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December 13, 2012 Voice

Free: a ‘sales process’ document to help you get more work

by Mike Draper

The Sales Process document contains all the steps you need to close new renovation business.

December 13, 2012 Voice

Free: a 'sales process' document to help you get more work

by Mike Draper

The Sales Process document contains all the steps you need to close new renovation business.

December 11, 2012 Voice

Moving faster than cracking an egg!

by Alec Caldwell

It can take just seconds for you to die, if you fall off a ladder more than 10 feet high. In fact, 60 per cent of all such falls are fatal.

December 4, 2012 Voice

Four steps to problem solving

by Mike Draper

Yesterday, I was helping a client solve a customer problem.  The discussion was going round and round and round but never seemed to move towards a resolution.  The discussion was really more like a complaint session and not a problem

December 3, 2012 Voice

Maxwell’s pick for cordless drills

by Robert Koci

Cordless drywall screw driving has come a long way. This Makita is proof.

December 3, 2012 Voice

Maxwell's pick for cordless drills

by Robert Koci

Cordless drywall screw driving has come a long way. This Makita is proof.

November 27, 2012 Voice

Canada gets Square

by Alec Caldwell

The Square card reader system allows you to swipe your customer’s credit cards on your phone, at the jobsite or at their home, and have the money deposited into your bank account the next day.

November 19, 2012 Voice

Lurking in the shadows

by Alec Caldwell

The Ministry of Labour inspector was wearing a blue hat. He was in attack mode.

November 18, 2012 Voice

Are you the next Bryan Baeumler?

by Robert Koci

Don’t know if Bryan knows it, but this casting company is looking for the next one of him.

November 15, 2012 Voice

30 great renovation tips in 30 minutes

by Robert Koci

Random tips from 12 years of Canadian Contractor and 20 years in the field.

November 13, 2012 Voice

Margin versus Markup: One more time on this critical lesson

by 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.

November 6, 2012 Voice

Holiday rush renos: risk and opportunity

by Mike Draper

With the holiday season only seven weeks away, renovation customers have one major preoccupation and it’s not price: They want you out of their house, job completed.

November 6, 2012 Voice

Three in the bed

by 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.

October 29, 2012 Voice

Asbestos: the nearly invisible killer

by Alec Caldwell

Asbestos, which we all know can kill you, can be breathed in simply from sanding down a wall in an older home.

October 29, 2012 Voice

Renos 2013 by the numbers

by Robert Koci

I just sat through a presentation at the Hardlines Conference in Mississauga by an economist from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Ted Tsipkopoulos, where he presented that organization’s view of the future of the renovation business in Canada over

October 29, 2012 Voice

Battening down your jobsite for “Frankenstorm”? Share your tips

by Robert Koci

Easterners could use some good advice from Prairie contractors that deal with Frankenstorms all the time

October 29, 2012 Voice

Battening down your jobsite for "Frankenstorm"? Share your tips

by Robert Koci

Easterners could use some good advice from Prairie contractors that deal with Frankenstorms all the time

October 28, 2012 Voice

And now, Mike Holmes reconsidered…

by Robert Koci

“I think the point that most of you are missing is the reason he started doing his show.”