The Rant http://contractingbusiness.com/taxonomy/term/23481/more en How to Survive the Next 10 Years in HVAC http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/how-survive-next-10-years-hvac <div class="node-body article-body">HVAC is not the same old industry it was a few years ago and it will be even more different moving forward. Here&rsquo;s what you need to do to survive the next decade.</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/how-survive-next-10-years-hvac" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/residential-hvac/how-survive-next-10-years-hvac#comments The Rant Residential HVAC HVACRDB Tue, 12 Jul 2016 15:04:00 +0000 46621 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>Before you can fence in a herd, you&rsquo;ve got to have a herd. This is where branding comes in.</p> Thinkstock Nine Vital Practices For Running a Successful HVAC Contracting Business http://contractingbusiness.com/rant/nine-vital-practices-running-successful-hvac-contracting-business <div class="node-body article-body">At the risk of grave oversimplification, here are nine vital practices that will guide you as an HVAC contracting business owner toward generating a sustainable, successful contracting business.</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/rant/nine-vital-practices-running-successful-hvac-contracting-business" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/rant/nine-vital-practices-running-successful-hvac-contracting-business#comments The Rant Residential HVAC Service Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:41:00 +0000 27001 at http://contractingbusiness.com <dl> <dt> Image photographed by <a data-close-and-redirect="true" data-search-link="Photographer" href="http://www.thinkstockphotos.com/search/2/image?artist=Emevil&amp;family=creative" id="photographer">Emevil</a> as part of the iStock Collection. Item Number <a href="http://www.thinkstockphotos.com/search/#179120261/s=DynamicRank/f=CPIHVX" target="_blank" title="ThinkStock Image, iStock Collection">179120261</a>.</dt> </dl> HVAC Contractors: It's Time To Sharpen Your Saw http://contractingbusiness.com/rant/hvac-contractors-its-time-sharpen-your-saw <div class="node-body article-body">Two or three times a year, every HVAC business owner should interact with other contractors, sharing war stories, and learning about different approaches to the same problems.</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/rant/hvac-contractors-its-time-sharpen-your-saw" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/rant/hvac-contractors-its-time-sharpen-your-saw#comments The Rant Residential HVAC Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:05:00 +0000 25621 at http://contractingbusiness.com Photographer: Steve Dykes / Stringer, From Getty Images Sports collection, #69848236 Avoid These 16 Killers of Both Cash and HVAC Companies http://contractingbusiness.com/rant/avoid-these-16-killers-both-cash-and-hvac-companies <div class="node-body article-body">Sadly, cash-flow problems are more common than HVAC contractors like to admit. Following are 16 such drains to avoid that will save your mechanical systems business from closing.</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/rant/avoid-these-16-killers-both-cash-and-hvac-companies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/rant/avoid-these-16-killers-both-cash-and-hvac-companies#comments The Rant Residential HVAC Service Fri, 02 May 2014 02:22:00 +0000 24631 at http://contractingbusiness.com Six Recruiting Initiatives for the HVAC Industry: A Call for Action http://contractingbusiness.com/rant/six-recruiting-initiatives-hvac-industry-call-action <div class="node-body article-body">The HVAC Industry has a lot to offer people from a career and opportunity standpoint. The problem is no one knows about it. We need to correct that.</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/rant/six-recruiting-initiatives-hvac-industry-call-action" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/rant/six-recruiting-initiatives-hvac-industry-call-action#comments Commercial HVAC The Rant Residential HVAC Service Wed, 05 Mar 2014 15:31:00 +0000 23451 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p>Solving our industry&rsquo;s labor shortage can&rsquo;t be done by one person or group. It will require a broad concerted effort. I&rsquo;m in. If your organization wants to step up, contact me. Let&rsquo;s get to work.</p> Solving the HVAC Industry's Biggest Problem http://contractingbusiness.com/rant/solving-hvac-industrys-biggest-problem <div class="node-body article-body">The HVAC Industry has many issues. For the mechanical systems contractor, figuring out what the biggest is, is half the battle.</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/rant/solving-hvac-industrys-biggest-problem" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/rant/solving-hvac-industrys-biggest-problem#comments Commercial HVAC The Rant Residential HVAC Tue, 24 Dec 2013 14:33:00 +0000 21831 at http://contractingbusiness.com ‘I Won’t Recommend HVAC As A Career Industry To My Sons!’ http://contractingbusiness.com/rant/i-won-t-recommend-hvac-career-industry-my-sons <div class="field-deck"> At a time when French entrepreneurs are fleeing their own country, the U.S. is trying to become more like France. It makes no sense to me. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Sometimes, running a small HVAC company can be overwhelming, especially when government regulations seem to complicate things to the point of frustration and anger. But there is a lot about the mechanical systems industry that is fantastic, including AWESOME career oppotunities.</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/rant/i-won-t-recommend-hvac-career-industry-my-sons" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/rant/i-won-t-recommend-hvac-career-industry-my-sons#comments The Rant Silver Thu, 14 Nov 2013 14:32:00 +0000 20771 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p> Your HVAC business can become a money machine, spitting out dollars while you go shopping every day, manage the company from a beach or a boat, travel, do whatever you want, as long as you can keep an eye on the numbers and key performance indicators.</p> Photo from http://alwayssafehvacrepair.com/ 14 Tips for HVAC Sales Professionals This Autumn http://contractingbusiness.com/rant/14-tips-hvac-sales-professionals-autumn <div class="field-byline"> By Matt Michel </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p style="margin-left:.5in;"> 1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <u>Revisit every unsold quote</u>.&nbsp; Do you know if the homeowner bought from a competitor?&nbsp; If not, find out.&nbsp; If the homeowner put off the replacement, find out what it would take for him to act.&nbsp; A sale at a reduced gross margin for the company and a reduced commission for you beats no margin and no commission when the company has excess installation capacity.</p></div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/rant/14-tips-hvac-sales-professionals-autumn" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/rant/14-tips-hvac-sales-professionals-autumn#comments The Rant Archive Wed, 16 Oct 2013 16:38:00 +0000 20141 at http://contractingbusiness.com Mechanical Systems Contractors: Recruit Like A Football Coach http://contractingbusiness.com/rant/mechanical-systems-contractors-recruit-football-coach <div class="field-deck"> Recruit, recruit, recruit, and then recruit some more. Remember, your company is only as good as the people you recruit. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Bringing young, smart, and talented people into the HVACR business is one of the on-going and most important jobs for a mechanical systems contractor owner and manager today. What if you managed that process like an NFL coach?</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/rant/mechanical-systems-contractors-recruit-football-coach" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/rant/mechanical-systems-contractors-recruit-football-coach#comments The Rant Residential HVAC Sun, 08 Sep 2013 22:47:00 +0000 19031 at http://contractingbusiness.com To the HVACR Industry: Four Reasons Why America Will Kick Butt http://contractingbusiness.com/rant/hvacr-industry-four-reasons-why-america-will-kick-butt <div class="field-deck"> Except for one exception, the good old US of A is positioned to kick butt and take names. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The United States has the cleanest environment, the most natural resources, the greatest innovators and entrepreneurs, and most productive people.</div> <p><a href="http://contractingbusiness.com/rant/hvacr-industry-four-reasons-why-america-will-kick-butt" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractingbusiness.com/rant/hvacr-industry-four-reasons-why-america-will-kick-butt#comments The Rant Tue, 02 Jul 2013 20:54:00 +0000 16911 at http://contractingbusiness.com <p> Matt Michel is the CEO of The Service Roundtable</p>