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Post by Freemind1 on Sat Jan 12, 2019 4:56 pm

Taking steps and making moves for 2019 in my business.

I am in the process of writing a business plan for my business this year. It's a first for me. Only reason I am writing one, is because a business mentor from SCORE told me I need one. I always knew before that making one makes sense and is a way to hold your feet to the fire about goals, but I was just being lazy and got along without one for several years.

As I said, I am seeking help from SCORE. I think a mentor will be helpful to me. I signed on for help in commercial marketing. This one is a tough one for me. My business is dominated by residential, and I want a 50/50 split of resi and commercial. I may seek help in other areas too, but we'll see how it goes for me.

Secondly, I am seeking help from another local organization (NIIC) that helps small to large businesses. I need help in general, since I've never had any college education, about doing things more proper in a business.

Third, I am setting growth goals, not just for this year, but out to the next 4+ years. In that growth, it will include employees a few years down the road. More immediately, by the end of next season, it will be a plan to have a box van.

I have added a program called Markate to my business to try for this year. It's a mobile app/program similar to house call pro/monster/etc. It's pricing structure is extremely reasonable. I have high hopes for this, that it does lots of things (like reminders of appointment, invoicing, and book keeping), but also automates things so I don't have to remember or fill up my Google calendar to remind me.

Next, I need to find some kind of program to do my self employment with. QuickBooks has a monthly one called Q.B's self employed, but that's 15-20 a month. I won't hire and accountant to do this, because they are SUPER expensive here to hire them to do your accounting/payroll. You guys that are self employed, how are you taking care of your payroll to yourselves?

I'm trying to take things more serious this year, since I am leaving employment to be self employed. I have an 8 month season, and I have set the minimum goal at 80K gross sales. Broken down, that's only a $500 average a day, 5 days a week. I've set my starting salary for about half that. No more flying by the seat of my pants....

How about you guys? Any plans for this upcoming season?

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Post by Mo on Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:38 am

Dont know what the hell happened but my online presence has dropped in 2018. At first my Google maps completely disappeared and have no idea why. I relisted it and have not been able to break the top 7 and that's after being number 1 for years. My organic listing has dropped off as well and just struggling to stay in the top 10.

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Post by Freemind1 on Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:02 pm

Probably Google has "redone" algorithms again. If you do social media, it helps your ranking if you connect it with your website. Adwords will also boost ranking.

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Post by ACpower1 on Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:43 pm

@Freemind1 wrote:Probably Google has "redone" algorithms again. If you do social media, it helps your ranking if you connect it with your website. Adwords will also boost ranking.

Freemind,   what features does the CRM software have that you mentioned?  for what its worth House Call Pro has boosted us a whopping 40%+  in our gross sales.  

I highly recommend it.     Our repeats and our review rates are way way up.      We got a link generated by google (contact them and they will get you one)  that links directly to a selection for the customer to click 1-5 stars and leave review.    Its 1 click for them and then submit.      We have this link included in our automated thank you email.

Gl in 2019,   Im super excited for this year we have a lot of things in the works
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