Digital equipment for your excellent service business!

Digital equipment for your excellent service business!

Are you a plumber, HVAC specialist, electrician, or are you helping with lawns? We have tools that will also be useful, like the ones in your bag or car!

  Let’s get right to the point. We’ll talk about the features of the EverisApp Hybrid platform if you work independently.

1. Automatic acceptance of orders: now your customers can not only make calls when they need you but also place orders in the Everis Users application. It’s cool when your customers can have a choice and you have free hands!

2. All orders in one place: all orders that are made online are stored in an online cabinet! You can easily transfer the date and time, and notify your customers in one click!

3. Scheduler: we well know what hot days are. But you will be surprised that even in that very season you can find time for your personal affairs. When the entire schedule is in front of your eyes, the picture is always more obvious. Well then – see Point 2.

4. Statistics: business does not tolerate planning “out of my head”. We often think that everything is under control, but this does not work. To see growth and empty spaces, you need statistics! And you just have to try this magic on yourself!

5. Order History: now no one can accuse you of bad faith. Each stage of work and time are displayed in your office.

6. Electronic signature: the most reliable solution to confirm the payment before you take it. It is easier than another hour to listen to stories about a neighbor and cousin uncle when the client pulls time.

7. Bookkeeping: forget about piles of papers and tables. Acts of work performed are automatically sent to the client by mail, and it has never been so easy for your booker to find them!

  I think that these 7 points are quite significant. Although in fact there are many more! But it’s better to try once than read a hundred times!

Use the demo versions to get used to the new “office”, register, get a trial period and write us your feedback!

VIRTUAL ASSISTANT

9 features that our Virtual Assistant has

 A virtual assistant is not a new phenomenon in business automation; rather, it is something new that is well forgotten. Now, this service has gained a second life and this is due to the total escape online and the need to minimize the human factor. And we understand this, because important, but often routine, repetitive processes in business are the basis of success, and if you entrust them with a smart program algorithm, this will avoid a failure in the process and will serve as an excellent tool in the work.

 

  One of the main questions is the question of the capabilities of the virtual assistant. If we ignore the topic of the service business, we can answer briefly – a virtual assistant can help with any mechanisms and processes in your work. 

  First of all, you need to decide for yourself which stages of production or placing orders you would like to automate or improve. Everything is actually connected with the business and with the services that you provide. But let’s not be distracted from the topic, so as not to fly away in dreams of the opportunity to entrust all the work to an impartial virtual assistant while you relax on the ocean.

  Now we want to talk about the business of providing maintenance and repair services, cleaning services for handyman services, electricians, plumbers, repair of ventilation and air conditioning, and all those who consider themselves to be in the field of servicing houses, apartments, buildings, and territories. Everything is very simple here!

  Our team studied the processes and thought for you. And with a probability of 99.99%, our virtual assistant can do what you need. If not, we are ready to accept the challenge! In the meantime, here is the basic list of features for the EverisApp Saas platform virtual assistant:

  1. Securing orders for specialists
  2. Analysis of work stages and warning of deviation from the schedule
  3. Data input
  4. General Accounting: Invoice 
  5. Data Analysis / Statistics
  6. Tips for Better Production
  7. Work coordination – order confirmation/logistics, check/support all the way
  8. Track unpaid bills
  9. Schedule / Calendar Management

  9 important links of one chain for successful work every day! And it’s definitely worth a try today!

Everis Team are ready to answer to your questions 24/7, just send mail to info@everisapp.com 

How to start Painting Business from zero

HOW TO START PAINTING BUSINESS FROM ZERO?

In this article, you will get to know about all the steps and details for a successful start. 

  For some people, painting is a test, but maybe for you, it’s a business from your dreams. This industry is quite large and profitable. In recent years, the turnover in the USA has been increasing by about 11%. The main advantage of this industry is that it requires the minimum investments and allows you to do the first step for the start very fast. 

  But knowledge and experience are the little part of everything that you will need in your future work. That’s why we have prepared for you our mini-guide for the successful start. 

Step 1. Prepare everything you need to get started.

Any business cannot be opened without a prepared business plan, marketing strategy in advance. Calculation of expenses, predicted profits, preparation of lists of provided services, its cost, lists of tools and equipment, research of a niche, and market.

Before you start, check your niche and decide what specific services you will offer. See what territory and type of services provided by competitors.

Depending on your startup business plan, you will understand how much investment you will need. But should note that the owners of other companies claim that they managed to start a business with $ 500 in their pocket.

How much do the painting services cost?

  The cost of the services provided in this industry directly depends on the volume and complexity of the work, the required competence of a specialist, and terms.

  For example, residential painting services can vary from $200 to $2000. This amount reflects simple work, such as the kitchen painting, bathroom, and other rooms. As for the painting on the appearance of the premises, these services already range from $1,000 to $ 6,000. Determine, depending on what you will evaluate your services: footage or hourly rate.

How much profit can be made in the Painting business?

  Contracting painters earn an average of $ 34,000 a year, while self-employed painters earn about 40-50 thousand dollars a year. Remember that these are average indicators, as each business is very individual.

 

  After you have got to know all the numbers, decided on the list of services and their cost, you can proceed to the list of necessary equipment and facilities.

A sample list of what you need may consist of:

  • Reliable truck for your materials (We recommend not to buy a new one. Better limit yourself to a used one, it will cost you much cheaper)
  • Several rollers
  • Brushes
  • Pallets
  • Sheets

Step 2.Learn and gain experience.

  This business sphere does not require higher education or endless training. If you are a beginner, you can enroll in courses both online and in your city. There are many schools that are ready to give you enough knowledge to start.
  Do not forget that a lot of information can now be found online available for everyone. Watch video blogs of experts in this field on YouTube, look for information on specialized resources, communicate with experts personally.

  We can also offer another option: work for a while together with a highly qualified specialist. This will allow you to acquire all the necessary skills quite fast.

After you have gained enough knowledge and experience, or maybe you already had it, you can proceed to the next step.

