Episode 34 – Change Order Pricing

“Taking the time to present change order proposals with the same effort that we put into our regular proposals will make the process much smoother and simplify the change order process.”

We will always face change orders on our projects, it’s the nature of construction.  How we handle those change orders it what differentiates the Elite Contractors.

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Episode 33 Change Order Management

Proper change management protects our profits and our stakeholders.

Today we discuss the importance of properly managing change orders.  As elite contractors we know that we must strive to solve problems better and this is one area where we can really shine.  Taking the right approach to managing change orders can set us apart from the industry.

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Episode 32 Overhead vs Job Costs

Today I discuss a topic I get questioned about all the time from my subcontractor clients, overhead costs versus job costs.

This usually comes up in a conversation about a change order on a project where the contract limits the allowable overhead percentages to 10% or 15%.  The argument is always, “my overhead is more than 15%, I can’t make money on a change order with limits like this.”

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Episode 31 File Organization

It’s estimated that we spend 1 week to 1 month annually searching for files on our database or on our computers.  If you look at a company with 10 employees that’s 800 hours on average and at $30 per hour that can equate to over $24,000 annually wasted searching for something.

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Elite Contractors Manifesto – Part 2 – Solve the Problem Better

Another bonus episode where I discuss the Elite Contractors Manifesto.  In this bonus episode we look at Solve the Problem Better.

All businesses exist to solve a problem, as Elite Contractors we understand this and we work to solve the problem better than others.

Episode 30 Get Some Me Time

In today’s episode we talk about the importance of planning some Me-Time.  We all need time to reflect and work on our self improvement but we rarely take that time and make it a priority.

Are you?

Episode 29 3 Week Look Ahead

In today’s episode we review one of my favorite tools for managing a project, the 3-Week Look Ahead Schedule.  This simple tool can help you keep your projects running smooth and on schedule.  Best of all, it only takes a small amount of time to keep it up to date and accurate.

3Week Look Ahead Schedule

3Week Look Ahead Schedule Sample

Episode 28 Project Schedules

Today we review the importance of having a project schedule and get into the basics of creating an accurate schedule for your projects.

Elite Contractors Manifesto – Part 1 – Profit is the Reason

In the second bonus episode of the Elite Contractors Manifesto series we dig into item # 1.

Profit is the Reason!

All businesses exist to make a profit and as Elite Contractors we understand this and put making profits as a priority.

Episode 27 Estimating Schedules

In today’s episode we review the importance of maintaining a company resource schedule and comparing that to our estimating efforts to be sure we are bidding on the right projects at the right time.