Hiring A Service Technician To Come To Your Home

We’ve all had to do it and probably dreaded it. Hiring a stranger to come to your home to fix your plumbing or washing machine or clean your carpet can be a stressful situation. No one wants a stranger in their home. Who is it? Will he do a good job? Is he honest? These are just a few of the questions that can run through your mind before, during and after the experience.

I’ve been in business since 1989 and have gone into thousands of homes as a stranger to do my work so I feel qualified to help you to do it with minimal stress and worry. The following is a list of things that will enable you to make the experience as painless as possible.

First: Get a referral from a trusted friend, someone whose judgment you respect. If the company is an employee based try to get a referral from someone who’s used the company multiple times. More on that in number three.

Second: Hire local businesses. Look for companies whose addresses are close to home. Yellow page ads often list addresses. Do internet searches that include your city, like Plumbing Companies Oceanside, Carpet Cleaning Carlsbad, etc. Include your city, that way the closest ones come up first on search results. When you hire someone close their travel time and expense are reduced. They save money and may pass some of that on to you. Ask if they will give you a local discount. I have always been willing and so should others. You won’t know until you ask.

Third: Hire a company that is Owner Operated. That means the owner comes to your home and does the work. Who will do a better job? The owner whose name and reputation goes on the job or an employee who’s working for a wage and has been working for the company who knows how long? Maybe he’s even disgruntled with his job or wage. The point is you know much less about an employee than the owner of the business who has much more skin in the game. Also in the first reason, I mentioned getting a referral from someone who’s used the same company multiple times, hopefully for years. The reason is that, if they’re sending out employees, there’s no way to know if you’re getting the same person you’re friend got. That employee may not even be with the company any longer. So it can be hard to relate her experience with what you’ll be getting. With an owner operated business, you’ll always get the owner. This will usually lead to a better experience.
There is more to be said but space and attention span constraints tell me to stop now. Part two will cover, what to say when you call, what to look for on websites and yellow page ads and more.

How To Hire A Locksmith You Can Trust in Dallas, TX

The most important thing to anyone living in today’s world is security. You need to be able to trust that when you are away from home, or away from your business, that your locks and other precautions will be enough to protect it from intruders. In order to gain this sense of trust, you may need to engage the services of a certified and reputable locksmith who does business in your area. But how do you go about finding, and engaging the services of such an expert? This is what we will be discussing in this article.

Where to look

Obviously, the first place to search, even in this electronic age, would be the local service listings for certified locksmiths. The certification should not be a negotiable fact, but a requirement. For a locksmith to have gone that extra bit and gotten certification from local business authorities, or the government, it means that they are a firm that seeks to establish themselves as a trusted source for all things to do with security.

Any locksmith service worth their license these days will have a website. On it, they will list the services they offer, and most likely some sense of what these services will cost. If they appeal to your sense of what you can afford to spend, then your next step should be to make an appointment with one of their representatives to meet with you wherever you want to have them work on, so that they can appraise the job, and provide you with an estimate of your total cost.

The importance of getting a quote

It is understandable that in an emergency situation, time is of the essence, and getting the closest locksmith, regardless of qualifications, would be the normal course of action. In a non-emergency situation, however, it is perfectly reasonable to ask for a quote on what the work will cost, before agreeing to have it begun. It actually protects both the buyer and the provider, if you think about it.

As the buyer, once a quoted price is given, you can either accept it or negotiate for a more affordable one. If the provider agrees, then you can be assured that the quoted price would be the one you pay. The provider is also legally protected by a quote in writing, as your agreement begins a binding contract, which you are obligated to pay.

Tips For Promoting Your Local Service Business Online

Selling your service to both local and global customers through a well thought out website is one of the most overlooked opportunities in marketing. With a properly set up lead generation website, you can attract new customers for your service from your local area, or indeed any part of the world.

You probably make most of your current sales to local customers, but have you never thought seriously about generating customers globally by using the Web? Despite the fact that it doesn’t take a lot of time or effort to showcase your skills to a ready-to-buy, worldwide audience, most business owners who sell services still fail to see the potential.

So assuming you can see the potential of selling your services to a much wider audience, how do you get started?

To sell your service online, you need to first establish a relationship with your potential clients. A content-rich website and an informative newsletter that build trust and credibility will go a long way to developing and solidifying this rapport. Most people assume that because the Internet is global, local businesses can’t profit from it. But the fact is, the Web works for both local and global businesses – you just need to know the ropes.

An information-filled Website lets your potential clients get to know you and your service better than a small flyer, a newspaper insert, or a display or classified ad can ever do. And an informed prospect who knows you and your business from reading through your website means they’ll be more confident about making a decision to buy from you. If your competitors don’t have a website or a website that inspires this type of confidence, you have a real edge on getting that follow-up contact about using your service.

The secret is to turn your website into an information resource, and the trust and understanding your site creates in your prospects will generate more clients and sales for your business over time.

Another critical factor for local service business owners to think about is that a website can be a relatively inexpensive form of long-term advertising, and a single new customer can bring ongoing profits to your business. The bottom line is that a lead generation website truly is a great way to get the Internet working for your service business.

So, what’s required to start using a website to promote your service business online?

The key is to build what we call a Theme-Based Content Site focusing on answering your prospect’s most important questions – the questions they’d normally ask before they hire you to perform any service. A website that does this can give you the highest Return On Investment of any marketing you do, but most service business owners never get around to it.

Set up well, your website will pull in hundreds of highly targeted visitors every month and can get more prospects to contact you about your service (and hire you for the job).

If this has got you thinking, here are a few final thoughts.

In your website content, PREsell, Don’t sell. Use well written, and highly related, content that is of value to your visitor/potential client on your site and in your newsletters. Try to create an irresistible first offer to get the customer on board, and then guarantee your work to remove any risk of him trying you out. Use customer testimonials (with pictures and website links if appropriate) to prove what you say is true. And finally, ask your readers to contact you, and make getting in touch easy.

If you focus your efforts on using your website to start a two-way dialogue with your prospects and customers and make an incredible offer that makes it a no-brainer for them to at least give you a try, it will prove to be one of the best business investments you’ve ever made.