Canadian Contractor


March 21, 2012 Voice

A Thousand Decisions

by Steve Maxwell

Quality really boils down to a whole bunch of small decisions pointing in the direction of quality.

March 20, 2012 Voice

Best Way to Profit

by Robert Koci

Almost all contractors and sub trades are looking for ways to make more profit. One of the best ways to do so is to reduce your cost. Sounds simple enough, yet everyone struggles with how. Here is one secret….

March 20, 2012 Voice

Are you conservative?

by Robert Koci

Most small business owners are, but what does “Conservative” mean? What does “Liberal” mean, for that matter. Put your hammer down for a minute, and chew on this.

March 18, 2012 Voice

Being a MOL

by Alec Caldwell

After my close shave with the Ministry of Labour (MOL), I contacted them to compliment their inspector. You might think I’ve a screw loose doing this.

March 13, 2012 Voice

Win more business

by Mike Draper

To win more proposals you have to be looking at your proposal from the eyes of the homeowner.

March 8, 2012 Voice

The Profit Series Part 2: Markup and Margin

by Robert Koci

Knowing the difference between Markup and Margin can make or break your profit strategy

March 7, 2012 Voice

How can you compete against this?

by Alec Caldwell

You run a professional business. With the overheads you have, how on earth do you compete?

February 28, 2012 Voice

Home show strategies

by Mike Draper

For renovators, home shows are a must

February 3, 2012 Voice

How do you fire a client?

by Robert Koci

You ever have a client you just can’t work for any more? How do you end the relationship?

January 26, 2012 Voice

Union bully boys

by Robert Koci

Let’s learn how to protect ourselves from union bullying before the fight starts

January 13, 2012 Voice

The Passive House continued

by Robert Koci

Reno Coach Reiner Hoyer’s Passive House gets a new fan in Canadian Contractor Tools Editor Steve Maxwell

January 6, 2012 Voice

Meetings…what a waste!!

by Victoria Downing

Actually, meetings are critical to work flow and morale. Here’s how to make them productive.

January 3, 2012 Voice


by Robert Koci

Is it the 90s crash all over again?

January 1, 2012 Voice

Reliably Dry: Best practices for keeping water out of basements

by Steve Maxwell

There are three main categories of features that work together to make a basement reliably dry.

December 26, 2011 Voice

Underground truths

by Robert Koci

We must deal with the underground cash economy, but it’s not all our responsibility

December 22, 2011 Voice

Showing off

by Robert Koci

Helping your local big box or hardware store put on Saturday morning seminars is a great way to get in touch with your market

December 16, 2011 Voice

The 3 million dollar road Part 1: The eight steps to growth

by Mike Draper

Most renovation companies gross under $1 million in annual sales. That’s small, but Mike Draper, consultant to renovation contractors, says it doesn’t have to be that way. In the next four issues of Canadian Contractor, Draper, vice president coaching at Renovantage Inc., will explain how his company helps contractors grow their business from startup status of less that $300,000 to the heady success of $3 million and more.

December 16, 2011 Voice

The 3 million dollar road Part 2: Along the $3 million road

by Mike Draper

The following is the second in a four-part series that will examine the road to a $3 million business. By Mike Draper Now that you have mastered the $300,000 annual sales level it is time to set your sights on