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Coming back from a mountain of debt
Contractor Steve Bousquet was growing his company and losing money. His answer was to work harder and sell more jobs. But, the losses continued. Even with Steve’s economics degree and business minor, he wasn’t prepared to run a contracting business. Instead of giving up, he found help. Today, Steve spends a lot of time helping other contractors find their way in the business world – the same way they helped him... MORE
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If only this happened every project
A new client called in having seen GoldGlo Landscape’s work around town and having visited their website. She told GoldGlo project manager Ivan Fisher that she didn’t want budget to limit the design. “She said, ‘Show me what you can do to bring a “wow” factor to my backyard. I want my project to be your next award winning project.”... MORE
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Avoiding burnout
Back in Spring 2020 things were a little slow due to the Covid outbreak. While it was a concerning time, it was great to have more family time. But, by August 2020, we were hit by a spike in demand that hasn’t abated yet. The phone doesn’t quit. The website leads keep rolling in. Existing clients want more work done. Referrals keep coming. And we’re getting burned out from it all... MORE
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Help Wanted
The vast majority of middle-income parents today want their kids to go to a 4-year college and get a professional job, not work in the trades. Competition for employees will continue to grow and be a major business issue for years to come. Your business employment practices must change or your company will have a painful future... MORE
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Taking your business to the next level
If you’re looking to grow your company, it’s a good idea to first determine which of the 5 stages of business growth you’re in. As you move forward, the goal is to delegate and systemize processes to free-up your time to work on more important tasks. Here is a brief outline describing each stage of growth and what you need to focus on to move on to the next stage... MORE
  • Growth makes you busy; efficiency makes you profitable
  • Growth makes you busy; efficiency makes you profitable
  • Growth makes you busy; efficiency makes you profitable
  • Growth makes you busy; efficiency makes you profitable
  • Growth makes you busy; efficiency makes you profitable

Contractor Profiles

Building an engineered wall on clay soil
April/May 2022

Get smart building walls

An article for contractors starting to venture into walls requiring an engineer’s stamped drawings. MORE


Meeting the demand for hardscape restoration
December/January 2022

Meeting the demand for hardscape restoration

2 brothers start up a hardscape maintenance company to serve the largely untapped market for restoring old paver projects. MORE


Contractors start up a supply yard
August/September 2021

Contractors start up a supply yard

Opening a supply yard wasn’t in the plans, but the opportunity was too good to pass up. MORE


Interior design wins exterior awards
June/July 2021

Interior design wins exterior awards

Contractor stays on the leading edge of hardscape design trends by following interior design trends. MORE


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