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Planning

Business planning is necessary to guarantee the success of your business. The articles in this section were written throughout the years and stress the importance of reviewing past actions and goal setting, planning and creating programs to improve your business in the future.

A New Year – A New Start

We have all established goals, decided that we would venture forth on some new road to only later realize that we didn't quite make it. So now that we clearly see that we didn't achieve this new dream what do we do? The tendency is all too often to find blame. It may be that

You Survived the Year – Now What?

First of all, Happy New Year!  Second of all, you made it.  If you're reading this it means you managed to survive the year of 2009.  Despite the recession, despite the problems, despite everything, you're still there.  Despite the claims that "no one is doing any work," you found some people who did some work. 

Your Future – Yours to Determine

This seems to be the time of the year that many of us sit back and reflect on our lives, our businesses, and our future.  Although planning for the future would be more effective as a regular occurrence, we will take this opportunity to reflect and plan, and maybe even set in motion some regular

A Fresh Start

It's all over the news - has been and continues to be - things are slowing down.  So what does that mean?  Does it mean that you will have no work? Or does it mean that you need to rekindle some of those old client relationships and perhaps reach out to those who deserve the

New Year’s Message

This seems to be the time of the year that many of us sit back and reflect on our lives, our businesses, and our future.  Although planning for the future would be more effective as a regular occurrence, we will take this opportunity to reflect and plan, and maybe even set in motion some regular

The Elements of Success

In planning for the success of our business, or even our lives, we need to establish goals, plans to accomplish those goals, and also ways to measure our success or our progress toward reaching our goals. These goals can be grand, far-reaching dreams, simple short-term relatively easy to achieve intentions or anything in between. Although

When it’s Just Not Viable

If you find that your business is just not viable, then it is time to take some drastic measures. In a sense, it is like starting from scratch. Fortunately however, there is a huge difference between starting a new business and reviving an existing business. We just have to recognize that it can't be business

Reflections

As we approach the holidays and the end of the year, there is a lot to reflect upon - some good and some unfortunate events. For those who may have been hurt by the recent devastating storm, there may not seem like there is a lot to celebrate, but even with loss comes new beginnings

Successful Succession Planning

Unfortunately, it is often the case that a small remodeler or other business owner simply closes the doors, leaving with whatever savings they were able to accumulate. Although this decision works for many, it is possible, no matter where you are in the cycle of your business, to plan for its long-term continuation. Although an

Planning for the New Year

As this year draws to a close, now is a good time to plan your marketing strategy for 2015.  Take a good look at what marketing activities you did this past year, which actions were successful and what you would like to do in the upcoming year.  If your business has been slow it is

Planning for change when it’s not business as usual

It not uncommon to hear the phrase “That’s the way we’ve always done it,” in the home improvement business. This can apply to any area of your business such as marketing, hiring, production, installs etc.  It’s not so unusual to think just because something has worked in the past it will still work for and

Business Succession Planning

There comes a time in everyone’s life and business to consider moving on.  Whether the decision to move on is due to the desire to explore other opportunities, to retire or is the result of other circumstances, it is best to be prepared. Preparation for the future of your business is often called succession planning. 

Stick to the Plan

As a successful remodeler you know what steps are needed to complete a project to reach your client’s goals. You know what you need to do, how you need to do it, and why, to get the result your client desires. Each project is unique and you have successfully mastered its individual processes. But just

Develop Your Business Action PLan

We sometimes wish we had crystal balls so we could predict our futures; however we all have at our disposal a tool far better than a crystal ball. That tool is the ability to establish goals and plans for ourselves and our businesses. Unfortunately many of us do not recognize the importance or simplicity of

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