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Offline andersenappliance

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Plans for the New Year?
« on: January 01, 2013, 02:25:22 PM »
Happy New Year, Everyone!!!     :cheers:

Do you guys have plans for the New Year?

I'm relocating and starting my business up again in a new location.  I'll be going full-out.  New website, logos for the van, flyers, mailings, etc.

Once money comes in, I'll probably be getting tied into more industry specific stuff:  ongoing education, certifications, etc. 

Much depends upon what happens in my new location.  I think the key is to be flexible a bit.

On the personal side, I want to by a plot of land & build a modest house.  (maybe not this year).

I've got a lot to do, so I'm getting started tomorrow.

I'm an optimist, but long term, I'm a pessimist, so I want to get ready while there is still time!

I pray that all your hopes for the New Year come true!

Go Gettum, Tiger!   O0

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Re: Plans for the New Year?
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2013, 02:51:35 PM »
No special plans for me.

When are you making the big move?

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Re: Plans for the New Year?
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2013, 04:34:11 PM »
The secret to success in this biz is word of mouth. Get a good rep and money will come in. Ask anybody here and they will say the same thing.  O0
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Offline andersenappliance

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Re: Plans for the New Year?
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2013, 06:37:23 PM »
I'm looking at Feb/March, depending upon how long it takes me to get everything together.

I think I've got good word of mouth here, but I can't figure out how to move that to the new local. :P

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Re: Plans for the New Year?
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2013, 07:08:16 PM »
As of tomorrow, I will become an empty nester.  Moving the last child out to Sacramento.

Will start repainting the house, making repairs and changing the old carpet.  Lots of stuff to do in 2013. 

And doing all this while satisfying my customers at the same time.  Love it, love it!!!
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Re: Plans for the New Year?
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2013, 07:56:26 PM »
As of last month, I have raised my rates substantially.  I haven't had a single complaint about it.  I'm making some changes in the office.  My wife runs the office but she's got so much going on that only about 20% of the calls get answered.  I'm going to change my phone system and forward all calls to the cell phones.  I want it to be 90%+ calls to get answered during business hours. I've forwarded calls to my phone before when she's been out of town.  It adds a lot of stress to me so I hope I can handle it. I've resisted it long enough, I'm getting a smart phone. That's about it. I've been so busy the last three months, I hope it continues.

Offline Wedgeman55

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Re: Plans for the New Year?
« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2013, 12:43:22 AM »
No special plans here either.    I did take today,   cleaned out the truck and took inventory.    Straightened out everything,    put everything away.     I had about 22 341241 whirlpool belts scattered throughout.     Usually I keep about 6 of them,   so put the rest into the Parts storage room.   Found about 10 extra coil kits,   and a bunch of extra parts I didn't know I had.      Took me 10 hours in all,   but now I can start the year off with a cleaned out truck.   

Hey TGoods,   how much did you raise your rates - from what to what?  I was considering a price increase as of tomorrow.    Not substantial,  but a modest one.    Anyone else considering a rate increase?
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Offline andersenappliance

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Re: Plans for the New Year?
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2013, 10:36:24 AM »
My rates will go up in the new area.  $64 service call, & I haven't decided what hourly.

I understand some people charge up to $80/hr.  What is the average?


Offline niobrara

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Re: Plans for the New Year?
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2013, 06:25:13 PM »
Around here service calls are $69 to $79. Most are hourly at $80. A few are starting to go Blue Book.

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Re: Plans for the New Year?
« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2013, 06:29:07 PM »
I use to charge $65 included travel and 15 minutes in labor then $18 for every 15 minutes thereafter. Just raised it to $65 trip ( no labor time included) and then $18 for every 15 therafter. No one has complained, no one even noticed! Average trip is about same in my area,but there is a 40-60 diagnosis fee then labor and parts after that.(Blue book)

 

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