The nuts and bolts of running a business.

Building Your Service Professional Network

Are you connected and in-touch with other service businesses? If not, you're probably missing out on new work as well as someone to talk to about running a small business. We take a look at why you should reach out to other, different service business.

Posted in The Hustle, Business Jul 16, 2018

3 Simple Secrets to Quoting Big Jobs

Big jobs usually mean big money, but they also take a bit of extra effort and thought to estimate properly. We help give you a leg up with these three things you can do to make quoting even the biggest of jobs easier.

Posted in Field Notes, Business Jul 03, 2018

8 Places You Should List Your Service Business Online

There are many different places you can list your business online, some familiar and maybe some you've never heard of before. They can be good resources for finding new customers and definitely worth your time. And they're all free!

Posted in The Hustle, Business Jun 18, 2018

5 Ways to Advertise Your Business to Your Local Community

Mastering local advertising can be a real challenge for service businesses. If you're just starting out or struggle a bit during your slow season, simply knowing how to reach your community is knowledge you'll want to have in your toolbox.

Posted in The Hustle, Business Jun 12, 2018

How to Write a Craigslist Ad for Services

Ads in the Services section of craigslist now cost $5 per post. Find out how to get the most out of your money and create effective ads for your service business that get you more work.

Posted in The Hustle, Business Jun 06, 2018

6 Business Terms Your Small Service Business Should Know

Have you ever heard some business jargon and weren't sure exactly what it meant? This post goes over a few of the more important business terms and why they matter for you and your business.

Posted in Business May 29, 2018

Do People Still Use the Yellow Pages in 2018

It shouldn't be news that the Yellow Pages are becoming less relevant than they were 5 or 10 years ago, but that doesn't mean that there's no value there. We're going to explore why they might not be right for you and your business.

Posted in The Hustle, Business May 14, 2018

What to know before getting a logo for your service business

A logo can greatly affect the way people view your business, so it's important to go into the process as prepared and knowledgeable as possible. We go over a few things to consider beforehand as well as what you should know when getting a logo designed.

Posted in The Hustle, Business May 04, 2018

Finding More Work, Better Jobs, and Increased Profit

Not every job is equal and we've got some tips and ideas on how to find the good ones. We also cover the differences between revenue and profit and why it's important for your service business.

Posted in The Hustle, Business Apr 20, 2018

How to Deal with Customers Who Don't Pay

Sometimes, getting customers to pay is a real struggle. However, there are things you can do to close out past-due invoices. We'll give you some tips on how to deal with customers who haven't paid (without going full mobster on them).

Posted in Field Notes, Business Mar 05, 2018

How to Get Rid of Bad Customers

Do you have customers who are never happy, don't want to pay, and have nothing good to say about your work? Get rid of them!

Posted in Field Notes, Business Feb 26, 2018

What is Your Minimum Price Per Job?

Pricing and profit are extremely important aspects of running a business, and it's often a struggle for small business owners to get them right. One tactic that can help is setting minimum prices for each type of job to ensure you're making money.

Posted in The Hustle, Business Feb 19, 2018

When to Hire Your First Employee

Most small service businesses start off with one guy: the boss. You're not technically a boss, because it's on you. So how do you know when to hire your first employee? We'll give you some thoughts and advice to help you figure it out.

Posted in The Hustle, Business Feb 12, 2018

Finding Recurring Revenue For Your Small Business

If you're running a service business, you should be familiar with recurring work. Regularly recurring jobs are the best way to build up steady, dependable income for your business. Learn how to make it work for you.

Posted in The Hustle, Business Feb 05, 2018

How to Bring Your Business Online

If your service business isn't easy to find and review online, it should be. Your customers won't find you or trust you if it isn't. Get the lowdown on how to get online fast.

Posted in Business Jan 29, 2018