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Old 09-17-2010, 11:14 PM   #1
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What do you think is the single most important thing in your business? Is it cash flow, advertising, quality, quanity, employees, customer service, etc.. The answer to this question should be based on your personal opinion for what is best for your business.
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Like , What comes first the chicken or the egg? It's all very important for sure, but you have to have the business in order to do a good job so, getting word out.
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For me its being honest, knowing what I can do and what I can't. Have heard that one of the most important words in business is "No". If I stick to this rule, I won't get my self into trouble.

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I'm with Johnpaint, if you have no work, nothing else matters.
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What do you think is the single most important thing in your business?
Great question! ...and a bit of a difficult one too as there are so many important variables in a successful business.

I know the question is "single most" but I'd have to say doing what I say I'm going to do for my client and ensuring that I maintain effective communication over the course of my projects are the most important elements of my business.

When it comes to referrals and references I've found that these key points have been fundamental success factors for me.
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Knowing the trade. If I did not have the knowledge, understanding and the skill. I wouldn't know the proper procedures and right coatings for each substrate. Which is what ive notice separates me from my competition. I hope that doesn't sound conceited

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work. then you decide how to deal with it. otherwise you are planning on weddings and booking funerals.
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understanding how to make the customer happy, and doing it in a way that is worth your while.
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$$$

If you got money, cash flow, etc, all the other things are possible/much easier.

I work to live, not live to work. And I'm a capitalistic pig. I love money.
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If I had to pick one...Job leads.

That encompasses everything else mentioned. Of course that is not a singular endeavor. It is a culmination of reputation, advertising, workmanship, sales, etc etc etc.

There is no single panacea in business. The unit works as a whole or it does not work at all. You can get buy with gaps in your company for awhile but eventually bad economies, reduced credit lines, and competition can close your doors.

There is credibility in the statement "if you are not growing, you are dying"
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I have to agree with Pressure Pro. It's all about leads!

Having enough leads allow you to price jobs right. Jobs that are priced right allow you to....

Pay a living wage to your employees.
Hire a qualified and experienced workforce.
An experienced workforce will produce quality jobs.
Quality jobs will get more leads.

Enough leads will also allow you to turn down the jobs/customers that you know will be a PITA.
Allow you to have quality tools, ladders, sprayers etc.
A dedicated work truck instead of the family station wagon...
Pay for advertising.
Company uniforms.
Enough money in the bank to replace all of the above when the time comes and not worry where the money is going to come from.

Enough leads will allow you to do all of the above. If you do all of the above you will present the image of a well run proffesional painting contractor, and again, get more leads!!!!
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At the expense of sounding a bit cliche, but nothing happens without a sale.
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At the expense of sounding a bit cliche, but nothing happens without a sale.
Agreed. In a down economy you need more leads to generate the same number of jobs you need to run your company profitiably.
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Enough leads=profitable jobs.
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Repeat business. When I go into a house my goal is to be asked back to do another room, then another then another....
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