7 Tips for Starting (and Growing) Your Lawn Maintenance Business #grants #for

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According to the 2010 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there are nearly 1.25 million people employed as grounds maintenance workers. Even better, the projected employment is expected to increase by another quarter of a million by 2020. What does that mean? That the BLS expects demand for grounds maintenance workers to increase by 20% – faster than the average for all occupations – tells you that there is definitely a market for new lawn maintenance businesses.

1.Identify Your Goals. Create a Mission Statement.

The first step is to identify exactly what you want to accomplish with your new lawn maintenance business. Exactly why are you starting this lawn maintenance business? Do you want to work part-time? Full-time? Manage a team? How big do you want to grow? Are you prepared to manage the business aspects – invoicing, taxes, legal, sales and marketing? Also, what differentiates you from the competition? Do you have monetary goals for Year 1? How about Year 5?

As you start defining your goals, start thinking about creating an internal mission statement that helps you clearly define who you are and why you’re creating this business. Your mission statement should be designed to help you give a purpose to your business. It may sound like a waste of time and a little bit too corporate, but every time you make a decision, you can look at your mission statement and ask “Am I living up to my mission?” And remember that, like the Constitution, your mission statement can be a living, modifiable document.

Just for fun, Franklin Covey offers a Mission Statement builder that can help you start thinking about what’s important to you.

Identifying your target market is based in part on your goals and mission statement. Are you targeting corporate office lawn maintenance? Are you going to maintain lawns in your neighborhood? Are you going to open a chain of lawn maintenance businesses throughout the Midwest? If so, what niche are you looking to fill? Do you want to be the low-price leader like Wal-Mart? Do you want to go organic like Whole Foods?

Your target market is just that – the people you plan to target with your marketing efforts. What does your ideal client look like? Many marketers choose to develop something called a buyer persona – a short paragraph or two – that provides a snapshot of what your ideal buyer looks like. HubSpot has a great post on questions to ask when developing personas. Developing a buyer persona can help you create targeted, effective marketing campaigns.

You wouldn’t go to a gunfight without a gun, right? Once you’ve developed goals, a mission statement and identified who you’re selling to, it’s time to start buying the tools you need to run your business. So how do you choose? First, consider your goals and the types of services you plan to provide. Target equipment that is going to help you get things done faster (so you can do more jobs), professionally (so you provide a quality product) and that requires minimal maintenance (so you can limit the amount of time and money you spend on repairs and/or new equipment). Remember to think about total cost of ownership as opposed to the initial price. Just because a mower has a cheaper purchase price doesn’t mean it’s the best solution.

So how do you choose equipment? The best advice is to network with your peers, talk to dealers and leverage the power of the Internet to get a feel for what equipment is best. Also think about what type of guarantee/warranty is included in the equipment, what kind of customer service the dealer has and how easy it is to obtain replacement parts.

In the past, one of the best ways to generate customers for a lawn care business was to simply pound the pavement by getting out and talking to your target audience. That’s still a great way to drum up business, but it’s 2012, so don’t forget to use modern technology to add scale to your marketing efforts.

For example, our partner Go iLawn has a great solution that enables you to pay a couple dollars per property to get measurements, measurements you can then use to send a personalized price quote to potential customers without ever having to visit their property. It’s a real time – and money – saver that can help you quickly and easily build a customer base.

Whatever route you take, make sure you act like a professional business. It’s worth spending some money on a basic website, a basic logo/brand and things like business cards, local advertising and giveaways like calendars/pens/sticky notes/magnets etc. These items can not only help build brand awareness, but also ensures your first impression is a positive one.

We sell field service software. so this one is near and dear to our heart. You can’t improve your business if you don’t have metrics that you use to determine how your business is performing. We highly recommend that you invest in field service software – ours costs as little as $99/month – that can help you manage your client and prospect information, quickly and easily schedule jobs, seamlessly transmit to and collect data from the field, and automate your billing.

But field service software like ours goes beyond improving your business workflow. It also allows you to collect data that can help you make smart business decisions. Are you quoting too little for a specific property because it takes longer than you initially thought? How many jobs per day can you perform? Can you route your crews more efficiently to save time and money? You can answer these questions – and many more – by analyzing the data your business naturally collects.

We don’t care if you don’t choose our field service software solution. But we will if you don’t choose any solution – doing so is setting your business up to fail.

At some point – either initially or as your business grows – you’ll need to start putting together a team to help you run your business. Whether it’s a part-time office worker to manage your lawn maintenance business’ scheduling and billing or a full-time field technician, who you decide to hire can have enormous consequences.

I recently was introduced to Marcus Sheridan (aka thesaleslion ), who runs a pool installation business. As he posted in his blog. he was working his tail off to grow his business and relied heavily on an office worker to manage the financial aspects of his business. Unfortunately, she was embezzling money while at the same time not paying taxes. Not only did he lose a fortune, but he also nearly lost his business and personal assets to the IRS.

Perform a background check – there are a number of companies like Verifications, Inc.. HireRight. FirstAdvantage and Sterling – that can perform an in-depth check for $100 or less. Also, ask for references. There are great solutions like Net Reference and Checkster that automate the entire reference check process. And give you a good indication of how reliable an employee is.

Spending a few dollars up-front can save your company a lot of money in the long run.

Yesterday we talked about how those in the field service industry should use the marketing bulls eye approach to start their marketing efforts at their best customers. So should you. The most cost-effective way to grow a new business is through word of mouth. Don’t be afraid to ask customers to write a testimonial or even use social media like Twitter and Facebook to tell their friends about you. Most clients will take time to recommend you if they’re happy with your work and you ask them face-to-face.

You can take it a step further by spending money to generate referrals. Hold a contest to see who can generate the most referrals and give them a gift (iPads or Android tablets are a great idea). Start a “Street Team” and send packages containing business cards, stickers, posters, etc. that your Street Team can give to their friends and family. Also, leverage the power of Angie’s List and other review sites to generate new business by giving a discount to clients that agree to give you a review. And remember to always track your activities to see which ones are most profitable so you can improve future marketing efforts.

Want to learn more about what it takes to succeed in the green industry? Then download your free copy of Local SEO for Green Industry Businesses and learn how to create web presence that sells!





7 Tips for Starting (and Growing) Your Lawn Maintenance Business #business #cars

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According to the 2010 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there are nearly 1.25 million people employed as grounds maintenance workers. Even better, the projected employment is expected to increase by another quarter of a million by 2020. What does that mean? That the BLS expects demand for grounds maintenance workers to increase by 20% – faster than the average for all occupations – tells you that there is definitely a market for new lawn maintenance businesses.

1.Identify Your Goals. Create a Mission Statement.

The first step is to identify exactly what you want to accomplish with your new lawn maintenance business. Exactly why are you starting this lawn maintenance business? Do you want to work part-time? Full-time? Manage a team? How big do you want to grow? Are you prepared to manage the business aspects – invoicing, taxes, legal, sales and marketing? Also, what differentiates you from the competition? Do you have monetary goals for Year 1? How about Year 5?

