The business card is a little piece of your brand the customer gets to keep.
Because of that, it’s crucial to accept the importance of having a good business card and start working towards making one that’s unique to your business. No wonder there are so many styles, paper stocks, finishes, effects, fonts – the possibilities are endless! Continue reading “5 Tips for a Winning Business Card”
As surprising as it may be, simply finishing projects perfectly is not enough to get more clients and acquire five-star reviews. Why? Continue reading “5 Crucial Tips to Impress Customers and Get More Jobs”
Many small things can contribute to making your quote unattractive and drive away customers – and the biggest turn off is usually not the price. Continue reading “5 Mistakes Contractors Make When Giving a Quote”
More often than not you call a potential customer and bump into their answering machine. It’s quite common, and you shouldn’t let it discourage you — there’s plenty you can still do to make sure they call back.
There isn’t much mystery — the secret to a perfect voicemail is balance. It should be short, but informative. To the point, but not rushed. How do we achieve that balance? Continue reading “How to Leave a Professional Voicemail”
The app boom appears to be unstoppable and whether you hate them or love them, it’s clear that as a contractor you may need to use some of these apps. There are of course many apps out there but not all can add the value you need to your work. But we have found those that can make a difference. These are basically apps that are already in use by pros in the construction business and they are playing a big part in making the job of a contractor more efficient.
Continue reading “5 Apps Every Contractor Should Have”
Communication on the job site for any contractor plays a very important part in creating the right appeal and impression for clients. Although most people by virtue of their experience in their field have developed decent speaking skills, it’s still very important to learn new ways of communication that can facilitate effective coordination on projects and improve relations with clients.
Continue reading “5 Simple Communication Tips for Contractors on the Job”
The business world is always running at a fast pace, and that means that it’s likely that you’ll have more than one job to work on at a given time. In order for you to succeed in your industry, you have to know the best ways to handle and manage several projects at once. You have to assign priorities to all of the tasks that you have to work on, write detailed plans, and keep the information of projects together.
Continue reading “The Best Ways to Manage Multiple Contractor Jobs at Once”
When you are just starting your business, it’s completely normal for money to be tight. There are always a couple of expenses that you didn’t count on, but they pop up anyway. Of course, even businesses that have already been established for years can face difficult times in this economy.
Continue reading “4 Ways to Market Your Business on a Budget”
Running a small business is not easy. From the cash flow crunch, competitive marketplace, to tire kicker homeowners, small businesses have to grapple with a wide array of issues as they grow. That’s why you can’t be surprised to hear that a big portion of the startups fail even before they get to a point where they can be financially reliant. Well, there are of course those that have succeeded and marketing has played a central role in this. As you know, your business needs to sell to generate revenue and you can’t sell if you don’t have a customer base. Marketing is designed to help you acquire a share in the market or expand the share that you already have. Contrary to what most people think, marketing is not just spending, it’s an investment.
Continue reading “10 Marketing Mistakes Small Businesses Make”
There are people who happily and willingly take advantage of the benefits that businesses and professionals offer to them. However, once the time comes when they need to pay, they might refuse to do so. This hurts your wallet and it can be very frustrating. They may have an excuse, but the one fact that does not change is that you are not getting paid.
Continue reading “8 Steps You Should Take When a Client Refuses to Pay”