Step 3. Register the company.

For the start choose the right business structure. You have many options. Below you can see the most common variants:

1. Sole-proprietorship. You are the only one in your company and are responsible for all assets and liabilities personally.

2. Limited Liability Company (LLC). It provides limited liability for the business owner and also involves some tax benefits for him and other members of the company.

3. Corporation. This is a more successful and ambitious option. As a rule, it involves taxation of employees.

  In the end, remember that your business, particularly in the USA, is temporary and you can change it from LLC to Corporation at any time.

 The name of the company is an integral part of registration. Take this quite responsibly, because that’s exactly what will distinguish you and describe what you are doing.

  To simplify the process and speed up the creation of the name, we suggest you answer a number of questions:

  1. How will this name presented at documents, business cards, cars, etc.?
  2. Does the name clearly define the activity that I plan to engage in?
  3. Is it unique?
  4. Are there any negative expressions that may be associated with this name?
  5. Is the name memorable and can it catch potential customers?

  After you have decided on the name, make sure it is free. If you intend to register your company in the United States, you can check the name with the US Patent and Trademark Office. If you are targeting Canada, then the Intellectual Property Office.

  Next, you need to register a business at the national level.

  First, determine if you need to submit a “Doing business As” form. You will have to fill it in if the name of your company is different from the legal name.

  Secondly, you should provide the full structure of your company to the appropriate authorities. This will allow the state body to check whether there is such a registered name. It also allows you to enter your name so that no one else could use it in the future.

  Thirdly, if you want completely to protect and secure your company name, then register a trademark. To do this, you will need to contact a special agency. So, in the USA – this is the only way to protect your name.

Step 4. Tax registration.

  For further legal actions, you have to register your company with the tax authorities. For the registration, you will need to apply for an EIN (employer identification number). The application can be submitted online, by phone, fax, or mail absolutely free.

Step 5. Get insurance.

  In any business, insurance is required. This allows you to protect yourself from all sides. The price of insurance for companies justifies itself in the following areas:

  • You will have financial protection if you harm someone else’s property (for example, the chemicals that you used in your work caused harm). This insurance will cover recovery costs.
  • You will receive more orders. It has already been proven that up to 84% of people order services from companies with insurance.

  In this step, we would like to tell you about all the types of insurance that you may need in your future work.

General liability insurance. This type of insurance covers the most general and basic aspects, including damage to your company’s property, damage caused by your employees. The advantage of this insurance is that it is common to all business lines. Therefore, if at the initial stage you do not know exactly what type you need, then you should start with this. The cost depends on many factors such as the number of employees in the state, location, and others and varies from $300 to $1000 per year.

Professional liability insurance. Also known as mistakes and omission insurance. This insurance is developed to protect professionals in the workplace. Sometimes employees can make mistakes. If the customer has suffered damage and blames your company, this insurance covers this damage. The cost ranges from $500 to $1800 per year.

Employees’ compensation insurance. Developed to protect your workers from the injury at the workplace. This insurance can also protect your company from a lawsuit if the employee claims compensation for personal injury. The cost of this insurance in almost all states is $ 0.47 per hour for one employee. So, for example, if you have a staff member working on a standard schedule of 40 hours a week and 2080 hours a year, then the cost of this insurance will be $ 978 per year.

Commercial auto insurance/Vehicle insurance. It works on the same principle as your personal car insurance.

Business Owner’s Policy. This insurance includes a group of policies designed to protect small businesses. These policies include general liability, business liability, and business interruption insurance. The cost of this type of insurance depends on the same factors as other types of insurance and varies from $700 to $3800 per year.

Step 6. Get all the necessary permissions and licenses.

  Each state has its own rules and laws. In some states, such as Colorado, you do not need a license to provide services. But in states such as California and Michigan, you will need to go through many steps to obtain a license. Therefore, in order to find out which license is required from you, simply follow the link and read the requirements of your state government.

  For the information on local licenses and permissions, click on the following link.

Step 7. Automate your business and go online.

  Before starting a busy work process, you should not miss this step and be prepared for all possible options. In order not to get lost or torn between phone calls, implement an automation tool in advance. Do not wait for a certain moment in the future to automate all routine processes. Indeed, believe us, with further development, you may not have free time and will constantly find excuses.

  We offer you our indispensable tool of any service company – the Everis platform for automating business in the industry of services. It consists of 3 parts: admin panel for you and your operators, the mobile application for specialists, and the mobile application for your customers. With these three tools, you will be more than ever close to both your specialists and your clients. This platform is good because you do not need a thousand-page guide to understand the functionality.

  Imagine, yes, this tool is so intuitively simple that right after registration it is ready to work. Within a month, you can determine that you saved 80% of the time due to the fact that all the orders you accept, distribute, and track their execution online. Taking into account that most likely your staff will expand over time. Using the analytics section you can easily analyze their productivity, workload, and employment.

  The online payment tool will help you no longer mess with cash. No paperwork and writing invoices for the provided services. Everything is simple: after the completion of a certain order, the client receives an invoice with the cost of the work performed by mail, you receive it too. You can find this invoice at any time attached to the order in the admin panel, as well as print it.

Step 8. Advertising and potential customers of your business.

  First, determine at which area you will provide services. Will it be just neighboring houses or territory covering nearby areas, or maybe the whole city and state?

  Next, determine how many orders you are ready to accept. It all depends on whether you are the only employee in the company or whether you already have a selected staff of specialists.

  Then you can safely start to advertise your business. This approach is extremely responsible. To get started, create business pages on Facebook, get twitter, Instagram. A huge plus for you will be the development of a landing page (a kind of business card in the online space). Do not despair and think that for this you will need to pay a tidy sum of money. On the Internet, there are many cheap and simple designers to create landing pages. For example, the most popular is WIX. The basic tariff for creating a site will cost you only 4.50 dollars.

  In order to find potential customers without posting expensive ads, just drive around your neighbors, acquaintances, friends and ask if they might want to be your first customers, and they can also recommend you to someone they know. Nobody has canceled “word of mouth”, and, as practice shows, often it works better than any advertisement.

