Investing in Yourself without Money: The Power of Thought

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...

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RIGHTs and WRONGs in Business

By Gabe "the General Contractor" Krueger

"What is exactly going on with my business?"

Taking an inventory every once and awhile is a very healthy thing to do for your business.
Sometimes I get so busy that I forget to stop and smell the roses.
Then the day comes along that I realize there are a lot of loose ends that need cleaning up.
Here is what I discovered recently:

-Subs that are clearly not good fits, however I keep them around for whatever silly reasons. (avoiding the "tough love talk")
-Too much overhead.  I need to cut costs on some items I'm wasting money on.
-Taking on jobs in between jobs to "help" desperate customers out and/or to keep the guys busy.  This in turn, affects my peace and serenity.
-Nice guy routine.....not a good idea.
-Rushed estimates, and not paying attention to "my" numbers.
-Allowing others to dictate my time
-Going too fast.  Looking to the next job before the current one is finished.
-I am part of DMU...
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090: Ross Aubrey - Focusing On Ourselves So We Live to Enjoy Our Success

As business owners, we find ourselves focusing and devoting A LOT of time to growing.  At the end of the day, many contractors find they have eaten the easiest and fastest thing with little concern for how that will affect our future.  Ross Aubrey, owner of Higher Purpose Fitness, discusses how to stay healthy when running your business.

Common excuses contractors have when it comes to taking the time to exercise:

"I have had an injury in the past, so I can't exercise."  There are plenty of variations of exercises that you can do that won't re-injure or irritate past problems.  There is always a way.

"I work out in the field all day, isn't that enough exercise?"  Focus on intensity instead of duration.  You don't need to spend an hour on a treadmill.  An intense 5-10 minute can be much more effective than a long, drawn out workout.

How do we fuel our bodies when we're on the run all day and don't have a lot of time? Get in tune with if...

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089: Matt Jones - Building and Using Your Database Effectively

Matt Jones of The Site Shed Podcast joins Stan to teach us how to use a website as a way to create a good business database that we can market to over time.

Use your website as a way to create content.  This content can then be used to create leads.  To run seasonal campaigns, it's important to capture customer data.  You want to get people to your website, you want to create a community.

Using free guides and downloads, you can "tag" people so you can create lists so you are marketing the right things to the right people.  When you are marketing, it's important to build trust by giving them information they can use.  Communicate things that are relevant to the customer.


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088: Danny Iny - Make Money Selling Your Knowledge

Danny Iny's passion is teaching people how to sell online courses to generate income.  He is the founder of Mirasee, a company dedicated to improving the world by helping people spread their knowledge.  They teach people how to do different components of online marketing.

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087: Chad Barrett - Succeeding Despite Disabilities

Chad has always been a very hands-on and visual learner.  In school, he struggled with bookwork but excelled when it came to building and doing.  No matter how you think and solve problems, you have to adapt that to your business.

Chad has dyslexia and has learned how to use his "disability" to his advantage when it comes to solving and anticipating problems on the job site.


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How to Get Started in Asphalt Seal Coating

Marvin with Wis-Coat

Stan: I am with Marvin with Wis-Coat today. He's going to talk about sealcoating. It is a very lucrative additional business that you can get into. It can be either be a solo business, or it can be an additional service onto whatever outdoor service business you're already doing.

Marvin: True.

Stan: Marvin was eighteen years old. He saved up enough money to start his own seal coating business and now he's doing up to eight thousand dollars a day in seal coating driveways. He's going to teach us how you can do it as well.

Stan: Before we get started, Marvin, can you just tell us what exactly is seal coating?

What is Seal Coating?

Marvin: So your asphalt over time loses some of the essential aggregate that's on top. You'll notice that it goes from smooth to a little bit rough, and then if you look across your neighbors and theirs is cracked and has potholes, that's from lack of seal coating. So what a seal coating does, this goes on top. We use a product, either...

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