The Blog of Keith Kalfas

How Much Do I Charge for Gutter Cleaning & Fall Cleanup - Landscaping Business Tips

Nov 12, 2019
 

Anytime you start a company, it can be a struggle to attract business. You have to know how to price your packages correctly as well as advertise to get the word out. Since these two components can make or break your success, this blog is all about helping you find your groove. Here’s what you need to know about what to charge and how to advertise in the gutter cleaning business. 

 

Subscribe to Keith Kalfas blog for the latest intel  

How to Advertise

That first customer you receive will be so exciting. Sure, you may do your friend’s and family’s lawn or gutter cleaning as you get started, but the moment that someone treats you as the true professional you are is one you’ll never forget. You can advertise your gutter cleaning business in a number of ways. This is one time that you should think big and wide. 

  1. Email chains: If you’re privy to an email chain that goes around in a neighborhood, take advantage of it! This can be a great...
Continue Reading...

3 Reasons Why You Need to Get a CRM for Your Service Business Right Now

Nov 07, 2019
 

What's up this is Keith with KeithKalfas.com and welcome to another Blog.

If this is your first time here and you would like to learn about how to start and grow a landscaping or window cleaning business and other related Service Business type stuff.

Now if your frustrated or scrambling when trying to collect and remember your customer's contact information, phone number, email address, home address and other related notes to your customers and clients.

In your service-based business.

If you don't have at least and "MVS" that stands for "minimum viable system" in place 2 manage all of your customer data. Then this can spiral into an overwhelming issue really fast.

Grow Your Service Business with Jobber

Not to mention, integrating all of your customer contacts with an invoicing and billing software that allows you to collect payment from customers, collect signatures from customers, create work orders and schedule work, integrate all this into a calendar so you can...

Continue Reading...

3 Costly Mistakes to Avoid When Taking on Landscaping Jobs

Oct 21, 2019
 

When starting a profitable business, it’s crucial to structure it in a way that makes sense for both you and your customers. Becoming a “yes” man in any industry often results in frustration and costly mistakes. Here’s how to avoid these when taking on landscaping jobs. It’s easier than you’d think!

Having rails set up on your business

Rails, or clear limits, are essential to understanding how to run a business. It comes down to realizing what your business is and what your business is not. Ask yourself right when you start.

Who is your customer? Who is not your customer?
What areas and zip codes do you want to target? What areas and zip codes are you not interested in?
What types of jobs are you looking to take on? What types of job are you not interested in?

By having these clear boundaries when first establishing your business, you’ll have a deeper understanding of how to succeed. You’ll know and understand your business focus....

Continue Reading...

How to Keep an Organized Landscaping Business Schedule

Oct 03, 2019
 

Are you frustrated with how to schedule your clients? If your business is starting to grow and you’re not organized, you’re going to experience a significant set of delays that have you feeling like you can’t possibly be successful. This blog will walk you through a real-time philosophy that will enable you to create an order with only two things: your smartphone and a pair of Bluetooth headphones. Here’s how to get started.

What you need

For this method, you’ll need just two items.

  1. A smartphone. Either an iPhone or Android works. It’s just up to your preference!
  2. A pair of Bluetooth headphones. Purchase from either eBay or Amazon. The brand is entirely according to your preference and budget. Bluetooth headphones are necessary so you can be handsfree to type!

Don't miss the chance of listening to the Untrapped Podcast with Keith Kalfas

What to do

Here’s a step-by-step on what to do when a customer calls you for the first time looking...

Continue Reading...

How To Start A Landscaping Business Right Now With No Start Up Money

Oct 01, 2019
 

How to Start a Landscaping Business

Has it been your dream to start a landscaping business, but there’s just something holding you back? Time? Money? Doubt about your own abilities? Well, by the end of this blog, you’ll see that it’s not only possible to get started, but it’s possible to thrive. Here’s everything you were missing up until this point on how to start a successful landscaping business.

 

  1. Use your network. Start by making a list of people you already know. Your friends, family, acquaintances, current coworkers. Whoever you can think of! Start talking to them about your passion and ask them if you can help them out with some of your landscaping services. Sure, not everyone you know will need or want landscaping services or even have a yard, but those people may be able to refer their network to you. It’s all about getting your name out there to the people you know and love so they can do the same for you.

  2. Get prepared. ...

Continue Reading...

