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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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Self-Taught MBA: Profiles in Good Business

Self-Taught MBA: Profiles in Good Business

Profiles of building enterprises that provide valuable insights. Unique business strategies that work for them, and may work for you.

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Self-Taught MBA: Strategic Thinking

Self-Taught MBA: Strategic Thinking

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What makes the move from tradesman to entrepreneur so difficult? To start, the tradesman focuses almost entirely on tactics—the means and methods of good craft and honest work—while the entrepreneur focuses on a strategy, an ambitious vision to fulfill in the future. Which one are you?

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Self-Taught MBA: Builder-Office Automation

Self-Taught MBA: Builder-Office Automation

Nowadays, builder software offers far more than estimating and accounting. We take a close look at what’s available and discuss how you can determine what office automation products provide the best fit for you.

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Self-Taught MBA: Project Management Made Easier

Self-Taught MBA: Project Management Made Easier

Project management is the skill set at the heart of any contracting business, and technology brings powerful tools to help you to do it better. As we continue looking into computing power tools for job-site management, we'll focus this time on InLoox for Outlook.

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Self-Taught MBA: Homebuilder Resolutions--What Will Builders Do Differently in 2014?

Self-Taught MBA: Homebuilder Resolutions--What Will Builders Do Differently in 2014?

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We asked homebuilders about their New Year’s resolutions. Here's a sampling of what we got. Please add yours in the comments!

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Self-Taught MBA: Accurate Estimates Dont Come Cheap

Self-Taught MBA: Accurate Estimates Don't Come Cheap

Xactimate and XactRemodel are perhaps the most accurate and speedy estimating systems available—but they come at a price.

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