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October 27, 2012 Voice

Opinion: Why going solo is better

by Robert Koci

Partnerships mean giving up too much at the beginning or losing too much at the end

October 24, 2012 Voice

Markup versus margin: Do you know the difference?

by Mike Draper

If you’re a renovation contractor and you don’t know the difference between Markup and Margin, you stand an excellent chance of going out of business. Or working for next to nothing. Remember, a 43 percent markup only gives you a

October 22, 2012 Voice

Gross versus net profit

by Mike Draper

If you don’t understand the difference between these two types of profit, you are not heading in the right direction

October 17, 2012 Voice

Is Canada headed for a housing “correction?”

by Robert Koci

When people don’t move, they improve

October 17, 2012 Voice

Is Canada headed for a housing "correction?"

by Robert Koci

When people don’t move, they improve

October 16, 2012 Voice

Calgary renovator knows how to sell his value to homeowners

by Robert Koci

After taking David Litwiller’s seminar, “How to Hire a Renovator,” very few customers want to go “under the table” anymore

October 16, 2012 Voice

Window R values. What’s the truth?

by Robert Koci

When you hear that a window is R20, can you believe it?

October 16, 2012 Voice

Window R values. What's the truth?

by Robert Koci

When you hear that a window is R20, can you believe it?

October 9, 2012 Voice

Building permit or not?

by Alec Caldwell

Applying can remove future liability from you, the contractor

October 9, 2012 Voice

Social media what?

by Mike Draper

As a contractor, you have to understand what the Internet is saying about you. You can no longer put your head in the sand and ignore what is happening to your company online.

October 4, 2012 Voice

One way to stop “cash only” clients in their tracks

by Steve Payne

Since governments demand that contractors collect their sales taxes for them, why don’t they help us to collect them? Here’s a proposal that would see them doing just that.

October 4, 2012 Voice

One way to stop "cash only" clients in their tracks

by Steve Payne

Since governments demand that contractors collect their sales taxes for them, why don’t they help us to collect them? Here’s a proposal that would see them doing just that.

October 1, 2012 Voice

Ontario College of Trades: meet the chair Oct. 18

by Alec Caldwell

The Ontario College of Trades, which will start invoicing hundreds of thousands of Ontario tradespeople in January, has been called “a tax grab” by its opponents. If you’d like to meet the chairperson of this new organization, in person, you

September 26, 2012 Voice

What contractors know

by Robert Koci

Working with material things has given you perspective

September 25, 2012 Voice

Green is dead…again

by Robert Koci

Okay, maybe not “dead” dead, but dead enough

September 24, 2012 Voice

Green is dead

by Robert Koci

If you are thinking of becoming an environmental contractor, forget it, there’s no point. The market has disappeared.

September 21, 2012 Voice

Fall Protection Awareness training: Like it or not, you’ve got to offer it

by Steve Payne

In the event of a fatality from a fall on your job site, the Ministry of Labour will be all over you, demanding to see your Policies and Procedures document that proves that the worker received Fall Protection Awareness training. If you don’t have it, you could be doing time for the death of another human being.

September 21, 2012 Voice

Fall Protection Awareness training: Like it or not, you've got to offer it

by Steve Payne

In the event of a fatality from a fall on your job site, the Ministry of Labour will be all over you, demanding to see your Policies and Procedures document that proves that the worker received Fall Protection Awareness training. If you don’t have it, you could be doing time for the death of another human being.