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NOC Code: NOC Code: 0712 Occupation: Residential Home Builders and Renovators (Small Business Owner-Operators)
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Residential home builders own, operate and manage companies engaged in the construction of new and existing residential homes. This "Small Business Owner-Operator" profile was developed as part of an occupational standard. It relates to a range of NOC groups including, in particular, "Other Business Services Managers", "Retail Trade Managers", "Restaurant and Food Service Managers", "Accommodation Service Managers", and "Residential Home Builders and Renovators" . Residential home builders own, operate and manage companies engaged in the construction of new and existing residential homes. This "Small Business Owner-Operator" profile was developed as part of an occupational standard. It relates to a range of NOC groups including, in particular, "Other Business Services Managers", "Retail Trade Managers", "Restaurant and Food Service Managers", "Accommodation Service Managers", and "Residential Home Builders and Renovators" .

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Text Reading Text 1 2 3 4
Writing Writing 1 2 3 4
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3 4
Computer Use Computer Use 1 2 3
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2 3 4
Money Math Money Math 1 2 3
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1 2 3 4
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1 2 3 4
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2 3
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2 3 4
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2 3 4
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2 3
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2 3
Critical Thinking Critical Thinking 1 2 3


  • The skill levels represented in the above chart illustrate the full range of sample tasks performed by experienced workers and not individuals preparing for or entering this occupation for the first time.
  • Note that some occupational profiles do not include all Numeracy and Thinking Essential Skills.

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Reading Text
  • Read short notes from staff, e.g. read short messages to learn about requests for time-off and holidays. (1)
  • Read comments and instructions on work orders, invoices and shipping forms, e.g. read comments on invoices to learn about the particulars of a sale. (1)
  • Read instructions and other text on labels and packaging, e.g. read instructions about the use of products on labels. (1)
  • Read letters, e.g. read customers' letters of complaint to learn about satisfaction levels and areas for improvement. (2)
  • Read notices and bulletins, e.g. read notices from Revenue Canada to learn about changes to Employment Insurance remittances. (2)
  • Read brochures and other marketing materials to learn about the features and benefit of new products. (2)
  • Read a variety of manuals, e.g. read training manuals to learn how to operate point-of-sale equipment. (3)
  • Read a variety of newspapers and business-related magazine articles and books for professional development, e.g. read articles in magazines, such as Profit to learn about successful business practices and marketing approaches. (3)
  • Read job applications and résumés, job descriptions and employee performance evaluations. (3)
  • Read research reports, economic forecasts and marketing studies. (4)
  • Read legal contracts, e.g. read purchase and lease agreements to understand the terms and conditions of the contract. (4)
  • Read regulations, e.g. read labour laws and workers' compensation legislation to learn about regulations governing wages, hours of work, statutory holidays and workplace safety. (4)
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Writing
  • Enter short comments on a variety of forms, e.g. write comments on purchase orders to specify delivery requirements. (1)
  • Write reminders and short notes, e.g. write reminders about special orders and notes on cards to thank customers. (1)
  • Write email messages, e.g. write email messages to request information and confirm details of upcoming activities. (2)
  • Write short reports to describe events leading to workplace accidents and steps taken afterwards. (2)
  • Write memos and notices to inform employees about matters, such as upcoming training and changes to operating procedures. (2)
  • Write letters of reference, discipline and appraisal to detail the actions and performance of staff. (3)
  • Write contracts and proposals outlining work to be completed, timelines, payment schedules and caveats, e.g. home renovators write caveats that specify contingency costs if defects, such as asbestos insulation and mould, are encountered. (3)
  • Write job postings and job descriptions to describe duties performed by workers and the qualifications that are required. (3)
  • Write comprehensive work procedures, e.g. write warranty claims processes to specify inspections needed, paperwork to be completed and solutions to be offered to customers. (3)
  • Write a variety of business letters to customers, suppliers and subcontractors. (3)
  • Write detailed reports, e.g. write reports that highlight the firm’s activities and outline plans for future undertakings. (4)
  • Write advertising copy, e.g. write promotional materials, such as brochures and website copy, to promote the firm's products and services. (4)
  • Write business plans and applications for financing, e.g. write business plans that detail your goals and implementation plans for presentation to financiers when applying for loans. (4)
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Document Use
  • Locate data, such as dates, sizes, codes, costs and quantities, on price tags, product labels, receipts and electronic monitors. (1)
  • Recognize symbols located on drawings, labels, product packaging and signage, e.g. residential home builders and renovators observe symbols that indicate personal protective equipment requirements and hazards, such as flammable ingredients. (1)
  • Use basic assembly drawings to service point-of-sale equipment, e.g. refer to assembly drawings to learn how to replace spooled paper. (1)
