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6 04, 2021

Operating During and Beyond Unprecedented Times – Once the Dust Settles

By |2021-04-07T16:15:48-05:00April 6th, 2021|Categories: Bobby Parks, Business Practices, Industry Brief, Industry News, Tips & Tricks, Uncategorized|Tags: , |

As people become more comfortable that Covid is under control, staycation rates may drop, reducing the spending from these funds that are also at an all-time high. Reduction in material cost should help stabilize the industry and remove the “not spend now” concerns but the “staycation” side of the equation may factor in as people begin to venture out again.  When this occurs and people aren’t knocking down your doors with demand for work, or referrals slow down, where you are positioned as a contractor will again affect just how busy and profitable you are.

10 03, 2021

As a Business Owner, How Many Hats Do You Wear?

By |2021-03-10T15:25:11-05:00March 10th, 2021|Categories: Bobby Parks, Business Practices, Industry Brief, Industry News, Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , |

Bobby Parks talks about life as a contractor and how many hats we wear each day, and how easy it is to drop or neglect things when you try to carry too much of a load. Here are some examples of ways to begin to reduce the hat count and buy back more productive time for you. 

1 12, 2020

How Much of a Deposit Should You Ask For? Cash Flow: Deposits & Progress Payments

By |2020-12-01T19:47:33-05:00December 1st, 2020|Categories: Bobby Parks, Industry Brief, Industry News, NADRA News|Tags: , , , , , |

How much of a deposit should you get when writing up a contract? Is 10%, enough? Is 50% too much? Having a payment process that’s fair and minimizes risk for both the customer and contractor simplifies things. 

8 04, 2020

A Simple Recipe for Contractors Part Three:

By |2020-07-06T14:06:28-05:00April 8th, 2020|Categories: Ask NADRA, Bobby Parks, Business Practices|Tags: , , |

Leveraging Your Photos, By: Bobby Parks Photos are your visual resume that illustrates your capabilities as a builder and shows your style and creativity through a recorded image history. You’re often being accepted or rejected before you even know you’re being checked out when your website is visited as potential customers [...]

11 03, 2020

A Simple Recipe For Contractors Part Two:

By |2020-07-06T14:05:57-05:00March 11th, 2020|Categories: Ask NADRA, Bobby Parks, Business Practices|Tags: , , |

Referrals, Websites, and Social Media, By: Bobby Parks In part one  of “A Recipe For Contractors” I shared views on the importance of a contractor’s building philosophy, choice of project deliveries, and messaging.  In this second segment, I’ll share my thoughts on additional ingredients with referrals, websites, and social media. It’s a combination [...]

12 02, 2020

Are You Charging Enough for Deck Features?

By |2020-02-12T00:00:00-05:00February 12th, 2020|Categories: Ask NADRA, Bobby Parks|Tags: , , , , , , , |

By Bobby Parks Today’s Outdoor Living Contractors In today’s deck building market, radiuses, borders, inlays, outdoor lighting, and mitered stair tread details have become the trend.  I have friends that deliver amazing award-winning creations utilizing some or all these elements and most have figured out not only an efficient way to [...]

15 01, 2020

If Customers Were Always Right, We Would Go Broke

By |2020-07-06T14:05:57-05:00January 15th, 2020|Categories: Ask NADRA, Bobby Parks, Business Practices|Tags: , , , , |

By: Bobby Parks  “The customer’s always right”. It’s a common saying that some may believe, but fortunately it’s not true or we would all go broke. We would throw in the towel whenever a customer claimed something was wrong, make fixes that had nothing to do with us for free, or [...]

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