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Self-Taught MBA: Keep Control by Keeping Track

Self-Taught MBA: Keep Control by Keeping Track

Tracking your trucks, tools and job site has becomes a lot easier and less expensive. Here’s a primer on the technology available for monitoring what matters without wasting your money.

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Self-Taught MBA: Steve Mouzon on the New Business of Business

Self-Taught MBA: Steve Mouzon on the New Business of Business

I spoke with Steve Mouzon, author of The Original Green, and now, New Media for Designers and Builders to ask him, “What’s different about the new builder’s business plan from the building business as usual?” His answer will surprise you.

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Self-Taught MBA: Agreeing to Agree

Self-Taught MBA: Agreeing to Agree

You may not want to jump straight into a partnership any more than you would jump into a marriage without a period of engagement. A Letter of Intent can function as a kind of business “engagement” before a formal marriage.

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Self-Taught MBA: Between a Handshake Deal and a Formal Partnership, Theres an MOU

Self-Taught MBA: Between a Handshake Deal and a Formal Partnership, There's an MOU

How a Memorandum of Understanding can provide a useful tool when you need to bridge the distance between good intentions and formal legal relationships.

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Self-Taught MBA: The Rebirth of Mr. X

Self-Taught MBA: The Rebirth of Mr. X

An update from the author of the anonymous blog, “How I Wrecked My Business, Screwed My Friends, and Almost Destroyed My Marriage.” Hint: He’s a green-building entrepreneur again, and successful.

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Self-Taught MBA: Jack of All Trades, Master of One

Self-Taught MBA: Jack of All Trades, Master of One

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To become a competent general contractor, it helps to know a little about a lot.

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Self-taught MBA: One Homebuilders Comeback

Self-taught MBA: One Homebuilder's Comeback

Mike Roberts lost a fortune, and almost took his own life. But he made it back, and his experience provides useful business and life lessons for us all.

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Self-Taught MBA: Failing Forward

Self-Taught MBA: Failing Forward

The confidence to start or expand a business comes from the hope for success, but if you’re smart, a thorough knowledge of the anatomy of failure is indispensable.

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Self-Taught MBA: Bulldogs and Double Agents

Self-Taught MBA: Bulldogs and Double Agents

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The martial art of learning from and leveraging customer complaints for constant improvement.

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Self-Taught MBA: To Cut Costs, Split the Profits

Self-Taught MBA: To Cut Costs, Split the Profits

To induce my employees and subcontractors to remain on the lookout for cost savings, I offer to split the money.

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Self-Taught MBA: One Picture Saves a Thousand  (Written) Words

Self-Taught MBA: One Picture Saves a Thousand (Written) Words

Keeping accurate job site field logs can become a fulltime job, but technology makes it easy.

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Self-Taught MBA: Three Desks for Better Organization

Self-Taught MBA: Three Desks for Better Organization

Beyond three hats, I have always separated my workspace into three administrative centers, each with its own files and a separate desk.

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Self-Taught MBA: Collecting Data to Improve Bids and Operations

Self-Taught MBA: Collecting Data to Improve Bids and Operations

Developing methods to collect accurate data on your company’s construction costs will improve your bids as well as your operations.

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Self-Taught MBA: An App for Designer and Builder Collaboration

Self-Taught MBA: An App for Designer and Builder Collaboration

An ingenious app that makes it easy to share plans, markups, photos, and reports electronically with the entire project team on tablets and smartphones.

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Self-Taught MBA: The Tailgate vs. the Water Cooler

Self-Taught MBA: The Tailgate vs. the Water Cooler

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Job-site communication styles don’t readily translate to the office environment. I almost lost my job learning this important fact of life.

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