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  • Three steps to successfully take on an apprentice

    Taking on an apprentice can deliver benefits for your business. So how do you make sure things go smoothly? According to Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador, Alan Waldron a simple focus on attracting, training and retaining apprentices will make the difference for building companies looking to grow a sustainable business. Alan, who is also...
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  • Why being service-focused matters in residential building

    As the residential construction industry becomes increasingly competitive, standing out from the pack can mean the difference between nabbing that much needed extra project or falling off the market radar. Exceptional customer service, based on open and clear communication, cooperation and collaboration underscores the success of many businesses across all...
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  • Building safety: conforming and compliance

    The quality of every building product that you select for your construction projects is vital to ensuring the safety of your staff, contractors and of course the final building owner/resident. Dahlsens understands the important role product quality plays in building both your business' success and reputation. That's why you can...
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  • How to take on an apprentice and make it work

    When everything goes to plan, taking on an apprentice can help your building business grow and thrive. Yet training up a young, and most likely inexperienced employee can also present challenges. According to General Manager at Apprenticeships Support Australia, James Moran, the following simple strategies can help ensure that taking...
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  • Legislative reform: updated HIA contracts

    In Victoria there has been a wave of legislative reform over the past couple of years. As a result, the Housing Industry Association (HIA) has been required to update its contracts on a regular basis. What does this mean for builders? The new legislation and updates to the contracts mean...
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  • Decrease the stress of running your own business with these three simple steps

    It’s no secret that the construction industry can be a stressful workplace, and this is especially true when you’re running your own business. Long hours, tight deadlines, physical strain and risk of injury can all contribute to potential wear and tear on your mental health. Recent studies suggest that a slide...
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  • Top three ways to keep your building site secure

    The security of your construction site should be an important consideration when setting up every project. Not only can vandalism and theft threaten your bottom line, site security can help to meet occupational health and safety standards and keep both staff and the general public out of harm's way. A...
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  • Recruiting staff: how to find the best fit for your team

    The right team is at the very core of any successful business. The people you choose to represent your brand on-site immediately become the face of your company, their tradesmanship and customer service a reflection of your business values and standards. High quality staff can quickly boost your bottom line...
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  • Succession planning: how to get started

    As a busy business owner, it's always challenging to find the time to work 'on the business' as well as always 'in the business'. Yet planning for the future of your business – or 'succession planning' – is not only a plan for retirement, it's a plan for managing the...
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  • What to include in a business plan

    Behind every successful business is a well-written business plan. But what should this document include? While there is no strict formula, most effective business plans share a few things in common. What should be in your business plan? According to Director at TR Consulting, Tim Roberts, an effective business plan...
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