Sometimes the best way to build your business is to trust the advice of an outsider. Here are six tried-and-true strategies from the Concrete Construction bloggers to help you make the most of your concrete operation.

1. All work and no play ... You know how the saying goes. Spend too much time focusing on your business and you're bound to lose sight of the important things in life. Here's how one blogger's daughter reminded him of this universal truth. Read More

2. Get organized. A little order and structure can go a long way. This applies to your office and vehicle fleet. Read More

3. Don't work for free. "Your work and the company you represent hold great value. Don’t work for free, or worse, at a cost to you. We must be smart and see that there will always be plenty of work out there. Even when new construction is down, additions and remove-and-replace never dies," says blogger Craig Cottongim, certified in conflict resolution and a long-time concrete finisher who’s also a writer and communicator. Read More

4. Practice good communication. Anne Morrow Lindbergh (author, aviator, and wife of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh) once said, "Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after." Great things can happen when you're communicating effectively with your team, customers, and other stakeholders. One place to start evaluating your communication is with change orders. Guest blogger Anthony Igra offers three strategies. Read More

5. Educate your team. There are a number of key areas that you might consider when it comes to providing education. In recent blog posts, Cottongim suggests training your team to read blueprints, and work out conflict. Read More

6. Learn how to market. Thanks to the Internet, marketing your business, is easier than ever.The challenge is figuring out where to spend your time, energy and resources. One of the best ways to promote your company can be spreading the news about current projects. Guest blogger Neel Khosa argues that  you'll get more value out of promoting completed projects rather than awarded bids. Read More

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