Landscaping Business Startup Struggles

May 06, 2019
 

Landscaping Business Startup Struggles

 This article is brought to you by HouseCall Pro. You can run your entire service business from within the HouseCall Pro app. 

Click here to get your first month for only $19 https://www.housecallpro.com/keithk/ 

 

I Remember, several years ago, when a good friend of mine and I, we were both getting our landscaping businesses off the ground at the same time.

So he told me the story of how he had gone to the ATM that day to get out like a couple of hundred bucks or something. Also, the person before him had forgotten their ATM receipt, and it was just hanging out of the ATM flapping in the wind. So he took it, and he looked at it, and he said it had like 19,900 and something dollars on the checking account, you know, 20 grand. So he called me up, and he sent me, I don't know if he sent me a picture of or something.

 

So he said, Wow, like Some people have 20 grand in the bank. So what he was saying was he didn't...

Continue Reading...

Hurry! Tickets are almost sold out for Marketing ROI Workshop

Aug 19, 2018

Get tickets to the Marketing ROI Live Workshop Sept.8th in Utica MI.

They are almost sold out !!!

You can learn directly from

Joshua Latimer
D.j Carroll
Derreck Smallwood
Eric Reno
Brian Fullerton

And you get to ask them specific and
penetrating questions on how they market and scale their businesses.

You get real group coaching to take your skillset and business to the next level.

The event is right around the corner.
Get your tickets now...

Don't miss out.

The tickets are going up to $397.
But right now they're only $197.

Plus you can bring a friend/spouse/ team member for only $87.

Here's the link
https://keith-kalfas.mykajabi.com/p/social-media-explosion-live-workshop-optin


P.S.


Live events are synergistic and life-changing.

I've said to myself a few times...

"I can't believe I I debated with myself on not coming to this, I'm so thankful I came"

So come.
This is worth your time.


Sincerely,

Keith Kalfas.

Continue Reading...

Join the 2018 Marketing ROI Live Workshop

Aug 02, 2018
 

Have you ever gotten frustrated...

Because you're trying your best and working a million hours a week and it's not good enough.

You're stressed out because you're working constantly?

You're not making enough profit to be able to hire "qualified" people to help you?

And you're afraid to hire more people because you're afraid the work will slow down and then you will end up screwed.

You're in constant fight or flight mode and overwhelmed because all you know how to do...

Is pull the "work harder" lever.

But you're already working yourself to the point of a heart attack.

Well guess what?

 

It Seems Like Nobody Cares...

Nobody cares, so quit complaining. 

I read this amazing quote today.

"You're only a failure when you start blaming others"

-- John Wooden

So.. the bottom line is.
There's a simple truth.

That truth is that other people with worse problems than you, have gone before you, and figured it out.

Other people with flesh and blood like you.
Who grew up with nothing....

Continue Reading...

Do You Take Yourself Seriously?

Aug 01, 2018

As a business owner like you, there’s something I noticed that has been stewing in my mind for some days now. It’s a question that has resonated with me from the beginning of starting my business – Do I take myself seriously?

It’s a silly question, right? Not really.

When I was building The Landscaping Employee Trap training materials, I realized that your own outlook towards yourself has a huge impact in how you run your business.

Your business is also your job. It’s only natural that when you are beginning, you are focused on earning money, paying bills, reinvesting in your company, and feeding your family. When we start getting enough money to support ourselves, that’s when we start seeing the returns in our investments. From there we move into our deepest life’s purpose – the things we’ve always wanted to do. Taking yourself seriously could be the fastest way to increase income.

See, when you grow up as a kid...

Continue Reading...

Dude Sells $3.2 Million in Roofing - Tells the Truth

Jul 25, 2018

I had an amazing discussion with a dude who makes $3.2 MILLION in revenue out of his roofing business. He was in the same spot as a lot of us before his business - poor upbringing, had kids early, and at one point he was even homeless. He worked dead-end jobs and was flat broke. He used to be a rapper as well! 

Now, he has about 50 employees, 3 crews and full-office staff, 22 real estate properties, and his business is still growing. His name is Eric Reno and he’s here to tell us the hard truth about starting your business from the ground up.


Everything evolves and grows a little bit at a time as long as you are consistent with what you do. As you’re taking one bite after another, you’ll have more problems and that’s alright. There should be things about your business that make you nervous, this means you’re taking chances.

“It’s like growing pains when you’re a teenager. Your business is growing, so in turn,...

Continue Reading...