Best Practices http://contractormag.com/taxonomy/term/6636/more en 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 The Millennials are coming, the Millennials are coming! http://contractormag.com/best-practices/millennials-are-coming-millennials-are-coming <div class="node-body article-body">In the case of the Millennials, 80 million of them are coming. 80 million! It’s the largest single generational block of human beings to ever hit the United States of America. </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/best-practices/millennials-are-coming-millennials-are-coming" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/best-practices/millennials-are-coming-millennials-are-coming#comments Best Practices Silver Mon, 09 Jan 2017 22:54:00 +0000 432691 at http://contractormag.com Secret 'mind control' strategy to get more repeat business http://contractormag.com/best-practices/secret-mind-control-strategy-get-more-repeat-business <div class="node-body article-body">Repeat business is the golden ticket in contracting businesses — it’s more profitable and takes far less effort than selling to new prospects. </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/best-practices/secret-mind-control-strategy-get-more-repeat-business" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/best-practices/secret-mind-control-strategy-get-more-repeat-business#comments Best Practices Silver Mon, 09 Jan 2017 22:27:00 +0000 432661 at http://contractormag.com Benefits of value engineering http://contractormag.com/best-practices/benefits-value-engineering <div class="field-deck"> The Value Matrix </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Value engineering is simply a systematic approach to finding a way to accomplish a given goal or task while either reducing costs, if possible, without jeopardizing the quality or increasing the quality without increasing the cost. </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/best-practices/benefits-value-engineering" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/best-practices/benefits-value-engineering#comments Best Practices Silver Tue, 08 Nov 2016 20:16:00 +0000 430131 at http://contractormag.com The Profit of Service http://contractormag.com/best-practices/profit-service <div class="node-body article-body">When you increase how much money you make, you grow your bank account, re-invest in your business, pay your employees more, and bring home more money in your own pocket. </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/best-practices/profit-service" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/best-practices/profit-service#comments Best Practices Silver Tue, 08 Nov 2016 19:10:00 +0000 430111 at http://contractormag.com You’re hiring the wrong guy http://contractormag.com/best-practices/you-re-hiring-wrong-guy <div class="node-body article-body">Yes, your brother-in-law’s second cousin’s sister’s kid says he’s a plumber and desperately needs a job, but why is that your company’s problem? </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/best-practices/you-re-hiring-wrong-guy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/best-practices/you-re-hiring-wrong-guy#comments Best Practices Silver Thu, 13 Oct 2016 19:25:00 +0000 428531 at http://contractormag.com Wavebreak Media/Thinkstock Why Millennials are important for the future of your business http://contractormag.com/best-practices/why-millennials-are-important-future-your-business <div class="field-deck"> Top 5 myths (and truths) about Millennials </div> <div class="node-body article-body">According to U.S. Census Bureau Statistics, Millennials are characterized as the largest of the four generational groups, representing 80 million people. This group will shape the job market for the next three decades.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/best-practices/why-millennials-are-important-future-your-business" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/best-practices/why-millennials-are-important-future-your-business#comments Best Practices Silver Thu, 13 Oct 2016 18:43:00 +0000 428511 at http://contractormag.com