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
Beware of ‘Giveaway Creep’

Beware of ‘Giveaway Creep’

By Rob Koci In recent Builders’ Business columns, we have discussed the important topic of Negotiating – and passed on some negotiating tips from top renovators and homebuilders across Canada. I wish I had learned a bit more about ...READ MORE
Why Do We Throw New Tradespeople Under the Bus?

Why Do We Throw New Tradespeople Under the Bus?

By Steve Maxwell I recently received an email from an electrician named Ken on the east coast and it got me thinking. He’s been in the trade for 25 years and during that time he’s noticed how training has ...READ MORE
Zen and the Art of Negotiation: Part three

Zen and the Art of Negotiation: Part three

By Rob Blackstien In the third and final instalment of Zen and the Art of Negotiation, we’ve compiled some horror stories from contractors across the country: When negotiations go wrong. The Horror… the Horror: Scope creep A few of ...READ MORE
Transparency Marketing

Transparency Marketing

By Steve Maxwell When I heard that a friend of mine was having a house built, I asked about his plans and approach. It wasn’t long before he told me about the father-and-son contractor team he chose for the ...READ MORE