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WALK THE LINE - About Overcoming Struggles in Life - Motivational and Inspirational

 

 

Overcoming Struggles in Life 

 

Hey, what's up, it's Keith Kalfas with the Untrapped Podcast and KeithKalfas.com. I'm listening to this audiobook, and there's a quote by Albert Einstein.  He said,

"Only two things in this universe are infinite. One the universe, and two, human stupidity."

 

I want to call this talk, "Walk the line."

It's about walking the line and having integrity with yourself, with your heart, and with your soul in your life because there's really no other way to go.

Do you ever notice parking lot lines?

Check this out. Your goal in walking the line is to get all the way to the end by that green grass over there. You see all these are all detours.

 

So you're walking this line, right? You're walking man. I'm walking this tightrope, right? It's so hard. It's so difficult you like a spring chicken. You can't even balance your suffering.

Parking lot lines are a great example showing how you can walk in & out of...

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Why we chose Jobber for the CRM in our business

 

Why we chose Jobber for the CRM in our business

 

Why JOBBER? 

What software are you using to invoice your clients?

In today's blog post, we're going to discuss just that.

What's up this is Keith Kalfas from the Untrapped Podcast and KeithKalfas.com

And in today's post, we're going to talk about estimates, work orders and Invoices.

And why we use JOBBER to accomplish this in my home service business. 

If you're looking for great software to run your service business on, there's a ton of great options out there, and JOBBER is one of them.

Whether your just looking for basic invoicing software, or a full-on comprehensive estimate, booking, scheduling, work order, invoicing, billing, and money collecting software. 

Jobber is a great option. We use JOBBER in my Landscaping window cleaning business.

 

But in the post. I want to discuss the difference between an estimate, work order, and invoice, and why all 3 are completely different things.

This was a question...

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Broke? How to Start a Lawn Care or Landscaping Business -

 

 

Broke? How To Start a Lawn or Landscaping Business - No Cost Low Cost

So if you want to start a landscaping business, but you're broke, exhausted, in debt and frustrated. With no real hope in sight, because you are a stuck prisoner in a dead-end job. And you have no idea how you are going to come up with thousands of dollars to start your own landscaping business, then this blog and video is for you.

Hey, what's up? This is Keith Kalfas, founder of The Landscaping Employee TrapIn this blog post, I'm going to talk about you. This blog post is specifically for the guy who is broke, stuck in a dead-end job, and that wants to get a business off the ground, but you're broke. Now I'm talking to you. 

So you're stuck in a dead-end job. You are probably great at it. If you're already doing lawn care and landscaping and you want to get your own business off the ground but you don't even get the money to keep your bills paid, then this is for you.

You're fighting to...

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"TRUTH EXPOSED" ABOUT YOUR FIRST YEAR IN THE LANDSCAPING BUSINESS

 

"TRUTH EXPOSED" ABOUT YOUR FIRST YEAR IN THE LANDSCAPING BUSINESS

 What's up? 

I want to invite you to a very specific emotion of some of the crap I went through my first six months of business.

So, to the brand new guys, I’m going to tell you some stuff that I wish people would have told me. I wish this information was out there during my first six months of business. And here is the way it goes. During my first six months of business, I didn't know what I was doing. I didn't know what to charge. I was an expert at being a landscaper but I didn't know anything about business or what to charge. I thought because I knew how to do landscaping that I could run a business. Well, I thought if I charge these people enough so I make $15 an hour, I'll be okay. I was dead wrong because I wasn't figuring in all the other prices and all the other you know, relevant costs. 

So, I'm doing these jobs, I'm working my guts out, I had just quit my day job, and I was working...

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

 

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. 

 

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

 

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.

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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...

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3 Costly Mistakes to Avoid When Taking on Landscaping Jobs

 

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....

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How to Keep an Organized Landscaping Business Schedule

 

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!

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What to do

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

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

 

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. ...

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Landscaping Business Startup Struggles

 

Landscaping Business Startup Struggles

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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 have 20 grand in the bank. Neither did I,

We were lucky to have a couple of grand in the bank,...

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