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By the time you read this a quarter of the year has already gone

By the time you read this a quarter of the year has already gone

By the time you read this a quarter of the year has already gone, that’s 25%, 12 weeks out of 52 (just trying to get your attention here) and if you’re like me you are still meeting people who ask “how was your Christmas”. On one hand it is long forgotten but on the other it only seems like yesterday we were drinking the screw drivers in the sun.   The point I am trying to make is if you are not careful you will be drinking on the beach again celebrating Christmas ...
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Build article February

Build article February

Ahhh the power of the media… who says print is dying and the digital age is taking over marketing?   Well a lot of people actually but that does not mean they are correct all the time. If we take Trades Coaching New Zealand Statistics for the month of December, one referral from digital and nine from Building Today, “yay for print!” So why is Trades Coaching New Zealand waxing so lyrical about print? It’s because we are currently working with nine potential new T...
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Yay the holidays are nearly here

Yay the holidays are nearly here

Yay! The holidays are nearly here, sun, families, parties, Christmas, fishing blah blah blah and humbug!!   Why is it all so “*#$!%! stressful!?” I can’t even think about holidays and Christmas yet, I have two jobs that have to be finished, that quote to get out so we have some work to come back to, two staff who want three weeks off, I have to find enough money to pay everybody and oh my god what am I going to do without Doris in the office for two weeks……...
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The word

The word

The word “financials” a long sounding word that covers a multitude of sins normally associated with money and in most cases left up to the accountant. That explanation sounds like it came straight from a dictionary but no it covers the thoughts of a great deal of trades businesses. Let’s add the word reporting to it and here is a list of what a prudent construction company should be looking at regularly.    There are your annual accounts, the first financial report ...
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Marketing

Marketing

Marketing, a word that comes up in conversation when a new client comes on board normally within the first two sentences. Why? Because they say “we need more clients so how should we market ourselves” or words to that effect anyway and a very good question it is. However, marketing does not start with the ‘how’, there is a ‘what’,’ where’ and a’ who’ involved as well.   Every dollar spent on marketing, and there are too many of t...
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Article on team

Article on team

Cast your mind back to when you first started in the construction industry. For most of us we were the apprentice or maybe just a labourer. However it was, we had a boss, the big kahuna who called the shots, gave the orders and if we were good paid the wages. Was this person liked, hated, feared or any other adjective that comes to mind that I can’t put in print? Why do I ask? Because for a lot of you, you are now that boss your selves or have dreams of becoming that boss. So ask yourself ...
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I am happy to report

I am happy to report

I am happy to report that I have had no calls from anybody regarding my last two articles, which is extremely great news if not slightly surprising, as they were about very real life situations. This month we are going to look on the brighter side of growth, cash flow and partnership problems. The brighter side being a true story of a business in trouble that turned it all around.  The back ground is pretty typical, a trade’s man 2 years out of his time, wants something more than work...
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Lets get planning!

Lets get planning!

There are certain words in business that when they are spoken or in many cases mumbled behind a quivering hand, they make the chin drop and eyes bore holes in the carpet. Words like all the tax phrases, terminal, provisional, GST etc.    Words like balance sheets, bank reconciliations and creditors reports. All really nice words if used in a non-business sentence, like the word ‘plan’ can be a great word, “let’s plan our holiday”. But when I talk to clie...
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Welcome to the first of many

Welcome to the first of many

Welcome to what we all hope (especially me) will be an on-going feature in the Building Today magazine. Why do I hope it will be on-going? Well it’s good for the ego seeing your name in print and a great opener, “what do you do?” “I’m a writer……..” but besides making me feel better I am hoping to share with you endless tips on business coaching and some case studies from actual clients.    Now I know you think you are very special and...
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Calling all potential Business Coaches

Calling all potential Business Coaches

You have all heard the saying “all good things come to those who wait” and we will all have examples of life turning out that way.    Can it be the true for Trades Coaching New Zealand? The answer to that is a definite yes but not only for Trades Coaching New Zealand as a company but also for all the Trades Coaching New Zealand future coaches. Why? Let me fill you in on our progress so far and a fantastic offer that we are launching.   As mentioned in previou...
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    We left you last month at the end of the road for Best Bros Builders Ltd. Two mates, being forced to go separate ways, two families close to breaking point, a massive debt, homes on the line and bankr...
  • Welcome to what we all hope

    Welcome to what we all hope (especially me) will be an on-going feature in the Building Today magazine. Why do I hope it will be on-going? Well it’s good for the ego seeing your name in print an...
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    There are certain words in business that when they are spoken or in many cases mumbled behind a quivering hand, they make the chin drop and eyes bore holes in the carpet. Words like all the tax phrase...
  • Last month I mentioned I will fill you in on some scary

    Last month I mentioned I would fill you in on some scary, maybe unwelcome or possibly head in the sand don’t want to think about that sort of stuff tit bits.   So the subject today is ret...
  • Welcome to the first of many

    Welcome to what we all hope (especially me) will be an on-going feature in the Building Today magazine. Why do I hope it will be on-going? Well it’s good for the ego seeing your name in print an...
  • Lets get planning!

    There are certain words in business that when they are spoken or in many cases mumbled behind a quivering hand, they make the chin drop and eyes bore holes in the carpet. Words like all the tax phrase...
  • Calling all potential Business Coaches

    You have all heard the saying “all good things come to those who wait” and we will all have examples of life turning out that way.    Can it be the true for Trades Coaching...