  At this stage, over time also do not miss the item of flyers, business cards. They must be memorable.

For more detailed information on finding clients, follow this link.

  During service provision, always remember that your customers order not just a service, but a service of the highest quality. We will not lie that 40% of the quality of service often depends on the specialist, so do not neglect the rules of communicating with customers, take an interest in their expectations, do not be afraid to ask for feedback and recommendations, they are the same people as you.

  Do not forget that more and more of your potential customers go online day after day. And soon, companies that accept applications for telephone services will remain in the distant past. Do not waste time and provide your customers with a new simplified way to submit orders through the Everis User application. Payment online, the exact time of the specialist’s arrival, detailed ordering with the addition of a description of the problem and photos, reviews. All this will be an additional plus for your customers among the choice of the service provider. Give discounts and advantageous promotions and be sure that they will come back to you again and again.

If you have successfully completed these steps, we can only congratulate you and wish you and your business prosperity and huge profits!

How to start Pest Control Business

How to start Pest Control Business

In this article, you will get to know about all the steps and details for a successful start. 

  Perhaps, you have been providing pest control services for a long time, you have vast experience in this field, but you’re just tired of working for someone else without a guarantee for tomorrow. Or maybe you have been working for many years in a completely different industry and now have decided to change your specialization. Everything is possible. However, we should say that before going down this path, you must have a firm knowledge of this industry from A and to Z. To do this, we will tell you all the nuances and secrets. If at the first step you will decide to stop, then do not despair. We have many cases to start.

 

  Let’s look at all the pros and cons of a pest control business. This will allow you already at the start to understand whether you are ready for this or not.

Pros:

You will have a permanent employment guarantee. The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that employment in this area will be constant from 2014 to 2024, so you will be safer working for yourself than for someone else. Moreover, the success of your company directly depends on you and your specialists, because if you provide services of high quality, then customers will come back to you again and again.

Cons:

Unpleasant working conditions will accompany you periodically. For example, hot summer weather. What can We say, you are fighting against parasites, there is not much pleasant to find in this. Plus, there is always a chance to bring this parasite to your own home. Also, you constantly need to handle chemicals very carefully, as they can seriously harm you.

We would like to note an important point, based on the above pros and cons: this business is not just a business for making money. You must have other reasons to begin this journey. For example, you like to take care of your environment.

   But knowledge and skills are only a small part of what will come in handy in future work. For this, we have created for you our mini guide for a successful business.

Step 1. Prepare everything you need to get started.

Any business cannot be opened without a prepared business plan, marketing strategy in advance. Calculation of expenses, predicted profits, preparation of lists of provided services, its cost, lists of tools and equipment, research of a niche, and market.

Before you start, check your niche and decide what specific services you will offer. See what territory and type of services provided by competitors.

In order to evaluate all the possibilities of a pest control business, we recommend you to check some numbers and indicators of this industry.

How does a pest control business make money?

Many owners of houses and residential premises prefer to constantly take care of their environment and order such services 2-3 times a year. The rest prefer to use these services only if there is a problem.

How much do pest control services cost?

A typical pest control service costs between $ 250 and $ 550. You can offer termite removal services over a large territory. This service costs about $ 1,000. From $ 100 to $ 200 will cost service to destroy just one pest, for example, a mouse. Basically, the cost of the service depends on the size of the territory and the extent of the infection.

How much profit can be made in the Pest control business?

Most likely, in the first few years, your company, as a beginner, will receive about 50,000 to 75,000 dollars per year. With the expansion of business and territorial coverage, your profit can jump up to several hundred thousand dollars, and if you will decide to provide services at the national level, then it is more likely that these numbers will increase to millions of dollars per year. But everything needs time.

After you have checked all the numbers, decided on the list of provided services and their cost, you can proceed to the list of necessary equipment and facilities.

A sample list of what you will need may consist of:

  • reliable truck for your materials (we recommend not to buy a new one, but to limit yourself to a used one, it will cost you much cheaper)
  • chemical preparations and means
  • protective equipment (gloves, rubber boots, respirators, etc.)
  • traps, cells, and more.

Step 2.Learn and gain experience.

This business industry requires deep knowledge. With the provision of services and doing business over time, you will have to make various kinds of reports to federal and local environmental authorities. As a result, we should note that you need education and experience in this field. Pest control specialists must have licenses, but to get them they need to study a lot of information about chemicals, labels, pests, equipment, and even the law. Don’t skip this step.  It will be a pity to crash without starting.

After you have gained enough knowledge and experience, or maybe you already had it, you can proceed to the next step.

Step 3. Register the company.

For the start choose the right business structure. You have many options. Below you can see the most common variants:

1. Sole-proprietorship. You are the only one in your company and are responsible for all assets and liabilities personally.

2. Limited Liability Company (LLC). It provides limited liability for the business owner and also involves some tax benefits for him and other members of the company.

3. Corporation. This is a more successful and ambitious option. As a rule, it involves taxation of employees.

  In the end, remember that your business, particularly in the USA, is temporary and you can change it from LLC to Corporation at any time.

 The name of the company is an integral part of registration. Take this quite responsibly, because that’s exactly what will distinguish you and describe what you are doing.

To simplify the process and speed up the creation of the name, we suggest you answer a number of questions:

  1. How will this name presented at documents, business cards, cars, etc.?
  2. Does the name clearly define the activity that I plan to engage in?
  3. Is it unique?
  4. Are there any negative expressions that may be associated with this name?
  5. Is the name memorable and can it catch potential customers?

  After you have decided on the name, make sure it is free. If you intend to register your company in the United States, you can check the name with the US Patent and Trademark Office. If you are targeting Canada, then the Intellectual Property Office.

  Next, you need to register a business at the national level.

  First, determine if you need to submit a “Doing business As” form. You will have to fill it in if the name of your company is different from the legal name.

