MANAGE YOUR TIME. Sounds like common sense, doesn’t it? You decide what’s important, and then you do it. If only it were that easy. The reality is that managing your time is hard work. First you have to figure out what’s worth spending your time on, then you have to master the discipline that enable...

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Resolutions are essentially goals, or promises to yourself. They’re a wish list with a time frame. The Long Island newspaper Newsday says the ten most common resolutions are to: 1. Lose weight/Exercise more 2. Quit smoking 3. Eat healthy 4. Learn something new 5. Spend less, save more 6. Drink less...

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I took the plunge and started my own company, Contract Exteriors, back in 2009. I was the lone sales rep in the beginning, but knew that I couldn’t continue to do it by myself if I wanted to grow that side of the business. We are a new construction focused business and I understood we needed to lear...

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You only have one chance to make a first (and lasting) impression — so how do you make it unforgettable? The construction industry, for years, has always been viewed as a non-professional, dirty, and untrustworthy profession, but not anymore! I don’t know what happened to create that stereotyp...

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Do you want to make more money? Of course you do. Or else you wouldn’t be reading this post. You say you’re doing okay for yourself but you’ve always wondered what’s holding you back from that bigger paycheck. Contractors love anything money or profitability related. You didn’t become a contractor j...

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As a business owner, time is your most precious commodity. That’s why at Certified Contractors Network, we teach contractors to work smarter, not harder. One of the most effective ways of doing so? Networking. Certified Contractors Network networking Value of Networking As a business owner, networki...

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The Swag Bag

Ever heard of a swag bag? According to Urban Dictionary, a swag bag refers to, “A goodie bag that contains various useless, yet irreplaceable items packed into a duffle bag, usually given at parties or by sponsors. Sometimes, just useless household items with a brand-name insignia on them.” We beg t...

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It’s a no brainer when we say, “more sales = more profit”. What is less obvious, however, is the way we go about turning those leads into a direct sale. Countless contractors have shared their stories with us, and they all run into the same issue. A great product is offered–partnered with a competit...

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If you find yourself frustrated by your office culture, the problem could be you rather than them. Office attitudes are a reflection of office leadership, stemming from the top down. The best business managers have a radical approach to the workplace and to their employees. They foster a community t...

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The truth is, there is no magic pill that will instantly make you smarter, more business savvy, or more handsome. We wish. But we have found this: a successful contracting business must be well connected, well informed, and willing to learn from the experience of the other. Contractors Network, Netw...

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