I’ve always wanted to sail the 7 seas. I used to watch Pippi Longstocking and Swiss Family Robinson shows as a kid and imagined life on some distant South Pacific island. Then when I was 20, I found the book Dove, in some second hand book store in South Carolina. Dove, is the real life story of Robin Grahams' journey of sailing around the world at age 16. To this day, that is … [Read more...] about Pirates of The Home Depot
Success obtained on an easy road will not last and will not bring fulfillment. I recently attended a weekend football camp in Orlando with my 16 year old son put on by @NFA Quarterback Camps. We attended in Boston last year, where I learned that the camp is much more than just the fundamentals of football. The leadership make it very clear that their values center around the … [Read more...] about Suffering Before Success
Being a homeowner today and needing a contractor for any type of job, for lack of a better word, sucks. The cost of remodeling today is sky high and the pool of quality contractors available to perform the work you need is drying up daily. I feel sorry for anyone that has to cast their net into this deep blue ocean of tradespeople and see what type of catch they pull in. Unless … [Read more...] about 12 Red Flags to Spot a Bad Contractor
If you are anything like me, you probably started your own contracting business because you didn’t want to work for someone else. You wanted the autonomy to control your days and make all the decisions. In other words, you wanted freedom. The irony however, is that self employment and freedom are sometimes worlds apart. Although you are free in how you choose to handle the … [Read more...] about Run Your Contracting Business on Process, Not Feelings.
Why are you in business? Regardless of whether you hate your job and drag your ass to work or jump out of bed at 4:30 every morning like it’s Christmas, your goal at the end of the day, is to make money. Yet most contractors stink when it comes to all matters pertaining to capital. We can’t estimate, budget, save, job cost, pay taxes, pay vendors, pay subs or pay ourselves with … [Read more...] about A Successful Contracting Business Starts With Understanding Overhead