Author Archives: Noah Mishkin

The Benefits of Hiring a Subcontractor

The home improvement industry, like many others, has a wide variety of offerings when it comes to choosing a contractor for one’s project. One of the best pieces of advice for any homeowner making a decision is to allow 3-4 companies to submit an estimate for their work on a project. This allows for  objective comparisons by measuring a company’s history, references, quality of past project, capability of meeting your needs, and most importantly, the ability for the homeowner to make a decision based upon their personal gut feeling when face-to-face.

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3 Ways Forums Can Generate Leads

Seeing as you are reading this blog post right now, chances are you are savvy enough to navigate the internet and are already using some form of lead generation online. Many contractors and small business owners find helpful information to better improve their own businesses while reading websites, blogs and forums online. These are great sources for finding out the latest innovations and hot topics surrounding your professional field. There are plenty of great forums out there where contractors, like yourself, actively participate in group discussions about anything pertaining to their specific industry and where homeowners can ask for expert advice. Here are 3 ways you can increase inbound leads though online forums:

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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.

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Why A Contractor’s License Could Mean More Jobs

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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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.

When bidding a job from a lead you received from a lead-gen company, chances are the homeowner is going to hire a company that called soon after requesting a quote, showed up on time to the estimate, and left them with an overall good feeling about the nature of their business. Keeping that in mind and following those practices, you are likely to see great results from the leads you receive. Homeowners tend to hire a company not because they undercut the cost of the work by $100, but because the contractor they spoke to made them feel comfortable, showed a sense of pride in what they do and how they go about doing it, and felt a commitment and respect toward fulfilling the homeowner’s needs.

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Email Marketing Strategies for Contractors

There was a time not too long ago when email started to seem passé. But all of that went out the door when fantastic technology companies recently started popping up and began conducting wildly successful email marketing campaigns as the foundation of their business growth. People have started truly relying on their email more than ever before often checking it periodically throughout the day. Now that there is a captive audience, here are some tips for home improvement contractors on creating an email marketing program for your contracting business.

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Big Jobs vs Small Jobs

When it comes to taking on new work, some contractors only want to do big jobs while other prefer smaller jobs. Larger companies may feel that they are too big to deal with small jobs, and that may be true typically, but lets discuss the matter.

Bigger Not Always BetterBig jobs are great. They can keep your crew busy for a while, increase profit and potentially generate followup work with the same homeowner. However, one should consider what is needed to properly complete a large job and whether their company is able to do so before taking on the work. Getting yourself into a situation where you may find that your crew is not large enough to complete the necessary work in the timeline you gave the homeowner could very well soil your reputation and leave you with a less than satisfactory review on networking sites.

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