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How to Predict Your Cash Flows

Creating predictability in your cash flow as a contractor starts with taking a look at your bigger financial picture. There are three key areas to focus on: revenues, timing the receipt of payments for projects, and forecasting expenses. Step 1: Start with revenues. Estimate the amount of revenue your business should generate from each project…

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Working With Heart: A Recipe for Building and Nurturing Business

Salete Lana, Owner of Lana’s Cleaning Services in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, joined the HomeAdvisor network a little over two years ago – and she’s since collected more than 60 verified client reviews to earn a 4.8-star rating! With the help of HomeAdvisor, Lana says she’s been able to take advantage of a large platform, grow…

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3 Mistakes Home Improvement Pros Should Avoid

Even the best contractors can slip up when they’re not paying attention. So, it’s a good idea to take stock of what you’re doing now and then to prevent easily avoided mistakes – especially the kind that can make or break your business. Here are three mistakes you could be making today without even realizing…

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The Couple Conundrum

Working with couples can be challenging. You have two different people who often want two different things – and together they’re dealing with the stress of making a big investment and disrupting their household. Ed Earl, the “Zen Builder,” is both an owners’ representative and a business coach for contractors. Here, he shares six helpful tips for keeping couples on the same page throughout a project…

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Finding Fast Success With a Franchise and HomeAdvisor

Mike Aruanno, founder of Paul Davis Restoration of Northern DE, has a strong business background and robust experience in the franchise industry. When he started his emergency services company two years ago, it was a strategic move. He wanted to start a company he could run with his son – and retire on. And emergency…

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5 Home Service Industry Trends | CareyBrosPros Podcast

Craig Smith, COO of ANGI Homeservices, recently got the chance to sit down with the Carey brothers of the CareyBrosPros podcast. Within their podcast, James and Morris Carey provide up-to-date information and advice to home service industry pros that will help them grow and maintain their businesses. In his interview with the Carey brothers, Craig…

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How I Achieved High Rankings, Credibility and Revenue

Arthur “Art” Miller is the owner of Engineered Retaining Walls, LLC in Riceville, Tennessee. He’s built an award-winning company, over 1,000 retaining walls, and an impressive reputation. (He has a perfect streak of 5-star reviews on his HomeAdvisor profile!) And he’s also committed to paying his success forward, encouraging others to start their own businesses…

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The 5 Most Difficult Client Behaviors (And How to Handle Them)

You can probably list the difficult client behaviors you see time and time again as a home service professional. But you may not have an effective strategy for dealing with those behaviors. No matter how hard you try, some client interactions cause friction and have you stressing both on and off the job site. Minimize…

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An Industry Expert and Mentor’s Open Secrets to Success

Tanner Mullen, owner of Premium Painting in Ocala, Florida, and founder of PaintingStartup.com, was on a different track before he joined HomeAdvisor and launched his painting business. He’d earned a degree in business and worked in hospitality, management and sales – trades that, at first glance, seemed worlds apart from the summer painting work he…

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