I started my painting business in 2001, just as I finished college, so I’ve been in business for coming up on 15 years.
Much of my business has been based on trial and error. Any systems that I had in place were discovered through sheer happenstance, as I would occasionally stumble across something I could use in my business.
I specialized in hard work during the past 15 years and for the most part I’d scrape together enough work for me and 1 or 2 employees.
I came to a realization at the end of 2014 that I couldn’t grow my business solely by working it harder–I was already working as hard as I could! I was physically painting 40 hours a week and 15-20 hours on top of that for estimates, administration work, etc.
I knew that I needed to make some changes…
Through a friend I was introduced to Steve and the DYB community.
I started by ordering and reading Steve’s book – How to Double Your Business – Without Making a Sale.
I realized that even though I was working hard in my business I didn’t have a system for growing my business. What I found with the DYB system was a blueprint to pattern my business around.
Many years ago I made this decision:
When somebody has the results I am looking for I’ll follow their advice – carte blanche.
Too many people question what their coach is teaching them, trying to find a cheaper or easier way. All they are doing is wasting time. They are wasting time that they could use for implementing their coach’s advice and reaping the benefits of that advice.
Some of the things that I Implemented in 2015 were:
- Applied a high converting website funnel to my website
- Started blogging weekly
- Joined a BNI chapter
- Started getting Google reviews and video testimonials
- Started staying Top Of Mind with previous clients through facebook, thank you cards, and regular emails
I have found that any time I implement a strategy it takes time for it to gain traction. Many of these strategies I implemented over 6 month ago.
This January has been the busiest I’ve ever experienced. When most contractors in my area are scaling back at this time, “the slow season” of year I’m looking at expanding.
I am excited about 2016 being my best year ever in business!