell me that “sustainability” should be more important to my renovation customers than their Return on Investment. That’s up to them to decide.

January 29, 2013 Voice

Are we here to "convince" customers to buy what they don't want?

by Robert Koci

Don’t tell me that “sustainability” should be more important to my renovation customers than their Return on Investment. That’s up to them to decide.

January 28, 2013 Voice

Join this renovator group on LinkedIn

by Mike Draper

Social media connections like this LinkedIn group can be a vital part of your marketing strategy. Why not give this one a try? It’s free and we already have over 130 renovators connected. Join us!

January 28, 2013 Voice

Mike Holmes responds

by Robert Koci

Next week, in this space, watch for the first part of Rob Koci’s interview with Mike Holmes, in which he responds to some of the criticisms (and compliments) he has received from CANADIAN CONTRACTOR readers.

January 25, 2013 Voice

A conversation with contractor success

by Robert Koci

What is the key ingredient to a successful renovation company? Dave and Lindsay have it.

January 22, 2013 Voice

Flying back to Saskatoon

by Robert Koci

I love airport living. I have every electronic device you can buy from Apple to stay in touch with work. I am fed if I ask and offered distractions like magazines, snacks and dramatic architecture. Everyone except the people working

January 22, 2013 Voice

Firefighters in construction

by Alec Caldwell

It seems that more and more firefighters are moonlighting in the renovation contracting business. What if reno contractors were to moonlight as firefighters?

January 21, 2013 Voice

The last payment

by Mike Draper

Near the very end of a job, when you are 95 per cent done, is where you might drop the ball with a customer, and blow the chance to get a referral. Those final, finishing touches, mean everything.

January 16, 2013 Voice

Son wants to help his father to systematize their contracting firm

by Mike Draper

Here’s a letter I received recently from a Toronto-area contractor. He’d like to help his father, who he is in business with, to streamline their renovation company so it has proper processes and systems.

January 16, 2013 Voice

Occupational Safety Act in Ontario: you can’t claim ignorance of it in court

by Alec Caldwell

The Ontario Ministry of Labour can nail you if there’s an injury on your jobsite and you didn’t have the right policies and procedures, including Fall Protection Awareness trainining

January 16, 2013 Voice

Occupational Safety Act in Ontario: you can't claim ignorance of it in court

by Alec Caldwell

The Ontario Ministry of Labour can nail you if there’s an injury on your jobsite and you didn’t have the right policies and procedures, including Fall Protection Awareness trainining

January 8, 2013 Voice

Hanging on with your nails!

by Alec Caldwell

Too many contractors don’t know how to build guardrails properly.

January 8, 2013 Voice

Trying to evade mandatory WSIB in Ontario can have tragic consequences

by Alec Caldwell

If you try to evade WSIB by having the homeowner hire the trades, with you acting only as an “advisor” or “project manager,” you could be in for a tragic situation, if an injury occurs to a worker, as well as huge legal consequences.

January 8, 2013 Voice

Union pulls back from Ontario College of Trades

by Robert Koci

I don’t normally like to post links to articles to other publications, but it’s Saturday morning and we won’t get a chance to look deeper into this until the new year and I can’t wait to share the good news

January 6, 2013 Voice

Make more money in 2013

by Mike Draper

At the end of January, 8% of your year will be over already. If you want to make more money this year, you need to get your 2013 business plan whipped into shape now. Here are a few tips.

January 5, 2013 Voice

Renovators in Canada: Happy New Year!!

by Robert Koci

There is no good reason to start a new year in January but there are a few very good ones to do it in July. The weather, for one, would make New Year’s celebrations easier to walk or drive to,

December 17, 2012 Voice

The unexpected ripple effect of mandatory WSIB in Ontario

by Alec Caldwell

In a few weeks, Ontario’s WSIB mandatory coverage will be extended to self-employed sole proprietors, partners in partnerships and officers of corporations in the construction industry. Contractors who are carrying independently-purchased disability insurance need to take a close look at how their own coverage dovetails, or conflicts, with that of the WSIB. If you don’t, you might find that you are wasting money and not getting the coverage you need.

December 17, 2012 Voice

What are you going to do for your clients this holiday season?

by Mike Draper

Having reasons to follow up with a client always seems to be a challenge. But the holiday seaon is reason enough in itself. Clients love to be remembered. And what better time of year to hand deliver a small gift to both current and previous clients.