  Secondly, you should provide the full structure of your company to the appropriate authorities. This will allow the state body to check whether there is such a registered name. It also allows you to enter your name so that no one else could use it in the future.

  Thirdly, if you want completely to protect and secure your company name, then register a trademark. To do this, you will need to contact a special agency. So, in the USA – this is the only way to protect your name.

Step 4. Tax registration.

  For further legal actions, you have to register your company with the tax authorities. For the registration, you will need to apply for an EIN (employer identification number). The application can be submitted online, by phone, fax, or mail absolutely free.

Step 5. Get insurance.

  In any business, insurance is required. This allows you to protect yourself from all sides. The price of insurance for companies justifies itself in the following areas:

  • You will have financial protection if you harm someone else’s property (for example, the chemicals that you used in your work caused harm). This insurance will cover recovery costs.
  • You will receive more orders. It has already been proven that up to 84% of people order services from companies with insurance.

In this step, we would like to tell you about all the types of insurance that you may need in your future work.

General liability insurance. This type of insurance covers the most general and basic aspects, including damage to your company’s property, damage caused by your employees. The advantage of this insurance is that it is common to all business lines. Therefore, if at the initial stage you do not know exactly what type you need, then you should start with this. The cost depends on many factors such as the number of employees in the state, location, and others and varies from $300 to $1000 per year.

Professional liability insurance. Also known as mistakes and omission insurance. This insurance is developed to protect professionals in the workplace. Sometimes employees can make mistakes. If the customer has suffered damage and blames your company, this insurance covers this damage. The cost ranges from $500 to $1800 per year.

Employees’ compensation insurance. Developed to protect your workers from the injury at the workplace. This insurance can also protect your company from a lawsuit if the employee claims compensation for personal injury. The cost of this insurance in almost all states is $ 0.47 per hour for one employee. So, for example, if you have a staff member working on a standard schedule of 40 hours a week and 2080 hours a year, then the cost of this insurance will be $ 978 per year.

Commercial auto insurance/Vehicle insurance. It works on the same principle as your personal car insurance.

Business Owner’s Policy. This insurance includes a group of policies designed to protect small businesses. These policies include general liability, business liability, and business interruption insurance. The cost of this type of insurance depends on the same factors as other types of insurance and varies from $700 to $3800 per year.

Step 6. Get all the necessary permissions and licenses.

  To begin with, we would like to note that you do not need any special license to conduct a lawn mowing business.

  In this area, a license is required only for the use of a certain type of fertilizer and drugs that you use in your activity. To find out if you need a compulsory license for a particular type of fertilizer and pesticide, contact your Local Ministry of Agriculture.

  To find out which license is required from you, simply follow the link and read the requirements of your state government.

  For the information on local licenses and permissions, click on the following link.

Remember, you will work with potent chemicals, so getting a license always takes time for red tape.

Step 7. Automate your business and go online.

  Before starting a busy job, you should not miss this step and be prepared for all possible options. In order not to get lost or torn between phone calls, implement an automation tool in advance. Do not wait for a certain moment in the future to automate all routine processes. Indeed, believe us, with further development, you may not have free time and will constantly find excuses.

  We offer you our indispensable tool of any service company – the Everis platform for automating business in the industry of services. It consists of 3 parts: admin panel for you and your operators, the mobile application for specialists, and the mobile application for your customers. With these three tools, you will be more than ever close to both your specialists and your clients. This platform is good because you do not need a thousand-page guide to understand the functionality.

  Imagine, yes, this tool is so intuitively simple that right after registration it is ready to work. Within a month, you can determine that you saved 80% of the time due to the fact that all the orders you accept, distribute, and track their execution online. Taking into account that most likely your staff will expand over time. Using the analytics section you can easily analyze their productivity, workload, and employment.

  The online payment tool will help you no longer mess with cash. No paperwork and writing invoices for the provided services. Everything is simple: after the completion of a certain order, the client receives an invoice with the cost of the work performed by mail, you receive it too. You can find this invoice at any time attached to the order in the admin panel, as well as print it.

Step 8. Advertising and potential customers of your business.

  First, determine at which area you will provide services. Will it be just neighboring houses or territory covering nearby areas, or maybe the whole city and state?

   Next, determine how many orders you are ready to accept. It all depends on whether you are the only employee in the company or whether you already have a selected staff of specialists.

  Then you can safely start to advertise your business. This approach is extremely responsible. To get started, create business pages on Facebook, get twitter, Instagram. A huge plus for you will be the development of a landing page (a kind of business card in the online space). Do not despair and think that for this you will need to pay a tidy sum of money. On the Internet, there are many cheap and simple designers to create landing pages. For example, the most popular is WIX. The basic tariff for creating a site will cost you only 4.50 dollars.

 

  In order to find potential customers without posting expensive ads, just drive around your neighbors, acquaintances, friends and ask if they might want to be your first customers, and they can also recommend you to someone they know. Nobody has canceled “word of mouth”, and, as practice shows, often it works better than any advertisement.

  At this stage, over time also do not miss the item of flyers, business cards. They must be memorable.

For more detailed information on finding clients, follow this link.

  During service provision, always remember that your customers order not just a service, but a service of the highest quality. We will not lie that 40% of the quality of service often depends on the specialist, so do not neglect the rules of communicating with customers, take an interest in their expectations, do not be afraid to ask for feedback and recommendations, they are the same people as you.

  Do not forget that more and more of your potential customers go online day after day. And soon, companies that accept applications for telephone services will remain in the distant past. Do not waste time and provide your customers with a new simplified way to submit orders through the Everis User application. Payment online, the exact time of the specialist’s arrival, detailed ordering with the addition of a description of the problem and photos, reviews. All this will be an additional plus for your customers among the choice of the service provider. Give discounts and advantageous promotions and be sure that they will come back to you again and again.

If you have successfully completed these steps, we can only congratulate you and wish you and your business prosperity and huge profits!



How to start Commercial Cleaning Business

How to start Commercial Cleaning Business

Short guide. Features.

