Written by: Pete Donahue of GreenPete LLC
Before we start, let me first advise you that I am not a blog writer, nor am I an English teacher or grammatical wizard. If proper punctuation throws you off and causes your mind to drift, I would ask that you read the following blog post for its content, not its grammar. You may find misplaced semicolons or commas, but I prefer to type as I speak the words, so I apologize in advance for any errors. Thank you.
Oftentimes, when speaking of investing, we immediately think of a financial transaction involving the physical or electronic movement of money. When you hear the term “investing in yourself” what is the first thing that pops into your mind? Is it spending money on trade-pertinent training material? Is it spending money on travel in order to attend seminars or expos? Or perhaps it is spending money on trips that allow you to relax, clear your head, or spend quality time with...
Do you still doubt the power of social media? Well, it’s natural to wonder the benefits of social media for your service-based business. There are more than 2 billion people who use social media worldwide. So you already have your customers there, you need to do marketing of your brand which is no doubt a crucial part.
Selling a service is not an easy job, especially when you don’t have a visible product to showcase. It can be hard to show off and talk about how valuable your product is when the customers can test it.
The service-based business has to be very creative to attract more people. You have to plan strategic marketing to promote your business. In this post, we are going to show you some creative ways to promote service-based business on social media.
Ways to use social media to grow your business
As a small business owner of a service-based business, you need reviews and recommendations to grow your business. Having...
Hiring employees is always a huge concern for most small business. Employees are always changing jobs and are becoming incapable of staying in a position. Economists now suggest that trends will add to a lack of employees - and small businesses will feel the effects. According to research, the labor force is getting smaller, as more people are leaving the labor market.
So how can a small business owner go about their recruitment process, get the best candidates, and as keep them? Let's look at 7 tips that will help in that regard.
1. The salary offer should match the going rate
If you're to attract quality employees, you need to make that sacrifice of paying a matching salary. You could focus only on the top and vital positions at the initial stage. It's a no-brainer that the quality candidates will always go for the best offer in the market.
If you're to fix a salary that's not up to that of your competitors, you may lose out on your target employees. Do...
Presentation: Now I'm going to ask you guys to do something a little different for me. Stand up if you've ever had a bad day. A bad day stand up. I want to see who can relate. Okay, now if you guys are standing up on this next question if you've ever had a bad job stay standing so if you've never had a bad job, go ahead and sit down. Okay, alright, how about you come to the end of a quarter, a business quarter, and you say that[inaudible 00:00:30] sucked, alright. So if you ever had a bad quarter, stay standing. Okay, now look around a little bit we have almost everybody here still standing. Last question that I hope every single one of you can sit down at, but you probably won't, stay standing if you've ever had a bad year. An entire year, where at the end of the year you go what the hell happened to my business? How come I owe more money to the IRS then I have in my bank account? If you've ever felt like that, that's why I'm here. Go ahead and...
So, we've been called out to take a look at a commercial drainage project, and I want to walk you through what the solution is. So, I'm going to start at the end of this line. We've got a large commercial building. We have four points on this building, which really, technically, isn't enough.
So, a lot of water is coming out at two points on the left side of the building and two points on the right side of the building through what's called a "scupper," which is basically a roof drain that will discharge towards the top. And this water will rush out of the top of the building onto the ground like a waterfall.
Once that water flows down this way by gravity on top of the surface, there is a large drain basin existing in the ground. That drain basin is right about here, about 10 feet behind me. And that drain basin discharges with a six-inch corrugated pipe that only comes partially the way down the hill.
And it has to run over all of this dirt and gravel area before it hits the...
Stan: Alright guys, the sad truth is the Skid Steer training programs at a lot of companies go something like this. There's a pile of dirt, there's a skid loader, go. Well, we're going to try to fill in that middle part today so that if you're a noob to skid loaders and you get thrown into one of those positions, you feel a little bit more comfortable before hopping into a big giant piece of equipment that you've never ran before.
Stan: But we're going to be using something a little bit different than what you're usually familiar with seeing. We're going to be using a mono-boom or a single-boom skid loader. So before we launch the entire training session, which is four parts, we're going to actually compare and contrast, today, the differences, the critical differences, between a single-boom skid loader and a dual-boom skid loader. And then in parts two and three, we're going to actually go inside of that machine and start teaching you the basic operations. How to do things....
Stan: When I was asked to do a review of the Stihl battery-powered equipment, I said, "Let me think about it." And I didn't get back to them right away, but last year at about this time, I was loading chainsaws and blowers and gear up into one of my employee's brand new Jeep. It's brand spanking new. He just pulled it off the lot, drove it out to the job site and the gas spilt all over.
Stan: I mean, it soaked the back-end of his Jeep, and it was just the worst thing ever. Then, I remembered that Stihl has been asking me to do a review of their equipment, and I thought, "Well, what the heck? It can't be worse than dumping gasoline all over the back of a brand new Jeep." I figured I'd give it a review, and get back to you guys and let you guys know what I think of it.
Stan: But, it's not just what I think of it. I've actually put it into the hands of the guys that have to work with it every single day, and I got their opinion as well. Let's see how this turns out.
Stan: We don't know how well this is going to work. This is a complete-
Tim: Sounds to me, I was talking to the homeowner, he's been trying to tackle this hill for three years, and can't get anywhere with it. He keeps working on it. He's like, "You think you're going to get it done in a day?" I go, "Would that be depressing if we got it all done in a day for you?" He goes, "No."
Stan: We can actually see the bottom part. It's totaled out. That thing is done.
Stan: This was about as impossible as a job could get. A 2:1 slope that you could barely stand on, brush that was seven, maybe eight feet tall, but it wasn't just brush, it had stumps and logs buried and littered throughout. Then plus, on top of that, washouts that you could not see at all.
Stan: The first step is to get the Ventrac ready to clear the slope that then we can bring in a skid loader and scrape the slope down to turn this brush heap into a yard. Let's see how this goes.
Stan: We got the call that a property hasn't...