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Learn How to Be a Star on Customer Review Websites in Home Improvement Industry

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If you’re in the home services, trades or renovations business did you know that 88 per cent of consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations? We know that having a third party control your business reviews isn’t what anyone likes; especially when it comes to negative reviews. Want to learn more about how to shine?

https://www.freshbooks.com/blog/review-websites-home-improvement

4 Reasons to Never Pull a Permit for a Homeowner

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If you’re the contractor on a job for a homeowner, pulling permits will likely be part of the scope of services you’re being paid to provide. You’ll include the cost of the permits plus a fee to cover the time it takes to obtain them in your estimate. There are good reasons to never pull a permit for a homeowner.

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Do you know the basics of construction accounting?

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Knowing basic financial numbers in your business will save you a ton of heartache and frustration. If you only know one number (say, your revenue number) but not your net income, you might find in 8 months that you’re out of business, because you’re not generating enough net income to stay in business.

Accounting for contractors (FREE)

43 Trade School Jobs Among the Highest Paying Trades

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A recent article lists various high-paying trade jobs. Of the 43 highest paying jobs, 23 of them are considered skilled trades.

You can see the whole list here: https://www.trade-schools.net/articles/trade-school-jobs.asp

Housing Permits Down In San Diego by 37%

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Housing construction collapses in San Diego County

The San Diego Union Tribune just posted a video about the recent sudden drop in permits being issues (37% in San Diego!) We aren’t seeing a slowdown, are you?

Entire article: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/real-estate/sd-fi-san-diego-construction-report-20170605-story.html

How To: Calculating Hourly Rates for a Contractor or Small Business

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Are you just starting out in your business? If you need a simple way to come up with an hourly rate for a contractor or small business owner watch this video.

[(hourly rate) + (direct expenses) + indirect expenses)] / Profit

What is a Reasonable Profit in Construction?

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ServicePair’s goal is to help put food on the table for skilled tradespeople. We try to collect up and post helpful business articles so contractors can improve their business acumen. The article authored by David J Hoare helps explain how you get to a 9% profit margin…after you include the owner’s salary.

What is a Reasonable Profit in Construction?

Profit Markup vs. Margin – Simple Formula, Common Mistake

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A lot of contractors incorrectly calculate profit on their estimates. Most contractors use the markup method – but this method will leave your bottom line coming up short every time! In this brief video, they explain the difference between a markup and a margin, and how to use a profit margin formula on your estimates that will give you an accurate profit every time

It works for contractors too!

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