Radical Marketing Tactics

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We all know that getting referrals is by far the best way of attracting new clients.  You know referrals, right? -- one of your clients is so impressed and satisfied with your work that they tell everyone within ear shot of how great your remodeling company is.  But what about getting new customers from scratch… Read Article

Review: CustomInk T-Shirts

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I decided it was time for new t-shirts for my home repair company.  I did a Google search for "custom t-shirts" and up came a bunch of websites that specialize in them.  The first page and first line was a company called, "Custom Ink".  I clicked the link because "Design your own t-shirts online, and… Read Article

Slow Down…

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So, I got the contract signed with the homeowner and they are spending big mucho-lottah.  I sold my last job fully prepared and knowledgeable; clients love this kind of stuff!  Photo: tell.fll.purdue.edu I fully tailored their contract to hashed out agreements and ideas with them; they are on-board for a project start date: Monday.  Today… Read Article

The Gorilla Gripper: A Cool Contractor Tool

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The Gorilla Gripper seems to be an incredibly useful new tool for guys out in the field.  This is especially great for the "one-man-show" type of home improvement contractor that works alone.  Check out the video: Here's the description from the company's profile: Are you straining your back, neck, shoulders and hands lifting plywood, drywall… Read Article

Bringing Professionalism Back To Contracting

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I don't know about you, but being a professional in every aspect of your contracting business is so important today.  You must not overlook anything. Your company vehicle. For the small independent, you must attempt to obtain a newer vehicle sooner or later.  People will look at what kind of vehicle you drive up to… Read Article

Questions, Questions, Questions…

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A contractor got a laundry list of questions from a prospective client.  They were posted on the Contractortalk forum: Member Heritage said: To make a very long story short...here is one of my prospective clients. We haven't signed anything yet but since they had concept drawings for their reno & addition to their home, I… Read Article

Pesky Homeowner Peaks Over My Shoulder

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Today was different.  A customer hired us to paint (2) - 10' x 12' back bedrooms, and install crown molding.  We advised the homeowners that any loose items should be either removed from the room or if items should stay, could they please move them to the center of the room as much as possible… Read Article

How Valuable Is Failing?

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I don't want to be a failure.  No one wants to be a failure.  "How can there be any value in it?" one might say.  I'd like to share a story. Many years back, I contracted with a commercial company to maintain a dozen or so apartment buildings.  The scope of work entailed repairing, installing… Read Article

Review: The LiftPod by JLG

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I'm always looking for innovative products that step outside the box as far as usefulness goes. The LiftPod by JLG seems to fit that bill. What I like about this product is that one man can safely set it up and it will lift you up to 14 feet!  That distance is where we contractors… Read Article

Where’s My Cart?

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This homeowner went to Home Depot to get materials.  His shopping cart was just here!  Now he must locate it. He should have just let his contractor pick up the supplies! Okay guys. I'll admit it. I'm bored on a Saturday morning... Here's some more homeowners testing out the Door Guardian at the Depot: Hey… Read Article