Best Practices http://contractormag.com/taxonomy/term/6636/more en Tech’s aren’t chickens, and neither are plumbers! http://contractormag.com/best-practices/tech-s-aren-t-chickens-and-neither-are-plumbers <div class="node-body article-body">I couldn’t help but associate our desire to hire, train and cultivate “superstar” technicians and plumbers in the same way that farmers want superior chickens. </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/best-practices/tech-s-aren-t-chickens-and-neither-are-plumbers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/best-practices/tech-s-aren-t-chickens-and-neither-are-plumbers#comments Best Practices Silver Fri, 19 May 2017 20:47:00 +0000 435921 at http://contractormag.com Hiring job-jumpers: go find yourself a Boomeranger! http://contractormag.com/best-practices/hiring-job-jumpers-go-find-yourself-boomeranger <div class="node-body article-body">Another group of job-jumpers we should consider are the “boomerangers.” These are people who used to work for you and then got hired by someone else. Time passes, and you have a need for their skills again, so — like a boomerang — they come back. </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/best-practices/hiring-job-jumpers-go-find-yourself-boomeranger" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/best-practices/hiring-job-jumpers-go-find-yourself-boomeranger#comments Best Practices Silver Thu, 18 May 2017 13:19:00 +0000 435701 at http://contractormag.com Don’t walk away from your contracting business on a “Day of Doubt” http://contractormag.com/best-practices/don-t-walk-away-your-contracting-business-day-doubt <div class="field-byline"> By Ellen Rohr </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The day you walk away from your contracting business will be on a day of certainty … not on a Day of Doubt! </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/best-practices/don-t-walk-away-your-contracting-business-day-doubt" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/best-practices/don-t-walk-away-your-contracting-business-day-doubt#comments Best Practices Tue, 16 May 2017 20:31:00 +0000 435851 at http://contractormag.com 5 Leadership secrets if you are struggling to get your team working together http://contractormag.com/best-practices/5-leadership-secrets-if-you-are-struggling-get-your-team-working-together <div class="node-body article-body">Most contractors learn sometimes less-than-perfect leadership skills from the people they learned from, they get frustrated when building their own teams — only to pass on those same less-than-perfect leadership skills to the next generation of contractors.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/best-practices/5-leadership-secrets-if-you-are-struggling-get-your-team-working-together" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/best-practices/5-leadership-secrets-if-you-are-struggling-get-your-team-working-together#comments Best Practices Silver Thu, 11 May 2017 16:15:00 +0000 435641 at http://contractormag.com Take on business improvement projects bite by bite http://contractormag.com/best-practices/take-business-improvement-projects-bite-bite <div class="field-byline"> Ellen Rohr </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Ultimately, no matter what you charge, no matter who works for you, no matter how many booties you put on, if you don’t serve the needs and wants of your customer you are going to lose the business game. </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/best-practices/take-business-improvement-projects-bite-bite" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/best-practices/take-business-improvement-projects-bite-bite#comments Best Practices Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:57:00 +0000 435361 at http://contractormag.com Habit 6 & 7 — Synergize & Sharpen the Saw http://contractormag.com/best-practices/habit-6-7-synergize-sharpen-saw <div class="node-body article-body">Habit 7 is Sharpen the Saw. This habit embodies the necessity for constant improvement and renewal. In Habit 7, Covey discusses four areas of our lives that require continuous improvement.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/best-practices/habit-6-7-synergize-sharpen-saw" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/best-practices/habit-6-7-synergize-sharpen-saw#comments Best Practices Mon, 10 Apr 2017 20:36:00 +0000 435211 at http://contractormag.com Why you need core values to run a successful business http://contractormag.com/best-practices/why-you-need-core-values-run-successful-business <div class="field-deck"> C’mon … what’s the big deal with core values anyway? </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Core values are a powerful tool that will positively impact all aspects of your business if you use them correctly. </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/best-practices/why-you-need-core-values-run-successful-business" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/best-practices/why-you-need-core-values-run-successful-business#comments Best Practices Silver Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:29:00 +0000 434781 at http://contractormag.com Business plan pruning http://contractormag.com/best-practices/business-plan-pruning <div class="field-byline"> By Ellen Rohr </div> <div class="field-deck"> </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Pull out your business plan and look at your mission, your vision and your goals for this year. How’s it going?</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/best-practices/business-plan-pruning" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/best-practices/business-plan-pruning#comments Best Practices Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:11:00 +0000 434771 at http://contractormag.com Are you overlooking this game-changing business relationship? http://contractormag.com/best-practices/are-you-overlooking-game-changing-business-relationship <div class="field-deck"> Vendor relationships </div> <div class="node-body article-body">There’s a third relationship that often gets overlooked, yet it can create game-changing opportunities in your business — from more profit to more customers to business growth. </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/best-practices/are-you-overlooking-game-changing-business-relationship" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/best-practices/are-you-overlooking-game-changing-business-relationship#comments Best Practices Silver Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:29:00 +0000 434401 at http://contractormag.com How to spend less on marketing to get more customers http://contractormag.com/best-practices/how-spend-less-marketing-get-more-customers <div class="node-body article-body">What if you could build a predictable, simple-to-implement formula that allowed you to market to customers in a way that often costs less and yet is more effective? </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/best-practices/how-spend-less-marketing-get-more-customers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/best-practices/how-spend-less-marketing-get-more-customers#comments Best Practices Silver Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:37:00 +0000 433681 at http://contractormag.com