  • Study vendor catalogues, e.g. study online catalogues to determine the availability of products and their sizes, colours and costs. (2)
  • Complete a variety of forms including government remittances, purchase orders, packing slips, special order forms and bank deposit forms. (2)
  • Look at schedules and parts listings to locate quantities, identification numbers, descriptions, dimensions and unit costs. (2)
  • Locate data on graphs, e.g. scan bar and pie charts to locate information about sales completed and market share achieved. (3)
  • Interpret complex technical drawings, e.g. residential home builders and renovators interpret architectural drawings to determine the slope of drainage systems, the elevation of roofs and chimneys and the location and dimensions of items, such as walls, windows, doorways, staircases, beams and appliances. (4)
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Computer Use
  • Use text messaging applications to exchange information, such as shift schedules with co-workers. (1)
  • Operate point-of-sale equipment, such as electronic cash registers, bar scanners, scales and touch-screens to complete sales. (1)
  • Use electronic office equipment, such as printers, scanners, fax machines, copiers and postage meters. (1)
  • Operate hand-held devices, such as laser radio terminals, to enter data, scan bar codes and transmit information to online databases. (1)
  • Use communication software to exchange email with customers, suppliers and workers. (2)
  • Use social media to communicate with customers, e.g. use social media tools, such as Facebook and Twitter, to inform customers about promotions and special events. (2)
  • Use graphics software to create slide presentations for use during sales and training meetings. (2)
  • Use word processing software to write letters, performance appraisals and reports. (2)
  • Use spreadsheets to record and track costs, sales, turns and stock shrinkage. (2)
  • Use databases to enter and retrieve customer information, sales and costs. (2)
  • Use the Internet to access blogs and web forums to seek and offer advice about industry and product trends. (2)
  • Use databases to create distribution lists. (2)
  • Use the Internet to access trade publications and supplier websites for information about trends, product specifications and costs. (2)
  • Use the Internet to access meetings, webinars, training courses and seminars offered by trainers, suppliers, and associations. (2)
  • Use advanced features of word processing software to create newsletters, marketing materials and presentations. (3)
  • Use advanced features of spreadsheet software to create promotion and operating budgets. (3)
  • Use communication software to set up, host and attend online meetings, webinars and sales presentations. (3)
  • Use bookkeeping, billing and accounting software to input inventories, costs and receivables. (3)
  • Use bookkeeping, billing and accounting software to generate financial statements, such as sales summaries and income and expense reports. (3)
  • Use the Internet to access online banking services, e.g. access payment details and account balances by accessing websites operated by financial institutions. (3)
  • Use advanced features of project management applications to record activities, assign tasks to workers, organize lists, schedule activities, balance workloads and print reports. (3)
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Oral Communication
  • Talk to suppliers and manufacturers to learn about delivery times and the cost of products. (1)
  • Talk with customers to discuss their needs and provide information about products, e.g. explain to customers the benefits and features of various products and services. (2)
  • Exchange information with employees and contractors, e.g. speak with bookkeepers about cash flow requirements and with salespeople about customer service strategies. (2)
  • Speak with dissatisfied customers, e.g. speak with customers who are unhappy with the service received to learn about their concerns and negotiate resolutions. (3)
  • Provide detailed instructions, e.g. explain sales techniques to new staff. (3)
  • Discuss job performance with staff, e.g. talk to staff about their performance and offer suggestions for improvement and encouragement as required. (3)
  • Network with other entrepreneurs, e.g. discuss shared business interests with other small business owners at networking events and conferences. (3)
  • Discuss sales strategies with managers, e.g. discuss the outcomes of promotions with managers and brainstorm new ideas. (3)
  • Lead meetings, e.g. lead start-of-day sales meetings to discuss concerns, motivate staff and share success stories. (3)
  • Present to large groups, e.g. present information to gatherings at Chambers of Commerce to promote your business(es) and service(s). (4)
  • Negotiate settlements and agreements, e.g. negotiate settlement terms with vendors and the cost of leasehold improvements with landlords. (4)
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Money Math
  • Handle cash, credit card, debit card and gift card transactions and provide change. (1)
  • Calculate discounts, taxes and currency exchanges. (2)
  • Calculate invoice amounts and verify totals. Calculate the direct costs of labour, professional fees, materials, supplies and permits and include provisions for profit and applicable taxes. (3)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Manage budgets for petty cash purchases. (2)
  • Balance accounts at the end of a shift. (2)
  • Project wage cost for workers' compensation forms and applications. (2)
  • Prepare employee schedules. Consider time-off requests, the availability of staff and staffing requirements. (2)
  • Calculate quantities, such as the amount of inventory needed for promotions. (2)
  • Calculate material requirements for large projects, e.g. residential home builders and renovators calculate quantities of materials, such as flooring, sheathing and shingles, needed for construction projects. (3)
  • Prepare sales and inventory reports and calculate gross margins on sales. (3)
  • Prepare bids and quotes for large projects, e.g. residential home builders and renovators prepare bids for construction projects that forecast costs of design, lot excavation, foundation work, framing, roofing and installation of plumbing, electrical, heating and ventilation systems. (4)