 Commercial cleaning services are not the same as cleaning services at home and often differ in the complexity of the work and the chosen direction. When it comes to cleaning, the word “commercial” does not mean “industrial cleaning”; it literally means industrial cleaning and everything related to it. For example, hospitals, restaurants, as well as various cleaning machines, chemicals, and other industrial solvents, commercial cleaning services deal with a different type of conditions and clientele.

Commercial cleaning takes care of things such as offices, buildings or retail stores. There is a big difference in how you clean a retail store compared to someone else’s home.

Commercial cleaning companies also engage in special events, such as fires or flood cleaning. They have the industrial equipment necessary to clean things that could suffer from strong water or other damage. They are also the company that you call for cleaning during construction, or after completion of construction or repairs, because they know how to clean to make sure that the house is safe for proper air quality and other accommodation needs.

As you understand, making your future business more profitable means specializing in one type of industry or offering additional services. For example, you may specialize in cleaning the hospital kitchen, which may require some specialized knowledge about the cleaning procedures and processes in the hospital (including sanitary requirements).

 You can also offer additional services such as free cleaning of the blinds and laundry services for customers. Increase the value of your services by offering cleaning services for special equipment such as ice cream machines.

STEP 1

Create a legal entity: there are several suitable business structures to choose from such as Corporations, LLC, and DBA.

 

STEP 2

Register for taxes: in order to register for taxes you will need to apply for an EIN (Employer Identification Number). It’s really easy and free!

 

STEP 3

Open a business bank account: a separate bank account for your business is needed to protect your personal assets. It also facilitates tax accounting and payment.

 

STEP 4

Licensing: you can find out about licensing requirements in your state at the link SBA’s reference to state licenses and permits. It may be necessary to obtain additional work permits; contact one of the local associations for help in the US Small Business Associations directory of local business resources.

 For kitchen cleaning, you will need A Service Agreement and Compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Regulations (OSHA).

 

STEP 5

Get Business Insurance: for example, workers’ compensation insurance may be a legal requirement in your state.

 

STEP 6

Employees: Success in commercial cleaning depends largely on the competence of your employees. Your team of cleaners should be well-versed in the details, know the cleaning methods, and how to use and mix the cleaning products correctly. Team building is usually required from the start. Start by hiring a small team of cleaners and expand it if income and profits allow. You can start a small business with one or two cleaners.

 

STEP 7

Business promotion: Contact local business owners and organizations for a reduced price cleaning service. Most likely they are already collaborating with someone, but your proposal may play in your favor. In addition, you can ask for advice from these business owners to add the most popular to the list of services. You can also hire a broker to send out and mail your offer to all restaurants, hospitals, and other businesses in your area. If you have an email company, try using email marketing. Tools in the “Everis” platform allow you to do both bulk and personal mailing directly from the panel. This is convenient, as you will be able to offer individual conditions for an interesting client, based on the history of his orders. Include in your offer a special package for new customers. Hold promotions and games so that customers have the opportunity to win free or preferential cleaning services.

 

STEP 8

Web presence: Another important step will be the creation of the website and pages on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. These tools are great for attracting new customers and advertising on the Internet.  Ask your customers to leave feedback about you on popular sites and on social networks.

The Everis team wishes you success in your work and is always ready to help in creating a successful business and excellent work processes!

How to start Electrical Services

How to start electrical services

Features of the business.

 If you want to start a business in the field of electrical services, we think that you are already a specialist in this field and perfectly understand what kind of service you want to provide to your customers. Nevertheless, it will be useful to once again identify the main directions in this business and mention important aspects.

  80% of the companies in the market for electrical services in the United States, this is a small business with no more than 10 electricians in the state.

  Your company’s electricians should be able to solve problems in both residential and commercial electrical systems. Some may specialize in a particular system; others may even work in industrial systems. An electrician must have one of three types of licenses. The license begins with the student, then the apprentice, and ends with the master license. Electricians must pass certification exams and have sufficient experience to improve licensing.

Services List:

  • Residential & Commercial
  • Electrical Rewiring
  • Electrical Installations
  • Electrical Repairs
  • Emergency Services

 

Distinctive features of electrical specialists:

 

1) A true professional will always look neat, no matter what work he or she performs. And what’s important, a good employee will have business cards with the name of the organization and / or name, phone number and work permit number.

 

2) An excellent specialist quickly responds to orders and is ready to give free consultation on the order to discuss all the important points in advance. Our software allows you to bill and monitor each stage of the work from the receipt of the order to the specialist to the travel time and completion of the work.

 

3) A true professional will never agree to deal with an order without the required license. Licenses are additional protection for the owner of the property, ensuring that the activity has been performed safely and efficiently.

Tips for Growing Your Electrical Business

 Tip №1: Client base

At the start of your business, make it a rule to maintain a single customer base! To develop your business, it is important to combine all your contacts into one central database. The Everis platform contains customer relationship management tools that can be easily customized to meet your needs.

Tip №2: Feedback

Regardless of the number of your employees, their experience, and work experience, you need to find the most effective way to collect feedback in your organization. It will also give you the opportunity to identify important target customers. Review history can tell you a lot more than you can imagine.

Tips №3: Brand

Name branding is an excellent way to stick in someone’s mind.  Place your company logo wherever you have a potential customer. It can be just a business card, company cars, professional clothes, helmets with your logo, and stickers strategically placed at the end of the project. And even a personal mobile application for your client with the logo and services of your company.

Tips № 4:  Marketing strategy

Successful organizations, large or small, have a clear marketing strategy and plan. To understand the point, clearly answer the following questions?

  • What types of work will bring you income?
  • Where do you see your future earnings/profits?
  • Which geographic areas will you serve more often?
  • Do you have the tools to answer these questions? If not, what do you plan to do to find answers to these questions?

If almost everyone in your company cannot answer these questions, it will be difficult for you to get everyone together to work on a specific marketing project. Marketing your company is group work. Everything from how the registrar processes call to the delivery of an order will either bring you closer to the next client or project or remove it from it.

