Tag Archives: business growth

BACKLOG: How to handle this wonderful curse

A few days ago, a client called with a problem.  He’s trying to balance how much he can sell (wanting to sell as much as possible) with the amount his production team can produce. His primary question was, “When do I tell the prospect about my six-month backlog and still gain them as a client?” […]

5 Quick Steps to Build a Risk Management Plan

Risk is an inherent part of all business — but it can be greater for certain professions, like remodelers. You must manage risk and mitigate bad situations. Use these 5 quick steps to start building your risk management plan. 1. Identify business risks. There are several types of business risks (preventable, strategic, external, etc.). Once […]

Why You Need a Life Plan (and how to make one)

We feel that your business is primarily a tool to help you live the life you dream about. So, I guess it makes sense that the idea of Life Planning is currently a very popular topic among the members of our Roundtables Peer Groups. So, what is Life Planning? According to Wikipedia, “Life planning is […]

5 Keys to Growing Without Going Broke

The market is hot and, if you’re like most remodeling company owners, you’re ready to jump on every opportunity that comes your way. I realize that most company owners want (and need) to grow. After all, if you’re not growing, you’re likely losing market share to other, more aggressive companies. But be careful! I’ve seen many companies […]

Finding Success in Discomfort

A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.” – Tim Ferris Success in business can be connected directly to the number of uncomfortable conversations you are willing to have. Why? It’s because people have a natural tendency to steer clear of […]

3 Quick Marketing Wins for Remodelers

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 of another blog post.  But for today, I wanted to give you three quick marketing tactics you can use to […]

Change is Good. Why Are You Fighting It?

Running a business means dealing with change. To remain the best one can’t rest. The marketplace is full of companies ready to take yours down. Yes, they may be friendly competitors, but their success might come at the price of yours. How to remain on top or get closer to the top? Embrace change. Easily […]

How to Avoid Getting Sucked Into a Whirlpool of Ineffectiveness

While running a meeting of the Remodelers Advantage Roundtable group “Quattro,” I heard Neil Harvey say, “Time serves no sale.” That sentence is powerful. Why? Most remodelers have mixed feelings about dealing with the fulfillment side of the sales process. It takes a lot of work to figure out the design and specifications of a […]

How to Succeed Beyond Your Wildest Dreams: a leadership tale

This is a loop: happy employees create happy clients who create good profits. Say it to yourself every morning and work consistently to create the company culture to challenge, engage and reward employees. You and they will be pleased with the results. Years ago I worked with a company owner who insisted that a continued […]

Market the “During” to Make a Difference

Are you using before-and-after pictures to market your business? Of course you are. You need to realize that while your photos are impactful and attention-grabbing, your competition is likely doing the same thing. A quick Google or Pinterest search will bring up millions of those beautiful images touting spectacular remodeling work. But as a professional, […]

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