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Posted by Juliette Riddle

Uploaded 19 days ago

There are always individuals looking for a way to make money without working for it, and they see plumbing and HVAC vans loaded with tools as easy targets. It is a service pro nightmare, so how can you protect your property from theft? 

Posted by Juliette Riddle

Uploaded 20 days ago

If you are unfamiliar with it, the phrase guerrilla marketing might make you take a pause and ask, what? Afterall, the terminology conjures images of warfare, ambushes or surprise attacks. While using unconventional techniques won’t have you attacking unsuspecting customers, it does encapsulate the element of surprise in your marketing strategies. 

Posted by Juliette Riddle

Uploaded 21 days ago

When you are looking to expand your company, whether you need to hire more employees or purchase tools and software, where do you look for financing for your small business?

Posted by Juliette Riddle

Uploaded 22 days ago

These are the best books recommended by other business owners to help elevate your business mindset.

Posted by Juliette Riddle

Uploaded 25 days ago

Water heaters, A/C and furnace units, and even garbage disposals are great opportunities for advertising. If you are not already placing your branded stickers with a phone number, you might be missing out.

Posted by Juliette Riddle

Uploaded 33 days ago

Do you want to turn a $0 invoice into a sold job? If you are not offering your customers financing options on big ticket jobs, you may be doing yourself and your customers a disservice.

Posted by Juliette Riddle

Uploaded 34 days ago

What are some good lead generation strategies that work fast? Here's what other business owners think.

Posted by Juliette Riddle

Uploaded 36 days ago

Talented and skilled workers are in high demand and can choose where they want to work. But what about non-skilled employees who show potential? How do you know if they are worth as much as your skilled employees?

Posted by Juliette Riddle

Uploaded 39 days ago

How do you trust your employees to spend your money wisely and not use it for personal items?

Posted by Juliette Riddle

Uploaded 40 days ago

It can be frustrating to receive a bad review, but they are an unfortunate reality. However, how you deal with negative reviews can make all the difference in your online reputation. 

Posted by Jarrod Miller-Dean

Uploaded 41 days ago

Whether you currently offer free estimates, are contemplating making a change, or do not believe in free estimates for any service, clear communication for the customer is crucial. Learn how to have the tough conversation.

Posted by Juliette Riddle

Placeholde

Uploaded 42 days ago

Many of our Housecall Pro members have moved to a flat rate pricing structure for both their customers and for increasing profits.

Posted by Jarrod Mille-Dean

Housecall Pro

Uploaded 43 days ago

Receiving a negative reviews, especially if it appears to be fake, is more than frustrating — it can hurt your business. While platforms like Google My Business and Yelp do provide an option to flag or report a negative review, it is not always easy to remove them from your listing.

Posted by Jarrod Miller-Dean

Uploaded 43 days ago

You have concerns or are ready to utilize online booking, the best way to ensure it is a success is to start slow and set up the best expectations for your customers.

Posted by Jarrod Miller-Dean

Uploaded 46 days ago

You want to show your team that their hard work is appreciated, some great gift ideas that they will really show them they are appreciated are Gifts like Apple watches are great, as they are usually something many service employees can use, but may not purchase on their own.

Posted by Jarrod Miller-Dean

Uploaded 47 days ago

How essential are business Apps when it comes to home service businesses? Since most home services are need based, will an app help to meet customer's emergency needs? Here's what other business owners think

Posted by Juliette Riddle

Uploaded 48 days ago

When picking a new payroll service provider, there are many factors to consider. As discussed, ensure that the provider fits your business needs. It may take some time to find the right fit, but here are a few recommendations from other pros to help you get started. Happy hunting!  

Posted by Jarrod Miller-Dean

Uploaded 49 days ago

Google has an abundance of tools and services designed to help small businesses stick out in their local metropolitan areas.

Posted by Jarrod Miller-Dean

Uploaded 50 days ago

When customers choose your business, they want to know that they matter and are a priority. They come to you to fix their problems and make their lives easier.

Posted by Juliette Riddle

Uploaded 53 days ago

Attracting great employees to a company is a job all in itself. Part of being a great business owner, manager, and leader is understanding each member of your teams’ strengths and weaknesses.

Posted by Juliette Riddle

Uploaded 54 days ago

Customer financing is growing in demand throughout today's market place. With the increasing pressure to scale businesses as fast as possible, it is a large jump for an operation of any size, especially in the home services industry. No one can decide if creating a finance program is right for your business, but you.

Posted by Juliette Riddle

Uploaded 55 days ago

There are many options from low cost branding to major investments, Facebook Ads to Networking with real estate agents, but one thing is sure — it has to begin with a company mission and reason to hire your company. Once your company has its unique selling point nailed down, though, where do you begin?