As you start defining your goals, start thinking about creating an internal mission statement that helps you clearly define who you are and why you’re creating this business. Your mission statement should be designed to help you give a purpose to your business. It may sound like a waste of time and a little bit too corporate, but every time you make a decision, you can look at your mission statement and ask “Am I living up to my mission?” And remember that, like the Constitution, your mission statement can be a living, modifiable document.

Just for fun, Franklin Covey offers a Mission Statement builder that can help you start thinking about what’s important to you.

Identifying your target market is based in part on your goals and mission statement. Are you targeting corporate office lawn maintenance? Are you going to maintain lawns in your neighborhood? Are you going to open a chain of lawn maintenance businesses throughout the Midwest? If so, what niche are you looking to fill? Do you want to be the low-price leader like Wal-Mart? Do you want to go organic like Whole Foods?

Your target market is just that – the people you plan to target with your marketing efforts. What does your ideal client look like? Many marketers choose to develop something called a buyer persona – a short paragraph or two – that provides a snapshot of what your ideal buyer looks like. HubSpot has a great post on questions to ask when developing personas. Developing a buyer persona can help you create targeted, effective marketing campaigns.

You wouldn’t go to a gunfight without a gun, right? Once you’ve developed goals, a mission statement and identified who you’re selling to, it’s time to start buying the tools you need to run your business. So how do you choose? First, consider your goals and the types of services you plan to provide. Target equipment that is going to help you get things done faster (so you can do more jobs), professionally (so you provide a quality product) and that requires minimal maintenance (so you can limit the amount of time and money you spend on repairs and/or new equipment). Remember to think about total cost of ownership as opposed to the initial price. Just because a mower has a cheaper purchase price doesn’t mean it’s the best solution.

So how do you choose equipment? The best advice is to network with your peers, talk to dealers and leverage the power of the Internet to get a feel for what equipment is best. Also think about what type of guarantee/warranty is included in the equipment, what kind of customer service the dealer has and how easy it is to obtain replacement parts.

In the past, one of the best ways to generate customers for a lawn care business was to simply pound the pavement by getting out and talking to your target audience. That’s still a great way to drum up business, but it’s 2012, so don’t forget to use modern technology to add scale to your marketing efforts.

For example, our partner Go iLawn has a great solution that enables you to pay a couple dollars per property to get measurements, measurements you can then use to send a personalized price quote to potential customers without ever having to visit their property. It’s a real time – and money – saver that can help you quickly and easily build a customer base.

Whatever route you take, make sure you act like a professional business. It’s worth spending some money on a basic website, a basic logo/brand and things like business cards, local advertising and giveaways like calendars/pens/sticky notes/magnets etc. These items can not only help build brand awareness, but also ensures your first impression is a positive one.

We sell field service software. so this one is near and dear to our heart. You can’t improve your business if you don’t have metrics that you use to determine how your business is performing. We highly recommend that you invest in field service software – ours costs as little as $99/month – that can help you manage your client and prospect information, quickly and easily schedule jobs, seamlessly transmit to and collect data from the field, and automate your billing.

But field service software like ours goes beyond improving your business workflow. It also allows you to collect data that can help you make smart business decisions. Are you quoting too little for a specific property because it takes longer than you initially thought? How many jobs per day can you perform? Can you route your crews more efficiently to save time and money? You can answer these questions – and many more – by analyzing the data your business naturally collects.

We don’t care if you don’t choose our field service software solution. But we will if you don’t choose any solution – doing so is setting your business up to fail.

At some point – either initially or as your business grows – you’ll need to start putting together a team to help you run your business. Whether it’s a part-time office worker to manage your lawn maintenance business’ scheduling and billing or a full-time field technician, who you decide to hire can have enormous consequences.

I recently was introduced to Marcus Sheridan (aka thesaleslion ), who runs a pool installation business. As he posted in his blog. he was working his tail off to grow his business and relied heavily on an office worker to manage the financial aspects of his business. Unfortunately, she was embezzling money while at the same time not paying taxes. Not only did he lose a fortune, but he also nearly lost his business and personal assets to the IRS.

Perform a background check – there are a number of companies like Verifications, Inc.. HireRight. FirstAdvantage and Sterling – that can perform an in-depth check for $100 or less. Also, ask for references. There are great solutions like Net Reference and Checkster that automate the entire reference check process. And give you a good indication of how reliable an employee is.

Spending a few dollars up-front can save your company a lot of money in the long run.

Yesterday we talked about how those in the field service industry should use the marketing bulls eye approach to start their marketing efforts at their best customers. So should you. The most cost-effective way to grow a new business is through word of mouth. Don’t be afraid to ask customers to write a testimonial or even use social media like Twitter and Facebook to tell their friends about you. Most clients will take time to recommend you if they’re happy with your work and you ask them face-to-face.

You can take it a step further by spending money to generate referrals. Hold a contest to see who can generate the most referrals and give them a gift (iPads or Android tablets are a great idea). Start a “Street Team” and send packages containing business cards, stickers, posters, etc. that your Street Team can give to their friends and family. Also, leverage the power of Angie’s List and other review sites to generate new business by giving a discount to clients that agree to give you a review. And remember to always track your activities to see which ones are most profitable so you can improve future marketing efforts.

Want to learn more about what it takes to succeed in the green industry? Then download your free copy of Local SEO for Green Industry Businesses and learn how to create web presence that sells!





Tuffy Tire and Auto Service Center Naples, Florida #tuffy, #a/c, #air, #alignments,


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Naples (Vanderbilt Beach Rd.)

Mar 30, 2017 Mary B.

I have been going here for a little over 2 years now, and I trust them, they are also growing and improving and that is a good sign. Gloria is a gem at the front desk

Jan 19, 2017 Jackie C.

I would just like to say thank you to Pat and his employees for the excellent service he gave to my Son regarding his oil change. Something was wrong with his car after the oil change and here it was the oil filter they fixed the problem and gave my Son a free oil change to fix the problem. Great Job. Thank you again for your service it is greatly appreciated since I live in Ohio and my Son is in Florida it mean a lot that there are still companies out there that take care of their customers.

Jul 15, 2016 Paul C.

These guys are great especially Doug. Called me with a problem about fixing my window and he found a way to fix it. The best.

Jul 04, 2016 christian a.

those guys know what they doing, my service was excellent,im really happy.

May 18, 2016 Les S.

Wonderful, even checked my tire pressure! Outgoing, friendly team!

May 03, 2016 Isac R.

Very positive experience. Everything was handled very professionally. I have been taking my vehicles there since 2011 when I moved to Naples and with a brand new car purchase will continue to use this location. I am not one to recommend places and services to others but will certainly speak positively to others about my experiences.

Sep 11, 2015 Janice T.

I came in for an oil change, Marcos was the manager, he was polite, courteous, and very helpful. This is such a refreshing change from the normal, ” I don’t really care” attitude, take good care of him, good employees are very hard to find.

Feb 02, 2015 Miguel R.

I am giving a great compliment to Atiba for his customer service at this location. Atiba always tried to do the best for his customers. even that must of the time he is there by himself. Tuffy as a Company should reward this guy for his work ethics and great service.

Oct 24, 2014 Judy B.

I highly recommend this Tuffy! They were very flexible and accommodating. It took a couple of appointments and a lot of determination to find the issue. But they did! Thank you, Perry and Robert!

