Where's Personal Responsibility?by Steve Maxwell
A roll of PEX pipe I ordered a while back arrived in a carton that makes me worried. A 15 word warning is the reason why. It highlights a creeping menace that’s making it harder for risk-takers to make things…
Tired of working 60 hours plus a week?by Mike Draper
If you are like so many contractors, then you are working 60 hours plus a week and feel tired every night. Maybe even a bit sore too. In this industry, it is all too common. You know that if you…
Ontario WSIB truthby Robert Koci
In Ontario, you don’t have to be WSIB covered if…
The Federal budget for renovatorsby Robert Koci
Steady as she goes, with help for the private sector and a Conservative twist to our fiscal direction
Sell More at Trade Showsby Mike Draper
Last week I was at the Spring Home Show. As well as having a booth there to generate leads for our Renovantage Certified Contractors, I wanted to get a sense as to how the industry was performing and to get…
A close shaveby Alec Caldwell
Remember, just because you’ve never had a guy wearing a blue hard come up to you on your renovation site all those past years you’ve been in the business doesn’t meant it won’t happen to you today.
A Thousand Decisionsby Steve Maxwell
Quality really boils down to a whole bunch of small decisions pointing in the direction of quality.
Best Way to Profitby 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….
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.
Being a MOLby 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.
Win more businessby Mike Draper
To win more proposals you have to be looking at your proposal from the eyes of the homeowner.
The Profit Series Part 2: Markup and Marginby Robert Koci
Knowing the difference between Markup and Margin can make or break your profit strategy
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?
Home show strategiesby Mike Draper
For renovators, home shows are a must
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?
Union bully boysby Robert Koci
Let’s learn how to protect ourselves from union bullying before the fight starts
The Passive House continuedby Robert Koci
Reno Coach Reiner Hoyer’s Passive House gets a new fan in Canadian Contractor Tools Editor Steve Maxwell
Meetings…what a waste!!by Victoria Downing
Actually, meetings are critical to work flow and morale. Here’s how to make them productive.