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Forum: Marketing & Sales 02-12-2013, 10:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 17,038
Posted By Littlefield
I'd recommend getting a standard way of...

I'd recommend getting a standard way of estimating from your dad, unless you're just going to guess at a price? Sometimes it's tough to learn from parents.

Get a roller wheel to take...
Forum: Marketing & Sales 02-12-2013, 10:20 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,930
Posted By Littlefield
Should have read the whole thread first, deleted...

Should have read the whole thread first, deleted a dumb question.
Forum: Business 02-12-2013, 09:15 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 8,535
Posted By Littlefield
Good post above, too, jaws, I didn't realize I...

Good post above, too, jaws, I didn't realize I was coming off as derogatory. Sometimes hard to tell people's tone in writing.

Anyway, to your question.

We used QB, and my wife was very strict...
Forum: Marketing & Sales 02-11-2013, 09:59 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 11,700
Posted By Littlefield
The end of this post is dynamite! Which is...

The end of this post is dynamite!
Which is more specific, 83% of our service calls are under $200, or a lot of our calls aren't too expensive?

The first is reassuring, the second, fear...
Forum: Marketing & Sales 02-11-2013, 08:57 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 7,438
Posted By Littlefield
Ethan, thanks for the help! I totally missed...

Ethan, thanks for the help! I totally missed where he mentioned margin, and had my mind solidly in "marketing" . Makes sense now!
Forum: Business 02-11-2013, 06:43 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 8,535
Posted By Littlefield
Don't know what they are charging or if they are...

Don't know what they are charging or if they are making a profit, yes. Again, this is my experience, yours will vary.

I know a few nail bag GC's, too, that can do that, but for every one that...
Forum: Business 02-11-2013, 06:14 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 8,535
Posted By Littlefield
Thats true, being great somewhere can lead to...

Thats true, being great somewhere can lead to success despite being average or less than elsewhere.
I know its not the "linchpin" of success to know your numbers, but I think everyone reaches a...
Forum: Business 02-11-2013, 06:10 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 8,535
Posted By Littlefield
So true, on the paying self different amounts.

So true, on the paying self different amounts.
Forum: Business 02-10-2013, 09:02 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 8,535
Posted By Littlefield
Ah, I follow. You are thinking I'm asking for...

Ah, I follow. You are thinking I'm asking for advice, because I asked a question.

I'm actually trying to get guys that don't track their ratios, to realize that they aren't. If you are that's...
Forum: Business 02-10-2013, 08:49 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 8,535
Posted By Littlefield
Subs don't work for wages any more than builders?...

Subs don't work for wages any more than builders? I agree with only the second part of that, the good ones. Around here though, the good subs all either become builders, or transition out of new...
Forum: Business 02-10-2013, 08:44 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 8,535
Posted By Littlefield
Warren, easy big guy, I think you are taking my...

Warren, easy big guy, I think you are taking my comments way too personally. Remember, there are thousands of other people I'm talking to, not just you.

I was trying to show that some guys are...
Forum: Business 02-10-2013, 08:18 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 8,535
Posted By Littlefield
HA! You must be doing something right!

HA! You must be doing something right!
Forum: Business 02-10-2013, 08:18 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 8,535
Posted By Littlefield
Well, actually, I'm not sure those % should vary...

Well, actually, I'm not sure those % should vary wildly.

The types of costs with doing business are pretty much the same for everyone in this country for sure, right? Don't you have those same...
Forum: Business 02-07-2013, 04:52 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 8,535
Posted By Littlefield
CScalf, I'm sure there is tons of information,...

CScalf, I'm sure there is tons of information, I'm not really interested in looking for old info from 2009, I'm more interested in a conversation, or some realizing they have no idea and motivating...
Forum: Business 02-07-2013, 11:37 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 8,535
Posted By Littlefield
Your costs as a Percentage of Gross Income? Please share!!

I know most won't want to get too detailed on a public board, but I'm interested in how percentages of gross change as a company gets bigger.

I've always tried for the following, which has a low...
Forum: Marketing & Sales 02-07-2013, 11:28 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 7,438
Posted By Littlefield
These are great numbers. I like the fact...

These are great numbers.

I like the fact that you answered the question as it was asked, in a percentage of gross income.
Ours last year was too low, 0.003% of gross.
I also like yours per...
Forum: Marketing & Sales 02-07-2013, 11:16 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 7,438
Posted By Littlefield
Wow! Really? 10-40% for marketing? The last...

Wow! Really? 10-40% for marketing?

The last year I owned my company we spent less than $2,000, and grossed right around $600k from that.

I guess that would mean that I'm an idiot, and I...
Forum: Business 02-07-2013, 12:09 AM
Replies: 419
Views: 50,969
Posted By Littlefield
R4, I get what you are saying. I hope Ocono...

R4, I get what you are saying. I hope Ocono doesn't mind me hijacking his thread a bit.

You're right, there are only so many ways to do a bath remodel. I wonder how often the homeowners get their...
Forum: Business 02-06-2013, 11:18 PM
Replies: 419
Views: 50,969
Posted By Littlefield
Yikes!!

I wouldn't dream of bringing backup to a sales call, EVER. I hope this is a joke and its just too late for me to get it.

Shwartzy, what you're talking about is that you are not getting to the...
Forum: Business 02-06-2013, 10:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,366
Posted By Littlefield
I understand the desire to grow, make more money...

I understand the desire to grow, make more money and run the business, I did that for 13 years, until I finally sold my biz last year.

There's no doubt it gets nice not having to do all the work,...
Forum: Marketing & Sales 01-28-2013, 12:29 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 9,737
Posted By Littlefield
Matt, the best thing you will ever do is hire a...

Matt, the best thing you will ever do is hire a professional website designer that knows what works for contractors. I've had my site with them since 2005, and I got most of my leads from it. here's...
Forum: Marketing & Sales 01-27-2013, 11:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,163
Posted By Littlefield
Everybody has different thoughts on this, I think...

Everybody has different thoughts on this, I think the conversation with the people is more important than the commission. They are going to refer you or not, the commission doesn't seem to matter, to...
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