Schwartz http://contractormag.com/taxonomy/term/6652/more en Quality Control — Part 2 http://contractormag.com/schwartz/quality-control-part-2 <div class="node-body article-body">If you've initiated quality control in your company, you've probably covered; prospecting, bidding, project control and materials ordering at the very least. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/schwartz/quality-control-part-2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/schwartz/quality-control-part-2#comments Schwartz Management Registered User Wed, 05 Aug 2015 16:26:00 +0000 410021 at http://contractormag.com Quality Control I http://contractormag.com/schwartz/quality-control-i <div class="node-body article-body">Quality control (QC): A procedure or set of procedures intended to ensure that a manufactured product or performed service adheres to a defined set of quality criteria or meets the requirements of the client or customer. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/schwartz/quality-control-i" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/schwartz/quality-control-i#comments Schwartz Management Registered User Fri, 10 Jul 2015 19:35:00 +0000 409551 at http://contractormag.com Training for tomorrow http://contractormag.com/schwartz/training-tomorrow <div class="node-body article-body">Several comments from readers, generated by last month’s column, got me thinking about what we can do to educate our people in the skills needed to be self-sufficient when working in the trade. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/schwartz/training-tomorrow" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/schwartz/training-tomorrow#comments Training Opportunities Schwartz Management Registered User Thu, 11 Jun 2015 16:40:00 +0000 408951 at http://contractormag.com Tradecraft language is a common basis http://contractormag.com/schwartz/tradecraft-language-common-basis <div class="node-body article-body">What is the one thing all plumbing/mechanical journeymen have in common? It is their knowledge of trade skills and the language of the industry we all belong to.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/schwartz/tradecraft-language-common-basis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/schwartz/tradecraft-language-common-basis#comments Schwartz Registered User Thu, 07 May 2015 16:01:00 +0000 408161 at http://contractormag.com 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