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Author Archive for: ‘ericaune’

  • 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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    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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  • Eric Aune 11

    On This Day in History…

    Chances are you’ve seen various posts on the internet via Twitter or Facebook etc. about a significant event with the heading “On this day in history…”.  Sometimes the events referenced are very interesting, a lot of the time they are shared because of their historical …

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  • Eric Aune 1

    Selling May Rely on Your Ability to be Conspicuous

    Selling efficiency can be one of the hardest tasks endeavored by contractors in today’s economy.  Explaining the benefit of installing a ODR (outdoor reset) control on an existing cast iron boiler can be daunting to say the least.  First we as the “expert” have to …

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    Your Social "Brand" Should be Human

    Social media marketing has been around for quite some time now.  Many of you may have read one or more of the multiple writings I have devoted to the subject of social networking for your business; either on this site or, for example on the …

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