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Trends to watch in 2019

Having just completed the first quarter of 2019, we thought... Having just completed the first quarter of 2019, we thought it of interest to review On-Site Magazine’s top 10 trends, as published in their December 2018 issue.

Achilles Heel

The unique nature of the Construction Industry challenges labour efficiency.... The unique nature of the Construction Industry challenges labour efficiency. I recently did some research on the construction industry to see how other trades fared. I found that the average billable percentage in construction was 41% across N/A.

Zero-carbon buildings reduce GHG emissions

LincEdge is a mobile application that enables trades to build... LincEdge is a mobile application that enables trades to build trusted relationships and share not only skilled labour but also experiences and knowledge. We all grow when we share good things! We thought this article was worth sharing, especially...

Seven Areas To Tackle Poor Productivity

By Forbes (Angelica Krystle Donati) In the 2017 report “Reinventing... By Forbes (Angelica Krystle Donati) In the 2017 report “Reinventing construction through a productivity revolution”, MGI argued that, if construction sector productivity were just to catch up with that of the total economy, there would be a cumulative productivity...

The power of networks

I was speaking with a contractor who lamented the need... I was speaking with a contractor who lamented the need to get his head around social media and digital marketing. He wasn’t sure how to go about this or even whether he needed it. It reminded me of other...

The pros and cons of building with wood

LincEdge is committed to supporting the construction industry. We appreciate... LincEdge is committed to supporting the construction industry. We appreciate there are a lot of challenges along the way making it can be difficult to keep informed and connected. We support constructionlinks.ca and will, from time to time, include...

Following the Curve, or Leading the Pack

Adapted from On Digital Marketing Below is the technology adoption... Adapted from On Digital Marketing Below is the technology adoption curve. Its purpose is to help firms better identify and target potential users for their innovations (product or service) based on the attributes of each type of user. The...

Construction companies get creative to find skilled workers

By Construction Links Network A leading Metro Vancouver home renovation company... By Construction Links Network A leading Metro Vancouver home renovation company is offering cash rewards to anyone who can help find it tradespeople with specific skills. “We are looking for one Red Seal carpenter and one site supervisor with extensive...

Trust, Brand, Copy and Tone

We published an article ‘Meaningful core values’ in June of... We published an article ‘Meaningful core values’ in June of 2018, linked here: Values Article. Our intention was to create a deeper understanding of the importance of discovering and living Company values, especially in a trades dependent business. I...

Construction industry: acute labor shortage

Source: CNBC Larry Lopez, president of construction staffing service Green JobWorks... Source: CNBC Larry Lopez, president of construction staffing service Green JobWorks in Baltimore, Maryland, needs about 20 skilled workers — a tall order for any small employer in a tight labor market. But even available workers often lack the experience...

Want to be a good leader? Learn to follow

Source: Fast Company The professional world epitomizes leadership. No matter... Source: Fast Company The professional world epitomizes leadership. No matter what industry you’re in, being a leader is the holy grail of personal, professional, and career success. As a result, most people want to become one–and we glorify the...

Hidden Opportunity

A US study sited that, on average, only 43% of... A US study sited that, on average, only 43% of the work undertaken by the average trade in construction, is productive billable time. So, what is this all about? We all seem to have a built-in distrust of our...

Where Have All The Skilled Trades Gone?

Growing Number of Freelancers According to one of the most... Growing Number of Freelancers According to one of the most comprehensive studies completed on the independent workforce*, the number of freelancers (or independent workers) will surpass employed workers within 10 years. Some studies predict independent workers will represent in...

LincEdge Launch: Join Our Skilled Trades Network!

We are pleased to announce that LincEdge is live. After... We are pleased to announce that LincEdge is live. After having hosted a successful beta launch, our application is now available to all skilled trades. What is LincEdge? LincEdge is a tool that makes it easy to build a...

True cost of labor: How much are your billable employees costing?

The Situation Experience teaches that customers inevitably value hard assets... The Situation Experience teaches that customers inevitably value hard assets over labor. Even though we depend heavily on labor to design, manage, fabricate and install systems, the consumer is thinking only of the ‘gear’ they’ve procured and the benefit...
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Common Cash Flow Problems in Skilled Trade Businesses: 6 Limiting Beliefs to Overcome

The Problem Scenario The story I am about to outline... The Problem Scenario The story I am about to outline is based on real conversations with firms offering skilled services. This story exposes common cash flow problems in service-based businesses. For simplicity, we will create a single firm and call...

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