7 Secrets to Being Booked Two Months Ahead All Year Long! (5-minute read)

When you start a service business it is very stressful to struggle to find work. Going days or weeks between jobs can create a range of emotions from panic to depression. When a customer finally calls, in our eagerness to book work we may actually put the would-be customer off by sounding and acting desperate.

My contracting business is booked 2 – months in advance with the exception of during our one seasonally slow time where we drop down to being booked only 1 – 2 weeks in advance. We have 6 trucks so when I say we are booked I mean every truck is booked 2 – months in advance.

The best part about this is that our system can be replicated. Here is how we do it.

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Social Media – 2 Mistakes I’ve Made Recently (3 minute read)

I’ve been an entrepreneur since 2009 and social media has not been part of my contracting businesses marketing strategy. Our contracting business has seen consistent growth year after year using Google Organic Search Results, Google Business Listings and Google AdWords to drive traffic to our website. We have a regional focus and our customers have never once in all these years asked us about social media.This, of course, will change as our target demographic changes but that is a subject for another post.

Now that I have started to BLOG, social media is part of my marketing strategy. Being new to using social media in business I’m learning as I go and I have identified 2 mistakes that I have been making.

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The One Thing Business Plans Ignore and How It Will Transform Your Business and Life

You need a business plan!

This is very good advice. A business plan can help you do things like test your assumptions and ensure that your calculations on projected revenue, expenses and profit are realistic. In 2006, Tim Berry contributed and article to Entrepreneur entitled “15 Reasons You Need a Business Plan” and those reasons are just as relevant today.

What is the One Thing Business Plans Often Ignore?

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Crossing Over to the Digital World

Inspired by The Daily Post

Yesterday as I sat waiting for my truck to have a tire repaired I watched a scene that really upset me. The owner of the tire shop (a blue collar business owner) was having a discussion with a sales person about online marketing and social media management. The sales women was clearly not a sales professional and I felt she was really pushing the owner to make a decision on marketing that he was not ready to make.

This is a danger that many business owners need to be aware of. Most business owners know that they need to have a website and social media accounts. The issue of course is that they often know nothing about how digital marketing really works and they are susceptible (likely to be harmed by a particular thing) to people who have learned a few buzz words and acronyms that make them sound to the unsuspecting business owner as knowledgeable and creditable.

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The Simple System I Used to Change My Life in 30 Days!

Do you want to change your life?

In the last two years I have changed my life a great deal, selling my business, moving 1000 kilometers, buying a house, starting a new job and another company. It’s been a lot of change and I had great motives which included wanting to live near my family.

With all that change in the last 2 years you might wonder what I could have done in the last 30 days that would result in a more significant change in my life?

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Small Business Owners – Make 2017 the Year Your Marketing Goes Big

Recently I watched a Lost Interview with Steve Jobs from 1995. At the conclusion of the interview Steve Jobs was asked to predict the future. His predictions about the internet and the social impact gave me chills. Remember it was 1995, the internet was still just a toddler and social media wouldn’t really exist for another 10 years.

Steve Jobs also predicted that 10’s of Billions of dollars would be sold online and that small businesses would be able to look very large online and even compete with the large companies. 22 years have passed since Steve Jobs made these wildly accurate predictions. Does that mean it is too late for you? Since you are not an ‘early adopter’ does that mean you can’t get be successful selling your products and services online?

Learn more about why 2017 is the year you should make your marketing go big!

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