Copyright (c) 2014 en-us Fine Homebuilding - "Building Business" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "Building Business" blog entries Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:38:57 -0500 Fine Homebuilding - "Building Business" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "Building Business" blog entries <![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: To Cut Costs, Split the Profits]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:50:03 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: One Picture Saves a Thousand (Written) Words]]> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 10:40:30 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Three Desks for Better Organization]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:27:54 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Collecting Data to Improve Bids and Operations ]]> Wed, 03 Sep 2014 08:21:13 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: An App for Designer and Builder Collaboration]]> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 12:54:27 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: The Tailgate vs. the Water Cooler]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:05:23 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: An App to Eliminate Callbacks]]> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 07:45:06 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: The Builder's Briefcase]]> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 14:51:15 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Blue Ocean Advantage]]> Wed, 14 May 2014 13:08:15 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Teaching the Old Dogs New Tricks]]> Thu, 01 May 2014 14:34:04 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Know the Battlefield]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:49:17 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Profiles in Good Business]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:43:06 -0500 Self-Taught MBA: Profiles in Good Business Posted by FPR
Profiles of building enterprises that provide valuable insights. Unique business strategies that work for them, and may work for you. ]]>
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Strategic Thinking]]> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 11:44:04 -0500 Self-Taught MBA: Strategic Thinking Posted by FPR
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? ]]>
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Builder-Office Automation]]> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 12:20:00 -0500 Self-Taught MBA: Builder-Office Automation Posted by FPR
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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Project Management Made Easier]]> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 08:00:00 -0500 Self-Taught MBA: Project Management Made Easier Posted by FPR
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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Homebuilder Resolutions--What Will Builders Do Differently in 2014?]]> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 07:50:47 -0500 Self-Taught MBA: Homebuilder Resolutions--What Will Builders Do Differently in 2014? Posted by FPR
We asked homebuilders about their New Year’s resolutions. Here's a sampling of what we got. Please add yours in the comments! ]]>
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Accurate Estimates Don't Come Cheap]]> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 13:25:00 -0500 Self-Taught MBA: Accurate Estimates Don't Come Cheap Posted by FPR
Xactimate and XactRemodel are perhaps the most accurate and speedy estimating systems available—but they come at a price. ]]>
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Free Estimates]]> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 11:58:41 -0500 Self-Taught MBA: Free Estimates Posted by FPR
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 ]]>
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Dealing With Workforce Diversity]]> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 12:26:48 -0500 Self-Taught MBA: Dealing With Workforce Diversity Posted by FPR
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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: You're Fired!]]> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 14:07:42 -0500 Self-Taught MBA: You're Fired! Posted by FPR
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. ]]>