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    The Seven Deadly Endorsements - General Liability Exclusions That Are Bad For Contractors

    Endorsement #1 – The Sunset Clause A general contractor completes a new home in 2008.  He carried a $1,000,000 general liability policy at the time the house was built and has continued to renew his coverage ever since.  In 2011, the contractor is sued for a construction defect on the 2008 home.  He files a claim with his i... Read More

    by TarahGruber on January 04, 2012Comments (9)
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    Fear No Website

    Dear Builder's Engineer, I know every small  business is supposed to have a website but I have not taken the plunge yet.  My business is down like everyone’s in this recession. Do you think a website really matters – is it time I bit the bullet and put one up? In a word, absolutely. I’ve said it before and here it ... Read More

    by Tim Garrison PE on September 01, 2012Comments (3)
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    Turning Away Work

    I turned down a job yesterday. The potential client was explaining his project and as soon as he mentioned the name of the architect, I stopped him. "Sorry, Frank," I said, "I will not work with that architect. I've worked with him on several jobs in the past and each time it was an unpleasant, money-losing experience. The man has no sense of "t... Read More

    by Tim Garrison PE on January 12, 2012Comments (15)
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    Save Me $2,000 or No Soup For You!

    Would you take a consulting gig where you got paid only if your investigation resulted in at least $2,000 savings per home, hard money? Kind of like the Soup Nazi – either order food his way or no soup for you! That was the deal Scott Sedam at TrueNorth Development recently agreed to with a medium-sized, western builder. I was the enginee... Read More

    by Tim Garrison PE on August 17, 2011Comments (2)
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    A Man of Many failures

    Alot has changed since my first post here at ContractorTalk. Back then it was the contractor chat room.  This guy, Nate was his name, sent me an email after reading one of my posts on another forum suggesting this cool new website.  How could I resist but take a look?  I've been hooked ever since. I was one of the first to sign u... Read More

    by Grumpy on May 01, 2011Comments (24)
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    7 Hard-Knock Truths To Building A Successful Contracting Business

    I've been blessed to be involved in this industry. It's all that I really know, and I've tried to make the world of it. I've been involved with a handful of start-up companies, I've help build a $20,000,000+ construction company, I've had success's, and I've had LOTS of failures. I've done lots of thigns wrong. I've learned a lot. And so on. B... Read More

    by DamionR on June 15, 2011Comments (17)
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    You Don't Need Another (SEO) Tool

    In the fall of 2012, with the help of my partners, I created a piece of software that helps business owners that want to try to tackle SEO on their own do it better. Our software will audit your website, track your rankings for high-value keywords, analyze your competitors, show what has been changed on your website (helpful if you're paying som... Read More

    by BenLanders on May 05, 2013Comments (3)
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    The Minimum You Should Know About SEO - Part 1

    Few marketing strategies (uh, none) can rival search engine optimization or SEO when it comes to long-term return on investment (ROI). Whether you choose to do your own SEO or hire an SEO company to do it for you, there are a few things you need to know in order to maximize your success. Let's start with the basics. What is "SEO"? Simply put... Read More

    by BenLanders on December 18, 2011Comments (13)
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    Want More Web Leads? Add More Value.

    Over the past five or six years, I've met with hundreds (more like thousands) of contractors. I always ask the question, "what's your top source of leads and new business?"  What do you think the most popular answer is?  If you guessed referrals and word of mouth, you hit the nail on the head (and I'm sure many of you reading this woul... Read More

    by BenLanders on March 17, 2012Comments (3)
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    3 Secrets of a Successful PPC Campaign

    Pay per click (PPC) advertising is one of the most cost-effective marketing strategies available. Like search engine optimization (SEO), it places your company's message directly in front of prospects at the perfect moment - when they've demonstrated interest and intent. Think about this for a moment. I know several window replacement companie... Read More

    by BenLanders on October 26, 2012Comments (3)
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