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  • Goodbye

    Blockbuster and the 5 Things Heating Gone Away

    Blockbuster Video is dead. We heard the news last week that the movie rental company, which is owned Dish Network, is closing its remaining 300 stores. The reason, as you might suspect, is that almost no one wants to go out and physically pick up …

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  • Contractor Site

    Things to Embrace as Times Change

    Let’s face it, a lot has changed since you first hung your shingle and landed that first big job. Depending on your experience in this business you might not have even been using a cell phone back then but today it has become as essential …

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  • Mentoring2

    You Can’t Do It Alone

    A few years back I was struggling to find my way in the business of self-employment. I had been doing many things wrong and taking just every opportunity to screw things up even if I didn’t realize it at the time.  Spending money I thought …

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  • Contractor Site

    Modern Tools You Should Get Used To

    Let’s face it, a lot has changed since you first hung your shingle and landed that first big job. Depending on your experience in this business you might not have even been using a cell phone back then but today it has become as essential …

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  • Wage 5

    Allocating Costs to Labor Hours

    We are in the service business, plain and simple. As a contractor in the plumbing, heating or mechanical trade we offer up our expertise and know-how in exchange for a fee.  Usually that fee is based off an hourly rate charged to cover all the …

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    America’s Skilled Trades Dilemma

    For the last three years, according to ManpowerGroup, the hardest segment of the workforce for employers to staff with skilled talent hasn’t been registered nurses or engineers or even web developers. It’s been the skilled trades – the welders, electricians, machinists, etc. that are so …

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  • Eric Aune

    Trades -VS- College

    With college loan debt at an all-time high and lower and lower forecast wages for college grads we are still seeing a growth trend in 4-year college enrollment and a slight decline in trade school interest. For the many reasons [most of which have been …

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  • Eric Aune

    Plumbing & HVAC Blogs Suck

    And Plumbers are no good at Facebook or Twitter. There, I said it.  I’ve been meaning to say it out loud for some time. I’ve been hinting at it, I even blogged here on The Hub about it a while back. Not every plumber is …

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  • Eric Aune

    The Incredible Shrinking House

    Can someone please explain to homebuilders and architects that the houses they are building have something wrong with them? I’ve been in the hydronics business as a contractor for about ten years now. In that short time I’ve realized, as of late, that ten years …

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    What’s in it for You?

    A question I often hear from contractors as John and I travel around the country to various trade shows and industry events is “What’s in it for me?” Now the context surrounding that question is important to know what best fits as an answer.  If …

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