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Industry News: Dec 2016

Staying on top of industry news, any time of year is important. However, With the year coming to a close, many are starting to see trends that may affect business in the coming year. Home building and remodeling is on the rise, which is good news for pros in 2017.

Winter is here and we have new headlines you need to know. Here’s the top news for December 2016.

Current trends predict pros will be busy in the new year. Do you want more business in 2017? Sign up with CraftJack today to start receiving leads from homeowners in your area.

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What Trade Organizations Plumbers Need To Know About

Plumbing pros have an important job that takes more than just a small understanding. They must have experience and education to quickly identify homeowner’s plumbing issues and fixes, especially if there is a water leak or another emergency. That’s why, as a plumbing pro, you must continue educating yourself in your trade.

However, outside of the on-the-job experience you get, where can you turn to learn more about new techniques and the latest in plumbing technology? Organizations and associations specific to your trade can help you grow. Here are a few to consider if you’re ready to take the next step in your career.

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Video: Business Is Slow, Now What?

For many trades, as the weather begins to change, work can slow down. While there are many tips and tricks to help plan for this, what happens when conditions mean business does not go as planned?

If you’re in the middle of an unexpected short season, the first step is to recognize it. Then, take a step back and assess the situation and what options you may have. In the video below, Noah shares four tips on how you can cope with unforeseen surprises.

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What Trade Organizations Do Decking Pros Need To Know About

As we’ve seen from recent trends, decking is booming throughout the country. More homeowners are seeing the value in having additional outdoor square footage and adding decks to their home. This is great news for decking pros who have been keeping busy this year.

But, it’s a competitive trade. You need to set yourself apart from other pros in the industry. Joining a trade organization or association can give you a competitive edge when bidding for jobs. See a few decking organizations you need to know about and why you should consider joining.

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Video: Grow Your Business

Any business owner wants to see their company flourish. It’s good to take a step back and examine where you are and where you want to go. But what if you see that your business growth isn’t as much as you had hoped?

The truth is, your business is only going to grow as far as your push it to go. It’s important to observe ways that you have the opportunity to progress and begin to do so. In the video below, Noah shares a short story that has a great business take-away.

If you’re ready to grow your business, sign up with CraftJack today to start receiving leads in your area.

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Trade Organizations Window & Door Pros Need To Know

In the competitive landscape of the window and doors industry, it’s more important than ever to make the right connections to grow your network. Connecting with trade organizations is a good way to find other pros and educate yourself further in your trade.

But when searching for organizations and associations, it may seem overwhelming if you don’t know where to look. We’ve put together this helpful list of trade organizations to help you decide how you can take the next step in furthering your business.

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5 Ways Service Projects Can Help Your Contracting Business

Contractors have valuable skills that are needed by many, regardless of trade. There are many home projects that truly take an expert, which means people call you as a pro to find and fix problems. You’ve worked hard to develop your skills and are running a successful business because of it.

Would you ever consider donating your skills and time to a worthy cause? Some contractors may think this idea is crazy, but there are many benefits volunteering has to you and your business. Here are five ways volunteering can help your business.

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How To Bid Out A Roofing Job

Roofing is a business that truly needs a pro’s expertise. As a necessity of the home, it’s important that your work is well done. From fixing missing shingles to installing a new roof, homeowners rely on you to ensure their homes stay comfortable and dry.

When taking on a new roofing project, you may need to bid out parts of the job. It’s important to ask the right questions and hire subcontractors you can trust. After all, roofing can sometimes be dangerous work and you want to avoid any issues that can put you or your business in jeopardy. Here are few tips to help you bid out a roofing job.

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Video: The Benefits Of Carrying A License

When you think about your marketing efforts, how do they differentiate you from the competition? Knowing what makes you unique from other contractors can help you with your sales efforts and explain to customers why you are the best for the job.

Carrying a license is something that can help you define how you’re different than the rest. As Noah explains in the video below, it shows that you’ve taken that extra step in your career to gain an education in the work you do.

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Decking Industry Trends

For those who are lucky enough to have one, a deck is a wonderful extension of the home that ties the outdoors and indoors together. They can be transformed into outdoor oases, perfect for entertaining, socializing, or just relaxing after a long day. In the past, having a backyard deck depended on having enough space. However, thanks to new and innovative technologies in the construction of backyard decks, this is changing.

Industry trends are showing that more homeowners are asking for decks in their yard, which is great news for decking pros. To help you stay on top of your trade, we’ve compiled an overview of the current deck trends and what you should be seeing in the next year.

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