Jul 28, 2014 Pamela E.

They were very friendly and helpful. I had an oil change and tire rotation. They found things wrong, but did not pressure me to allow them to fix them. They also told me what to watch for. For example; leaky hoses and such. I would recommend them for an oil change. Also the waiting room is nice, with free coffee, and it was very clean.

May 31, 2014 Chansee L.

I have never been to have my car serviced at a better place. The service was fast, the help were wonderful and price very reasonable. I very highly recommend them!

Mar 20, 2014 Mike B.

Nobody likes to pay for car repairs. This was the best expierence I have ever had. I had the pleasure of working with Geff he is extreamly knowlegeable of cars and provided above and beyond customer service. Geff made my expierience so wonderful I will never go anywhere else.

Oct 11, 2012 Karen H.

I have been using this Tuffy location since 2009, not long after it opened on Vanderbilt Beach Road. My 2003 Mustang will be turning over 100,000 miles this week and it runs like a new car. I cannot say enough to praise the knowledge and professionalism of this staff. Tuffy knows my car probably better than I do and they are helping me to take the very best care possible of my Mustang. THANK YOU.

Mar 21, 2012 Tom J.

I needed a front end alignment for my car. The technican showed me there was a problem with the tires and recommmended replacing them. The manager, offered up several choices and recommended the best tires for the money, and it was far from the most expensive. He was very professional as is his crew. The tires arrived the next day as promised and when I showed up I got right in. I’d recommend this Tuffy Auto Center to everyone who needs quality work done at a fair price. And, if you’re a car guy or gal, the crew here will talk with you about cars as long as you want! It was an enjoyable experience.

Oct 17, 2011 Chad L.

I discovered this Tuffy location a little over a year ago and have had friendly service and quality work every time. They have gone above and beyond for my car time and time again. I would recommend them to anyone.

Welcome to Tuffy Naples (Vanderbilt Beach Rd.)


Asset Management Dubai #maintenance #management, #computerised #maintenance #management #system, #purchase #order #system,


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Introduction

SGE’s core focus is to provide a holistic, 360 degree approach to Asset Maintenance Management. Our Asset Management consultancy team focuses on guiding clients on the processes to optimally manage their physical assets and the associated performance, risks and expenditures over the asset’s lifecycle. Within Asset Management, our core focus is on maintenance activities as it has the most direct impact on the performance of assets and in turn on the quality of service delivery. Using Aladdin, we ensure optimal use of resources, minimization of downtime and life cycle costs and improved service levels.

Our services include but are not limited to:

Defining assets, their hierarchy, classes and codes
Building Asset Registers
Asset Tagging
Inspection Services – Condition Auditions, Reserve Fund Studies
Developing automation for work requests and management of sub-contractors
Designing Work Orders, Schedules, KPIs and Reports for effective asset management

Asset Tagging

Asset Tagging is one of the most critical elements in achieving the highest standards of Asset Maintenance Management. Think about it! How can any maintenance team effectively and accurately carry out their duties if they cannot uniquely identify the asset on which they are scheduled to work on? Reliable asset identification is the starting point for any standardized system for Asset Maintenance Management.

Although Asset Tagging is vital for proficient maintenance management, Asset Tagging software generally costs no less than AED 25,000 making them beyond the reach of most small and medium size businesses. When we designed Aladdin, we had all this in mind and as part of our goal to grant all your maintenance wishes at the click of a button, we included a unique function that creates Asset Tagging Labels with QR codes for all assets within the software itself which can save you from spending huge amounts on asset tagging software! The information on this label can be accessed via the Aladdin Mobile App, which will ensure real time recording of all maintenance activities. So get the latest technology in your industry and don’t be left behind!

Advantages of Asset Tagging

Some of the advantages of tagging assets are:

Helps an organization to uniquely identify its assets – producing an asset register
Reliable asset identification enables a standardized system for asset management
Businesses can easily know and keep track of their asset base which also makes financial accounting easier
Asset Tagging helps track the useful life of assets and depreciation schedules making it easy to find out the status or condition of an asset at any point
Asset Tagging helps personnel in an organization to quickly identify its assets as they are carrying out their responsibilities
Scheduling routine maintenance is made easier
Asset Tagging makes monitoring asset movements easier i.e. asset transfers, asset disposals (they can track environmental disposal at the end of the asset’s useful life
Asset Tagging reduces loss and theft deterrence as the organization can tell which asset has left the premises and/or which asset has been stolen
Asset Tagging allows compliance with insurance or government regulations


ABAP 7, sap plant maintenance certification.#Sap #plant #maintenance #certification


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ABAP 7.4 Certification Guide—SAP Certified Development Associate

written by Puneet Asthana, David Haslam
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In this book, you’ll learn about:

The Structure of the Test

Don’t walk in blind. This book prepares you for what the test looks like, and presents strategies on how to take it. Plus, calm your nerves with sample test questions.

Core Content

Study up on the C_TAW12_740 test information! This book contains only information that is present in the test, so you can focus your attention on the material instead of combing through ABAP resources.

New Topics for ABAP 7.4

Brush up on the newest concepts like ABAP Push Channels, SAP HANA, and updates to internal table definition and use.

Highlights include:

Puneet Asthana is a recognized expert in ABAP development; he has 18 years of development experience, and has worked for SAP for over 12 years.

David Haslam is a recognized expert in ABAP development, having worked for SAP for over 20 years. David has led or participated in more than seven full lifecycle implementations of SAP, which include several multiple-phase projects and four large development projects.

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Maintenance Management #online #maintenance #training


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Workshop Overview

Effective maintenance is essential for all manufacturing, process and facility organizations and is dependent upon well-trained maintenance professionals with the requisite skills, knowledge and best practice standards and methods to assure that effectiveness. The Maintenance Management Certificate Program provides a comprehensive management development program for existing and aspiring maintenance management professionals. Consisting of six 2-day sessions, the program provides proven standard processes ranging from activity-based budgeting and cost control to engaging the workforce. A seventh 2-day session permits the participants to specialize their learnings for either manufacturing or facilities application. Upon successful completion of the 7-part program, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from The University of Alabama College of Continuing Studies.

Available Dates:

Who Should Attend

The program is aimed at current and aspiring maintenance managers, planners, maintenance engineers, maintenance warehouse managers and front-line supervisors at the plant or corporate level, as well as others who have direct interest in or are affected by maintenance performance and its impact on the enterprise. The comprehensive program is applicable for all industries and facilities and applicable for a single plant or global enterprise.

What you’ll Learn

How to turn a reactive maintenance organization into a world-class proactive operation

Maintenance management best practices including mission, roles, responsibilities and expectations

How to contract maintenance and manage contractors as a competitive advantage

Effective use of philosophies and technologies, include RCM, TPM, PdM and Lean

MRO storeroom best practices: layout, stocking levels, replenishment and staffing

How to use the CMMS effectively manage maintenance activities and manage costs

Activity-base maintenance budget development, cost management and effective financial modeling

How to use effective key performance indicators to assure optimum performance

Workshop Outline


Essential Boiler Preventive Maintenance – Facility Management MS Feature #hvac #preventive #maintenance


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Essential Boiler Preventive Maintenance

A fundamentally sound boiler PM program basically involves three steps: fireside maintenance, waterside maintenance, and system diagnostics.

