Building a high-quality blog

Creating a company blog brings many benefits to a remodeling company. More people are gathering information via the Internet, and a blog will help your company grab their attention.  Judy Mozen, CR, GCP, president of Handcrafted Homes Inc., in Roswell, Ga., had several goals in mind when she decided to create a blog. “Electronic communication is here to stay,” she said, “and I needed to get up to speed.”



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Writing a successful business plan

A business plan is a guide to where the business is going and the plan to get there over a determined period of time. The plan defines the business structure, goals and strategies on how to achieve those goals.  “It is your strategic roadmap to getting the business to the place you decide it should be,” says Barbara Fisher, president of Fisher Business Management Inc. in Portland, Ore.



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IRS looks at 20 points to define worker status

The “20 Factor Test” is used by the IRS to evaluate workers to determine whether they are independent contractors or employees.  These factors have been compressed into three general categories: behavioral control, financial control and relationship of the parties. As you look at these factors, you should be aware that the IRS does not look specifically at any one factor, but one factor can be enough to cause the IRS to determine that a worker is an employee. There is no “magic number” of factors which determines status. It is important to note that the IRS assumes that a worker is an employee.



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Marketing your awards

The CotY Awards program is in full swing, with deadlines coming up Nov. 30 at 2 PM Central time for entry forms and Dec. 3 at 5 PM Central time for binders.  And NARI members win plenty of other awards throughout the year.  These awards are another tool in your marketing arsenal. Here are some suggestions for how to use them in promoting your company.



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Remodelers forecast positive outlook on business

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) reveals that the latest from the NARI Second Quarterly Business Review is positive news.  The second-quarter research, which measures remodeler’s assessment of business conditions, shows NARI members believe the current business climate is slightly more positive than the same time last year.



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Credit card app make payments easy to collect

How to pay for a remodeling project is a top concern for clients. How to accept payment via credit card without incurring a lot of charges has been a hurdle for the remodeling community. Square, a free mobile payment tool, solves both of these issues.

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