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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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Self-Taught MBA: Free Estimates

Self-Taught MBA: Free Estimates

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We all give them, but you can get them, too. This series is a response to one reader’s search for more-affordable estimating systems. I'll start with as affordable as it gets: free

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Self-Taught MBA: Dealing With Workforce Diversity

Self-Taught MBA: Dealing With Workforce Diversity

To lead a diverse team, learn the silent language of culture. And then mine the riches discovered in the differences for a more productive and personally enriching day at work.

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Self-Taught MBA: Youre Fired!

Self-Taught MBA: You're Fired!

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It’s the hardest thing you'll ever do as an employer--so hard, in fact, that some firms hire it out. But you can't, and shouldn't, so from time to time you'll have to say those two devastating words: “You're fired.” Still, you can break off with kindness and with a touch of class.

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Self-Taught MBA: Writing Job Descriptions

Self-Taught MBA: Writing Job Descriptions

Every position in your company, including yours, should come with a written job description. What basic elements should a job description contain? Here, you'll find a quick guide to help you create clear, concise descriptions for your employees.

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Self Taught MBA:   New Recruits: The Art of Hiring Right

Self Taught MBA: New Recruits: The Art of Hiring Right

Faced with a shortage of qualified workers, contractors suddenly have to confront hiring decisions. In case you've forgot how, here’s a primer on handling the good hire.

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Self-Taught MBA: Motivating Employees Through Lean Times

Self-Taught MBA: Motivating Employees Through Lean Times

Anyone making weekly payroll knows the meaning of stress. Avoiding white-knuckle Fridays while still motivating your employees requires creative, nonmonetary incentives. Here are a few tricks for keeping the troops happy without a raise.

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Self-Taught MBA: Strategies for Communicating With Couples

Self-Taught MBA: Strategies for Communicating With Couples

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Building or remodeling a home can stress couples to the breaking point. On a scale of 1 to 10, with the highest number equating to the death of a child, psychologists place remodeling at about 6 in terms of relationship stress.

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Self-Taught MBA: Good Communication with Homeowners is Crucial

Self-Taught MBA: Good Communication with Homeowners is Crucial

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The most basic element in good customer service involves frequent and fluent communication. But this simple chore eludes many in the construction industry and represents the number-one customer complaint. How do you handle communication?

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Self-Taught MBA: Building Abundance in a Tough Market

Self-Taught MBA: Building Abundance in a Tough Market

You're a good customer, using the same subs job after job, yet your costs keep skyrocketing and you can barely keep up. Just hiring the same guys time and again isn’t enough. Building mutually beneficial alliances requires the most difficult but ultimately most rewarding type of negotiation: the collaborative approach.

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Self-Taught MBA: Collaboration and Competition

Self-Taught MBA: Collaboration and Competition

In real estate and construction, you will engage in every sort of negotiation, from win-win to the most disheartening losses. By learning the techniques and tactics of professional negotiators, you will see through the fog of war, understand the gambits being played to focus on achieving desirable results.

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