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BUILDBOOK WEB APP: COMMUNICATION SIMPLIFIED FOR YOUR CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS

POOR COMMUNICATION COSTS MONEY Poor communication is the number one reason construction businesses lose money.  It’s hard to keep track of all the calls, texts, emails, and face-to-face interactions that happen throughout each project.  Forget one detail, and you may have a dissatisfied customer and a bad reputation.    YOU
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THIS CONSTRUCTION RISK MANAGEMENT PLAN WILL RECESSION-PROOF YOUR BUSINESS

In Episode 96 of the Market Proof Marketing Podcast, Shawn discusses how trades and craftsmen are faring in the current business climate, and how, with the right construction risk management plan, they can build a recession-proof business for today and years to come. He covers: The biggest question… what have
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BUILT TO BUILD ACADEMY OUTTAKES

DON’T TAKE YOURSELF TOO SERIOUSLY Nobody’s perfect. Watch the video to see what is usually “fixed in post” in our weekly videos. In the Built to Build Academy®, we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We save the seriousness for mentoring and creating confident construction business owners to start, grow, and
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BUILT TO LEAD: HOW TO RUN YOUR CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS ON AUTOPILOT

THERE ISN’T ENOUGH TIME TO DO IT ALL A lot of construction businesses fail.  You might be tempted to think they fail because they ran out of money. But, running out of money is just a symptom of running out of time.  A business owner who is doing everything the
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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 the daily grind, chances are you are stuck in that first
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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

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 the academy and how they will give you the confidence you need to
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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 I led in the Built to Build Academy™. We talk
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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 one cares about their content.  Their social isn’t driving sales…
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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 panel discussion, and I’d love to see you there. Here’s 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

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 how to increase their profit margin in construction and making
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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 customer. When the projects were small, this wasn’t that big
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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 time and can be confusing.   HOW TO TAKE ON PROFIT
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HOW TO SELL CONSTRUCTION SERVICES AT THE HIGHEST PRICE POSSIBLE

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 with your hands, show your clients the results of your craft,
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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

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, stressful, and – depending on who
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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. You’ll want to get familiar with the conference
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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 time on potential customers who are shopping for a commodity
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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

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 these from potential customers cause contractors
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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

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 waste a lot of time designing projects that homeowners
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