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    Chapter 1 - Part "A"

    It's a small world  Have you ever been to Lexington Kentucky? It's a neat town and everybody is into horses. My wife and I left Wisconsin for a vacation a few years ago and we ended up on a main road called Man-O-War Blvd named after the famous race horse. We were lost but didn't care so we just turned off the Blvd and we ended up goi... Read More

    by Mike's Plumbing on June 06, 2011Comments (14)
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    Make money on every job, don't chase the future...

    I remember when I was first starting out, all the tricks the customers could pull over on me.  If you've been dealing with customers for any period of time you've probably heard some of these:  "If you do a good job on this job, there'll be 3 more.",  "If you do a good job on the repair, I'll give you the whole replacement when I'... Read More

    by Grumpy on May 08, 2011Comments (13)
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    Your Web Site is NOT a Brochure

    In my last blog post, I wrote about the biggest advertising mistake contractors make which is failing to accurately measure and track your advertising and marketing. Well, right behind it is thinking of - and treating - your web site as if it were a brochure.Your web site is NOT a brochure; it is a virtual sales rep with a built-in sales funnel.... Read More

    by BenLanders on August 07, 2011Comments (13)
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    The Minimum You Should Know About SEO - Part 1

    Few marketing strategies (uh, none) can rival search engine optimization or SEO when it comes to long-term return on investment (ROI). Whether you choose to do your own SEO or hire an SEO company to do it for you, there are a few things you need to know in order to maximize your success. Let's start with the basics. What is "SEO"? Simply put... Read More

    by BenLanders on December 18, 2011Comments (13)
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    Permits? We don’t need no stinkin’ permits!

    Permits? We don’t need no stinkin’ permits!    Buildings permits? Why would you want a building permit? That'll just cost me money and then the government will raise my property taxes. Have you been told this lie? It's not true. Typically unless you are adding square footage to your building, your tax appraisal won't go ... Read More

    by Grumpy on May 11, 2011Comments (12)
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    The Coming Jobs War

    The Coming Jobs War I recently read a book written by the CEO of Gallup, Jim Clifton, titled The Coming Jobs War.  I read the book on the way to Las Vegas for one of my kid’s soccer tournaments, and haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since.  I've read and listened to droves of studies on the future of the US Econo... Read More

    by Randy Fitch, PS on March 21, 2012Comments (11)
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    How I'm building a video production set ( Part-1 )

    I want my own online TV show This is a blog series dedicated to building my own low budget video production set. I don't know anything about it, I just know I want  to shoot videos and have them on my website to compliment the blog posts.  As of right now I don't have a plan and I don't even know what I want it to look like. My perso... Read More

    by Mike's Plumbing on June 30, 2011Comments (11)
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    3 Steps to Double Your Web Site Traffic - Step 2

    Introduction Over the course of any given week, I speak with a couple dozen contractors about marketing. One of the most frequent topics of conversation is what are the most effective strategies to generate more qualified leads and opportunities. Perhaps some of you on this web site have wondered the same thing? I've put together a simple 3 st... Read More

    by BenLanders on August 26, 2011Comments (10)
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    Why You Should Be "All In" With PPC And SEO

    It's frightening how many contractors want growth, but aren't "all in" with pay per click (PPC) advertising and search engine optimization (SEO). But, what's more frightening is that the window of opportunity to drive profitable growth with strategies like PPC and SEO is closing - fast. You see, at the highest level, Google is a real estate gam... Read More

    by BenLanders on April 21, 2012Comments (10)
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    Contractor Insurance Buyers Guide

    So you're in the market for insurance for your contracting business? It's very easy to make a mistake that will cost you thousands of dollars.  You may have learned what I am about to tell you if you've bought insurance before, or maybe not. However if you've never bought business insurance this should be a must read before you sign any dot... Read More

    by Grumpy on May 21, 2011Comments (10)
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