Tips for Trades: How to maximize your tax return

Tips for Trades: How to maximize your tax return

By Steve Payne Fixing for a refund on your tax return As a skilled tradesperson, you build the houses where families live, skyscrapers where people work, and the roads and bridges that get everyone where they need to go. ...READ MORE
How to say “I don’t know” with confidence

How to say “I don’t know” with confidence

By Mark Harari In all jobs – especially remodeling – there will be times when you don’t know the answer to something. In and of itself, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. However, it can cause major problems for ...READ MORE
Three quick marketing tips for renovation contractors

Three quick marketing tips for renovation contractors

By Spencer Powell Many remodelers don’t start thinking about marketing until the revenue pipeline is looking slim. This can be a tough spot to find yourself in. As far as a larger marketing strategy is concerned, that’s the topic ...READ MORE
Tax tips for self-employed contractors

Tax tips for self-employed contractors

By Davinder Dhami, CRA Self-employed? Make dollars and sense of your income tax and benefit return Being self-employed means more than just having a good idea and the drive to make it happen. You also have to balance the ...READ MORE
How “Lean Culture” can help your business

How “Lean Culture” can help your business

By John Bleasby What exactly is ‘Lean Culture’, and what can Canadian contracting firms learn from this type of thinking?  Identifying and eradicating waste is the key to creating better value, and ultimately improving profits says Charles Pankow Builders, ...READ MORE
Getting over a Cash-Flow Hump: Which is better – a Loan or a Line?

Getting over a Cash-Flow Hump: Which is better – a Loan or a Line?

By Victoria Downing Unless your business has piles of cash available there will—at some point—probably be a need for a short-term or long-term cash infusion to get through. Before approaching a lender for either a loan or a line ...READ MORE
Financing Growth – Part One

Financing Growth – Part One

By Mike Draper The New Year is a great time to set goals. Has your business been stuck at the same level and no matter what you try and no matter how hard you work, you can’t seem to ...READ MORE
Licenced to sell

Licenced to sell

By Rob Blackstien Less than one percent of Canadian contractors also hold real estate licenses. That’s surprising, given the advantages of being able to buy and sell your own. We’ve all seen The Property Brothers — the television show ...READ MORE
ARE YOU RUNNING A LIFESTYLE OR A GROWTH-BASED BUSINESS?

ARE YOU RUNNING A LIFESTYLE OR A GROWTH-BASED BUSINESS?

By T. Paul Thomas “Ask the CEO”   by T. Paul Thomas Is your business really a life style? I think every entrepreneur dreams of taking their idea to a start-up and then changing the world with the start-up as ...READ MORE
RENOVATING FOR THE ELDERLY: YOUR GOLDEN (YEARS) OPPORTUNITY

RENOVATING FOR THE ELDERLY: YOUR GOLDEN (YEARS) OPPORTUNITY

By John Bleasby You’ve probably heard about the opportunity for “aging in place” renovations for the elderly. Here are some statistics that will give you some idea of the possibilities for your business… Canadians over the age of 65 ...READ MORE