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Estimates vs Quotations

Estimates vs. Quotations: Which Are Best?

I made a video about Estimates vs. Quotations: Which Are Best? It’s posted on my YouTube channel. You can watch it or read the transcript here.

Up in the air above the project

Building a Big Roof in a Cyclone Snow Storm – My First Trip to Russia

In 2009, I went on my first trip to Russia working as an international construction consultant. Much later, I finally got around to making a video of that trip. Here it is.

How to Tell Your Boss You Have Too Much Work

How to Tell Your Boss You Have Too Much Work

I’ve been trying to mentor some young fellows. Was thinking about how to better articulate some advice while walking this afternoon. Came up with this. You can watch the video or read the transcript here.

Value video cover photo

How Much to Charge Clients: Earn More Money with Perceived Value Pricing

If you’re wondering how much to charge your clients for your work, and how to earn more money for your work, this video is for you. This is an overview intended for beginning contractors, but even if you think you know it all, you might learn something from this.

Cover photo for video about how to get more paying customers

3 Easy Tips to Get More Paying Customers and Grow Your Contracting Business

In this 1 minute video, I’m going to give you 3 easy tips to get more paying customers and grow your contracting business.

Agile Remodeling Handyman Sign

Remodeling / Handyman Business in Bellevue, WA

I’m still consulting part-time but planning to stay local for a while, plus I’m doing handyman/remodel work. You can check out my handyman/remodel business website https://agileremodel.com/

Skill-Development-Chalkboard

Learn Valuable Skills For a Great Career Without Going Into Debt

Some traditional education systems are becoming more financially risky and less sure to produce positive results. Many old jobs are going away and new jobs are being created. Consider alternative methods of education and career development to prepare and keep up as times change.

Growing up to be an airplane pilot.

Fake It Until You Make It?

“Fake it until you make it,” is a common saying these days. Instead, put your time and effort into learning to be the best that you can be.

Blueprint for constructive feedback.

How to Turn Complaints Into Constructive Feedback That Gets Positive Results

In this post, I challenge the idea that complaints must be negative, explain how that mindset can hinder improvement, and offer some suggestions to affect positive change.

Getting things done.

Book Review: Getting Things Done by David Allen

I recommend this book for people who want to improve their organizational skills, whether just for yourself or for managing projects with other people. This can help people who have a lot of things to do.

Venn diagram: good - fast - cheap

Digging Into the “Good – Fast – Cheap” Ideal and Beyond

A sophisticated project manager knows that scope, schedule, cost, quality, resources, and risk are some of the major project factors that need to be carefully planned and continually balanced. You can learn more about such issues in this post.

Contractor and customer making a deal.

How to Find the Best Contractor for Your Construction or Remodeling Project

If you are a homeowner or business person who is looking for guidelines about how to find the best contractor for your construction or remodeling project, this is for you.