Schwartz http://contractormag.com/taxonomy/term/6652/more en Starting out — a cautionary tale to anyone thinking about starting a business http://contractormag.com/schwartz/starting-out-cautionary-tale-anyone-thinking-about-starting-business <div class="node-body article-body">I recently received an email from a journeyman plumber describing how he had been reading CONTRACTOR magazine in his company’s main office. </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/schwartz/starting-out-cautionary-tale-anyone-thinking-about-starting-business" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/schwartz/starting-out-cautionary-tale-anyone-thinking-about-starting-business#comments Schwartz Management Registered User Wed, 09 Nov 2016 16:17:00 +0000 430201 at http://contractormag.com THANATASDcom/iStock/Thinkstock Marketing yourself — perception vs. reality http://contractormag.com/schwartz/marketing-yourself-perception-vs-reality <div class="node-body article-body">Let’s say, for example, a guy is doing service, repair and remodel work. He works out of a bedroom office in his home. Does it matter to his clients? </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/schwartz/marketing-yourself-perception-vs-reality" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/schwartz/marketing-yourself-perception-vs-reality#comments Schwartz Thu, 13 Oct 2016 16:39:00 +0000 428481 at http://contractormag.com What’s in a name these days? http://contractormag.com/schwartz/what-s-name-these-days-0 <div class="node-body article-body">You may remember when the current President of the U.S. was campaigning for his first term in office back in 2008, that a plumber in the crowd asked him about income redistribution plan...</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/schwartz/what-s-name-these-days-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/schwartz/what-s-name-these-days-0#comments Schwartz Registered User Fri, 02 Sep 2016 15:20:00 +0000 426511 at http://contractormag.com iStock/Thinkstock Material: to stock or not to stock http://contractormag.com/schwartz/material-stock-or-not-stock <div class="node-body article-body">Whether you are a service oriented shop, a new construction shop or a hybrid of both, buying, storing and/or stocking material is an important part of your everyday operation. </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/schwartz/material-stock-or-not-stock" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/schwartz/material-stock-or-not-stock#comments Schwartz Management Registered User Fri, 05 Aug 2016 20:27:00 +0000 424971 at http://contractormag.com iStock/Thinkstock Job costing: taking hold of reins of your company http://contractormag.com/schwartz/job-costing-taking-hold-reins-your-company <div class="node-body article-body">This method of job costing is woefully inadequate for long term success and for understanding just exactly how much you are making from each job. </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/schwartz/job-costing-taking-hold-reins-your-company" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/schwartz/job-costing-taking-hold-reins-your-company#comments Schwartz Registered User Thu, 14 Jul 2016 19:17:00 +0000 423991 at http://contractormag.com Cash flow and business cycles http://contractormag.com/schwartz/cash-flow-and-business-cycles <div class="node-body article-body">If you are in business or are thinking about going into business, the one thing which you must master is cash flow. </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/schwartz/cash-flow-and-business-cycles" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/schwartz/cash-flow-and-business-cycles#comments Schwartz Registered User Mon, 20 Jun 2016 20:44:00 +0000 421911 at http://contractormag.com Codes, enforcement & interpretation http://contractormag.com/schwartz/codes-enforcement-interpretation <div class="node-body article-body">As plumbing and mechanical contractors, our work is governed by building codes.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/schwartz/codes-enforcement-interpretation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/schwartz/codes-enforcement-interpretation#comments Codes Schwartz Registered User Fri, 06 May 2016 15:23:00 +0000 419201 at http://contractormag.com Stockbyte/Thinkstock Why plumbing contractors do not pay based on living wage http://contractormag.com/schwartz/why-plumbing-contractors-do-not-pay-based-living-wage <div class="node-body article-body">One letter in particular crystallized the sentiment for all. The crux of the writer's argument was that he wasn't being paid a 'living wage' for so hard a job as learning to be a plumber. </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/schwartz/why-plumbing-contractors-do-not-pay-based-living-wage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/schwartz/why-plumbing-contractors-do-not-pay-based-living-wage#comments Schwartz Registered User Wed, 13 Apr 2016 13:59:00 +0000 417621 at http://contractormag.com Overcome fears of field management http://contractormag.com/schwartz/overcome-fears-field-management <div class="node-body article-body">Once you have separated yourself from directing the day-to-day field operations of your company, the fear sets in.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/schwartz/overcome-fears-field-management" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/schwartz/overcome-fears-field-management#comments Schwartz Management Registered User Thu, 10 Mar 2016 17:49:00 +0000 416361 at http://contractormag.com Playing the field as business grows http://contractormag.com/schwartz/playing-field-business-grows <div class="node-body article-body">Finding and keeping good people is always a tough job. Given the present job market and the scarcity of good tradesmen, it's even tougher. </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/schwartz/playing-field-business-grows" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/schwartz/playing-field-business-grows#comments Schwartz Management Registered User Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:06:00 +0000 415321 at http://contractormag.com