Posted by Jarrod Miller-Dean

Housecall Pro

Uploaded 56 days ago

It is no secret that finding quality plumbing technicians is challenging. With a major push towards four year university education, entering the trades out of high school is not something that students are seeking as an option or receiving enough education about. 

Posted by Jarrod Miller-Dean

Housecall Pro

Uploaded 57 days ago

Angie’s List was a great source for quality leads and customer acquisition for many years, they have shifted their platform to a free service for customers and passed on rising costs to contractor members, but does it still bring in quality leads to home service professionals? 

Posted by Jarrod Miller-Dean

Housecall Pro

Uploaded 60 days ago

For newer or smaller companies with limited marketing budgets, Google Local Services can be a game changer. Companies are able to control budget, what type of ads show for different services

Posted by Jarrod Miller-Dean

Housecall Pro

Uploaded 61 days ago

You offer a valuable service, built on years of expertise, skills and training. You know what your time is worth, so seeing a competitor ad at a price that reduces profits and undermines the value of what you offer can leave you feeling worried about what to do. 

Posted by Jarrod Miller-Dean

Housecall Pro

Uploaded 62 days ago

The consensus seems to be that QuickBooks will be a significant game changer to getting all your company’s finances in order and help protect you financially. 

Posted by Jarrod Miller-Dean

Housecall Pro

Uploaded 63 days ago

Reviews are crucial to growing your company. Love them or hate them, they are here to stay and taking control of your online reputation is the best way to maintain a positive rating.

Posted by Jarrod Miller-Dean

Housecall Pro

Uploaded 64 days ago

Understanding how to handle customers, especially challenging clients is the cornerstone of being a good business owner. It’s important to create and set boundaries, and stick to them.

Posted by Denise Mejia

Nu-Air Heating & Cooling

Uploaded 67 days ago

Learn the story of Nu-Air, a heating and air cooling company that outsourced all possible tasks and doubled their revenue for three years straight.

Posted by Jarrod Miller-Dean

Housecall Pro

Uploaded 67 days ago

Effective communication in business is important, and in the home services industry, it’s essential. Staying connected with your team in the field requires the right communication tools, so that everyone is one the same page, organized, accountable, and engaged. 

Posted by Jarrod Miller-Dean

Housecall Pro

Uploaded 68 days ago

It’s important to know how to ask for a review. Similar to looking for new client jobs, the more requests that home service professionals send out to customers, the greater the chances of receiving them.

Posted by Jarrod Miller-Dean

Housecall Pro

Uploaded 69 days ago

Yelp is just like any other lead source, it may work for some and not for others. It is definitely worth looking into and depending on your available budget, something to test.

Posted by Jarrod Miller-Dean

Housecall Pro

Uploaded 89 days ago

Amazon sells everything from A to Z, and now they are getting into the home services industry. But, is it worth it for your plumbing business? 

Posted by Tony Gee

Strictly Plumbers

Uploaded 157 days ago

Just because you have a website for your plumbing business, doesn’t mean your phone is going to ring. What are some effective ways to increase traffic and gain customers for your plumbing website?

Posted by Tony Gee

Strictly Plumbers

Uploaded 157 days ago

Direct mail or email follow-ups, whether it is reaching customers online or through printed paper, which marketing strategy works better for your plumbing business?

Posted by Tony Gee

Strictly Plumbers

Uploaded 157 days ago

Learn how to leverage online booking to get more plumbing jobs booked in your sleep.

Posted by Tony Gee

Strictly Plumbers

Uploaded 157 days ago

Getting good online reviews is crucial to building an online reputation for your plumbing company. Customers tend to look at business reviews before booking a plumbing service, thus having amazing review ratings can help you stand out among competitors. Here are some tips to ask for positive reviews from your customers.

Posted by Tony Gee

Strictly Plumbers

Uploaded 157 days ago

Plumbing business owners, have you ever considered using a subscription-based plumbing home saving plan? Learn how to train your plumbers to sell recurring service agreements to get you more business every year.

Posted by Tony Gee

Strictly Plumbers

Uploaded 157 days ago

Learn how you can train your plumbers to bring back higher invoices to earn your plumbing business more revenue.

Posted by Tony Gee

Strictly Plumbers

Uploaded 157 days ago

Some plumbing business owners find themselves in a dilemma of not having the funds to buy new equipment, hire new employees and expand their business. In this case, should you wait and grow your business later, or look into financing options and get a business loan?

Posted by Tony Gee

Strictly Plumbers

Uploaded 157 days ago

Learn the best practices for dispatching and customer communication for plumbers to maximize efficiency and give customers a better service experience.