Fireside maintenance consists of manually cleaning particulates that accumulate on the fireside of the boiler. This process increases as the heat gets absorbed and makes the system more efficient. It also helps maintain proper emissions. Excessive sooting results from incomplete combustion. If technicians notice it while cleaning, it might indicate they need to fine-tune the fuel-to-air mixture.

Waterside maintenance requires daily monitoring of feedwater quality. Technicians should monitor feedwater to ensure low levels of silica, total dissolved solids (TDS), alkalinity, oily matter and iron. A waterside program also should eliminate dissolved oxygen to help prevent corrosion and pitting.

System Diagnostics

Managers also should implement several diagnostic techniques as a part of a boiler PM program that can extend boiler life and increase efficiency. Techniques include but are not limited to:

  • Installing meters on makeup water lines to monitor flow. If the system is closed-loop, installing meters in the system helps detect leaks.
  • Blowing down routinely without overdoing it. Excessive blow-down wastes water, chemicals and energy. Where possible, install an automatic surface conductivity blowdown system to accurately control TDS while optimizing energy recovery.
  • Checking the boiler s chemical make-up routinely.
  • Inspecting steam traps and steam lines routinely for leaks.
  • Tuning boilers regularly to optimize performance. Optimal boiler performance correlate strongly with reduced wear on components.
  • Checking insulation on piping and storage tanks.
  • Inspecting condensate pumps to ensure they work efficiently.
  • Cleaning and inspecting water and fire tubes regularly to reduce scaling.
  • Checking safeties, including primary and auxiliary low-water cutoffs, gauge glass, pressure controls, scanners, and pressure switches.

Implementing a PM program for fire-tube or water-tube steam boilers keeps a facility running smoothly. It also can lead to the more efficient use of water and energy, creating savings that can more than pay for the program.

Ryan T. Evans. P.E. MBA, LEED AP BD+C is a mechanical engineer and sustainability consultant for Henderson Engineers in Kansas City. He specializes on energy and durability issues and assists his clients with financial analyses of capital improvement projects. As a designer of steam systems for his institutional clients, he helps identify operations and maintenance measures for improving boilers life, efficiency and safety.


What you need to know about furnace filters #home #and #garden, #around


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What you need to know about furnace filters

TORONTO If you’re like most people, you probably don’t give your furnace much thought as long as it’s keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. But in order to keep it working to its optimal performance and help prevent a possible malfunction you need to either change or clean your furnace filter on a regular basis.

Sounds simple, but in reality there are so many options for furnace filters that choosing the wrong one can do more damage to your furnace than good and could potentially cause your furnace to break down.

How a furnace works

A traditional forced-air furnace draws air in via return ducts, warms it over a heat exchanger then, with the help of a blower fan, pushes the heated air through a series of ducts that branch off into rooms throughout your home. The furnace runs until the temperature inside reaches your desired thermostat setting. (If you have whole home air conditioning the process is similar with the air being cooled in the summer by an outdoor compressor unit and a series of coils inside your furnace).

WATCH: Repair Clinic explains how a furnace works

What a furnace filter does

The main purpose of a furnace filter is to protect the blower fan from all the dust, hair and other gunk the return duct pulls in. While it will also help the quality of your inside air (as it is removing contaminants from being recirculated), its job is not to actually clean your air as many people believe.

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How filters are rated

Furnace filters are rated using the minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV). MERV ratings range from 1 to 16. The higher the rating the more particles the filter can remove (check out the infographic below courtesy airfilterbuy.com to get an idea of what each MERV rating can handle). Higher rated filters allow less air to flow through though and can force your furnace to work harder and possibly malfunction. A MERV rating between eight and 11 is adequate for most homes. To be safe, you should check if your furnace manufacturer has a maximum MERV rating your model of furnace can use.

Some home improvement centres, such as Home Depot. use their own rating system on products sold in their stores. These ratings are similar to the MERV scale but do vary slightly. It’s best to confirm what their rating converts to on the MERV scale to ensure you’re using a filter safe for your furnace.

Filter types

The most common type of furnace filter is the disposable pleated kind. These come in a range of standard sizes and ratings. Pleated filters are constructed out of paper and polyester and do a good job at filtering most household particles and allergens. The price of these filters varies from a couple of dollars all the way into the $30 $40 range depending on the brand, size and rating of the filter. Pleated filters should be checked monthly for blockages and replaced on average every 90 days.

Disposable fibreglass filters are the cheapest filter on the market. They have an almost spider web appearance and are most often blue in colour. They come in many standard sizes, but are generally more flimsy and have lower ratings than pleated filters. Due to their inferior quality, disposable fibreglass filters should be checked and replaced more frequently than pleated filters.

Permanent reusable filters (also referred to as washable filters) are constructed with either a solid aluminum or plastic frame and are more efficient than a disposable filter. These filters can be vacuumed off and cleaned with water. They come in a range of sizes and ratings, and while more costly to purchase, they last an average of 5 years if maintained with a proper cleaning at least every 90 days.

A note about electrostatic filters

Both disposable and washable filters come in electrostatic versions. Electrostatic filters self-charge themselves as air passes through them. This process helps trap small particles, making them good for homes with pets or people who smoke inside. Check your furnace manual to ensure you can safely use electrostatic filters.

Filter sizes

Furnace filters are sized by thickness (depth), height and length. The most common thickness is 1”, with 4” also being a popular choice on larger systems. Height and length combinations range from 10”x10” all the way to 30”x30”. The most common sizes are 14”x25”, 16”x20”, 16”x25”, 20”x25”, and 25”x25”. To find out what size filter your furnace uses, remove and check the old filter (the size should be written on the frame of the filter) or refer to your furnace manual.

NOTE: If your furnace uses a custom size filter speak with your furnace manufacturer to find out where you can purchase replacement filters.

Replacing your filter

Once you know what size filter you require and what MERV rating you can use, and have chosen what filter type to purchase, it’s time to replace the old filter.

NOTE: To ensure your furnace doesn’t kick in while you’re changing your filter it’s recommended you turn your furnace off while swapping out the filter.

Open the filter compartment door (this will be between the air intake and furnace itself) and slide the old filter out and properly dispose of it (it will be dusty so try to place it in a bag as quickly and gently as possible). If you have a permanent filter, vacuum it off before rinsing it thoroughly with water. Allow it to completely dry before putting it back inside your furnace.

WATCH: Liberty Homes demonstrates how to change a furnace filter

If you haven’t changed your filter in a long time and notice lots of hair or dust around the filter opening, it’s highly recommend you vacuum around the outside of the furnace and inside the filter opening before replacing the filter.

Whether you’re using a disposable or washable filter it will have an arrow on it showing the direction of the airflow. The arrow needs to face the furnace side of the compartment when you slide it in. This is important to ensure your filter is working properly.

Once you have your filter replaced turn your furnace back on. Check your filter monthly and clean your washable filter or replace your disposable filter every 90 days.

NOTE: If you’re not comfortable cleaning or changing your own furnace filter contact an HVAC professional in your area for assistance.

