What are Your Internal Business Issues?

Stacey Freed
February 25, 2014
THE TALK... | Operations

In Window & Door’s 2014 Industry Pulse, dealers and manufacturers agreed that changes in materials pricing would present the biggest challenge this year in terms of external factors. What about internal business challenges?

In my experience as a senior editor of Remodeling magazine―where for nearly a decade prior to joining Window & Door I covered everything from legal issues and best practices to design trends, technology updates, and business how-to’s—I learned a lot about the issues facing business owners in the residential construction industry.

While remodeling company owners―like window and door dealers and manufacturers―are concerned about costs of materials and how the economy affects sales, it seems their biggest internal challenge is learning to shed all the hats and run a business, not a practice. How to, as Michael Gerber wrote in the E-Myth “work on the business and not in the business.”

As goes construction, so goes the window and door industry. What are the top internal business issues that challenge you as window and door companies? Please post a comment and participate in this week's poll to share your thoughts.

Survey Results for 02/26/2014 :

What are the top internal business issues that challenge you as window and door companies?

Hiring good employees

  

 

49.21%

 

Issues surrounding leadership skills

  

 

20.63%

 

Standardizing processes and procedures

  

 

19.05%

 

Managing growth

  

 

11.11%

 
Freed is editor of Window & Door. Write her at sfreed@glass.org

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