Category: Building a Business

Tips, tricks, and guides to help you build a service business. Helpful content ranging from creating a website to how to bill your customers.

service pricing

Are You Charging The Right Amount For Your Service?

One the biggest dilemmas that business owners face is, “How much do I charge for my service or product?” Even companies that have survived the three-year ‘do or die’ pinch continue to struggle with how to adjust the prices and at what rate. With the advent of what Forbes Magazine dubbed the ‘millennial startup revolution,’ endless...

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Comparing Angie’s List, Home Advisor, Thumbtack, and Yelp for Service Contractors

Over the last decade, a new wave of consumer-driven agencies such as Angie’s List, Home Advisor, Yelp, and Thumbtack have popped up across the Internet. Their sole existence is to match a consumer with the right service contractor that provides a service or product he or she needs. Although the concept is simple, don’t look for...

Home Office Tax Deductions For Service Contractors

When it comes to doing taxes as a contractor, you want every opportunity to get the most deductions as possible. If you are working out of a home office, you are entitled to many tax deductions that will help you as you prepare your taxes for the next year. Your home office must be exclusive...

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How to Start an HVAC Business [The Complete Guide]

Are you looking to become an HVAC technician or start your own HVAC business from scratch? Or are you just looking to learn more about the HVAC industry? Either way, you've come to the right place! We're going to break down everything you need to know about the HVAC industry, how you can get into it,...

Referral Marketing for Service Contractors: Finding Your First 100 Customers

With the right referral marketing plan, however, you can quickly turn that first customer in to the first 100 and then 1,000. By using the trust you build on an individual level with those first-quarter customers, you’ll develop a bulletproof reputation that will translate into guaranteed business. By creating the proper incentives and using the...

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Customer Communication – How Customers Want to Hear from You

Customer satisfaction is the ultimate way to win referrals and grow your service business. While quality of the job performed is important, reliability and customer interaction is equally critical to the success of your business. Customers share their experiences with friends and family and leave reviews online; you need to become their go-to recommendation for...

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Illegal Interview Questions to Avoid

Good employees are hard to find, but sometimes the things we do to hire the right people can lead to bad consequences. Certain questions, no matter how well-intentioned, break the law. Save yourself a potential lawsuit, and make sure these kinds of questions aren’t in your interview routine. Before we get started, though, it’s important...

Contractor Insurance Crash Course

Every business needs insurance, but for contracting businesses you need more than just general liability coverage. As a small business owner, you need to be on top of your insurance plan, as a gap in coverage can lead to disastrous results. Unlike larger businesses, you aren’t in a position to carry a large deficit across multiple...

Leveraging Your Chamber of Commerce For Better Business

While most service businesses operate in the consumer space, business to business networking is an important part of small business operation. If you haven’t taken the time to network with your local chamber of commerce, you may be missing out on connections that can have a strong influence on your bottom line. Getting to know...