They say with age comes experience and wisdom, and I’ve found that to be true. A couple years ago, I left my job to start my own business and quickly learned being a one-woman show was the most difficult occupation I’ve ever had. (I’m sure many of you can relate.) I realized I am much better as part of a team. I need others to rely on me, and I need to bounce ideas off colleagues, have them review my work and decisions, and even question me. I learned my success was less about me and more about the team around me. Long story short, I again am part of a team at Qualified Remodeler.
Based on what I learned about myself during the year on my own, I thought creating an advisory board composed of remodelers with varying areas of expertise would help me (and the rest of QR’s team) ensure the magazine’s content was relevant to its audience. This group of experts (see the masthead to the right) has provided ample guidance during the past year. One of the most tangible examples of this guidance is in your hands right now: QR’s new look.
Every magazine should be refreshed after five, six or seven years, and QR was due. The boldest change is our new logo, which, I think, brings the magazine into the new millennium. It’s modern and solid, a nod to the content inside. Also bringing the book into the 21st century is our last page, “Hot Spot,” which is a roundup of conversations taking place on our new portal, ForResidentialPros.com, and our social-media sites. We think you’ll be as intrigued about some of these discussions as we have been and encourage you to join the groups to learn from a much larger team. One discussion about cloud computing within our LinkedIn group inspired the article on page 18, and we included a couple of the most interesting comments from our LinkedIn group within it.
To kick off 2012 with this team mentality, this issue is packed with information about teamwork. Even if you don’t have employees or colleagues, you can benefit from a team by joining one of the remodeling industry’s peer groups. On page 22, learn about the national peer groups available to you, including NAHB’s 20 Clubs, PRIME and Remodelers Advantage. In addition, manufacturers and remodeling service providers are establishing their own advisory groups composed of remodelers (page 24) to help them better serve this industry.
The “Master Design Solutions” feature on page 26 highlights how California homeowners relied on a team they had previously worked with to complete a whole-house remodel that met high expectations. Our Master Design Awards judges were so impressed with the team’s accomplishments they honored this project with a Gold Award in the Whole House Remodel $200,000-$500,000 category and the coveted Best in Show More Than $250,000 Award.
As you develop your best team in 2012, gain insights into what other remodelers expect from the year by reading our “Remodeler Survey Series” market forecast on page 32. You also can adopt a few business-oriented New Year’s Resolutions from remodelers who answered our query through social media. The resolutions are scattered throughout this issue to inspire you.
Here’s to a happy, healthy and successful 2012!