Copyright (c) 2015 FineHomebuilding.com en-us Fine Homebuilding - "Building Business" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "Building Business" blog entries http://www.finehomebuilding.com/blog/home-building-business-tips Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:13:10 -0500 Fine Homebuilding - "Building Business" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "Building Business" blog entries http://www.finehomebuilding.com/assets/images/cs_logo_sm.jpg http://www.finehomebuilding.com/blog/home-building-business-tips <![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Keep Control by Keeping Track]]> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 08:55:46 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73796/self-taught-mba-keep-control-by-keeping-track http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73796/self-taught-mba-keep-control-by-keeping-track Self-Taught MBA: Keep Control by Keeping Track Posted by FPR
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. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73796/self-taught-mba-keep-control-by-keeping-track
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Steve Mouzon on the New Business of Business]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:10:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73539/self-taught-mba-steve-mouzon-on-the-new-business-of-business http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73539/self-taught-mba-steve-mouzon-on-the-new-business-of-business Self-Taught MBA: Steve Mouzon on the New Business of Business Posted by FPR
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. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73539/self-taught-mba-steve-mouzon-on-the-new-business-of-business
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Agreeing to Agree]]> Tue, 03 Feb 2015 16:02:50 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72516/self-taught-mba-agreeing-to-agree http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72516/self-taught-mba-agreeing-to-agree Self-Taught MBA: Agreeing to Agree Posted by FPR
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. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72516/self-taught-mba-agreeing-to-agree
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Between a Handshake Deal and a Formal Partnership, There's an MOU]]> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 09:56:50 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/71825/self-taught-mba-between-a-handshake-deal-and-a-formal-partnership-theres-an-mou http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/71825/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 Posted by FPR
How a Memorandum of Understanding can provide a useful tool when you need to bridge the distance between good intentions and formal legal relationships. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/71825/self-taught-mba-between-a-handshake-deal-and-a-formal-partnership-theres-an-mou
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: The Rebirth of Mr. X]]> Tue, 30 Dec 2014 10:09:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/40459/self-taught-mba-the-rebirth-of-mr-x http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/40459/self-taught-mba-the-rebirth-of-mr-x Self-Taught MBA: The Rebirth of Mr. X Posted by FPR
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. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/40459/self-taught-mba-the-rebirth-of-mr-x
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Jack of All Trades, Master of One]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:48:50 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38883/self-taught-mba-jack-of-all-trades-master-of-one http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38883/self-taught-mba-jack-of-all-trades-master-of-one Self-Taught MBA: Jack of All Trades, Master of One Posted by FPR
To become a competent general contractor, it helps to know a little about a lot. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38883/self-taught-mba-jack-of-all-trades-master-of-one
<![CDATA[Self-taught MBA: One Homebuilder's Comeback]]> Thu, 04 Dec 2014 11:45:47 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38578/self-taught-mba-one-homebuilders-comeback http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38578/self-taught-mba-one-homebuilders-comeback Self-taught MBA: One Homebuilder's Comeback Posted by FPR
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. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38578/self-taught-mba-one-homebuilders-comeback
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Failing Forward ]]> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 10:55:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38364/self-taught-mba-failing-forward http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38364/self-taught-mba-failing-forward Self-Taught MBA: Failing Forward Posted by FPR
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. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38364/self-taught-mba-failing-forward
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Bulldogs and Double Agents]]> Thu, 06 Nov 2014 13:25:24 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38249/self-taught-mba-bulldogs-and-double-agents http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38249/self-taught-mba-bulldogs-and-double-agents Self-Taught MBA: Bulldogs and Double Agents Posted by FPR
The martial art of learning from and leveraging customer complaints for constant improvement. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38249/self-taught-mba-bulldogs-and-double-agents
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: To Cut Costs, Split the Profits]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:50:03 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37679/self-taught-mba-to-cut-costs-split-the-profits http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37679/self-taught-mba-to-cut-costs-split-the-profits Self-Taught MBA: To Cut Costs, Split the Profits Posted by FPR
To induce my employees and subcontractors to remain on the lookout for cost savings, I offer to split the money. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37679/self-taught-mba-to-cut-costs-split-the-profits
