Today's Guest Article Is From Anastasia Harold (Coolfront Affiliate Manager)
If you’ve recently opened a service or contracting business, it can be tough to get everything perfect from the beginning. Some things are crucial to getting started right, while some other things can wait until you’re more established. Use these tips to avoid some common mistakes that can cost your business in the future:
Stay organized from the start
There’s going to be a LOT of paper flying around. Receipts, invoices, bank statements, and mail are just the beginning. Try to be paperless as much as possible, so that you don’t lose paperwork. If you have unavoidable paper receipts, use an app such as Genius Scan to quickly snap a picture of the receipt, in case it does get lost.
Have a rough idea for your brand
You may not have a fully developed brand yet, and honestly, that’s okay. However, you can have a logo designed for less than $50 from many online designers, and a website for not much more. Make it easy for people to find you and recognize you when they need work done.
Have a box of business cards - and don't order too many
Always have business cards on hand when you’re working a job. It might seem “old school” to some people, but a business card is the fastest way to put your business and all your contact information into the hands of a potential customer. And don’t order too many the first time. It’s likely you will need to add or change some information sooner rather than later.
Be firm about how you get paid, and stick to the plan
Whether you accept credit cards, checks, cash, electronic payments or baked goods, establish it at the beginning and stick to it. Don’t wait until the end of a job to hash out these details. Once the urgency has disappeared and your work is completed, you won’t be as much of a priority and it can be more difficult to get your money.
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About The Author:
Anastasia Harold is the Affiliate Manager for Coolfront in the Western Region.
She's your go-to gal for service business smarts, financial philosophy and sales strategy. But if you have questions on cooking or gardening, she can probably help with that too. Reach her @CoolfrontStasia on Twitter or Anastasia Harold on Linkedin.
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