7 years in business
2002 volume: $725,000
Staff: 1 office, 6 field
Bob Baker got his start 17 years ago at Williams Builder (Big50 1987). But when work slowed, the project manager took a voluntary layoff and contracted his own small jobs. When Williams asked him back, Baker decided not to take him up on the offer.
Natalie joined Bob to handle finances and marketing. They built the company to almost $1 million, but after reflecting on personal goals, they brought it back to a manageable size. Baker still works in the field, on average $70,000 jobs, like kitchens and two-story remodels requiring complicated roof lines.
Bobs associate degree is in architecture, but he uses an outside designer. About 95% of the companys leads are referrals, although the Bakers recently started advertising to those relocating to work at pharmaceutical companies and Princeton University.