Alan Hanbury

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Drop the Discounts: Freebies Drive Up Value of Services

How about throwing in a free half-bath with that new kitchen? According to new research, consumers see items given away for free as being more valuable than those offered at a deep discount, particularly when paired with something seen as a luxury. More

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NAHB Cost of Doing Business Survey Finds Remodelers' Numbers Fall Short of Ideal NAHB Cost of Doing Business Survey Finds Remodelers' Numbers Fall Short of Ideal

The average remodeler posted a 3% net profit in 2011 and took home 6% in owners' compensation, NAHB finds. More

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Business How-To: Preparing an Operating Budget Business How-To: Preparing an Operating Budget

A step-by-step guide for creating an outline budget or an itemized budget, depending on your company's size and complexity. More

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Two Percent Ain't Cutting It: How Much Should You Be Spending on Marketing? Two Percent Ain't Cutting It: How Much Should You Be Spending on Marketing?

During lean times, you need to work harder to get work. That means ó if you want to grow your business ó you'll need to spend more on marketing. More

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As Large Jobs Vanish, Small Jobs More the Norm As Large Jobs Vanish, Small Jobs More the Norm

An increasing number of remodelers are taking on small jobs and maintenance and repair work. The challenge: how to make money doing these smaller jobs. More

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10 Commandments of Successful Remodelers

Alan Hanbury, Jr., of the House of Hanbury Builders in Newington, Conn., shares how he went from practicing to professional in his 32 years of remodeling. More

Under normal circumstances, overtime costs about the same as straight time
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Under normal circumstances, overtime costs about the same as straight time

When employees work overtime, you are obliged to pay them time-and-a-half. That... More

Small Jobs Add Profit
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Small Jobs Add Profit

There is plenty to worry about when you take on any project More

Slippage, if consistent, will kill your year
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Slippage, if consistent, will kill your year

Any amount of slippage, if consistent, will quietly and effectively kill your year... More

Fully Burdened Labor
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Fully Burdened Labor

When remodelers fall short of planned margins, it's usually caused by labor... More

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