Tom Turnage

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Always help your customers, in whatever way your business model allows

Some helpful advice as to how one can become the first--and only--person your clients think to call. More

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Discounts as incentive for paying bills earlier

If you purchase materials during one month, the typical supplier will ask that you pay the bill by the end of the next month. Note that 3% for 15 days is actually an effective rate of return of 6% per month or 72% per year. More

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Solutions to Labor shortages

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for construction workers will grow 13.3% by 2010. "The employee can't work for you unless he or she has valid work authorization," she says. More

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Long-Distance Design

When Tom Turnage needed design help, he turned to the user group at the Web site of SoftPlan Architectural Design Software. Although Turnage's design/build firm, The Turnage Co., is based in Jacksonville, Fla., he contracted with two designers, one in Texas and one in Pennsylvania. This allows us to grow without adding a layer of overhead," Turnage says. More

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