SHAWN VAN DYKE

Construction Consultant | Business Coach | Mentor

MOMENTUM

Strategies. Systems. Results.

The Momentum blog is an industry resource to get your construction business moving in the right direction. This is where Shawn shares his knowledge, experience, and practical advice to help you grow a profitable and sustainable construction business. Sign up to receive a FREE copy of The Paperwork Punch List and you will get updates from the Momentum blog delivered to your inbox. This is where you will learn about the strategies and systems you can implement to get the results you need for your construction business.

USING THE CLOUD TO MANAGE YOUR CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS

Web-based construction project management software gives you the ability to manage the your work no matter where you are. Whether you are in the office or in the field, Web-based (a.k.a. “cloud-based”) services and applications allow you to manage the flow of...

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Right To Left Thinking with Todd Dawalt

CLICK BELOW TO LISTEN TO THE BLOGCAST OF THIS POST. Below is a transcript of an interview I had with Todd Dawalt, host of The Construction Leading Edge podcast and owner of ConstructionLeadingEdge.com. Todd and I discuss a simple yet profound planning strategy he...

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How NOT to Price Your Work

WATCH THE SHAKER TABLE PRICING VIDEO BELOW I don't always get things right.  In fact, I mess up all the time. Here's an example of where I got something wrong, but I hope you can learn from my mistake. HOW NOT TO PRICE A SET OF SHAKER TABLES I am not a custom...

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DISCIPLINES TO GROW A CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS – PART FOUR

CLICK BELOW TO LISTEN TO THE BLOGCAST OF THIS POST. This is the final article in this series on how to grow your construction business. In my previous articles for Fine Homebuilding.com, I discussed how to grow your construction business in sustainable and profitable...

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DISCIPLINES TO GROW A CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS – PART TWO

CLICK BELOW TO LISTEN TO THE BLOGCAST OF THIS POST. In my previous article, I discussed how to grow a construction business by using the margin required for your business to determine your markup. In part 2 of this series, I am going to show you a simple method to...

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DISCIPLINES TO GROW A CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS – PART ONE

CLICK BELOW TO LISTEN TO THE BLOGCAST OF THIS POST. Learning how to grow a construction business profitably and in a sustainable manner requires more than selling more work. In fact, doing more work could be limiting the growth of your construction business. The goal...

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SOLVING THE SKILLS GAP

CLICK BELOW TO LISTEN TO THE BLOGCAST OF THIS KEYNOTE. The Skills Gap - the lack of available skilled labor - is a real problem for every construction business in the United States. There simply aren’t enough people pursuing a career in the trades and obtaining the...

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BOOK LIST OF 2017

Consuming books has become a passion of mine. I started developing a passion for books in 2016. (See this post for My Book List of 2016.) In that post I set a goal of consuming 52 books in 2017. I failed. I only consumed 36 books in 2017, well short of my goal. But I...

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HOW TO GROW A CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS – YEAR END PLANNING

CLICK BELOW TO LISTEN TO THE BLOGCAST OF THIS POST. Developing a strategy for how to grow your construction business in the New Year requires planning. In fact, the act of planning is more important than the plan itself. The plans you make today are for a world that...

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RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION PROJECT SCHEDULE TEMPLATE

CLICK BELOW TO LISTEN TO THE BLOGCAST OF THIS POST. Producing and managing a construction project schedule can be a challenge for many construction business owners. In order to be effective, the construction project schedule must be both accurate for the short-term...

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MANAGING CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULES

CLICK BELOW TO LISTEN TO THE BLOGCAST OF THIS POST. Managing construction schedules is as much about disseminating information to your employees as it is communicating the progress of your construction projects to your customers. Communicating the construction...

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SELLING CONSTRUCTION SERVICES

CLICK BELOW TO LISTEN TO THE BLOGCAST OF THIS POST. Selling construction services to your ideal clients requires the salesperson (in many cases the business owner) to have confidence in three areas of the business. Developing confidence in your process, in your...

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10 PROVISIONS FOR CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS

CLICK BELOW TO LISTEN TO THE BLOGCAST OF THIS POST. Designing a comprehensive construction contract is the best way to mitigate the risk to your construction business, protect yourself from legal disputes, and establish trust with your customers. There are many types...

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Two Economic Factors Affecting Your Construction Business

CLICK BELOW TO LISTEN TO THE BLOGCAST OF THIS POST. Construction pricing can be a difficult thing master.  Developing a pricing strategy for your construction business is both an art and a science. The science part is knowing the numbers of your business, and the art...

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Specialize in Construction – Define Your Niche

CLICK BELOW TO LISTEN TO THE BLOGCAST OF THIS POST. Construction companies that specialize in the work they perform can operate at a higher level of efficiency, charge more for their work, and deliver more consistent results than those construction companies that...

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