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BUILT TO GROW: WHY YOU NEED SYSTEMS TO RUN YOUR BUSINESS

BUILT TO GROW: WHY YOU NEED SYSTEMS TO RUN YOUR BUSINESS ARE YOU THE BOTTLENECK OF YOUR BUSINESS? There are four phases in managing a construction business or, what I call, the Contractor Journey: Doer, Thinker, Communicator, and Leader.  If you feel like you’re constantly stuck on the treadmill of
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3 SYSTEMS TO BUILD A SOLID FOUNDATION FOR YOUR CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS

MOST CONTRACTORS ARE NOT PROFITABLE Are you really making a profit in your construction business? Can you prove it? Most of the time, when I ask that question, contractors struggle to answer. They don’t know how to run a construction business successfully. They aren’t making a profit. When I started
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ENROLLMENT OPEN! THE BUILT TO BUILD ACADEMY WILL GIVE YOU YOUR LIFE BACK

ENROLLMENT OPEN! THE BUILT TO BUILD ACADEMY WILL GIVE YOU YOUR LIFE BACK ARE YOU CONFIDENT IN YOUR CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS? If not, then the Built to Build Academy® is for you. And, enrollment is now open for a limited time. Watch the video to learn more about the programs in
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HOW TO SUSTAIN YOUR CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS IN UNCERTAIN TIMES

HOW TO SUSTAIN YOUR CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS IN UNCERTAIN TIMES TIMES ARE UNCERTAIN, BUT YOUR BUSINESS DOESN’T HAVE TO BE You need a plan for your business now more than ever in these uncertain times. So, I’m offering you a free resource, no strings attached. Check out this group coaching session
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THE SECRET TO GROWING YOUR CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS ON SOCIAL MEDIA

THE SECRET TO GROWING YOUR CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS ON SOCIAL MEDIA PEOPLE DON’T SEEM TO CARE ABOUT WHAT YOU POST ON SOCIAL Most construction business owners use social media as part of their business.  They sink a ton of time trying to build their social accounts, only to realize that no
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DON’T MISS SHAWN VAN DYKE SEMINARS AT JLC LIVE NORTHEAST 2020

DON’T MISS SHAWN VAN DYKE SEMINARS AT JLC LIVE NORTHEAST 2020 It’s that time of year again. It’s time to make your plans to attend JLC Live Northeast at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. I will be teaching 3 construction business seminars this year and speaking on a
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HOW TO STOP BEING SO BUSY AND ACTUALLY MAKE A PROFIT

Are you busy all of the time but not making any profit in your contracting or service business? If so, you are not alone. In this episode of Blue Collar Nation, Shawn discusses why that happens and how to stop it. This is a MUST listen to those wanting the
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THIS IS THE SIMPLE WAY TO INCREASE CONSTRUCTION PROFIT MARGINS

THIS IS THE SIMPLE WAY TO INCREASE CONSTRUCTION PROFIT MARGINS OF COURSE YOU WANT TO MAKE A PROFIT, BUT… The problem most construction business owners encounter when implementing the Profit First for Contractors system is that they try to go too big, too soon. They get excited about finally knowing
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HOW TO MAINTAIN POSITIVE CASH FLOW FOR YOUR CONSTRUCTION PROJECT

HOW TO MAINTAIN POSITIVE CASH FLOW FOR YOUR CONSTRUCTION PROJECT ARE YOU FINANCING YOUR CLIENT’S JOB FOR THEM? If you’re like most contractors, you have financed a customer’s job at some point. You’ve spent more money on producing and managing the job than the money you have received from the
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PERCENTAGES: THE BEST WAY TO ANALYZE YOUR PROFIT & LOSS STATEMENT

PERCENTAGES: THE BEST WAY TO ANALYZE YOUR PROFIT & LOSS STATEMENT ARE YOU UNSURE WHAT YOUR FINANCIAL REPORTS MEAN? Most construction business owners struggle to understand Profit and Loss statement analysis. They depend on their bookkeepers or CPAs to interpret what the numbers mean. Properly interpreting your financial reports takes
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HOW TO SELL CONSTRUCTION SERVICES AT THE HIGHEST PRICE POSSIBLE

WHY YOU NEED TO TELL YOUR CLIENTS THE TRUTH ABOUT COST Most contractors are people pleasers. Serving your clients is a priority for you. And, you may be wondering how to sell construction services in an effective way to make you money and please your clients. You like to build things
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THE #1 RULE YOU NEED TO HACK YOUR PROFIT & LOSS STATEMENT

ARE YOU SPENDING MORE THAN YOU RECEIVE? If you spend more than 100% of your income, then you are going to have problems in your construction business. I know it sounds simplistic, but many construction business owners violate this fundamental principle of financial planning. They spend more money than they
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HOW TO INCREASE CONSTRUCTION SALES WHEN CLIENTS WANT TO SAVE MONEY

