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I have GOT to find more Real Estate Agents! I don’t love cold calling, but I have a hard time finding their email addresses on their marketing items. I’ve gone to open houses and I am scheduled to teach a class/give a presentation at a local realtor office in a few weeks to try and meet some additional agents. But, what else can/should I do?
– Blythe Kirkwood from TX
If my business has no employees, what’s the best way to transport items besides my personal car? I can rent a truck but it seems people think I should not be driving it. I’m still small and not ready to hire someone.
– Rita Redman, Ohio
When you are a one-man show it is really hard, because you have to wear every hat. This is one you can take off though, and you really should. You open yourself up to a lot more liability when you drive a rented truck yourself. Let’s say you end up on a job until midnight, which means that you are also doing the moving alone, that means you will be driving the truck back in the dark. Its not safe.We were killing ourselves doing that at first. Then we finally realized that we could hire 2 guys with their own truck for about the same as what it costs to rent the truck ourselves. They do the back-breaking work and take on that risk, instead of us. Find some movers that you trust and who are careful with your things and with people’s homes. Using the same team all of the time will also save time and headaches. They will get to know your system, how you want things wrapped, how you like things placed, and where you want things put away. It’s a way to build your ‘team’ without actually hiring.
– Rita Redman, OH
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How can I use surveys effectively to grow my business?– Bonnie, OH
– Nicole Schenk, Ontario
This is a question that I am sure a dozen veteran stagers, would give you a dozen different answers to. It all depends on how established your business is and how full your schedule is. When you are starting out, you may need to give a lot of grace. If it is a realtor who pays for the consultations and sends you a ton of business, again, you are going to understand that it does occasionally happen.On the other hand, if it is a repeat offender, definitely charge them. Also, if you are so busy that you are tightly scheduled and taking on that appointment meant giving up another one, then yes. Generally, we reschedule at no charge, but if we actually go to the appointment and they don’t show, we do. Keep the big picture in mind. Is it going to help set healthy boundaries, or is it going to put a bad taste in the mouth of a potential client? Honestly as your business grows, some days you will be so busy with vacant staging, that you are going to be thrilled when an occupied consultation cancels.