Articles & More Just For Designers, Contractors & Chief Architect Users

Articles & More Just For Designers, Contractors & Chief Architect Users

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How to tell tire kickers from real prospects How to tell tire kickers from real prospects
Dan Baumann
Without a doubt, my favorite software is Chief Architect. I've made a lot of money using this amazing program. But.. there is a plethora of great software being used in the residential construction industry, and the software that's available just keeps getting better. more

What's Your Favorite Software? What's Your Favorite Software?
Dan Baumann
Without a doubt, my favorite software is Chief Architect. I've made a lot of money using this amazing program. But.. there is a plethora of great software being used in the residential construction industry, and the software that's available just keeps getting better. more

Show off your professionalism - What does that mean? Show off your professionalism - What does that mean?
Dan Baumann
Understand where you are as a professional, appreciate your value and be confident in your ability to get people happily involved in working with you. more

The Surprising Thing Designers Are Still Doing Wrong The Surprising Thing Designers Are Still Doing Wrong
Dan Baumann
It never ceases to amaze me the number of designers that continue to do inaccurate and incomplete as-built drawings. Realize the importance of the as-built plan and take it seriously. If you have a lousy as-built, you'll probably have a lousy experience on the rest of the project. more

How to get your Design-Build clients to like you How to get your Design-Build clients to like you
Dan Baumann
It's mostly common sense. Charge for your services like any professional would, build a solid relationship based on trust, and give your clients a great project. In almost all cases, they will be happy to pay a fair profit for a job well done. more

Free Tip Time - Chief Architect & Design-Build Training Free Tip Time - Chief Architect & Design-Build Training
These FREE, Live Chief Architect and design-build training webinars are sponsored several times per month by ChiefExperts.com. Host Dan Baumann offers top techniques for creating outstanding plans and for running your design-build business. more

I don't work for free! Put up or shut up I don't work for free! Put up or shut up
Dan Baumann
I discovered that people were, in fact, willing to pay for my design and estimating services. This realization changed the way I did business. more

Stop giving free plans and estimates Stop giving free plans and estimates
Dan Baumann
Contractors are still giving away their valuable time and knowledge doing free (or very cheap) plans and estimates. When I ask contractors why they're not charging for these services, I get all sorts of reasons. more

6 Things You Must Do on Houzz to Grow Your Business 6 Things You Must Do on Houzz to Grow Your Business
Ken Horst
You may have heard that Houzz is the largest, most popular website on the internet for people interested in designing, building, redecorating and remodeling their home more

How Much Do You Markup Your Remodeling Costs? How Much Do You Markup Your Remodeling Costs?
Dan Baumann
Depending on how well you know your "True Costs" of doing business you may understand what that markup needs to be. more

How to Easily Display Your Chief 3D Models on Your Website How to Easily Display Your Chief 3D Models on Your Website
Dan Baumann
I've discovered a way to easily display your 3D Building Models on your website and in your social media. more

Top 10 Remodeling Articles in January 2015 Top 10 Remodeling Articles in January 2015
Dan Baumann
Top 10 Remodeling Articles in January 2015. I pulled together the most shared articles regarding remodeling in January to make it easy for you to find and read. more