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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. 

6 05, 2020

How “The Floor is Lava” and other adventures in the office have improved business relationships  during the pandemic.

By |2020-07-06T15:22:31-05:00May 6th, 2020|Categories: Ask NADRA, Business Practices, Industry Brief, Industry News|Tags: , , , |

By: Heather A. Marchand Are you working harder than ever? I don't know about you, but I am.  I've got 4 new co-workers at my home office. They are loud, they are demanding, they interrupt my meetings, they run around my desk yelling at me that "the floor is lava!", they [...]

4 05, 2020

Montgomery County’s Department of Permitting Services to Celebrate May as ‘Building Safety Month’ with Series of Events Including Free Residential Deck Inspections

By |2020-07-06T15:20:44-05:00May 4th, 2020|Categories: Ask NADRA, Business Practices, Deck Safety, Industry Brief, Industry News, Press Release|Tags: , , , |

Montgomery County’s Department of Permitting Services (DPS) will join in the celebration of the 40th Annual “Building Safety Month” with a series of activities including free inspections of residential decks. The theme of this year’s worldwide safety campaign is “Safer Buildings, Safer Communities, Safer World.” The theme highlights the importance of [...]

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 [...]

26 02, 2020

Question & Answer with NADRA.org

By |2020-07-06T15:23:01-05:00February 26th, 2020|Categories: Ask NADRA, Building Codes, Business Practices, Industry Brief, Industry News|Tags: , , , , , , |

An on-going series of inquiries from consumers & industry professionals sent to Info@NADRA.org. Question #1: "I am planning a deck on the back of my home. I am wondering if I am missing something. I want to use 6x6 post and notch them for my beam and rim joist as one, then just carry [...]

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