Your 3-Step Checklist For Every Job

Most contractors don’t set out to do a job with mediocre end results. They want their work to shine. To speak for itself. To look so good  that homeowners can’t stop talking about it with their friends. This seems obvious when we stop and think about it. The problem is, we don’t often stop and actually think about it.

You may find yourself caught up in the rush of the day-to-day events and tasks, getting from one job to another, picking up supplies, and tending to your own family’s needs that the quality control check list of any project has the potential to fade and fall by the wayside.

Here are 3 quick points for any contractor to rate themselves on before completing any project:
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Simple Tips To Create Your First Video

 

Let’s talk about video content for just a moment. These days, video reigns supreme for driving traffic to your website and delivering search results. YouTube is the second most popular search engine (and quickly becoming the #1 place) to seek out information. Posting videos online enables more people to find your company, allows for direct interaction with potential clients (through comments), and shows off a more personal introduction into who you and what you do. Here are some different ways you can easily produce a video, someone which you may already have all the necessary items.
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Put Your Profile Page to Work

I know we’ve mentioned the CraftJack profile pages before on our blog, but I wanted to quickly highlight the importance of having a completed profile page and explain why we feel so strongly about them. After all, your public profile page is the first interaction that a potential customer has with your company prior to you speaking with them. Why not make that experience the best it can be?
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5 Rules for Contractor Blogging

Having a blog can be a tremendous asset to your business, providing valuable information to homeowners and contractors alike. It will also help you connect with other people that are currently not in your current network. Blogs make it easy for contractors to update customers, prospects, and others about their industry. Here are 5 rules for contractors to follow when writing a blog:
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Demographics For People Seeking House Painters in 2011

Well, 2011 is behind us. Smart contractors will look back on 2011 and spot trends in their industry so they can make changes for 2012. And we wanted to help by providing some demographic data for all the house painting leads we received in 2011.

Here is a breakdown (highlights below the chart):
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6 Tips To Get More Work During The Slow Season

Ah, the winter. A festive season full of holiday joy, family bonding, and gift giving. And while gift giving tends to mean the high-point for many retail stores, it also means a major dip in home improvement spending.

November through January tend to be the slowest three months for almost every home improvement trade as people save their money for holiday gifts. Add to that the fact that the winter makes it near impossible to do any exterior home work in many parts of the country and you can understand why your lead volume drops this time of year.

Here are six ways you can drum up more business during the slow season.
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Why A Contractor’s License Could Mean More Jobs

“License and Registration, Sir.” “But I Don’t Need One…”

I was speaking with a contractor a little while back who was explaining to me the whoas of not being hired for several job because the homeowner only wished to work with fully licensed contractors. The state in which he works is not one that requires all contractors to carry a license so he never felt he needed to spend the extra cash and time dealing with acquiring one. Upon asking about the costs and time involved in becoming licensed, it quickly became apparently clear that he had not inquired at all and therefore knew very little about the whole process, but had decided long ago that it was not worth it.
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First Come, First Serve

I know I’ve had prior posts all about calling leads asap and the importance of having a standard follow-up schedule in place, but I think it bears repeating. Calling a lead minutes after receiving the notification, even if you are in the field, gives you the absolute best opportunity to speak with that homeowner while hoping to be the first to call. The contractor who establishes contact first has a real head start on building a relationship with the homeowner while reserving the opportunity to make the first impression.
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Is Your Business Seen As Reliable?

If there were one trait that I feel is most important for a person to have, it’s reliability. Knowing you will be there when you say you will, or having a friend who will drop what he is doing to help you out is immeasurable and invaluable. I imagine you will also find that you value those friendships above others. Now imagine what that could do for your own companies reputation.
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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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