Jeff Rainey

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Getting Mobile: Optimize Your Site for Mobile Devices Getting Mobile: Optimize Your Site for Mobile Devices

As more consumers use smartphones to search for goods and services, businesses need to make that process easier by establishing mobile versions of their websites. More

Remodelers Identify Rising Business Costs in the Slower Economy
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Remodelers Identify Rising Business Costs in the Slower Economy

Remodelers' costs are down, finally, for building materials and fuel. But they're... More

What Lies Ahead in 2009
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What Lies Ahead in 2009

What are the prospects for remodeling markets in 2009? Remodelers from across the... More

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Managing Change

Jeff Rainey, president of Home Equity Builders, in Great Falls, Va., is a technology nut. He strongly believes that the correct use of technology can help a company dramatically improve its processes and systems, and heís constantly on the lookout for new software and hardware that can ratchet up his teamís productivity. More

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What design/build means

When a remodeler says his company is "design/build" what exactly does that mean? More

Connecting from the field with tablet PC
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Connecting from the field with tablet PC

The tablet PC, a hyper-mobile PC that operates using a stylus pen instead of a... More

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Keeping Tabs on the Competition

Upscale remodelers must not only keep pace with competitors but find ways to differentiate themselves. More

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Tips on keeping your remodeling staff educated

Twenty years ago, whenever I told a group of remodelers to budget for staff education, a hand would invariably rise, followed by this objection: “But if you educate your employees, they'll just use it to compete against you when they leave.” I am happy that I have not heard that refrain for years. More

Keeping up with rising disposal costs
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Keeping up with rising disposal costs

Recently, Jeff Rainey noticed that the price of the 20-yard containers his company... More

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Reducing paper in your business

The paperless office may never happen, but it's worth at least making the effort to cut back. Paper eats revenue; using it means taking a longer time to move information, and, in many cases, people cannot literally all be on the same page at the same time. More

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