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4 Ways to Get Good Publicity From Bad Reviews

Has a past customer posted a negative online review about your business? Don’t sweat it. With the right response, you can use negative reviews to generate positive exposure and build better client relationships. Here are four tips to help you convert customer criticisms into one of your greatest assets: 1. Start a conversation. Consider reviews…

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4 Reasons to Add New Project Photos Today

(And 3 Tips to Do It Right) It’s long been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. But these days, it’s safe to say that it’s worth even more. Today’s busy, tech-savvy consumers are unlikely to read through blocks of text on your profile. So, you’ve got little time to convince a homeowner…

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4 Ways to Boost Profits Through Better Customer Service

Ken Dyrne, owner of County Wide Mechanical Services, has learned a lot since starting his business in 2006. And one of his biggest takeaways is the power of customer service. Here’s his advice for using customer relations to create a profitable and long-lasting business. 1. Invest in Your Employees Ken knows that his business’ success…

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4 Tips for a Successful Side Business

After 21 years in the military, including three combat tours, Mark Williams retired and decided it was time for something new. He took a job as a facilities technician and mechanic at Ft. Hood, a military base near Austin, Texas, and began to pick up side jobs helping families around the area. Within several months,…

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5 Tricks to Simplify Your Finances

Streamlining your finances doesn’t have to be a challenge. These general tips – and helpful insights into financial management software from the business efficiency experts at mHelpDesk – will help you keep your money organized – and ensure it stays that way. 1. Modernize Finance Methods Modern payment tools allow you to calculate bids, send…

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7 Traits Homeowners Look for in a Contractor

When it comes to navigating home renovations, homeowner Julie Schlueter is an expert. Over the last three decades, she has experienced two home renovations and a house built from the ground up. All of that experience has taught her what she likes in a contractor. “Remodeling your home can be overwhelming,” says Schlueter, who lives…

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Getting the Best Return on Your Leads Investment

By Paul F. P. Pogue Wise use of HomeAdvisor resources keeps CertaPro busy year-round in Huntington Beach. Pat Wade took over the Huntington Beach, Calif., franchise of CertaPro Painters after 20 years of working in another field that took him all around the country. He wanted to work closer to home, and since then since…

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Finances Made Easy: Your Monthly Checklist

Preparing bids, scheduling jobs, managing projects, hiring subs — running your own business is busy work. And sometimes it can leave little time for important tasks like tracking your company’s financials. Fortunately, managing your money doesn’t have to be an afterthought — or a time-consuming chore. Download this free checklist to keep your finances streamlined.

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Setting Up Your Business Entity: A Guide for New Contractors

Contracting can be a lucrative career opportunity, but failing to establish the proper business entities, systems, and structures could mean setting yourself up for failure. It’s important to establish a formal business entity that can grow with your business before taking on clients, so that you can focus your attention on providing excellent services instead…

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