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5 Books Every Contractor Should Read

Books

Winning new business, customer retention and staying ahead of the competition are important benchmarks for any business. It’s not magic. Reaching these goals takes dedication, hard work and a deep understanding of current business and industry trends.

Information is power and becoming an expert in your trade will increase your credibility and help you gain more referrals. Below, you’ll find five books that we think every contractor should read. CONTINUE READING

Safety Training Tips To Reduce Job Site Injuries

Safety Training Tips To Reduce Worksite Injuries

Workplace safety should be your number one priority to ensure your job site is safe at all times. Because 60% of construction workplace injuries occur within an employee’s first year of employment (Bureau of Labor Statistics), it’s essential that you enforce proper safety training to all employees. Sometimes workers forget the basics of safety after years on the job, so this post serves as a friendly reminder to reduce worksite injuries.
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Successful Sales Tips for Small Business Owners

Hands

When you’re a one-man shop, it’s hard to make time for everything, especially when you’re busy out on jobs. Sales should be your number one priority because without it, you don’t have a business to run. Customers are very in tune with what they do and don’t want when spending their hard earned money. Take some time to brush up on your sales skills and become the person they do want to hire! CONTINUE READING

Construction Industry Publications You Should Be Reading

Newsletters To Read

We’re all very busy these days, but it’s imperative we stay up-to-date with professional industry news and trends. Being too busy isn’t a good excuse to fall behind in your industry. Educating yourself on construction trends and marketing tactics will help you stay ahead of your competition and, if nothing else, help you win more jobs.

You want to be knowledgeable when interacting with homeowners and other contractors. Using online tools and resources is a great way to get informed so you can showcase your expertise to clients. Prove that you’ve done your homework and that you’re the right person for the job. CONTINUE READING

How To Build Your Brand As Individual Contractors

Branding

When working as an independent contractor, it’s important to remember that you represent not only yourself, but also a company, a brand. This plays hand in hand with the success and growth of your business. Always make it as clear as possible what services you offer and be sure to advertise your area of expertise.

After you’ve brought awareness to your brand, next is showcasing the value in what you offer. Make sure to shine a light on what differentiates you from the competition, such as innovative techniques you use or rare services you offer.

Take the following steps when building your personal brand. CONTINUE READING

6 Trade Show Benefits

Trade Show Badge

Have you thought about attending a trade show recently? Are you unsure of how your business can benefit from the experience? Here are a few things to ponder that can help you decide whether a trade show is right for you. CONTINUE READING

How To Use Customer Complaints To Enhance Your Brand

Weighing The Good And Bad

Dealing with an irate customer is usually not the most pleasant task. However, it’s something we all have to deal with at one point or another. It is vital for you and your business to know how to take a customer complaint and turn it into a positive experience. Complaints are great because they tell you the services your clients are not happy with and also give you the opportunity to address the issues at hand. CONTINUE READING

How The Laws of Persuasion Can Help Your Business – Part 3

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If you’ve missed Part 1  or Part 2 of using the laws of persuasion to help your business, I recommend you get familiar with them to understand some of the principles behind people’s decision making. While this is the final post of that information series, it will not fall short of sharing what you need to see improvements.  By evaluating and applying these next few laws of persuasion, you will be well equipped to see great changes in the present and future.  CONTINUE READING

How The Laws of Persuasion Can Help Your Business – Part 2

Business-Laws-of-Persuasion

We’ve seen from Part 1 of using the persuasion laws that it could greatly assist in people’s decision making process. As I will discuss more thoroughly in this post, we tap into a few that can make more of an impact in receiving a quality business turn around with clients. Could this work for you? You may seem a bit skeptical, but by applying these next few laws of persuasion to your business methods, you can yield some pretty incredible results in the long run.  CONTINUE READING

How The Laws of Persuasion Can Help Your Business – Part 1

Business-Laws-of-Persuasion

Have you ever reflected after a customer conversation and realized that your approach did not have an impact? Couldn’t close the deal? Do not fret, as there are a few laws that can work for you and your business. These are the laws of persuasion and they play a major factor in the human decision-making process. Using the following can be the difference between just “quoting” and truly “closing.” CONTINUE READING