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Self-Taught MBA: Managing Expectations

Self-Taught MBA: Managing Expectations

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Whatever your role in the construction process, ensuring customer satisfaction during the weeks and months required to complete a typical project is a tall order. It helps to go over the warranty standards before you do the work, instead of after you get claim.

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Self-Taught MBA: The Elements of Building, a new book by Mark Q. Kerson

Self-Taught MBA: 'The Elements of Building,' a new book by Mark Q. Kerson

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There’s only a handful of books aimed at the business of building. Of those, only three talk turkey to remodelers and small homebuilders, and none were written recently. So it’s about time for an update, and 'The Elements of Building: A Business Handbook for Residential Builders and Tradesmen' fills the void.

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Self-Taught MBA: Trend Spotting (and Trend Setting) with Irina Woelfle

Self-Taught MBA: Trend Spotting (and Trend Setting) with Irina Woelfle

If the “Not So Big House,” “Pocket Neighborhoods,” “Katrina Cottages,” or “Live-Work Units,” have become part of your lexicon, you can thank Irina Woelfle for bringing these ideas to your attention. We discuss emerging trends with our industries most successful promoter.

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Home Improvement Spending Expected to Rise

Home Improvement Spending Expected to Rise

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According to analyists at Fitch Ratings, home improvement spending will rise by a predicted 6%. The U.S. Home Imporvement Industry Special Report was released in October of 2014 and reflects expected...

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Self-Taught MBA: Stay in Sync: How to Avoid Strategic Misalignemnts

Self-Taught MBA: Stay in Sync: How to Avoid Strategic Misalignemnts

Have you and your business gotten out of sync with a slowly evolving business environment? You may not even notice it, but your once sound business strategy may breakdown if you don’t adopt to social and technological changes.

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 Self-Taught MBA: Finding your Sweet Spot

Self-Taught MBA: Finding your Sweet Spot

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Don’t sweat success, find your sweet spot and coast through the next recession without so much stress. A builder explains why he found happiness in a no-growth business model.

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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

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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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