Category: Painting

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Workers’ Compensation: What Every Contractor Should Know

Contractors are required to offer some level of workers’ compensation insurance to their employees in almost every state. Although regulations may vary from state to state, a contractor cannot legally operate a business without providing some form of workers’ comp as a part of an employee package. In states where contractors can opt-out of providing...

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Handling Customer Estimates as a Contractor

If there’s one thing that can create tension in a contractor-client relationship, it’s the estimate. When you finally get to it, it can be the make or break for your deal. How do you create and present an estimate or proposal that wins the deal without compromising your price or offering? Make sure your estimates...

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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...

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Pricing Your Painting Services: Finding The Balance of Price & Quality

As a painting contractor, you know how important it is to price a job right. But, there is also something to be said for quality over price. Sure, you can use cheaper materials such as low-grade paint but will your customers really be happy with results? Finding the right balance between quality and price is...

The Advantages Of Getting Your Competitors’ Quotes

The adage “keep your friends close and your enemies even closer” may be more true in business now than it ever was. Knowing what your competitors charge for the same project can give you the edge you need to inch ahead. Rest assured they already have done their homework on what your prices are, making...

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...

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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Alternative Marketing Methods for Contracting Businesses

Marketing is a crowded space, and getting the word out about your contracting business among a sea of competitors, media conglomerates, and general noise is hard. Customers are ad-adverse, and in the digital space they often expect free content or incentives in exchange for their attention. As a service business, your job is even harder....

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Handling Late Payments: Getting Paid While Saving Your Reputation

Handling late payments is never easy; finding the right balance between being firm enough to protect your business interests and accommodating enough to earn a strong reputation among your customers is an art. It’s a mixture of soft skills, hard policy, and rigorous account tracking, but if you have the right system in place collecting...

Long Employee Shifts Hurt Your Business More Than You Think

As all business owners know, the job never really ends. There’s always something you need to take care of, a call you need to answer, an email you need to write; but there’s also a limit to how productive you can be without breaks or downtime. Long shifts and aggressive schedules don’t just lead to...