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Old 10-15-2012, 10:27 PM   #1
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Any of you guys that have been around a while ever go back to school for a construction management or similar degree? I'd want to keep my business up and running, and have a guy working for me that could balance it if I went in the mornings or afternoons.

I've been in business since 2006, weathered some storms, and am still in it. Not doing fantastic but still in it. We do residential remodeling. I've beat the Michael Stone quote '95% of contractors fail in the first five years stuff...". I'm proud of that.

I'm considering going back to school to learn more about the business side of things. Well, about anything construction really. And anything business. I went to school following high school, but didn't finish my degree.

Any of you guys do this? I'm curious what you're take on it was - beneficial or not? Did you keep the business up and running? How?

If not in school, what do you do to continue learning about the industry and challenging yourself to stay on top of the game?

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Old 10-15-2012, 10:30 PM   #2
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Contractor Talk need i say more

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Old 10-15-2012, 10:30 PM   #3
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School/Education is great & a valuable tool.

However, there is no substitute for experience...
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Check with NARI and NAHB for designation courses. They give a lot of insight into the business side.
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Old 10-15-2012, 10:43 PM   #5
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I figured 'contractor talk' would come up - I used to sit for hours reading posts on here. Maybe I should start that again...don't really know why I quit? Oh - yeah - addictive personality - I got sucked into wanting to check my posts all the time. Had to quit for a while.
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schooling teaches you the specifics, regulations, and various minutia that is often used nowhere else but in tests for schooling. However, it can on occasion teach you useful things outside of general field knowledge, and more importantly network you with people you may need to know to advance in more practical aspects. More schooling = more power = more pay.
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Griz - I agree.
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I've thought about NARI for a while. No one, that I know of, keeps a chapter going in my area. And I've questioned whether or not it would really benefit me or my business. Seems like many organizations get kind of jaded at that level. Maybe I'm wrong there. I certainly hope so.

I'm a green building freak as well, and the last time I looked into NARI I didn't think they were pushing it as hard (or as thorough) as I thought they should.
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For those of you with NARI certification - what is your take on it? Worth the investment?
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I've thought about NARI for a while. No one, that I know of, keeps a chapter going in my area. And I've questioned whether or not it would really benefit me or my business. Seems like many organizations get kind of jaded at that level. Maybe I'm wrong there. I certainly hope so.

I'm a green building freak as well, and the last time I looked into NARI I didn't think they were pushing it as hard (or as thorough) as I thought they should.
If you are interested in green building and education have you looked into LEED or Earthcraft (Southeastern US) certification?

Depending on your market the ability to do a LEED project could be a valuable selling point.
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It's been a couple of decades, but yes, I did the NAHB sponsored Graduate Builder Certification/degree thru MSU. Did it on long weekends - forget how long it took. Best d*mned money I ever spent.

They used regular MSU profs, cram, cram, cram - push, push, push. No longer did I sit slack-jawed when my accountant or somebody with a Master in bus admin started yakking - I understood it, and ran my business by what I learned.
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Really? Like I said, I've thought about NARI for quite a while, just haven't pulled the plug on it. I follow the guys at Building Science on a regular basis. I think they have the best overall strategy at energy efficiency at this point. I was all about LEED back when I started the business, but have backed off a bit to really dig into my ideas on how the green building culture should advance. There's a lot of politics in it from what I see, and I'm not sold on the trade-offs really. You can use this nasty product but offset it by doing this great thing over here. I appreciate the approach, but don't know that I believe in it fully. There has to be balance, just not sold on it yet.

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