Which Lead Generation Sites Are The Best For Contractors?

What Lead Gen Site Is Best For Contractors

As a member on a number of contractor forums, it seems that every day another user posts the same question: “What is the best lead generation site for contractors” or “Has anyone tried?”

These types of posts tend to get replies ranging from flattering to furious. XYZ Contractor swears by a company while ACME Contractor swears AT the same company and Joe The Plumber damns ALL lead generation companies to hell.

So, who should you listen to?
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Sales Presentation Matters: Little Touches That Will Help You Win The Job

Sales Presentation Matters

A contracting business is unlike many other industries. However, you must have attributes that will help your business succeed such as financial knowledge, marketing expertise and sales skills. All of this work together to help your business succeed and win more jobs.

Consider the last time you pitched your work to a potential customer. What was your sales presentation like? Were you speaking clearly and confidently? Was your paperwork legible and neat? These are all things to consider when you’re creating a sales presentation. You’ll likely be doing most of this work during the estimate process. If you’re looking to make your business stand out, here are a few ways you can improve your sales presentation. CONTINUE READING

Video: Training For Success

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Greek poet and philosopher Archilochus once said, “We don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training.” While you may not often associate Greek philosophy with your contracting business, this quote provides insight on how you can better succeed.

Take a minute to reflect on the expectations you have for your business. Are you hitting your goals? If not, you may want to consider how you can gain more training. In the video below, Noah explains why this is so important. CONTINUE READING

Window & Door Industry Trends

Whether it’s a new home remodel or a simple update, homeowners will always need windows and doors. This is a good thing for contractors in the industry. But like any trade, the window and door industry can change seasonally and yearly depending on trends.

Innovations in the trade and the current political climate has led to many experts rethinking the way window and door pros work. Nevertheless, the demand is high for your professional work. See current industry trends and how you can better prepare for the future of your window and door business. CONTINUE READING

What Licenses Do Roofing Pros Need In Illinois?

What Licenses Do Roofing Pros Need In Illinois

Unlike some other trades, the roofing industry has specific standards that must be followed to keep contractors and homeowners safe. These can vary state by state making it tough for roofers to navigate what they actually need for their business.

For roofing contractors in Illinois, the answer is straightforward. A roofing license is needed to work in the state. However, getting a license and the right permits for a project can be confusing. Here’s a short guide to help you figure out what licenses Illinois roofing pros need. CONTINUE READING

Aikido Your Business

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Your business is constantly moving and changing. How do you deal with the changes that come your way? Do you push forward and use the momentum for success? Or do you become disorganized and loose focus.

If you’ve ever studied the practice of Aikido, you may notice some similarities with your business. Aikido is a Japanese art of self-defense that uses the opponent’s motions in their technique. One of the goals of Aikido is creating harmony. In the video below, Noah shares how your business and the practice of Aikido are more alike than you think and how you can apply the methodology to be successful. CONTINUE READING

How To Market Your Business On A Budget

How To Market Your Small Business On A Budget

With any small business, marketing is important. However, most business owners choose to invest less in marketing in favor of other areas. While you should always allot a portion of your budget to marketing, there are tactics you can utilize to lower the costs.

Digital marketing is where many small business owners turn when it comes to marketing on a budget. But, there are plenty of other ways you can invest your time and money to help your business grow. See what you can leverage to market your business on a budget. CONTINUE READING

Tips To Leave A Perfect & Professional Voicemail

Tips To Leave a Perfect Voicemail

The phone rings, rings again and then you hear the answering machine. Do you know what to say? This scenario is frequent for contractors who are trying to win the job. Crafting the perfect voicemail can help not only get you the call back but also win you the job.

However, this is easier said than done. Voicemails should be short and sweet, but should also express everything you need to say and more. If you want to start winning more jobs, it’s time to discover how you can leave a perfect and professional voicemail to potential customers. CONTINUE READING

Video: How To Make Your Business Stand Out

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When customers are looking for a contractor, it’s likely they’ll be looking for more than one. While you may provide outstanding customer service and quality work, you must consider what will really differentiate you from other contractors.

When you’re bidding for a job, how does your company stand out among the rest? Creativity is key. In the video below, Noah shares his experience with a business that stood out to him and how you can utilize these tactics for your business. CONTINUE READING

Creating Leave-Behind Materials To Increase Leads

Creating Leave-Behind Materials To Increase Leads

Big or small, whatever marketing efforts you put in to your business should show some ROI. While social media and email marketing are hot right now, that doesn’t mean there aren’t other marketing techniques you shouldn’t be utilizing.

When it comes to getting the word out about your business, leave-behind materials can be a frequent reminder for a potential customer about your company. If you get creative, they can be excellent tools in lead generation, resulting in more business for you. Here are a few ideas to get you thinking about the best leave-behind materials for your business. CONTINUE READING

What Trade Organizations Do Remodeling Pros Need To Know About

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Remodeling contractors are unique. While they must have a practical skill set, they must also be well-organized and have a great understanding of all that needs to be done to complete a job. Remodeling pros are often constantly learning about new tricks and techniques to improve your business.

If you’re a remodeling pro, you’re juggling a lot of roles at once. For support, many turn to remodeling trade organizations to learn and connect with other like-minded contractors. If you’ve been on the fence about joining a trade organization, here are a few reasons why you should become a member and what associations might be best for you. CONTINUE READING