Schwartz http://contractormag.com/taxonomy/term/6652/more en Keeping your focus on estimating — Part 5 http://contractormag.com/schwartz/keeping-your-focus-estimating-part-5 <div class="node-body article-body">Estimating, for any project or job, is another area that needs to be looked at. If you are a small shop and do the estimating yourself, or of you are a mid-size to large shop and have estimator(s) on staff, tightening up your bids is a really good way to improve not only your bottom line, but also to increase the amount of work you bring in the door.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/schwartz/keeping-your-focus-estimating-part-5" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/schwartz/keeping-your-focus-estimating-part-5#comments Schwartz Management Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:27:00 +0000 32631 at http://contractormag.com Keeping Your Focus — Part 2 http://contractormag.com/schwartz/keeping-your-focus-part-2 <div class="node-body article-body">So, have you worked on that inventory control? Know what you have and where it goes? </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/schwartz/keeping-your-focus-part-2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/schwartz/keeping-your-focus-part-2#comments Schwartz Management Registered User Mon, 10 Feb 2014 15:26:00 +0000 30361 at http://contractormag.com Hiring and firing employees when you own a contracting business http://contractormag.com/schwartz/hiring-and-firing-employees-when-you-own-contracting-business <div class="node-body article-body">As an employer of the day, hiring and firing employees was your uncontested right. There was no such thing as ‘wrongful termination’ suits, discrimination suits, sex discrimination or sexual harassment suits, or any of the myriad legal hoops that have leapt into existence in the past 25 or so years. If you decided that an employee needed to be let go, for whatever reason, that employee was let go. After all, it was your company and you had the right to run it as you saw fit. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/schwartz/hiring-and-firing-employees-when-you-own-contracting-business" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/schwartz/hiring-and-firing-employees-when-you-own-contracting-business#comments Schwartz Thu, 31 Oct 2013 20:39:00 +0000 27941 at http://contractormag.com Reality and where we’re going http://contractormag.com/schwartz/reality-and-where-we-re-going <div class="node-body article-body"><p> Last month&rsquo;s column garnered some interesting feedback. Thus far, this series has dealt with the woeful lack of available manpower to the trades. Programs and ideas from all corners of the nation to help meet and solve the critical manpower issues that the trades face have been addressed and debated. Finally the type of training methods which are required in order to teach the trades to apprentices was aired.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/schwartz/reality-and-where-we-re-going" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/schwartz/reality-and-where-we-re-going#comments Schwartz Fri, 30 Aug 2013 15:23:00 +0000 26481 at http://contractormag.com What about prospective trainees? http://contractormag.com/schwartz/what-about-prospective-trainees <div class="node-body article-body">Disclaimer: This column is opinion. It is interesting to note that, for the past five months or so, this column has been about the manpower crisis that we are facing in the trades. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/schwartz/what-about-prospective-trainees" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/schwartz/what-about-prospective-trainees#comments Schwartz Thu, 01 Aug 2013 15:43:00 +0000 25461 at http://contractormag.com Are we preaching to the choir? http://contractormag.com/schwartz/are-we-preaching-choir <div class="node-body article-body">It is interesting to note the ways one word can be construed; Leg*a*cy (noun) – 1. Something from the past: a. Something that is handed down or remains from a previous generation or time (bequest, inheritance, heritage). b. Relic, vestige, residue, remnant.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/schwartz/are-we-preaching-choir" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/schwartz/are-we-preaching-choir#comments Schwartz Management Mon, 08 Jul 2013 16:16:00 +0000 24781 at http://contractormag.com More ideas for our future http://contractormag.com/schwartz/more-ideas-our-future <div class="node-body article-body">Reader, and fellow “gray beard,” Russ Smith contacted me about an idea he has been trying to get some traction on. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/schwartz/more-ideas-our-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/schwartz/more-ideas-our-future#comments Schwartz Management Wed, 05 Jun 2013 15:25:00 +0000 23711 at http://contractormag.com Trade craft: ideas for our future http://contractormag.com/schwartz/trade-craft-ideas-our-future <div class="node-body article-body"><p> My previous two columns about helping the trade craft have dealt with the evolution of the current problems we have in the construction industry in general and the pipe trades in particular. The response level from readers has been huge. I have received more correspondence on this issue than all the correspondence from the past five years combined! Obviously, the problem is that important. In addition to contractors, I have been contacted by manufacturers, labor advocates and tradesmen. I have not, however, had any word from educators or politicians.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/schwartz/trade-craft-ideas-our-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/schwartz/trade-craft-ideas-our-future#comments Schwartz Thu, 02 May 2013 16:22:00 +0000 22851 at http://contractormag.com Helping the trade craft – Pt. 2 http://contractormag.com/schwartz/helping-trade-craft-pt-2 <div class="node-body article-body">So, we’ve gone through the first half of the 20th century and built a mighty powerhouse of an economy on the backs of the trades. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/schwartz/helping-trade-craft-pt-2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/schwartz/helping-trade-craft-pt-2#comments Schwartz Management Wed, 03 Apr 2013 17:28:00 +0000 22091 at http://contractormag.com HELP! And what you can do about it http://contractormag.com/schwartz/help-and-what-you-can-do-about-it <div class="node-body article-body">One topic that is near and dear to me is trade craft and passing the skills of the trade down to the next generation. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/schwartz/help-and-what-you-can-do-about-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/schwartz/help-and-what-you-can-do-about-it#comments Schwartz Wed, 06 Mar 2013 17:53:00 +0000 21251 at http://contractormag.com