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Sites built on cloud services such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure can now automatically and transparently redirect user traffic from their bare domain name to the www version of their sites. Simply add a http redirection record in the edgedirector control panel and all further record maintenance is automatic. The edgedirector http redirection service is geodns enabled and hosted on multiple distributed redundant edgedirector servers

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Welcome to Mini Split Installer Los Angeles

Welcome to Mini Split Install LA, offering the best value in ductless air conditioning and heating systems to the Los Angeles area for more than 25 years. We specialize in selling and installing mini split, single split and multiple split ductless units for homes and businesses. These small cooling and heating systems are ideal for cooling computer or server rooms; regulating temperature in sunrooms; creating zone systems that allow the cooling or heating of only one room at a time; supplementing a central air system for room additions; and upgrading older homes that don’t have space for a duct system.

Call us when you seek a mini split expert. Our team has been in the business for over a quarter of a century and has installed thousands of split systems over the years. We are C-20 HVAC and C-38 Refrigeration licensed, and constantly giving our staff manufacturer training. Rest assured, we know how to safely and correctly install any residential or commercial ductless system. Our technicians arrive uniformed, on time, and fully prepared to get the job done — usually in less than a day. Our exceptional service even extends to explaining what rebates or tax credits you may qualify for; providing instructions on how to use your new system and remote control; and recycling your old air conditioning system or furnace.

We carry a large inventory of ductless systems from the industry’s most trusted brands. These wall or ceiling mounted split units are available for both cooling and heating. They can be customized with state-of-the-art technology for your comfort and convenience, and can be as discreet or as stylish as you wish, with panels available in complementing colors, mirror finishes and picture frame designs. Whether you need a unit for one room or several, we will help you find a model to fit your needs and budget. Our mini split systems are always green (most now use chlorine-free R410 refrigerant), energy efficient, quiet and very effective. Most come with a warranty that lasts for 5 to 12 years, and we guarantee our labor for one year unless listed differently on your contract.

Find out why we have earned so many glowing reviews on Angie’s List. Call today!

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7 Tips for Starting (and Growing) Your Lawn Maintenance Business #sba #loan

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According to the 2010 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there are nearly 1.25 million people employed as grounds maintenance workers. Even better, the projected employment is expected to increase by another quarter of a million by 2020. What does that mean? That the BLS expects demand for grounds maintenance workers to increase by 20% – faster than the average for all occupations – tells you that there is definitely a market for new lawn maintenance businesses.

1.Identify Your Goals. Create a Mission Statement.

The first step is to identify exactly what you want to accomplish with your new lawn maintenance business. Exactly why are you starting this lawn maintenance business? Do you want to work part-time? Full-time? Manage a team? How big do you want to grow? Are you prepared to manage the business aspects – invoicing, taxes, legal, sales and marketing? Also, what differentiates you from the competition? Do you have monetary goals for Year 1? How about Year 5?

As you start defining your goals, start thinking about creating an internal mission statement that helps you clearly define who you are and why you’re creating this business. Your mission statement should be designed to help you give a purpose to your business. It may sound like a waste of time and a little bit too corporate, but every time you make a decision, you can look at your mission statement and ask “Am I living up to my mission?” And remember that, like the Constitution, your mission statement can be a living, modifiable document.

Just for fun, Franklin Covey offers a Mission Statement builder that can help you start thinking about what’s important to you.

Identifying your target market is based in part on your goals and mission statement. Are you targeting corporate office lawn maintenance? Are you going to maintain lawns in your neighborhood? Are you going to open a chain of lawn maintenance businesses throughout the Midwest? If so, what niche are you looking to fill? Do you want to be the low-price leader like Wal-Mart? Do you want to go organic like Whole Foods?

Your target market is just that – the people you plan to target with your marketing efforts. What does your ideal client look like? Many marketers choose to develop something called a buyer persona – a short paragraph or two – that provides a snapshot of what your ideal buyer looks like. HubSpot has a great post on questions to ask when developing personas. Developing a buyer persona can help you create targeted, effective marketing campaigns.

You wouldn’t go to a gunfight without a gun, right? Once you’ve developed goals, a mission statement and identified who you’re selling to, it’s time to start buying the tools you need to run your business. So how do you choose? First, consider your goals and the types of services you plan to provide. Target equipment that is going to help you get things done faster (so you can do more jobs), professionally (so you provide a quality product) and that requires minimal maintenance (so you can limit the amount of time and money you spend on repairs and/or new equipment). Remember to think about total cost of ownership as opposed to the initial price. Just because a mower has a cheaper purchase price doesn’t mean it’s the best solution.

So how do you choose equipment? The best advice is to network with your peers, talk to dealers and leverage the power of the Internet to get a feel for what equipment is best. Also think about what type of guarantee/warranty is included in the equipment, what kind of customer service the dealer has and how easy it is to obtain replacement parts.

In the past, one of the best ways to generate customers for a lawn care business was to simply pound the pavement by getting out and talking to your target audience. That’s still a great way to drum up business, but it’s 2012, so don’t forget to use modern technology to add scale to your marketing efforts.

For example, our partner Go iLawn has a great solution that enables you to pay a couple dollars per property to get measurements, measurements you can then use to send a personalized price quote to potential customers without ever having to visit their property. It’s a real time – and money – saver that can help you quickly and easily build a customer base.

Whatever route you take, make sure you act like a professional business. It’s worth spending some money on a basic website, a basic logo/brand and things like business cards, local advertising and giveaways like calendars/pens/sticky notes/magnets etc. These items can not only help build brand awareness, but also ensures your first impression is a positive one.

We sell field service software. so this one is near and dear to our heart. You can’t improve your business if you don’t have metrics that you use to determine how your business is performing. We highly recommend that you invest in field service software – ours costs as little as $99/month – that can help you manage your client and prospect information, quickly and easily schedule jobs, seamlessly transmit to and collect data from the field, and automate your billing.

But field service software like ours goes beyond improving your business workflow. It also allows you to collect data that can help you make smart business decisions. Are you quoting too little for a specific property because it takes longer than you initially thought? How many jobs per day can you perform? Can you route your crews more efficiently to save time and money? You can answer these questions – and many more – by analyzing the data your business naturally collects.

We don’t care if you don’t choose our field service software solution. But we will if you don’t choose any solution – doing so is setting your business up to fail.

At some point – either initially or as your business grows – you’ll need to start putting together a team to help you run your business. Whether it’s a part-time office worker to manage your lawn maintenance business’ scheduling and billing or a full-time field technician, who you decide to hire can have enormous consequences.

I recently was introduced to Marcus Sheridan (aka thesaleslion ), who runs a pool installation business. As he posted in his blog. he was working his tail off to grow his business and relied heavily on an office worker to manage the financial aspects of his business. Unfortunately, she was embezzling money while at the same time not paying taxes. Not only did he lose a fortune, but he also nearly lost his business and personal assets to the IRS.

Perform a background check – there are a number of companies like Verifications, Inc.. HireRight. FirstAdvantage and Sterling – that can perform an in-depth check for $100 or less. Also, ask for references. There are great solutions like Net Reference and Checkster that automate the entire reference check process. And give you a good indication of how reliable an employee is.

Spending a few dollars up-front can save your company a lot of money in the long run.

