Schwartz http://contractormag.com/taxonomy/term/6652/more en Are you a craftsman or specialist? http://contractormag.com/schwartz/are-you-craftsman-or-specialist <div class="node-body article-body">I came across a couple of articles that had to do with the labor force in the trades written by two people with diametrically opposed approaches and viewpoints on the matter. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/schwartz/are-you-craftsman-or-specialist" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/schwartz/are-you-craftsman-or-specialist#comments Schwartz Registered User Mon, 06 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0000 407511 at http://contractormag.com A plumbing history lesson http://contractormag.com/schwartz/plumbing-history-lesson <div class="node-body article-body">If you’ve been in the trades for any length of time, you have been made aware that plumbers are not held in as high esteem as perhaps doctors, bank managers, lawyers or other professionals.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/schwartz/plumbing-history-lesson" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/schwartz/plumbing-history-lesson#comments Schwartz Management Plumbing Registered User Fri, 06 Feb 2015 17:12:00 +0000 405661 at http://contractormag.com iStock/Thinkstock Delegation, expansion in your contracting business http://contractormag.com/schwartz/delegation-expansion-your-contracting-business <div class="field-deck"> It’s a good thing! </div> <div class="node-body article-body">At some point in your contracting business you get to that place where you just can’t do it all. For most one or two man shops, this point is arrived at along with a great amount of angst, worry and self-doubt. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/schwartz/delegation-expansion-your-contracting-business" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/schwartz/delegation-expansion-your-contracting-business#comments Schwartz Registered User Wed, 07 Jan 2015 19:19:00 +0000 404411 at http://contractormag.com Contractors need to really read the specs http://contractormag.com/schwartz/contractors-need-really-read-specs <div class="node-body article-body">You can almost see the rest of this happening can’t you? Steve placed the low bid on the project, was offered a contract and signed it. He commenced work on the job and had gotten to the top-out stage on the four houses. In other words, he was right in the middle of the job. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/schwartz/contractors-need-really-read-specs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/schwartz/contractors-need-really-read-specs#comments Schwartz Fri, 05 Sep 2014 20:48:00 +0000 36391 at http://contractormag.com Expand your contracting business during a slow market http://contractormag.com/schwartz/expand-your-contracting-business-during-slow-market <div class="node-body article-body">While it may seem counter-intuitive to think about expanding your business in a slow market, when you look at most subcontractor business models it makes sense. It is easy to say, “It’s a tough market out there, I’ll just pull back and wait for it to improve.” </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/schwartz/expand-your-contracting-business-during-slow-market" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/schwartz/expand-your-contracting-business-during-slow-market#comments Schwartz Registered User Wed, 06 Aug 2014 20:08:00 +0000 35781 at http://contractormag.com Contractors stay ahead of the curve with a plan http://contractormag.com/schwartz/contractors-stay-ahead-curve-plan <div class="node-body article-body">Every businessman knows that in order to be successful you must have work, both on hand and “in the pipe.” The prospect of living paycheck to paycheck when you worked for someone else gives way to the prospect of living job to job when you are in business for yourself.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/schwartz/contractors-stay-ahead-curve-plan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/schwartz/contractors-stay-ahead-curve-plan#comments Schwartz Registered User Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:59:00 +0000 34991 at http://contractormag.com Focus on advertising and branding — Part 2 http://contractormag.com/schwartz/focus-advertising-and-branding-part-2 <div class="node-body article-body">A one or two man shop usually does not have a lot of time for anything beyond the immediate work on hand and whatever ancillary processes are required to keep things moving.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/schwartz/focus-advertising-and-branding-part-2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/schwartz/focus-advertising-and-branding-part-2#comments Schwartz Management Registered User Fri, 06 Jun 2014 15:41:00 +0000 34181 at http://contractormag.com Contractors need to focus on advertising and branding http://contractormag.com/schwartz/contractors-need-focus-advertising-and-branding <div class="node-body article-body">An area that always needs attention is advertising, and the new catch phrase, “branding.” As we move forward in the 21st Century, it is quite evident that this business climate is not “your father’s business model” any longer.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/schwartz/contractors-need-focus-advertising-and-branding" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/schwartz/contractors-need-focus-advertising-and-branding#comments Schwartz Registered User Wed, 07 May 2014 20:14:00 +0000 33411 at http://contractormag.com 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