Right now the business is me and my mother. I do think that very soon there will be too much work for just the two of us to handle. We do everything ourselves. Our skill sets compliment each other. I feel like our pricing is very competitive, lower than others that provide services in Dallas. As far as the insurance goes I am lucky that I have a friend that is an insurance person so I just told her what I was doing and she took care of everything else. She also does other insurance so a good place to start may be calling your agent and asking them if they can help you and if not can they tell you who can. I hope I have answered all your questions. There are books out there that you can buy - some of them not too expensive. Feel free to email me anytime. Best of luck!
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Concierge services are a God-send! I`m trying to find someone local (Forest Lake, MN) and I haven`t found anyone yet. So my MOM is helping me. Sounds like this was how your business started!
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If you want to stay solo but just need to get over the time delay of payments, you may consider factoring, the practice of selling your receivables to a factor/finance company at a discount. It may seem steep on the rate, but may be cheaper than giving up a big part of your business for short-term financing. On the other hand, if you are wanting to grow to several crews, add a sales/marketing person, etc., then an active partner may the the way to go.
we have done fliers, not a great response on that, joined the local chambers of commerce, donated services for a silent auction (I bid an won a banner ad for 1 year) when we joined the chambers we got free ads in the local papers, we go around almost every Friday and pass out business cards and free homemade candy to local businesses, networking
hope that helps