Yesterday we talked about how those in the field service industry should use the marketing bulls eye approach to start their marketing efforts at their best customers. So should you. The most cost-effective way to grow a new business is through word of mouth. Don’t be afraid to ask customers to write a testimonial or even use social media like Twitter and Facebook to tell their friends about you. Most clients will take time to recommend you if they’re happy with your work and you ask them face-to-face.

You can take it a step further by spending money to generate referrals. Hold a contest to see who can generate the most referrals and give them a gift (iPads or Android tablets are a great idea). Start a “Street Team” and send packages containing business cards, stickers, posters, etc. that your Street Team can give to their friends and family. Also, leverage the power of Angie’s List and other review sites to generate new business by giving a discount to clients that agree to give you a review. And remember to always track your activities to see which ones are most profitable so you can improve future marketing efforts.

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Checkmate:
The management system that helps you run your business faster, better, and cheaper!

To compete in the salvage industry today, you need smart tools that can help you effectively run your business and sell parts. Checkmate is the inventory management system recyclers choose to manage their business, maintain their inventory and sell more parts quickly, efficiently, and proactively.

Checkmate is a robust product that provides many powerful features. It also integrates with many of our other products, giving you a true end-to-end workflow.

Checkmate Workstation gives you access to many Checkmate and Car-Part tools from within one program, and these tools help you increase sales and improve your business’s efficiency. Checkmate Workstation “houses” all of our Checkmate products and services in one window so it’s a snap to access and switch between programs:

  • Dashboard . Real-time overview of your business, displaying charts and graphs with essential information about sales, inventory, employees, and more.
  • Imaging . Easily add images to your parts and vehicles with drag-and-drop convenience. These images are visible in Checkmate and uploaded to online search results.
  • eBay (Checkmate Listing Manager) . List many parts on eBay at once, with just the click of a button.
  • Reports . Checkmate Reports and Advanced Management Reports give you easy access to all of the data that is stored in your Checkmate system. Unlock information that helps you make business decisions and manage more effectively.
  • Checkmate Sales Pro . A modern and intuitive sales workflow.
  • Checkmate Retro . The traditional character-based Checkmate interface.
  • QuickBooks Integration . Automatically transfer sales from Checkmate to QuickBooks. Any sales or returns done in QuickBooks are automatically transferred by Checkmate.
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Online Course: Hotel Management 101 – CEU Certificate #online #hospitality #management #certificate,


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Hotel Management 101

Course Description

Hotel Management will provide a realistic look at every major portion of the hotel business which will help anyone planning or currently pursuing one of the many different career opportunities available in this burgeoning and dynamic industry.

A great hotel manager leads by example. Like any business intent on survival and success, the hospitality industry requires insight into the financial aspect of every facet and every detail. Hotel Management is a course for those who wish to enjoy both personal and professional success in the hospitality industry; and need to have a more than casual understanding of the business and financial operations of the industry.

Hotels and motels are not only places where a guest can obtain tasty food and comfortable lodging, they are an integral part of community life, with facilities for meetings, entertainment, and personal services. The career choices for a person seeking a job in the hospitality industry are vast: guest service manager, head chef, front office clerk, security officer, banquet manager, bookkeeper, concierge and many more opportunities that can be personally satisfying and financially rewarding. Renewed business travel, and domestic and foreign tourism will boost employment growth of lodging managers in full-service hotels.

Additional demands for managers are expected in suite hotels. Business customers are willing to pay more for rooms with kitchens and suites that are spacious enough to conduct small meetings in. Other trainee and managerial opportunities will be available in large full-service hotels offering restaurants, fitness centers, ample meeting rooms and play areas for children, among other amenities.

The hospitality industry offers today’s young men and women an interesting and exciting career. Management of a hotel or restaurant calls for a wide range of capabilities. For those wishing a rewarding and challenging life of service to others, a future in the hospitality field should be seriously considered.

Lesson 1: History and Profile of the Hospitality Industry

This lesson describes the evolution of the hotel, the different types, and the managerial aspects.

  • Lesson 2: Setting Goals and Objectives

    This lesson describes a manager’s duties, job opportunities, and educational programs and financial aid available.

  • Lesson 3: Managing People

    This lesson describes the different job positions in the hotel, managerial duties, and sales and marketing techniques.

  • Lesson 4: Invest Time In Your Personnel

    This lesson discusses interviewing, training, and motivational aspects when hiring employees.

  • Lesson 5: The Reservation Experience

    This lesson covers reservations, customer special requests, travel agencies, and cancellations.

  • Lesson 6: Guest Accounting Practices

    This lesson describes the different methods of payment, credit limits, and the special needs of a casino hotel.

  • Lesson 7: Managing Guest Services

    This lesson addresses guest amenities, room rates, and preventing problems.

  • Lesson 8: Food and Beverage Management

    This lesson covers everything from planning menus and cooks to meeting and convention planning.

  • Lesson 9: Hotel Environment

    This lesson deals with staff issues and hotel security.

  • Lesson 10: How Outstanding Managers Beat Work Overload

    This lesson explains how to separate work from home life, and which area you would be most comfortable in the hotel management.

  • Additional Course Information

    • Document Your Lifelong Learning Achievements
    • Earn an Official Certificate Documenting Course Hours and CEUs
    • Verify Your Certificate with a Unique Serial Number Online
    • View and Share Your Certificate Online or Download/Print as PDF
    • Display Your Certificate on Your Resume and Promote Your Achievements Using Social Media

    Course Title: Hotel Management 101

    Course Number: 33024

    Languages: English – United States, Canada and other English speaking countries

    By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

    • Describe the history and profile of the hospitality industry.
    • Know setting goals and objectives.
    • Describe managing people.
    • Know the reservation experience.
    • Know guest accounting practices.
    • Describe managing guest services.
    • Describe food and beverage management.
    • Describe the hotel environment.
    • Describe how outstanding managers beat work overload, and
    • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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    Fire Suppression Systems #kidde, #notifier, #fire #alarm, #fire #suppression, #halon #1301, #novec


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    Control Fire Systems has everything our company needs. We called them and inquired about their products and had them install fire suppression, marine fire systems, fire alarm panels, fire alarm devices, fire extinguishers and fire safety products. I highly recommend them to everyone.

    Control Fire System came on time for our scheduled quote on refilling our clean agent cylinder. They did a fast and efficient job and also provided cylinder hydrostatic testing and emergency cylinder recharges in case of any emergencies in the future. This is something like the fifth or sixth time we’ve used them and it’s always gone well. We’ll look forward to having CFS come back in future.

    We purchased a fire alarm from you guys, for some out buildings where we run repair work. Recently, we had a small fire and the fire alarm detected it immediately and alerted my staff. Great to see a product working as it’s supposed to.

    Over the years, I have called them to do site inspections and go through what needs to be done and fixed. They are really good at installation and maintenance of fire systems and everything is running smoothly.

    One of our motels failed a fire alarm test in the fall. The technician from Control Fire System was very professional and experienced. He went through the guidelines and procedures and suggested replacement of most of the alarms and maintenance for the sprinklers. The work went off fairly quickly and we felt much more confident once the work was completed. We’re pleased we trusted the solid reviews of this company and will be using them for the remainder of our properties.

