Copyright (c) 2016 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 Wed, 10 Feb 2016 19:27:24 -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: Investments, Costs, and Expenses: What's the difference?]]> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 10:28:50 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148634/self-taught-mba-investments-costs-and-expenses-whats-the-difference http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148634/self-taught-mba-investments-costs-and-expenses-whats-the-difference Self-Taught MBA: Investments, Costs, and Expenses: What's the difference? Posted by FPR
Using financial terms the wrong way causes confusion that costs you money. Learn the real meaning of the three most common words used to describe financial transactions. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148634/self-taught-mba-investments-costs-and-expenses-whats-the-difference
<![CDATA[Interesting Index]]> Sun, 31 Jan 2016 10:51:42 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148638/interesting-index http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148638/interesting-index Interesting Index Posted by FPR
Update from Elliot F. Eisenberg, the Bowtie Economist ]]>
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<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Builder Uses His Business Expertise to Help Others]]> Tue, 12 Jan 2016 12:04:17 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148252/self-taught-mba-builder-uses-his-business-expertise-to-help-others http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148252/self-taught-mba-builder-uses-his-business-expertise-to-help-others Self-Taught MBA: Builder Uses His Business Expertise to Help Others Posted by FPR
Bill Asdal turned a successful remolding company into a business school for other remodelers and even some business that have nothing to do with construction. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148252/self-taught-mba-builder-uses-his-business-expertise-to-help-others
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Drones for Homebuilders ]]> Thu, 17 Dec 2015 10:28:51 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/147882/self-taught-mba-drones-for-homebuilders http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/147882/self-taught-mba-drones-for-homebuilders Self-Taught MBA: Drones for Homebuilders	Posted by FPR
Toying with the idea of a holiday drone purchase? I’ll give you a business reason to go ahead and buy one. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/147882/self-taught-mba-drones-for-homebuilders
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: New Business Books ]]> Wed, 02 Dec 2015 16:48:10 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/147664/self-taught-mba-new-business-books http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/147664/self-taught-mba-new-business-books Self-Taught MBA: New Business Books Posted by FPR
Some titles to consider as gifts to yourself (open them before Christmas), business books worth your precious time and money. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/147664/self-taught-mba-new-business-books
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Motivating Your Team to Improve Productivity]]> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 15:25:31 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/147377/self-taught-mba-motivating-your-team-to-improve-productivity http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/147377/self-taught-mba-motivating-your-team-to-improve-productivity Self-Taught MBA: Motivating Your Team to Improve Productivity Posted by FPR
Unlike most industries, where production has risen dramatically over the last two decades, the construction industry remains stuck in a rut. Researchers suggest that construction-worker motivation may be to blame. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/147377/self-taught-mba-motivating-your-team-to-improve-productivity
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: An Economist on Homebuilding and Remodeling Today ]]> Wed, 04 Nov 2015 11:06:03 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/147106/self-taught-mba-an-economist-on-homebuilding-and-remodeling-today http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/147106/self-taught-mba-an-economist-on-homebuilding-and-remodeling-today Self-Taught MBA: An Economist on Homebuilding and Remodeling Today 	Posted by FPR
Taking the pulse of the present and near future homebuilding business with economist Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/147106/self-taught-mba-an-economist-on-homebuilding-and-remodeling-today
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Asking for "Two More Weeks"]]> Wed, 14 Oct 2015 15:59:53 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/132001/self-taught-mba-asking-for-two-more-weeks http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/132001/self-taught-mba-asking-for-two-more-weeks Self-Taught MBA: Asking for Posted by FPR
A smarter way to handle the inevitable delays. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Head (Way Down) South Young Man]]> Thu, 10 Sep 2015 10:12:58 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/121970/self-taught-mba-head-way-down-south-young-man http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/121970/self-taught-mba-head-way-down-south-young-man Self-Taught MBA: Head (Way Down) South Young Man Posted by FPR
Until recently, only Latin Americans headed toward “El Norte,” for good jobs with real wages. Nowadays, North American builders are also heading south, to Latin America, looking for good projects with real profits. We talk with one former Oregon framing contractor about his recent decision to build in Ecuador. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Accounting for Callbacks]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 11:40:35 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/113581/self-taught-mba-accounting-for-callbacks http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/113581/self-taught-mba-accounting-for-callbacks Self-Taught MBA: Accounting for Callbacks Posted by FPR
