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Investing in Yourself without Money: The Power of Thought

Written by: Pete Donahue of GreenPete LLC

Before we start, let me first advise you that I am not a blog writer, nor am I an English teacher or grammatical wizard.  If proper punctuation throws you off and causes your mind to drift, I would ask that you read the following blog post for its content, not its grammar.  You may find misplaced semicolons or commas, but I prefer to type as I speak the words, so I apologize in advance for any errors.  Thank you.

Oftentimes, when speaking of investing, we immediately think of a financial transaction involving the physical or electronic movement of money.  When you hear the term “investing in yourself” what is the first thing that pops into your mind?  Is it spending money on trade-pertinent training material?  Is it spending money on travel in order to attend seminars or expos?  Or perhaps it is spending money on trips that allow you to relax, clear your head, or spend quality time with...

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Social Media Promotion for Service Based Businesses

Do you still doubt the power of social media? Well, it’s natural to wonder the benefits of social media for your service-based business. There are more than 2 billion people who use social media worldwide. So you already have your customers there, you need to do marketing of your brand which is no doubt a crucial part. 

Selling a service is not an easy job, especially when you don’t have a visible product to showcase. It can be hard to show off and talk about how valuable your product is when the customers can test it. 

The service-based business has to be very creative to attract more people. You have to plan strategic marketing to promote your business. In this post, we are going to show you some creative ways to promote service-based business on social media. 

Ways to use social media to grow your business

1. Testimonials 

As a small business owner of a service-based business, you need reviews and recommendations to grow your business. Having...

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Recruit Quality Employees for Your Small Business

Hiring employees is always a huge concern for most small business. Employees are always changing jobs and are becoming incapable of staying in a position. Economists now suggest that trends will add to a lack of  employees - and small businesses will feel the effects. According to research, the labor force is getting smaller, as more people are leaving the labor market.

So how can a small business owner go about their recruitment process, get the best candidates, and as keep them? Let's look at 7 tips that will help in that regard.

1.   The salary offer should match the going rate

If you're to attract quality employees, you need to make that sacrifice of paying a matching salary. You could focus only on the top and vital positions at the initial stage. It's a no-brainer that the quality candidates will always go for the best offer in the market. 

If you're to fix a salary that's not up to that of your competitors, you may lose out on your target employees. Do...

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He's landing $100,000 jobs - he's 21 years old!

 

My buddy Keith Kalfas went to the Grant Cardone 10x conference & met a kid thats landing Job after job-each one over $100,000. He decided to interview him. Here it is.

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Commercial Rooftop Drainage Solution

 

So, we've been called out to take a look at a commercial drainage project, and I want to walk you through what the solution is. So, I'm going to start at the end of this line. We've got a large commercial building. We have four points on this building, which really, technically, isn't enough.

So, a lot of water is coming out at two points on the left side of the building and two points on the right side of the building through what's called a "scupper," which is basically a roof drain that will discharge towards the top. And this water will rush out of the top of the building onto the ground like a waterfall.

Once that water flows down this way by gravity on top of the surface, there is a large drain basin existing in the ground. That drain basin is right about here, about 10 feet behind me. And that drain basin discharges with a six-inch corrugated pipe that only comes partially the way down the hill.

And it has to run over all of this dirt and gravel area before it hits the...

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Single Arm Skid Steer & How they Work

 

Stan: Alright guys, the sad truth is the Skid Steer training programs at a lot of companies go something like this. There's a pile of dirt, there's a skid loader, go. Well, we're going to try to fill in that middle part today so that if you're a noob to skid loaders and you get thrown into one of those positions, you feel a little bit more comfortable before hopping into a big giant piece of equipment that you've never ran before. 

Stan: But we're going to be using something a little bit different than what you're usually familiar with seeing. We're going to be using a mono-boom or a single-boom skid loader. So before we launch the entire training session, which is four parts, we're going to actually compare and contrast, today, the differences, the critical differences, between a single-boom skid loader and a dual-boom skid loader. And then in parts two and three, we're going to actually go inside of that machine and start teaching you the basic operations. How to do things....

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Stihl Battery Equipment- Is it Good Enough for the Lawn Care or Landscaping Pro?!? Blower, Chainsaw

 

Stan: When I was asked to do a review of the Stihl battery-powered equipment, I said, "Let me think about it." And I didn't get back to them right away, but last year at about this time, I was loading chainsaws and blowers and gear up into one of my employee's brand new Jeep. It's brand spanking new. He just pulled it off the lot, drove it out to the job site and the gas spilt all over.

Stan: I mean, it soaked the back-end of his Jeep, and it was just the worst thing ever. Then, I remembered that Stihl has been asking me to do a review of their equipment, and I thought, "Well, what the heck? It can't be worse than dumping gasoline all over the back of a brand new Jeep." I figured I'd give it a review, and get back to you guys and let you guys know what I think of it. 

Stan: But, it's not just what I think of it. I've actually put it into the hands of the guys that have to work with it every single day, and I got their opinion as well. Let's see how this turns out. 

Stan:...

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Mowing Thick, Tall Grass on the Impossible Site - This Is oddly satisfying. Steep slope with washouts

 

Stan: We don't know how well this is going to work. This is a complete-

Tim: Sounds to me, I was talking to the homeowner, he's been trying to tackle this hill for three years, and can't get anywhere with it. He keeps working on it. He's like, "You think you're going to get it done in a day?" I go, "Would that be depressing if we got it all done in a day for you?" He goes, "No."

Stan: We can actually see the bottom part. It's totaled out. That thing is done.

Stan: This was about as impossible as a job could get. A 2:1 slope that you could barely stand on, brush that was seven, maybe eight feet tall, but it wasn't just brush, it had stumps and logs buried and littered throughout. Then plus, on top of that, washouts that you could not see at all.

Stan: The first step is to get the Ventrac ready to clear the slope that then we can bring in a skid loader and scrape the slope down to turn this brush heap into a yard. Let's see how this goes.

Stan: We got the call that a property hasn't...

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GIE+Expo 2018 Tips & Tricks - Louisville, KY

 

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Stan: (silence)

Stan: This is exciting. The GIE is my favorite event. This thing is so monstrously huge and fun. I can't wait to go there and I can't wait to hopefully see you guys there. And so today, if you have never been there before, we're going to cover some of the basics and what to expect. 

Stan: The first thing is tools and innovations. What is the GIE like? Where should you go? What should you see? 

Stan: The second thing is the speakers. There is a phenomenal wealth of information and knowledge that that the GIE brings in and there's guys that are willing to share it. So make sure you prep yourself for the speakers. 

Stan: Third is the parties. The GIE goes all day and into the night, so make sure you...

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Latest and Greatest Tools and Equipment - GIE Expo

 

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Speaker 1: Alright. Let's do it.

Speaker 2: We can't do it. We can't get air-time.

Speaker 3: That's it. Sorry.

Speaker 2: We can't do air-time?

Speaker 3: It's all about tools and innovations from across the country at different trade shows, and with that being said, there's one coming up called the GIE, the Green Industry Expo. If you guys haven't been to it, that trade show is phenomenal. I mean I would highly recommend if you have any one show to go to, try to check that one out, but if you can't, maybe this will feel a little bit like you're there today.

Speaker 3: But, if you can go, they sent me a link for 50% off your door fees. 50% off to get inside the show, so they said I could share it with people, so I'm going to stick it in the description down below. Why would you pay full price when you can get in for half-price?...

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