Tools that allow you to see the result of your efforts, successes, and failures, save time, and eliminate many errors. Make sure your team understands that your common goal is to generate revenue, not waste time and money.

Tips № 5: Lines of communication

Promptly educate your clients on the progress of work in full scope. But for this, it is equally important that dispatchers and craftsmen should be comfortable discussing the progress of work. Such open communication lines easily allow you to make the necessary decisions about upcoming changes to the order without unnecessary calls and approvals. Regularly informing your customers about progress, problems and solutions will provide the level of trust necessary for a strong relationship.

The Everis team wishes you success in your work and is always ready to help in creating a successful business and excellent work processes!

How to start Garage Door Services

How to start Garage Door Services

The demand for home services will always be there

No matter how real estate trends develop, people will always need home-based services. For your own living or for investment, an attractive, comfortable home will become one of the most important things in life. This means that there will be a constant demand for regular maintenance and home repairs, not to mention any repair projects. According to data from marketing expert IBISWorld, annual growth rates of 3.5% to 8.1% are expected in all sectors of home services, including the installation and maintenance of garage doors. This is not breathtaking growth, but it is stable. What could be better ?!

Education and competency.

If you are new to the repair of garage doors, we advise you to undergo training to obtain the appropriate competence. You should have enough knowledge in the maintenance of automation, wiring and engineering technology. We bring to your attention the best training programs:

1.  Georgia Piedmont Technical College

Private, not-for-profit

Trades Offered:

Automotive Technology, Building Automation Systems, Commercial Refrigeration, Air Conditioning Technology, and Welding & Joining Technology

2. Center for Employment Training

Private, not-for-profit

Trades Offered:

Construction & Building Maintenance, Cleaning Service & Maintenance Technician, Green Building Construction Skills, Electrician, HVAC Technician, HVAC Green Technology, Machinist Technology, and Welding Fabrication

3. Central New Mexico Community College

Private, not-for-profit

Trades Offered:

Architectural/Engineering Drafting Technology, Automotive Technology, Aviation Technology, Carpentry, Construction Management Technology, Diesel Equipment Technology, Electrical Trades, Emerging Applications in Applied Technologies, Film Technician, Geographic Information Technology, HVACR, Machine Tool Technology, Plumbing and Gas Fitting, Pre-Architecture, Rapid Prototyping & Innovative Design, Surveying Technology, Truck Driving, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, and Welding

5. Triangle Tech Inc

For-profit

Trades Offered:

CADD with Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing Technology, Maintenance Electricity & Construction Technology, HVACR, Carpentry & Construction Technology, and Welding & Fabrication Technology

6. Ferris State University

Private, not-for-profit

Trades Offered:

Architectural Technology, Automotive Service Technology, Building Construction Technology, CAD Drafting, and Tool Design Technology, Civil Engineering Technology, Heavy Equipment Technology, HVACR Technology, Industrial Electronics Technology, Manufacturing Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Plastics, and Polymer Engineering Technology, Surveying Technology, and Welding Technology

7. Austin Community College

Private, not-for-profit

Trades Offered:

Architectural & Engineering Computer-Aided Design, Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing Technology, Automotive Technology & Outdoor Powered Equipment, Building Construction Technology, Electronics & Advanced Technologies, Geographic Information Systems, HVACR, Land Surveying Technology/Geomatics, and Welding Technology

 

 

How to get a license for a garage door

The licensing required to carry out garage door repair work depends on where you live. In any case, in order to obtain a C-61 / D-28 license, you must confirm your experience of at least 4 years and pass a legal exam. To qualify for the exam date, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a valid Driver’s License or USA Issued Identification
  • Have a Social Security or ITIN #
  • Not Currently be on probation or parole

You must also have:

  • 4 Years Journey Level Experience
  • A Qualifying Individual to sign off on your experience
  • A way to prove your experience if the state asks for documentation

The Contractor License Exam

Contractor licenses are broken down into four categories:

1) A-General Engineering

2) B-General Building

3) C-Specialty classes

4) C-61 / D-Limited Specialty classes

Each category of license except the D-Limited Specialty license class requires that you pass a TRADE exam. C-61 Classification licenses do not have trade portions. You must only pass a LAW exam.

The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) is the governing body for all contractors in the state of California. Their sole responsibility is to protect the consumer public. They ensure that anyone charging over $500 for construction services is qualified and registered with the state. The CSLB maintains a statewide task force that engages in sting operations to stop unlicensed construction activity. Getting caught contracting without a license in California is punishable with fines up to $15,000 and 6 months in the county jail. The CSLB issues the garage doors contractor license to contractors in the state of California.

EPA Certification

In addition to the C-61 / D-28 license, garage door repair and maintenance contractors should have specific competencies. Learn more about EPA certification here.

State Fees

The current state fees are:

  1. $330 State Application Fee ( one time fee per application sent to the state board )
  2. $200 License Activation Fee ( paid every two years )

You will also need to pay for live scan fingerprinting. 

Build your business.

Once you have received all the necessary permissions and licenses, you should think about Internet skills. Online skills will help you find your first customers and make yourself known, as not all of your new service orders will come directly from homeowners.  We offer a simple guide to action:

  • Build your  Garage Door business web site with a handy site builder like Tilda, Wix, or whatever. They offer cost-effective hosting with unlimited resources for bandwidth, storage and email accounts.
  • Get your toll-free number with Ring Central, which is very economical for a start-up business.
  • Create business cards, they will greatly help in promoting your business.
  • You will need tools for billing and accepting payments from customers on cards. The “Everis” service allows you to have all this and more.

 Promote your business

  • Post your garage door service website in free catalogs.
  • Place business cards at local grocery stores, businesses, and party venues.
  • Buy an inexpensive sign and place it on the road.
  • Contact your local gate repair company to find out if they need installation assistance. You can enter into a partnership agreement with a garage dealer.