    Kidde provides excellent systems. We recommend it highly. Call these guys to have them give you details. Their knowledge is first rate.

    Your team of technicians and staff was a pleasure to do business with from the initial sales call through to the final briefing after installation. We had a close call last year and I can tell you that everyone on our end is feeling better with the new fire suppression systems in place.

    They replaced a fire control panel for us this summer and I just wanted to pass on a compliment on how quickly I got a response and had the techs come out. We did the usual three quotes and Control Fire was easily the most responsive. It was very reassuring and the integration went seamlessly. We’ll be updating the rest of the systems in steps and now know who to call.

    I manage maintenance at a nearly 10,000 sqf facility in the east end and Control Fire Systems is contracted to check out our systems twice annually. They’ve done some fan air testing as well as the fire systems and everything has been in order since I started here. I recommend to any plant manager getting into a regular contract situation with a reputable company like this one. It’s great piece of mind.

    Whenever one of our larger commercial units changes hands, expands, renovates, etc. I call in Control Fire Systems. They assess and do upgrades and repairs where necessary which actually adds to the bottom line if a sale is involved. One of the great tricks of property management is being sure you’re not getting gouged by contractors downstream and having these guys onboard has been a great relief in that regard. It’s a partnership I plan to continue to take advantage of.

    I wasn’t involved in the sales negotiation as the property management handled that but I can tell you that in terms of implementation they were wonderful to work with. We had accounting and other non-tech people in on the first meetings and Control Fire Systems was really able to capture the specifics and timelines in a way we could all grasp. I feel better knowing the care home is as safe as can be.

    Our office building purchased Control Fire Services portable extinguishers a few years ago. We had them do a fire extinguisher inspection, refill (we have actually needed that!), repair and recharge. Impressed with the 6-year fire extinguisher maintenance if anything goes wrong. A good choice for commercial operations.


    7 Tips for Starting (and Growing) Your Lawn Maintenance Business #daily #stock

    #lawn mowing business

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    According to the 2010 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there are nearly 1.25 million people employed as grounds maintenance workers. Even better, the projected employment is expected to increase by another quarter of a million by 2020. What does that mean? That the BLS expects demand for grounds maintenance workers to increase by 20% – faster than the average for all occupations – tells you that there is definitely a market for new lawn maintenance businesses.

    1.Identify Your Goals. Create a Mission Statement.

    The first step is to identify exactly what you want to accomplish with your new lawn maintenance business. Exactly why are you starting this lawn maintenance business? Do you want to work part-time? Full-time? Manage a team? How big do you want to grow? Are you prepared to manage the business aspects – invoicing, taxes, legal, sales and marketing? Also, what differentiates you from the competition? Do you have monetary goals for Year 1? How about Year 5?

    As you start defining your goals, start thinking about creating an internal mission statement that helps you clearly define who you are and why you’re creating this business. Your mission statement should be designed to help you give a purpose to your business. It may sound like a waste of time and a little bit too corporate, but every time you make a decision, you can look at your mission statement and ask “Am I living up to my mission?” And remember that, like the Constitution, your mission statement can be a living, modifiable document.

    Just for fun, Franklin Covey offers a Mission Statement builder that can help you start thinking about what’s important to you.

    Identifying your target market is based in part on your goals and mission statement. Are you targeting corporate office lawn maintenance? Are you going to maintain lawns in your neighborhood? Are you going to open a chain of lawn maintenance businesses throughout the Midwest? If so, what niche are you looking to fill? Do you want to be the low-price leader like Wal-Mart? Do you want to go organic like Whole Foods?

    Your target market is just that – the people you plan to target with your marketing efforts. What does your ideal client look like? Many marketers choose to develop something called a buyer persona – a short paragraph or two – that provides a snapshot of what your ideal buyer looks like. HubSpot has a great post on questions to ask when developing personas. Developing a buyer persona can help you create targeted, effective marketing campaigns.

    You wouldn’t go to a gunfight without a gun, right? Once you’ve developed goals, a mission statement and identified who you’re selling to, it’s time to start buying the tools you need to run your business. So how do you choose? First, consider your goals and the types of services you plan to provide. Target equipment that is going to help you get things done faster (so you can do more jobs), professionally (so you provide a quality product) and that requires minimal maintenance (so you can limit the amount of time and money you spend on repairs and/or new equipment). Remember to think about total cost of ownership as opposed to the initial price. Just because a mower has a cheaper purchase price doesn’t mean it’s the best solution.

    So how do you choose equipment? The best advice is to network with your peers, talk to dealers and leverage the power of the Internet to get a feel for what equipment is best. Also think about what type of guarantee/warranty is included in the equipment, what kind of customer service the dealer has and how easy it is to obtain replacement parts.

    In the past, one of the best ways to generate customers for a lawn care business was to simply pound the pavement by getting out and talking to your target audience. That’s still a great way to drum up business, but it’s 2012, so don’t forget to use modern technology to add scale to your marketing efforts.

    For example, our partner Go iLawn has a great solution that enables you to pay a couple dollars per property to get measurements, measurements you can then use to send a personalized price quote to potential customers without ever having to visit their property. It’s a real time – and money – saver that can help you quickly and easily build a customer base.

    Whatever route you take, make sure you act like a professional business. It’s worth spending some money on a basic website, a basic logo/brand and things like business cards, local advertising and giveaways like calendars/pens/sticky notes/magnets etc. These items can not only help build brand awareness, but also ensures your first impression is a positive one.

    We sell field service software. so this one is near and dear to our heart. You can’t improve your business if you don’t have metrics that you use to determine how your business is performing. We highly recommend that you invest in field service software – ours costs as little as $99/month – that can help you manage your client and prospect information, quickly and easily schedule jobs, seamlessly transmit to and collect data from the field, and automate your billing.

    But field service software like ours goes beyond improving your business workflow. It also allows you to collect data that can help you make smart business decisions. Are you quoting too little for a specific property because it takes longer than you initially thought? How many jobs per day can you perform? Can you route your crews more efficiently to save time and money? You can answer these questions – and many more – by analyzing the data your business naturally collects.

    We don’t care if you don’t choose our field service software solution. But we will if you don’t choose any solution – doing so is setting your business up to fail.

    At some point – either initially or as your business grows – you’ll need to start putting together a team to help you run your business. Whether it’s a part-time office worker to manage your lawn maintenance business’ scheduling and billing or a full-time field technician, who you decide to hire can have enormous consequences.

    I recently was introduced to Marcus Sheridan (aka thesaleslion ), who runs a pool installation business. As he posted in his blog. he was working his tail off to grow his business and relied heavily on an office worker to manage the financial aspects of his business. Unfortunately, she was embezzling money while at the same time not paying taxes. Not only did he lose a fortune, but he also nearly lost his business and personal assets to the IRS.

    Perform a background check – there are a number of companies like Verifications, Inc.. HireRight. FirstAdvantage and Sterling – that can perform an in-depth check for $100 or less. Also, ask for references. There are great solutions like Net Reference and Checkster that automate the entire reference check process. And give you a good indication of how reliable an employee is.

    Spending a few dollars up-front can save your company a lot of money in the long run.