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: One Picture Saves a Thousand (Written) Words]]> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 10:40:30 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37653/self-taught-mba-one-picture-saves-a-thousand-written-words http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37653/self-taught-mba-one-picture-saves-a-thousand-written-words Self-Taught MBA: One Picture Saves a Thousand  (Written) Words Posted by FPR
Keeping accurate job site field logs can become a fulltime job, but technology makes it easy. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37653/self-taught-mba-one-picture-saves-a-thousand-written-words
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Three Desks for Better Organization]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:27:54 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37483/self-taught-mba-three-desks-for-better-organization http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37483/self-taught-mba-three-desks-for-better-organization Self-Taught MBA: Three Desks for Better Organization Posted by FPR
Beyond three hats, I have always separated my workspace into three administrative centers, each with its own files and a separate desk. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37483/self-taught-mba-three-desks-for-better-organization
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Collecting Data to Improve Bids and Operations ]]> Wed, 03 Sep 2014 08:21:13 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37323/self-taught-mba-collecting-data-to-improve-bids-and-operations http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37323/self-taught-mba-collecting-data-to-improve-bids-and-operations Self-Taught MBA: Collecting Data to Improve Bids and Operations Posted by FPR
Developing methods to collect accurate data on your company’s construction costs will improve your bids as well as your operations. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37323/self-taught-mba-collecting-data-to-improve-bids-and-operations
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: An App for Designer and Builder Collaboration]]> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 12:54:27 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/36826/self-taught-mba-an-app-for-designer-and-builder-collaboration http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/36826/self-taught-mba-an-app-for-designer-and-builder-collaboration Self-Taught MBA: An App for Designer and Builder Collaboration Posted by FPR
An ingenious app that makes it easy to share plans, markups, photos, and reports electronically with the entire project team on tablets and smartphones. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/36826/self-taught-mba-an-app-for-designer-and-builder-collaboration
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: The Tailgate vs. the Water Cooler]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:05:23 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35737/self-taught-mba-the-tailgate-vs-the-water-cooler http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35737/self-taught-mba-the-tailgate-vs-the-water-cooler Self-Taught MBA: The Tailgate vs. the Water Cooler Posted by FPR
Job-site communication styles don’t readily translate to the office environment. I almost lost my job learning this important fact of life. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35737/self-taught-mba-the-tailgate-vs-the-water-cooler
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: An App to Eliminate Callbacks]]> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 07:45:06 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35232/self-taught-mba-an-app-to-eliminate-callbacks http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35232/self-taught-mba-an-app-to-eliminate-callbacks Self-Taught MBA: An App to Eliminate Callbacks Posted by FPR
By putting installation information at your fingertips, the new app by Construction Instruction helps you get the job done right the first time. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35232/self-taught-mba-an-app-to-eliminate-callbacks
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: The Builder's Briefcase]]> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 14:51:15 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34992/self-taught-mba-the-builders-briefcase http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34992/self-taught-mba-the-builders-briefcase Self-Taught MBA: The Builder's Briefcase Posted by FPR
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. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34992/self-taught-mba-the-builders-briefcase
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Blue Ocean Advantage]]> Wed, 14 May 2014 13:08:15 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34578/self-taught-mba-blue-ocean-advantage http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34578/self-taught-mba-blue-ocean-advantage Self-Taught MBA: Blue Ocean Advantage Posted by FPR
Find an uncontested area of the market to ply your business and you’ll have smooth sailing toward success. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34578/self-taught-mba-blue-ocean-advantage
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Teaching the Old Dogs New Tricks]]> Thu, 01 May 2014 14:34:04 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34486/self-taught-mba-teaching-the-old-dogs-new-tricks http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34486/self-taught-mba-teaching-the-old-dogs-new-tricks Self-Taught MBA: Teaching the Old Dogs New Tricks Posted by FPR
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. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34486/self-taught-mba-teaching-the-old-dogs-new-tricks
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Know the Battlefield]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:49:17 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34246/self-taught-mba-know-the-battlefield http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34246/self-taught-mba-know-the-battlefield Self-Taught MBA: Know the Battlefield Posted by FPR
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. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34246/self-taught-mba-know-the-battlefield