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October 28, 2019 Voice

What’s better, top line or bottom line? Read this and find out.

by Mike Draper

“There is so much pressure to keep employees working that contractors take the work even if it is not going to add anything to the bottom line.”

October 24, 2019 Voice

Peer Group Diary: A face-to-face meeting in Calgary looks into the challenges of running a family business

by Robert Koci

“In a family business, humility helps”

October 24, 2019 Voice

Your complete guide to estimating, Lesson 1 of 7: The foundation of great estimating

by Robert Koci

“Designing your company around repeatable, predetermined processes that follow predictable steps to known outcomes is great for accurate estimates.”

October 9, 2019 Voice

Myths of contracting continued: I know about that, so I’m good

by canadiancontractor

“Our lives, both personal and business, are full of things we know we should do, but we just don’t”

October 7, 2019 Voice

Fast-growing Canada Needs Housing; Public policy needs to keep pace

by canadiancontractor

“In welcoming these new Canadians, we have an obligation to ensure there is sufficient housing”

October 3, 2019 Voice

Does a Carbon Tax Make Sense? I think I think so, says contributor and P Eng. Paul Duffy

by canadiancontractor

“Here’s the cool thing—when you make a decision to conserve, you get doubly rewarded.”

October 2, 2019 Voice

Myths of contractors continued: If I fund a project with my own money, there is no interest cost

by canadiancontractor

“Whenever your money is tied up it does have a cost”

October 2, 2019 Voice

Win more work!!

by Mike Draper

“the majority of contractors do a poor job of following up with leads out of sheer time restraints.”

October 1, 2019 Voice

How to lose out because you didn’t think of everything when you made up the contract

by Robert Koci

Years ago, I had a service contract with a client that did not include a provision that recognized the cost to me of fulfilling the contract. This is what I mean: The contract was to manufacture and supply a product

September 24, 2019 Voice

The first rule of holes: Stop digging

by Robert Koci

“The guarantee of the loss of a lot of money makes you stop”

September 23, 2019 Voice

People are not things, and knowing how to handle things does not prepare you for handling people

by Robert Koci

“I became a carpenter in part because I had no confidence is handling personal relationships.”

September 17, 2019 Voice

Canadian home sales edge higher in August, says the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA)

by canadiancontractor

OTTAWA, Sept. 16, 2019 /CNW/ – Statistics released today by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show national home sales were up in August 2019. Highlights: National home sales rose 1.4% month-over-month (m-o-m) in August. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity

September 16, 2019 Voice

More on what you pay your Project Managers: David Litwiller, Litwiller Renovations and Custom Homes Ltd., Calgary, AB

by canadiancontractor

“They (my PMs) were hourly paid, making $70 to $80K per year on a regular basis “

September 16, 2019 Voice

More on what you pay your Project Managers: Evolve Builders Inc.

by canadiancontractor

“Our target wages for the role start at $50k up to $80k, with the median at about $64k.”

September 11, 2019 Voice

Systems are good, but build loyalty first

by Robert Koci

“A company with loyalty as a key driver of its culture would have quickly realized from feedback that falling sales were clearly a symptom of the system’s installation”

September 10, 2019 Voice

We asked our RenoFocus contractors how much they paid their project managers. Here’s one Toronto contractor’s response

by canadiancontractor

“Our standard base salary is between $55-60k and goes against a base $750k revenue”

September 10, 2019 Voice

Myths of contractors continued: I save money by doing chores myself

by canadiancontractor

“If you can’t point to some fundamental improvement you haven’t been doing the job of a general manager”

September 3, 2019 Voice

“Heavy upfront deposits help cash flow. We take 25% on acceptance and another 25% one day prior to starting.”

by canadiancontractor

“Valid and reliable companies take massive risks for every job we take on”