HOW TO RESPOND TO A CUSTOMER’S QUESTION ABOUT SAVING MONEY A problem for many construction business owners is that you believe your customers when they say they want to save money. I am not saying your customers are lying, but the idea of saving money makes your customers feel secure.
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GUARANTEE PROFIT AND MANAGE CASH FLOW

GUARANTEE PROFIT AND MANAGE CASH FLOW LISTEN TO THE BLOGCAST You Must Master Cash Flow Management to Make a Profit If you don’t understand the financial side of your company, you will continually struggle to turn a profit and grow your construction business. Yet, understanding your financial statements is confusing,
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NAHB IBS 2020 SPEAKING SCHEDULE

NAHB IBS 2020 SPEAKING SCHEDULE NAHB International Builders’ Show Speaking Schedule for Shawn Van Dyke   It’s that time of year to make your plan of attack for the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, NV.   If this is your first time, then my advice is:   PLAN AHEAD.
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3 WAYS BUILDERS CAN INCREASE PROFITS AND EFFICIENCIES RIGHT NOW

3 WAYS BUILDERS CAN INCREASE PROFITS AND EFFICIENCIES RIGHT NOW 3 THINGS BUILDERS CAN DO TO INCREASE PROFITS AND EFFICIENCIES  Bidding against other builders is a race to the bottom.  There will always be someone cheaper than you. If you chase after these “competitive bidding” opportunities, then you will waste
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THESE MORNING ROUTINE TIPS WILL IMPROVE YOUR LIFE

In this episode of the Lippert Academy for Leadership Podcast, Shawn discusses his weird morning routine and how it enhances his business and personal life. His morning routine led to the development of the Built to Build Academy’s® Effective Time Management System. Want to test it out? Join the waitlist
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HOW TO DIFFERENTIATE YOUR CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS

HOW TO DIFFERENTIATE YOUR CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS LISTEN TO THE BLOGCAST HOW TO DIFFERENTIATE YOUR CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS Has a potential client ever told you the following: “You can’t do that.” “You can’t charge for estimates.” “No one in this market does that.” Or “I’ve never heard of that before.” Statements like
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THIS IS WHY CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES FAIL AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT

The #1 reason why construction companies fail is under-bidding future jobs to make up for losses from past jobs. If you can relate, check out this webinar, More Than Survival. John Meibers and Shawn will cover how you can take back control of your profitability so you can focus more
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THE WORST ADVICE TO PREPARE FOR A RECESSION

In Episode 36 of Building Optimal Radio, Shawn covers a few random topics from common bad advice he hears when preparing for the next recession. Listen and learn: The worst advice Shawn hears What Shawn preaches that he doesn’t hear anyone else preaching Shawn’s advice for weathering a downturn.

HOW TO DEAL WITH DESIGNERS AND THEIR DIFFICULT CLIENTS

HOW TO DEAL WITH DESIGNERS AND THEIR DIFFICULT CLIENTS LISTEN TO THE BLOGCAST DESIGNERS NEED HELP FROM CONTRACTORS Designers struggle just as much as contractors do when it comes to getting paid for their time and expertise. They might not admit it, or even be aware of it, but designers
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WHY AND HOW TO GET PAID FOR PRE-CONSTRUCTION PLANNING WORK

In Episode 35 of Building Optimal Radio, Shawn outlines a plan to help you get paid for your pre-con work. If you’re not doing it already, this is worth a listen! And if you are, well Shawn may have a few ways to enhance your program. Listen and learn: Why
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SHAWN VAN DYKE JOINS BUILDBOOK TEAM

SHAWN VAN DYKE JOINS BUILDBOOK TEAM SHAWN VAN DYKE JOINS THE BUILDBOOK BOARD OF ADVISORS [PRESS RELEASE JULY 29, 2019] If you know me, you know that I’ve dedicated my career to helping construction companies grow their businesses. In my work, I’ve been fortunate enough to meet a ton of
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THE BEST RECRUITMENT STRATEGIES FOR CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES

Shawn joins Jared Gossett on Episode 34 of the Building Optimal Podcast to discuss recruitment strategies for construction companies. Listen and learn: Where you should be looking to find your next hire The cost of a bad hire. The percentage of people who actually hate their jobs and what to
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HOW TO FIND SKILLED EMPLOYEES AS A SMALL FIRM ARCHITECT

Are you looking for leadership strategies to build a profitable company prepared for sustainable growth? Episode 238 of the EntreArchitect podcast is: How to Find Skilled Employees You Need as a Small Firm Architect. To hear more about finding high quality employees to join your small firm, listen to the
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