Beware these ‘hidden’ Profit-sucking Black Holes!

KickStart: Are your business profits being silently siphoned off by unnoticed problems? Read on…

boost your home service company profitsOK, I’ll admit it. I used to be a chest-pounding Home Services Business (HSB) owner that bragged about how many trucks, employees and/or customers I had. (I especially loved sharing that my company had grown into a powerhouse that grossed seven figures yearly!)

But then, I wised up. (Or maybe just got older!) I realized it is smarter to fix the ‘Profit-sucking Black Holes’ (PBH’s) that all residential services companies struggle with. I call the obvious PBH’s the ‘Tragic Big 3’😥:

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Is your service company ‘bleeding out’ and you don’t know it?

KickStart: STOP🛑 losing money BEFORE you focus on increasing gross sales. Read on…

Profit: “The revenue remaining after all costs are paid. These costs may include labor, materials, interest on debt, and taxes.” 

Ah yes, that wonderful and too-often elusive word, “profit”. And yes, as a Home Service Business owner you need (and deserve) LOTS of profit.💲💲💲 (Which should be calculated AFTER paying yourself a fair wage for your labors.)

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Why (and how) to avoid becoming a ‘commodity’

going out of business signYa gotta feel sorry for the poor retailers!😥 They’ve got pandemic problems, ‘supply chain’ issues, staffing challenges AND stores get ‘price shopped’ like crazy! After all, I can easily get 10 or 15 price quotes in a few seconds online for any manufactured good! (And you thought you had ‘Price Shopper’ issues!)😲

Remember, ‘people buy any commodity based on who offers the lowest price’! (Customers know a commodity is the same no matter where you buy it so why not go with the lowest price?) However…

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Why (and HOW) you should raise your service prices NOW!

KickStart: ‘Charging more’ let’s you pay more to attract better applicants! (And keep the great team you’ve already built.)

I’ve always pushed my students to “charge more”! Why? After almost 50 years in this industry (I started young!) I’m convinced the vast majority of residential service contractors do not remotely understand the TRUE COST of daily business.

better to have money than not

But hey, I’m not really a ‘number crunching accountant’ type of guy! So instead, I just preach to my students:

1) “All other things being equal… its better to have LOTS of money instead of having NO money!!”

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How to convert ‘How much…?’ texts into booked jobs!

KickStart: Quickly involve your texting prospects when you interview them using ‘Valid Business Questions’!

Sigh…!👎 Thanks to smartphones the venerable over-the-phone text question “How much do you charge?” can be texted to you… 24-7!🙄 GRRRR!😡

home service pro frustrated with textingSo, ya suck it up, carefully text back with an estimated price and… NO REPLY!😖 So, how can you convert this potentially great lead that texted you? (Without being ‘ghosted’ once you quote a price!)

IMPORTANT: Please do not assume that a “How much…? text means they are a dirty, rotten ‘Price Shopper’!  Instead, many wealthy homeowners simply don’t know what else to ask! So they fall back to asking about your pricing!

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Win back straying clients with ‘Feel-Felt-Found’!

KickStart: For the (very few) previous clients who balk at rebooking due to your higher prices use Steve’s ‘Feel-Felt-Found’ Objection Buster Reply!💲💲💲

proud parent and graduateI feel like a proud parent! After all my exhortations you actually raised your prices!👍👍 CONGRATULATIONS! (You deserve it!)

Now (hopefully) you are following my 3 step sequence to rebook past customers after a price increase. Since most customers don’t even remember what they paid last time most will just automatically schedule with you again. However…

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How to ‘win over’ a price-resistant past customer!

KickStart: IF you get called out on higher pricing don’t justify. Simply reply, ‘we were forced’ to raise our prices. (And always raise prices by an ‘odd %’!)

happy home service business ownerCONGRATULATIONS! You’ve sucked it up and raised your prices! (Hopefully after using my Two-Tier Trial Pricing’ to test the waters.)

Want more help? In my 3 hour, online SFS: Winning over your caller! LIVE seminar I share a complete Phone Format(script) that re-books every previous client after a price increase- GUARANTEED!👍👍  HERE are my upcoming class dates…

Remember: Don’t call out your (higher) pricing when quoting and re-booking previous customers. Why not? Because 95% of your clients don’t remember what you charged them last time! WOO-HOO!

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How to book previous clients AFTER raising your prices

KickStart: Don’t call attention to your new (higher) prices for clients wanting to rebook. (Most can’t remember what they paid last time!)

home service business owner scared to raise prices It’s no fun living in fear! And yet far too many Home Service Professionals are SCARED TO DEATH to raise their prices!😢

NOTE: It is essential to raise your prices in this age of competing for the Very Best People (VBP) since the VBP want (and deserve) to be paid more. So…

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Adding ‘Profit Building Pricing’ for the Home Front!

KickSTART: Test out your new higher pricing strategy only on new customers at first.

more money is betterNEWS FLASH: MORE money is better than LESS money! (And so MUCH better than NO money!)

Don’t worry, folks! This won’t be a paean to conspicuous consumption and ‘obscene profits’.💲💲💲 (Is there such a thing as “too much (honestly earned) profit”?)

Instead, money (produced by PROFIT) is just a tool to improve the lives of all concerned.👍👍 (Your employees, your family, deserving needy ones and YOU!)

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