Creating a separate “job” to track all you spend on callbacks may help you identify weak points in your construction processes and fix them. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/113581/self-taught-mba-accounting-for-callbacks
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Should you Embrace New Urbanism?]]> Thu, 06 Aug 2015 10:14:59 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/111913/self-taught-mba-should-you-embrace-new-urbanism http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/111913/self-taught-mba-should-you-embrace-new-urbanism Self-Taught MBA: Should you Embrace New Urbanism? Posted by FPR
The movement is all around--and likely being built in your neighborhood--but what impact does New Urbanism really have on real-estate values and sales? We explore the subject with Steve Mouzon. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/111913/self-taught-mba-should-you-embrace-new-urbanism
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Filters for a Perfect Fit]]> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 12:55:46 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/110754/self-taught-mba-filters-for-a-perfect-fit http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/110754/self-taught-mba-filters-for-a-perfect-fit Self-Taught MBA: Filters for a Perfect Fit Posted by FPR
A successful Dallas remodeler tell us how he identifies clients that are a perfect fit for his company, and avoid costly client mismatches. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/110754/self-taught-mba-filters-for-a-perfect-fit
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Managing Expectations]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:18:56 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/110037/self-taught-mba-managing-expectations http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/110037/self-taught-mba-managing-expectations Self-Taught MBA: Managing Expectations Posted by FPR
Whatever your role in the construction process, ensuring customer satisfaction during the weeks and months required to complete a typical project is a tall order. It helps to go over the warranty standards before you do the work, instead of after you get claim. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/110037/self-taught-mba-managing-expectations
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: 'The Elements of Building,' a new book by Mark Q. Kerson]]> Mon, 15 Jun 2015 15:25:27 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/109540/self-taught-mba-the-elements-of-building-a-new-book-by-mark-q-kerson http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/109540/self-taught-mba-the-elements-of-building-a-new-book-by-mark-q-kerson Self-Taught MBA: 'The Elements of Building,' a new book by Mark Q. Kerson Posted by FPR
There’s only a handful of books aimed at the business of building. Of those, only three talk turkey to remodelers and small homebuilders, and none were written recently. So it’s about time for an update, and 'The Elements of Building: A Business Handbook for Residential Builders and Tradesmen' fills the void. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/109540/self-taught-mba-the-elements-of-building-a-new-book-by-mark-q-kerson
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Trend Spotting (and Trend Setting) with Irina Woelfle]]> Thu, 14 May 2015 14:41:46 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/109541/self-taught-mba-trend-spotting-and-trend-setting-with-irina-woelfle http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/109541/self-taught-mba-trend-spotting-and-trend-setting-with-irina-woelfle Self-Taught MBA: Trend Spotting (and Trend Setting) with Irina Woelfle Posted by FPR
If the “Not So Big House,” “Pocket Neighborhoods,” “Katrina Cottages,” or “Live-Work Units,” have become part of your lexicon, you can thank Irina Woelfle for bringing these ideas to your attention. We discuss emerging trends with our industries most successful promoter. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/109541/self-taught-mba-trend-spotting-and-trend-setting-with-irina-woelfle
<![CDATA[Home Improvement Spending Expected to Rise]]> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:47:16 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/103823/home-improvement-spending-expected-to-rise http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/103823/home-improvement-spending-expected-to-rise Home Improvement Spending Expected to Rise Posted by Matt_Higgins
According to analyists at Fitch Ratings, home improvement spending will rise by a predicted 6%. The U.S. Home Imporvement Industry Special Report was released in October of 2014 and reflects expected... ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/103823/home-improvement-spending-expected-to-rise
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Stay in Sync: How to Avoid Strategic Misalignemnts]]> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 11:35:07 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/103800/self-taught-mba-stay-in-sync-how-to-avoid-strategic-misalignemnts http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/103800/self-taught-mba-stay-in-sync-how-to-avoid-strategic-misalignemnts Self-Taught MBA: Stay in Sync: How to Avoid Strategic Misalignemnts Posted by FPR
Have you and your business gotten out of sync with a slowly evolving business environment? You may not even notice it, but your once sound business strategy may breakdown if you don’t adopt to social and technological changes. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/103800/self-taught-mba-stay-in-sync-how-to-avoid-strategic-misalignemnts
<![CDATA[ Self-Taught MBA: Finding your Sweet Spot]]> Fri, 03 Apr 2015 08:49:26 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/103701/self-taught-mba-finding-your-sweet-spot http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/103701/self-taught-mba-finding-your-sweet-spot  Self-Taught MBA: Finding your Sweet Spot Posted by FPR
Don’t sweat success, find your sweet spot and coast through the next recession without so much stress. A builder explains why he found happiness in a no-growth business model. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/103701/self-taught-mba-finding-your-sweet-spot
<![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