You get paid, and things are going well)

  • Open a free business account and don’t forget to deposit your checks.
  • If you did everything correctly, then be prepared to take 3-6 orders a day. Our application for your customers will help you place orders online and not waste time on calls, which will attract even more customers.
  • Depending on your region, you can accept a fixed hourly fee for orders plus extra charges for spare parts.

Good luck with your new business!

 

This article was written by service experts. “EVERIS” is a platform for planning work orders and managing specialists and clients. Thousands of local service companies use the platform to streamline their workflow, eliminate losses, and increase revenue.

Open the free EVERIS online demo for your business to find out how you can improve your performance.

Everis Users is not just a mobile application for clients.

Everis Users is not just a mobile application for clients.

just don’t tell them about it 🙂

The story of the Covid-19 virus forever changed the behavior of consumers and services. And even those who used to live by their own rules were forced to reconsider their approach to obtaining services and access to goods. The era of total digital presence has arrived. A new generation of clients is increasingly choosing online platforms to meet their needs. They use Uber, Amazon, and Netflix, order food online, and share their opinions on Twitter. They can easily tweet about you as well :). 

 It’s time to offer your clients something that can easily satisfy not only their needs but also their user experience.

The mobile application for clients “Everis Users” was created taking into account the positive user experience and is as functional as possible, but it remains easy to use.

Key features of the application for clients:

  • quick application processing
  • ability to change order time
  • quick order cancellation
  • ability to view specialist data on the order page
  • arrival time information and map access
  • receiving current company news

We will not hide the fact that those companies, that chose our program for managing orders and employees at the very beginning use only the dispatcher panel and the specialist’s mobile application. This is due to the fact that by the time of implementation of the saas-platform, companies already have their own experience in receiving orders from clients. As a rule, this is the execution of orders on the site or the work of call center operators.

In the future, some implemented the client application “Everis Users” and very soon 90% switched to accepting orders only in this way. And that’s why:

  1. an increase in the total number of orders for services, and hence income. This is due to the fact that for many clients using a mobile application is a more familiar and convenient way of communication.
  2.  let’s be honest, everyday issues and problems are for many, not the most pleasant routine. Some problems in the house, apartment, or land are often postponed for a long time. The solution requires not only time, but also distracts from more pleasant things, than talking with a contractor, filling out an order, or making calls to the operator. Thanks to the mobile application “Everis Users”, you can solve the problem with one hand, without looking up from a barbecue or soccer game.

  3.  Another truth is that many clients have no idea about the full list of your services. Rather, because you can do much more than they can imagine 🙂 Thanks to the application “Everis Users”, your clients can familiarize themselves with the full list of your services. In addition, do not forget that a person does not know what he wants until he is offered this. Often, a client, filling out an order, selects the desired service from the list proposed in the mobile application. And it is this list that makes him think that, in addition to cleaning the house, it would not hurt to carry out mosquito treatment on the site.

 We are pleased to invite your company to get its unique experience and we believe that it will certainly be advantageous. To get quick access to the saas-platform and mobile applications for your professionals and clients, go to the demo version of the industry you need.

We wish you success in your work and are always waiting for your feedback to the email address: info@everisapp.com

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We are ready to develop additional modules for your service company.

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How to start janitorial services

How to start janitorial services

Market size

According to the forecasts of marketing agencies, the market for cleaning services will grow by an average of 6.2% and reach 74,299 million US dollars by 2022.

The cleaning business includes a wide range of services demanded by the commercial and residential sectors. This includes maid services, window cleaning, floor cleaning, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and cleaning in medical facilities and industrial enterprises. Cleaning services have gained popularity due to factors such as the growth of housing and commercial funds, real estate investments, an increase in estimated income and an increase in the number of working women, which has led to positive trends in the cleaning services market.

Industry definition

Industries include cleaning services for industrial enterprises, business and government agencies, shops, business centers, and shopping centers, air and rail transport, and house cleaning services.

Industry directions

Commercial activity:

  1. Residential cleaning
  2. Standard commercial cleaning (except medical and industrial)
  3. Hospitals and medical offices
  4. Exterior window cleaning
  5. Floorcare services
  6. Industrial cleaning
  7. Damage restoration cleaning

Industrial activity:

  1. Providing interior building cleaning services
  2. Cleaning homes
  3. Providing window cleaning services
  4. Providing maid services
  5. Providing aircraft janitorial services
  6. Washroom sanitization and cleaning

Features

Commercial cleaning services are not the same as cleaning services at home and often differ in the complexity of the work and the chosen direction. When it comes to cleaning, the word “commercial” does not mean “industrial cleaning”; it literally means industrial cleaning and everything related to it. For example, hospitals, restaurants, as well as various cleaning machines, chemicals, and other industrial solvents, commercial cleaning services deal with a different type of conditions and clientele.

Commercial cleaning takes care of things such as offices, buildings, or retail stores. There is a big difference in how you clean a retail store compared to someone else’s home.

Commercial cleaning companies also engage in special events, such as fires or flood cleaning. They have the industrial equipment necessary to clean things that could suffer from strong water or other damage. They are also the company that you call for cleaning during construction, or after completion of construction or repairs, because they know how to clean to make sure that the house is safe for proper air quality and other accommodation needs.

As you understand, making your future business more profitable means specializing in one type of industry or offering additional services. For example, you may specialize in cleaning the hospital kitchen, which may require some specialized knowledge about the cleaning procedures and processes in the hospital (including sanitary requirements).

You can also offer additional services such as free cleaning of the blinds and laundry services for customers. Increase the value of your services by offering cleaning services for special equipment such as ice cream machines.

STEPS

1.Create a legal entity: there are several suitable business structures to choose from such as Corporations, LLC, and DBA.

2.Register for taxes: in order to register for taxes you will need to apply for an EIN (Employer Identification Number). It’s really easy and free!

3.Open a business bank account: a separate bank account for your business is needed to protect your personal assets. It also facilitates tax accounting and payment.

