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Are you spending time, effort and lots of money on things that don’t bring a return on investment or steadily grow your business?

Each time you run an ad, you spend time putting it together and money to place it, with the hope that it will deliver a call. The ad usually has a shelf life of only a day or two or until the next newspaper comes out. You need to repeat the ad consistently to get your phone to ring, and that costs money.

Would you like to know how to grow your business by creating, building, and maintaining relationships with minimal money, time, and effort?

Grow Your Business

I find that business owners don’t usually pay enough attention to creating and nurturing the relationships that they already have. Usually, when you look at your bottom-line, you’ll notice that most of your business is coming from existing clientele. When you do a great job, the satisfied client tells their neighbors about your company and your superior work. As a result, the neighbor calls you. This creates another job for you and grows your business while building a relationship.

The same thing happens with business owners who work cooperatively with other businesses. Let’s say you own a pressure washing company and you’ve have built a trusting relationship with a professional house painter. Every time that painter paints a house, he’ll need the exterior pressure-washed. Since he wants the homeowner’s house to look perfect and knows you deliver top-notch service, he may provide a referral for you. The painter has the opportunity to up-sell your service each time he paints a house. Your job is to nurture your business relationship with that painter.

This is your opportunity to grow your business by creating and building a solid relationship: Send out a follow-up email thanking him for his time, or thanking him for referring you. There are Internet programs available such as “Send Out Cards” and others that allow you to send it online. You don’t even have to go to the Hallmark store anymore!

Another great way to nurture business relationships is to follow-up by sending them a gift card. Let them know that you appreciate the work they are doing. Keep them happy and they will send you a lot more work!

At the end of the day, you will have spent very little money, time, and effort on something that is going to help grow your business substantially. You also avoid all the headaches associated with traditional ads. No more stress over when the ad will come out, no wondering if your phone is going to ring, and no worries that the hard work and money behind the ad is going to waste.

So, take the time to create relationships and grow your business. If you don’t get a lot of work from it right away, that’s OK. You are building relationships that are going to last a lifetime. It’s time and money well-spent!

Jason

 

How to turn an X-Box into $12,000

Posted by Jason On June 14th

Like many of you I have found myself, on occasion, struggling to motivate my employees to sell a little more and do a little more in their work day. A few years ago I took on a new approach to generating some suggestive sales with my window cleaning business and I was blown away by the results.

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How to NOT fall off the curb

Posted by Jason On April 5th

As you know from reading my blog, when I read a great story, or something I feel rings true or  just makes good sense,  I like to re-post it on my blog.

A good friend of mine Curt shares his perspective on fear and what he did to overcome it.

Do you remember when you were a little kid, riding your bike all over town? I sure do.

I remember when my bicycle was my key to freedom. I used it to escape the constant hostage of Saturday chores. In fact, sometimes I finished my homework before the sun went down I would sometimes just ride around until I couldn’t see the street anymore because of how dark it was. Read the rest of this entry »

Five Tips to Hiring Great People

Posted by Jason On March 24th

There is a common problem in today’s work environment that I would like to discuss with you. It affects just about every business, across the board. It’s the apparent lack of good employees waiting to work for us. Have you ever been to a networking event or business get-together and in conversation heard a business owner make this statement: “Business would be great, if I could only find good people to work for me!”

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What Networking Group is Best for My Company?

Posted by Jason On February 23rd

If you have been following my blog over the last year, you may have noticed that I will repost great content… well today is your lucky day! this is a great blog post submitted by Jennifer from T&M Restrooms, thanks for sharing Jenn – great info!

What Networking Group is Best for My Company?

I have spent several years in the networking scene trying to figure out which networking groups would benefit our type of business most.  The fact of the matter is, is that just about any networking group can be beneficial.  Granted, there are some better than others and determining that alone can be a tedious task.  No worrries or “No wowwies” is what I like to say….  Shopping for the right group can be a fun and a rewarding adventure.  However in your search try not to over extend yourself (which is all too easy to do) and remember it’s ok to have a life outside of your business…..so keep your commitments within reason.

“When will I see a return in my investment?”  Ahhh yes, everyone wants money.  Hands down without a doubt, networking is a MUST.  I can’t tell you where to cut corners, but this isn’t one of them.  Read the rest of this entry »

Have you ever dodged someone at a networking event because you just didn’t feel like speaking to them? You know what I mean, you see the person walking towards you and you run for the food line or swiftly maneuver your way to the group on the left in order to look “busy”. The whole time you’re talking to the group your planning your next move away from that one dreaded person and into the safety of another “busy” conversation. The entire time you’re half listening to the present conversation, half trying to figure out how to NOT get stuck listening to a laundry list of all their worries and problems.

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Networking Tip – The Two Foot Rule

Posted by Jason On February 13th

Are you like most people?

Implementing the “Two Foot Rule” will change your life. 😉  It’s a great way to network!

Do you find yourself staring straight ahead when you’re in a crowded elevator?

What about when you’re in the line at the grocery store? Do you try to avoid conversation by flipping through the latest edition of the Enquirer wondering if Brad and Jenn are getting back together?

Or who is the latest girl to come forward in the Tiger Woods scandal?

What you should be doing is implementing the “Two Foot Rule”.

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After a recent trip to Orlando with my family I came to a newfound understanding that children truly are the best networkers. It was in simple observation of their natural interaction that I understood this and then I realized that we as adults can definitely all learn something new about networking simply by watching them.

After enjoying a few hours at the swimming pool we decided to participate in a bomb fire with all the works, marshmallow roasting and sing along included. Read the rest of this entry »

Small Business Tip – Where is the finish line?

Posted by Jason On February 1st

Imagine this: Your finger tips are on the white line, you’re hunched over with your weight just over your elbows and your back foot is firmly braced against the brick block to insure a quick start off jump. The anticipation is eating away at you, you keep saying to yourself “Be patient, be patient and don’t jump the gun” then you hear it Bang!!!

The gun fires suddenly and now you’re off and running fast, amazingly it’s the perfect start! You come around the first turn and you have a three person lead. “This is it” Read the rest of this entry »

“Goals” Do Have One?

Posted by Jason On January 5th

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” ~Michelangelo~

The biggest obstacle to overcome are the ones we never challenge ourselves to do. Life can become stagnant if we do not push ourselves to try new things. Setting goals and working toward them is the achievement, even if the outcome is not exactly what you expected.

To set a goal, first, you need to figure out what will make you happy. Being happy is the benefit of working hard toward a goal. Next, you need to write it down & let others know.

 

Having support from others will keep you accountable on your journey and make the success of achievement even greater. Writing down your goals and reading them often will also keep you on track. Last, work hard! Everyone has days where we fall behind or lose focus. These set backs are necessary to the process. Achievements are not easy, if they were, we would lose the greatest feeling of earning the goal.

Start today, write down your goals. You can start with daily goals and work on bigger goals like 10 year & lifetime goals. Stress Release Reminders custom journal is a wonderful tool for daily goals. The easy insert style of daily goals, daily affirmations, & a few highlights of the day can help you focus on the path of success. Also, visit Stress Release Reminders Facebook wall page under discussions. You can add your goal to the discussion board. This will keep you accountable, along your journey, & allow you to help others succeed.

Goal Facts:

  1. Specific, realistic goals work best
  2. It takes time for a change to become an established habit
  3. Repeating a goal makes it stick
  4. Pleasing other people doesn’t work
  5. Roadblocks don’t mean failure

A special thanks to Kelly Evers  from Stress Release Reminders for sharing this blog post.

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