Editor's Picks

Bidding and Building Large Projects

Anticipating what can go wrong keeps profit margins intact.


Sell Value and Stay Busy

Show prospective customers what makes your decks worth the price.


 
 
 

Sales & Estimating Articles


  • Clear Estimates Speeds Estimating Process

    Get your summer and fall backlog all lined up with this quick and easy estimating software.

     
  • Are You Pinteresting?

    The most important social media tool for you and your deck building business? Pinterest. Here's why you should pay attention to the photo and content sharing website.

     
  • WordPress Websites

    WordPress is a useful tool that allows non-pros to create a website and optimize it for both desktop computers and mobile devices

     
  • Online Reviews Aren't Going Anywhere

    Online reviews are out there, whether you want them to be or not—and they will influence the reputation of you and your business. What's important is knowing the real from the fake and understanding when you should ignore them or take action.

     
  • Evernotes customizable desktop organizes Notebooks into Stacks (left column), and displays sorted notes from the active notebook (center), as well as the active note (right). Search results highlight every instance of the search term (bump-out in this example).

    Using Evernote Premium in Your Business

    Evernote can be used for almost any purpose that requires capturing, organizing, and retrieving information

     
  • Klein Tools' Tradesman Pro Line of Tool Bags

    Backpacks, bags, and smaller cases are specially designed to protect electronics on the jobsite

     
  • Get Responsive With Your Website

    People are using mobile devices to surf the web now more than ever before. Shouldn't you be prepared to reach them? Here's why you just might want to consider making your website responsive.

     
  • Poor PDF Photos

    The quality of the photos in the print version of the magazine are much better than what can be printed out from the website

     
  • Making YouTube Work For You

    YouTube videos can help publicize your business, as long as you know what you’re doing.

     
  • Online Calculator for Stairs and Decks

    Blocklayer.com offers an online calculator that shows how much decking and how many fasteners you’ll need for a deck of a given size.