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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.
CLICK BELOW TO WATCH A VIDEO TUTORIAL OF THIS POST. Learning how to estimate a residential construction project takes years of experience both in the field and in the office. (See this post on Fast, Accurate Estimates.) For the construction business owner gaining the...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
CLICK BELOW TO LISTEN TO THE BLOGCAST OF THIS POST. Development of construction business systems enables you to provide accurate pricing for your work, track your productivity, and allows your business to operate without the owner getting bogged down in the whirlwind...read more
CLICK BELOW TO LISTEN TO THE BLOGCAST OF THIS POST. Leading your construction clients through a successful project involves showing them the steps from conception to completion. Navigating this path is made easier when the client/contractor relationship is built on...read more
CLICK BELOW TO LISTEN TO THE BLOGCAST OF THIS POST. Running a successful construction business requires more than technical proficiency with tools and the ability to do good work. Establishing clear lines of communication with your construction employees enables then...read more
I speak with many construction business owners all over the world and when i ask them about their goals for their company, they often talk about growth...but then many of them say this… "I am not really into it for the money." And I understand why they are saying...read more
TECHNIQUES FOR ESTIMATING A CONSTRUCTION PROJECT There is a two-step process for estimating every construction project: Step 1. Determine Your Costs Step 2. Apply a Markup that will yield the appropriate profit after expenses It is that simple, but it is not that easy...read more
Learning how to estimate a construction project is a skill every general contractor must develop in order to run profitable business. Estimating construction projects can be a frustrating and time consuming process for many general contractors. Most...read more
Finding good subcontractors for your construction business involves establishing two key systems. The first system to develop is based on the relationship you will have with your subcontractors or specialty trade partners. This system is based on trust. The second...read more
Communicating the construction labor budget to your crew is vital to achieving the production goals of any construction project. But many construction companies ignore calculating the specific labor budget for a given job. If you do not clearly communicate the labor...read more
Not accounting for the labor burden in a construction estimate can come at a very heavy price. The labor burden is determined by the indirect costs of employing someone. If these “hidden” costs aren’t accounted for, then each project you perform could put you further...read more
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