  • Prepare annual operating budgets. (4)
  • Create and modify construction schedules to ensure the timely, orderly and efficient completion of projects, e.g. residential home builders and renovators create construction schedules by factoring task sequences, time intervals between key events, lead times and seasonal variations in labour supplies. (4)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Measure products, such as the length of sleeves and the thickness of lumber. (1)
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Data Analysis
  • Analyze statistics to determine sales trends and the effect of promotions. (2)
  • Analyze sales, inventory and slippage data to establish variances and losses due to spoilage and theft. (3)
  • Analyze statistics from client surveys and other forms of research to draw conclusions about the quality of customer service. (3)
  • Analyze financial data to determine turns, product demand and sales by category. (3)
  • Analyze the influence that economic growth forecasts, demographics, interest rates and construction costs will have on the demand for your products. Select data from a number of sources, organize and analyze them to ensure accurate conclusions are drawn. (4)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate the demand for various goods and services on a daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal basis. (2)
  • Estimate how many days it will take before stock will need to be reordered. (2)
  • Estimate completion times for large, multiphase projects. Consider lead times, times taken to complete similar projects in the past, expected weather conditions and the availability of labour, equipment, parts and building materials. (3)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Small business owner-operators determine their own priorities and the order of tasks in light of daily events, obligations with set deadlines and overall business plans. The day's work plan is often subject to interruptions in order to resolve unforeseen problems and interact with customers as per their schedules. Small business owner-operators must often co-ordinate their own work plans with those of others, such as employees and accountants. (4)
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Decision Making
  • Decide the percentage discount to offer on damaged products. Consider the degree of damage and your company's policies. (1)
  • Select reward and disciplinary measures, e.g. select reward measures for staff members who provide exemplary customer service. (2)
  • Decide which items to stock and where to display them. Consider margins and the product's rate of turnover. (2)
  • Select staff schedules, e.g. select staff's hours of work based on scheduling needs and individual performance. (2)
  • Decide how to produce and deliver products and services to your customers. (3)
  • Set margins and sales targets, e.g. set sales targets by considering the value proposition of products, marketing budgets and effort required. (3)
  • Make hiring decisions, e.g. decide which job applicants to hire using information collected from résumés, references and job interviews. (3)
  • Decide what products and services to sell and how to market and price them. (4)
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Problem Solving
  • Discover products are out of stock. Contact suppliers and arrange for expedited delivery of the product. (2)
  • Discover conflicts between staff. Meet with the staff members to learn about the issue and suggest resolutions. Issue warnings and disciplinary actions in situations where conflict persists. (2)
  • Encounter equipment malfunctions, such as point-of-sale equipment that is not working. Complete the transactions manually and use other equipment. Troubleshoot the faults and fix the machines if possible. Contact equipment repairers if you cannot repair the equipment yourself. (2)
  • Discover deadlines cannot be met. Set priorities, mobilize resources and negotiate with customers and suppliers. (2)
  • Encounter dissatisfied customers. Speak with the customers about their concerns and attempt to negotiate resolutions by offering discounts, refunds and gift certificates, as warranted. (3)
  • Encounter product and service defects and deficiencies. Speak with staff and suppliers to determine the cause of the defects and deficiencies. Take corrective actions to prevent a similar occurrence from happening. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Locate information about the effectiveness of sales promotions by reading sales materials and by speaking with customers, co-workers and representatives employed by suppliers and manufacturers. (2)
  • Locate product information, such as descriptions, application techniques, specifications, costs and availabilities by speaking with suppliers and by reviewing catalogues, brochures, price lists and information posted on manufacturers' websites. (2)
  • Find out about job applicants by interviewing them and their references and by reading résumés and cover letters. (3)
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Critical Thinking
  • Evaluate the performance of equipment, such as refrigeration units and point-of-sale equipment. (1)
  • Select suppliers. Consider factors, such as cost, quality and reputation. (2)
  • Evaluate the performance of staff. Consider factors, such as technical skills, their ability to work with co-workers and their customer service skills. (2)
  • Evaluate the severity of workplace hazards and their risks. (2)
  • Evaluate the quality of completed work and services, e.g. residential home builders and renovators consider the fit of doors, windows, cabinetry and appliances, number of visible defects and neatness of wiring, plumbing and mechanical installations. (3)
  • Evaluate the performance of sales promotions. Consider revenues generated and the money and effort invested in marketing. (3)
  • Evaluate the suitability of job applicants and subcontractors. Evaluate résumés, conduct interviews and review information provided by references. Consider requirements of various positions and how job candidates and subcontractors satisfy those requirements. (3)
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