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March 1, 2009

Website vs. Blog

There is a difference: a website is static: it changes with greater effort; a blog is fluid, changing daily, if the blogger (me) keeps up with it. So I’ve decided to build a better static website at the same time maintaining a more robust blog. Look to the website for things that change infrequently or […]

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January 1, 2009

The Financial Coach

Because of my limited abilities with uploading this document onto the website, I have moved it to my blog: please visit: and click on the page “The Financial Coach”. Or better yet, click on the link at the bottom of this main page. Thanks.

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May 1, 2008


Remodelers around the country embrace QuickBooks Pro as the software program of choice to run their businesses. However this powerful program can also make a mess of your finances and job cost reporting. Until you know how to control QuickBooks Pro, you’ll end up with different sets of numbers in different reports, make financial and […]

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February 27, 2008

Splitting Financial Duties – Protect Yourself

Imagine that the primary financial duties are these [let me know what I might have missed, please]: Open the mail Approve field invoices Approve time cards Enter data into accounting program Process payroll Write payroll checks Pay payroll taxes Approve accounts payable for payment Enter accounts receivable invoices Receive accounts receivable checks Enter deposits Reconcile […]

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February 27, 2005

Productivity Revisited!

Quotes from the FMI 2 day seminar on Improving Construction Productivity:  You won’t train your way to better productivity, you have to implement it. Productivity is not really a field issue – it happens above the field level. If you’re focusing on productivity alone, you’re not looking at the right place – look upstream to the […]

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February 27, 2005

Year End Again?

Yup, I’m back at it … a year and a half has gone by since I moved to Seattle.  And a fast year and a half it’s been.  So now I’m trying to catch up with all the projects which sat on the back burner – updating my website is first on the list.  So check back […]

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October 27, 2004

What is the RSI?

Are you trying to take your company to the next level? Do you work too much for too little? Do you often feel overwhelmed by the demands of your business and wonder what to do next? The RSI© (Remodelers Success Index) answers these questions by identifying the biggest obstacles to your current success.  By isolating […]

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September 28, 2004

Never Fool Yourself – Estimate Labor the Right Way!

“Never Fool Yourself – Estimate Labor the Right Way!” GOAL: to alert readers to a very common and very dangerous mistake: using the “billing rate” to estimate labor rather than the “cost rate”. METHOD: to illustrate using a hybrid remodeling company 1) the affect of using “bill” rate rather than “cost” rate in job analysis […]

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May 28, 2004

Observations from JLC Anaheim

Notes from the JLC Show in AnaheimMay 2004 I heard the following interesting quotes and good ideas, which I thought I’d share with you: Every time employee benefits increase, such as medical insurance, send the employees a bonus letter saying “By the way, you just got a ___% raise – your medical insurance costs just […]

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August 28, 2003

Notes from Scott Cook, Founder of Intuit

Notes from the Intuit Master Builder National ConferenceAugust 2003 Scott Cook, Founder of Intuit Software, shared his point of view about the role of business in the world. It was so fascinating; I wanted to share it with you. He said: “Our job as business people is to improve the lives of our customers and […]

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