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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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Self-Taught MBA: An App to Eliminate Callbacks

Self-Taught MBA: An App to Eliminate Callbacks

By putting installation information at your fingertips, the new app by Construction Instruction helps you get the job done right the first time.

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Self-Taught MBA: The Builders Briefcase

Self-Taught MBA: The Builder's Briefcase

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A briefcase is nothing more than a leather toolbox for your business gear. Here’s my take on the top five tools that belong in that bag.

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Self-Taught MBA: Blue Ocean Advantage

Self-Taught MBA: Blue Ocean Advantage

Find an uncontested area of the market to ply your business and you’ll have smooth sailing toward success.

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Self-Taught MBA: Teaching the Old Dogs New Tricks

Self-Taught MBA: Teaching the Old Dogs New Tricks

Exploiting social media for marketing, while adapting best home-building practices to the digital world, the next generation’s business strategies may teach us old dogs a few new tricks.

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Self-Taught MBA: Know the Battlefield

Self-Taught MBA: Know the Battlefield

Strategic thinking is essential to success in any highly competitive activity, and the building business qualifies as one. This, the second in our three-part series on strategy, focuses on learning the contours of the real-estate marketplace, the builder's battlefield.

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