The Hustle

Tips, tricks, thoughts, and tales from service business owners like you.

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

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

Marketing Tips for Small Business Owners

Marketing is for more than just medium or larger sized businesses. We take a look at how small businesses can use marketing to their advantage.

Posted in The Hustle Mar 27, 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

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 Instagram Posts You Should Be Using for Your Service Business

Nothing shows off your work like images and videos. Check out 5 ways you should be using Instagram to show and share your work, help build a following, and put yourself out there so customers can find you.

Posted in The Hustle Jul 31, 2017

313 Clean: Building Your Brand With Facebook

We love talking to people to hear how they're running and growing their service businesses every day. We recently sat down to chat with Rebecca at 313 Clean, and dug into how she builds her brand online with the help of Facebook.

Posted in The Hustle Apr 20, 2017

Show and Share Your Work

When you run a business that does things for people, you always have something worth showing to others. It doesn't matter if you're a landscaper, painter, repair tech, plumber, designer, writer, or anything else. Let your work sell itself.

Posted in The Hustle Apr 07, 2017

How to Get Your First Customers

Starting a business when you don't have any experience is a difficult process. When you don't have a lot of cash on top of that, it can be downright overwhelming. We've talked to some folks who have been in business for a while, and asked them one simple question ...

Posted in The Hustle Feb 07, 2017