4.Licensing: you can find out about licensing requirements in your state at the link SBA’s reference to state licenses and permits. It may be necessary to obtain additional work permits; contact one of the local associations for help in the US Small Business Associations directory of local business resources.

For kitchen cleaning, you will need A Service Agreement and Compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Regulations (OSHA).

5.Get Business Insurance: for example, workers’ compensation insurance may be a legal requirement in your state.

6.Employees: Success in commercial cleaning depends largely on the competence of your employees. Your team of cleaners should be well-versed in the details, know the cleaning methods, and how to use and mix the cleaning products correctly. Team building is usually required from the start. Start by hiring a small team of cleaners and expand it if income and profits allow. You can start a small business with one or two cleaners.

7.Business promotion: Contact local business owners and organizations for a reduced price cleaning service. Most likely they are already collaborating with someone, but your proposal may play in your favor. In addition, you can ask for advice from these business owners to add the most popular to the list of services. You can also hire a broker to send out and mail your offer to all restaurants, hospitals, and other businesses in your area. If you have an email company, try using email marketing. Tools in the “Everis” platform allow you to do both bulk and personal mailing directly from the panel. This is convenient, as you will be able to offer individual conditions for an interesting client, based on the history of his orders. Include in your offer a special package for new customers. Hold promotions and games so that customers have the opportunity to win free or preferential cleaning services.

8.Web presence: Another important step will be the creation of the website and pages on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. These tools are great for attracting new customers and advertising on the Internet. Ask your customers to leave feedback about you on popular sites and on social networks.

Good luck with your new business!

 

 

This article was written by service experts. “EVERIS” is a platform for planning work orders and managing specialists and clients. Thousands of local service companies use the platform to streamline their workflow, eliminate losses, and increase revenue.

COVID -19: help for small business

COVID -19: help for small business:

grants and loans

Part 1.

Today there is not a single sphere of business that would not be affected by the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine. The total freezing of life as a whole put many business owners in a dead-end, and even more people simply left without work. In order to counter the economic crisis, the United States Government has drafted a series of laws and financial support packages for businesses and has provided enterprises with grant financing opportunities.

In the first part of a large article, we provide a list of grants and US lending programs. But you need to understand that grant programs are in demand and the fund is depleted within a few hours or days. Programs that offer interest-free loans with deferred loan repayments are also in great demand, acting as bridges until federal assistance is available. Perhaps some of these grant and interest-free deferred repayment programs are already closed, but we left them on the list as potential models for new programs.

We recommend that you regularly consult the list after reading the article so as not to miss the opening of a new financial assistance fund.

Grants and Programs:

1. FEDERAL

Congress has adopted several small business assistance programs:

  • SBA Economic Crisis Loan Program: CARES Law has expanded lending options for the existing SBA Economic Injury Loan Program. Under this program, business owners can borrow up to $ 2 million and request an advance of $ 10,000 for a loan (which does not need to be repaid). The interest rate is 3.75 percent for enterprises and 2.75 percent for non-profit organizations.
  • Paycheck Protection Program: Under the Coronavirus Aid, Assistance and Economic Security Act (CARES) of March 27. Under the salary protection program, $ 350 billion was allocated in the form of government loans to help small businesses pay salaries and cover fixed costs. The application process began on April 3 for small businesses and individual entrepreneurs and April 10 for independent contractors and self-employed workers. Check for up-to-date information at https://www.sba.gov/.
  • Retention loan: the program allows you to use repayable tax credit for employers whose work was suspended or whose income fell by more than 50 percent compared to the same period last year. The loan amount is 50 percent of the salary paid during the period from March 13 to December 31, 2020, but not more than 10,000 US dollars.
  • In addition, there are several SBA programs that can be useful for small businesses. Under program 7 (a), loans of up to $ 5 million are granted. US working capital; equipment and other basic business expenses.
  • CARES law includes $ 5 billion for the Community Development Fund, allowing the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to issue special Community Development Block (CDBG-CV) awards to states and communities to develop small business support and community service programs.

The CARES Act also includes a $ 150 billion fund to help survivors of the virus, which is distributed between state and local governments.

2. STATE AND LOCAL

Here we list a list of resources where you can find the information you need, depending on the state.

Alabama: The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama and the Community Foundation of West Alabama have created a Small Business Relief Fund.

Alaska: The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) has created a COVID-19 loan guarantee program, Sustaining Alaska’s Future Economy (AK SAFE). 

Arizona:

  • The Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce offered Small Business Success Grants totaling $100,000
  • Growth Partners Arizona (GPAz), a certified Community Development Financial Institution, offers two loan programs for small businesses affected by COVID-19. 
  • Invest Southwest, a nonprofit organization has created the Arizona Local Impact Fund to help businesses affected by COVID-19. 

Arkansas: Arkansas’s Quick Action Closing Fund offers a loan guarantee and a zero-interest loan program.

California launched a $50 million loan guarantee program for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Los Angeles Small Business Emergency Microloan Program is offering loans to $20,000 to businesses with 100 or fewer employees. 

It is important that in addition to these programs, every major city in California has a ton of different lending programs for small and medium-sized businesses. We will not list them here since you yourself can easily find information on the websites of the local authorities of each city.

Colorado:

  • The Town of Breckenridge has expanded its Small Business Rent Relief Program. The program provides grants of up to $4,000.
  • On May 22, the Broomfield Chamber of Commerce and Broomfield Community Foundation announced that they are launching the Broomfield Small Business Fund, offering grants to eligible small businesses negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Greenline Ventures, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), has created the Greenline Emergency Microloan Program to provide loans to minority-, women-, and veteran-owned small businesses in Colorado.

Connecticut:

Florida: The state of Florida has created a small business program, offering quick loans of up to $ 50,000 to cover losses.

Illinois: Illinois has established a small business assistance program under the COVID-19 program, which is an investment loan program. In addition, credit programs exist in almost every city in the state.

In the next article, we will continue to talk about business assistance programs. If you have exciting questions or topics of interest, feel free to email us and we will certainly try to help.

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