How you can be the luckiest contractor, but first
We were working on a home in October a few years ago.
A busy afternoon and I was still working side by side with the crew. I had recently added another crew member to the mix who had his own business for a couple of years prior.
In the course of about one hour on that fall afternoon, my cell phone rang 4 times with 2 accepted bids as well as two calls for estimate requests.
New Guy: “You are the luckiest contractor I know. I never had that many calls in such a short amount of time for work.”
Me: “Lucky, you call that Lucky?”
Me: “Do you know what it takes to be Lucky in work?”
New Guy: “Your phone just keeps ringing for work”
Most contractors out there depend on a truck magnet and yard signs for work. Now a days it is possibly a Facebook post telling everyone what they do, a couple business cards tacked up at the local coffee shop, and maybe a craigslist advertising.
Then sit back and hope for some LUCK.
The following is what made us the “Lucky” Contractor.
First, I got active and I joined a few networking groups in my community.
- Business Network International (BNI) a weekly 7 am meeting that has mandatory attendance and the members are accountable every week for referrals and one to one meetings. I eventually became President of our chapter and committed additional time to it and its members
- I joined and became president of the local Board of Trade. We held biweekly meetings and organized business and public meetings and functions
- I became an officer in the church, heading various committees
- I volunteered at our local food pantry on a set day every month
- I joined my local (PDCA) Painting and Decorating Contractors of America and became the President of that chapter and volunteered for the regional board.
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Second, I Got Things Done… Jam Sessions
- I dedicated my early mornings to my business by having uninterrupted time
- Allot a set amount of time 45-90 minutes to GET THINGS DONE with NO distractions
- Set your cell phone on airplane mode
- Make a list of the things you want to accomplish
- No kids, pets, spouses, ringing phones, Facebook, Talk radio
- Lists and Goals
- Daily list made the night before of things to be done the next day
- Daily, monthly and yearly goals
- If you do not have a written goal you can and will not achieve what you are truly capable of achieving.
- Share your goals with your spouse, friend or significant other.
- Accountability partner, This will assist in keeping you aiming in the right direction and on track.
- Post your goals were you will see it every day, This will remind you what you are striving for.
Third, We Created Happy Customers.
- Providing exceptional customer experiences.
- Reminding our customers we are here for them by staying Top of Mind (TOM)
- Following up, returning calls, doing what we say we are going to do, and more.
- Provide an experience they will not receive with any other contractor.
- Reward them for referring us to their Friends (Club 50)
- And following up again to stay Top of Mind (TOM) 4 times a year.
We all get lucky now and then in business where that call comes in when no one was expecting it.
But to stay “Lucky”, it takes work.
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