    Yesterday we talked about how those in the field service industry should use the marketing bulls eye approach to start their marketing efforts at their best customers. So should you. The most cost-effective way to grow a new business is through word of mouth. Don’t be afraid to ask customers to write a testimonial or even use social media like Twitter and Facebook to tell their friends about you. Most clients will take time to recommend you if they’re happy with your work and you ask them face-to-face.

    You can take it a step further by spending money to generate referrals. Hold a contest to see who can generate the most referrals and give them a gift (iPads or Android tablets are a great idea). Start a “Street Team” and send packages containing business cards, stickers, posters, etc. that your Street Team can give to their friends and family. Also, leverage the power of Angie’s List and other review sites to generate new business by giving a discount to clients that agree to give you a review. And remember to always track your activities to see which ones are most profitable so you can improve future marketing efforts.

    Want to learn more about what it takes to succeed in the green industry? Then download your free copy of Local SEO for Green Industry Businesses and learn how to create web presence that sells!





    7 Tips for Starting (and Growing) Your Lawn Maintenance Business #small #business

    #lawn mowing business

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    According to the 2010 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there are nearly 1.25 million people employed as grounds maintenance workers. Even better, the projected employment is expected to increase by another quarter of a million by 2020. What does that mean? That the BLS expects demand for grounds maintenance workers to increase by 20% – faster than the average for all occupations – tells you that there is definitely a market for new lawn maintenance businesses.

    1.Identify Your Goals. Create a Mission Statement.

    The first step is to identify exactly what you want to accomplish with your new lawn maintenance business. Exactly why are you starting this lawn maintenance business? Do you want to work part-time? Full-time? Manage a team? How big do you want to grow? Are you prepared to manage the business aspects – invoicing, taxes, legal, sales and marketing? Also, what differentiates you from the competition? Do you have monetary goals for Year 1? How about Year 5?

    As you start defining your goals, start thinking about creating an internal mission statement that helps you clearly define who you are and why you’re creating this business. Your mission statement should be designed to help you give a purpose to your business. It may sound like a waste of time and a little bit too corporate, but every time you make a decision, you can look at your mission statement and ask “Am I living up to my mission?” And remember that, like the Constitution, your mission statement can be a living, modifiable document.

    Just for fun, Franklin Covey offers a Mission Statement builder that can help you start thinking about what’s important to you.

    Identifying your target market is based in part on your goals and mission statement. Are you targeting corporate office lawn maintenance? Are you going to maintain lawns in your neighborhood? Are you going to open a chain of lawn maintenance businesses throughout the Midwest? If so, what niche are you looking to fill? Do you want to be the low-price leader like Wal-Mart? Do you want to go organic like Whole Foods?

    Your target market is just that – the people you plan to target with your marketing efforts. What does your ideal client look like? Many marketers choose to develop something called a buyer persona – a short paragraph or two – that provides a snapshot of what your ideal buyer looks like. HubSpot has a great post on questions to ask when developing personas. Developing a buyer persona can help you create targeted, effective marketing campaigns.

    You wouldn’t go to a gunfight without a gun, right? Once you’ve developed goals, a mission statement and identified who you’re selling to, it’s time to start buying the tools you need to run your business. So how do you choose? First, consider your goals and the types of services you plan to provide. Target equipment that is going to help you get things done faster (so you can do more jobs), professionally (so you provide a quality product) and that requires minimal maintenance (so you can limit the amount of time and money you spend on repairs and/or new equipment). Remember to think about total cost of ownership as opposed to the initial price. Just because a mower has a cheaper purchase price doesn’t mean it’s the best solution.

    So how do you choose equipment? The best advice is to network with your peers, talk to dealers and leverage the power of the Internet to get a feel for what equipment is best. Also think about what type of guarantee/warranty is included in the equipment, what kind of customer service the dealer has and how easy it is to obtain replacement parts.

    In the past, one of the best ways to generate customers for a lawn care business was to simply pound the pavement by getting out and talking to your target audience. That’s still a great way to drum up business, but it’s 2012, so don’t forget to use modern technology to add scale to your marketing efforts.

    For example, our partner Go iLawn has a great solution that enables you to pay a couple dollars per property to get measurements, measurements you can then use to send a personalized price quote to potential customers without ever having to visit their property. It’s a real time – and money – saver that can help you quickly and easily build a customer base.

    Whatever route you take, make sure you act like a professional business. It’s worth spending some money on a basic website, a basic logo/brand and things like business cards, local advertising and giveaways like calendars/pens/sticky notes/magnets etc. These items can not only help build brand awareness, but also ensures your first impression is a positive one.

    We sell field service software. so this one is near and dear to our heart. You can’t improve your business if you don’t have metrics that you use to determine how your business is performing. We highly recommend that you invest in field service software – ours costs as little as $99/month – that can help you manage your client and prospect information, quickly and easily schedule jobs, seamlessly transmit to and collect data from the field, and automate your billing.

    But field service software like ours goes beyond improving your business workflow. It also allows you to collect data that can help you make smart business decisions. Are you quoting too little for a specific property because it takes longer than you initially thought? How many jobs per day can you perform? Can you route your crews more efficiently to save time and money? You can answer these questions – and many more – by analyzing the data your business naturally collects.

    We don’t care if you don’t choose our field service software solution. But we will if you don’t choose any solution – doing so is setting your business up to fail.

    At some point – either initially or as your business grows – you’ll need to start putting together a team to help you run your business. Whether it’s a part-time office worker to manage your lawn maintenance business’ scheduling and billing or a full-time field technician, who you decide to hire can have enormous consequences.

    I recently was introduced to Marcus Sheridan (aka thesaleslion ), who runs a pool installation business. As he posted in his blog. he was working his tail off to grow his business and relied heavily on an office worker to manage the financial aspects of his business. Unfortunately, she was embezzling money while at the same time not paying taxes. Not only did he lose a fortune, but he also nearly lost his business and personal assets to the IRS.

    Perform a background check – there are a number of companies like Verifications, Inc.. HireRight. FirstAdvantage and Sterling – that can perform an in-depth check for $100 or less. Also, ask for references. There are great solutions like Net Reference and Checkster that automate the entire reference check process. And give you a good indication of how reliable an employee is.

    Spending a few dollars up-front can save your company a lot of money in the long run.

    Yesterday we talked about how those in the field service industry should use the marketing bulls eye approach to start their marketing efforts at their best customers. So should you. The most cost-effective way to grow a new business is through word of mouth. Don’t be afraid to ask customers to write a testimonial or even use social media like Twitter and Facebook to tell their friends about you. Most clients will take time to recommend you if they’re happy with your work and you ask them face-to-face.

    You can take it a step further by spending money to generate referrals. Hold a contest to see who can generate the most referrals and give them a gift (iPads or Android tablets are a great idea). Start a “Street Team” and send packages containing business cards, stickers, posters, etc. that your Street Team can give to their friends and family. Also, leverage the power of Angie’s List and other review sites to generate new business by giving a discount to clients that agree to give you a review. And remember to always track your activities to see which ones are most profitable so you can improve future marketing efforts.

    Want to learn more about what it takes to succeed in the green industry? Then download your free copy of Local SEO for Green Industry Businesses and learn how to create web presence that sells!