Business

The nuts and bolts of running a business.

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

Your 2017 Small Business Annual Report (Annual Wrap-up)

Today, we're releasing something we're really proud of, and we think it's going to change the way you look at your business. We're calling it the Annual Wrap-up, and here's what it looks like:

Posted in Business, Product Jan 16, 2018

What It Means to Be Bonded, Licensed, and Insured

You've probably heard a business say it's bonded, licensed, and insured. Find out what that actually means and whether your business needs to be, as well.

Posted in Business Dec 28, 2017

Is BBB Accreditation Worth It for Your Business?

The Better Business Bureau has a long history of helping consumers choose a trusted business to work with. We'll help you determine if becoming accredited is right for your business.

Posted in Business, State of Work Dec 06, 2017

Is a Car or Truck Wrap Worth It for Your Service Business?

Vehicle wraps are becoming very popular for small businesses these days. Review the pros, cons, and what you should be aware of when considering a vehicle wrap for your business.

Posted in The Hustle, Business Nov 28, 2017

The Difference Between Quotes and Estimates

Quotes and estimates are often used interchangeably, but have different legal implications in some areas. Learn why your service business should probably be using estimates.

Posted in Business, The Hustle Nov 22, 2017

5 Great Places To Drop Off Your Business Cards

Business cards can often result in a large amount of calls for a service business. We'll give you some tips on where to drop them off so you can get more jobs.

Posted in Business Nov 17, 2017

Setting Goals For Your Small Business

Setting goals can seem a little silly, but in business, goals are everything. Whether it's sales, customer satisfaction, or efficiency, there are a lot of great ways you can use goals to build, run, and grow a successful service business.

Posted in Business Oct 16, 2017

3 Reasons Your Service Business Should Be Wary of Google Ads

Google AdWords (and other search-based ads) are often presented as a good value for finding new customers and generating work. But there are pitfalls to be aware of before you invest money in ads. We talk about why it might not be worth your time or money.

Posted in Business, Field Notes Oct 09, 2017