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1. Use the “News” tool in the demo manager panel:

2. Write everything what you want to tell your clients:

3. Click “Add” and your customers will immediately see the news on the main page of the “Everis Users” application.

Three easy steps for a big deal! 

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LAWN BUSINESS STARTUP

Lawn business startup

 Use your landscaping and lawn care skills to start a profitable business.

To get started, you must already have experience in mowing, cutting, and trimming. It also means that you spent some time learning the basics of gardening and technology. You must be physically fit and able to cope with the harsh working conditions, which may include lifting heavy equipment and using bulky hand tools for several hours.

Market.

According to the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), an international lawn care professional association, outsourcing contractors, installation/design/construction professionals, and United States interior specialists, there are approximately 10,000 individual lawn care providers. The market they serve is huge, the US green industry, which includes lawn and landscape services, brings in between $ 67 and $ 69 billion a year. In addition, according to PLANET estimates, the beautification services sector alone creates 704,000 jobs and $ 35.6 million per year in value-added.

Who are the clients?

 Millions of homeowners recognize the value of a well-kept lawn and a beautifully designed and landscaped yard, but they often have neither the time nor the desire to do maintenance on their own.

The target audience:

  • Homeowners who are often busy;
  • Pensioners who no longer want to do their own care;
  • Golf Course Managers Who May Need Service Assistance;
  • Property managers or condominiums with disabilities;
  • Managing facilities of botanical gardens, historic buildings, municipalities and other government agencies, universities, cemeteries and other public spaces with green spaces.

There are many ways to get into the lawn and landscape industry.

The main types of lawn and landscape business are:

  • Lawn Mower / Care
  • Installation of turf/hydroseeding
  • Weeding or applying fertilizers and/or pests
  • Landscaping / Maintenance
  • Landscaping / Contracting Services
  • Landscape Architecture Services

Income.

 No one can tell you exactly how much you can earn. In this area, it all depends on your skills, perseverance, and performance. Some owners of the lawn care business earned anywhere from $ 5,000 to $ 50,000 in the first year, and from $ 160,000 to $ 250,000 in a few years. They started by simply mowing the lawn and over time expanded the list of services to increase revenue.

Lawn Care Basics

 Lawn care is a seasonal business. Depending on your area and climate, the main vegetation months begin around April to early October. In the spring, you will need to actively promote your services so that you have enough customers in the summer. Then, in the fall, you should warm the lawns, rake the leaves, and collect overdue bills. In winter, you can offer a service such as snow removal. 

 A typical lawn care business serves 20 to 30 regular customers per week and offers up to three types of services: mowing, fertilizing, and applying chemicals. It is also a strictly regulated industry, which requires practitioners to obtain certificates that allow the use of hazardous chemicals.

 Most owners of lawn care services prefer to start with basic mowing and add other services as they become more experienced and acquire more equipment.

Cost of work.

 Experts recommend pricing depending on the size of the lawn. The plus is that you will appear more professional to your potential customers if you have an established price structure. You can compensate for the unusual features of the land by adding an additional amount of, say, 10 percent to your price. Because the lawn care industry is so competitive, it’s important not to overestimate your services. 

 Lawn & landscape may be particularly useful. Call several lawn care companies on Craigslist. This method works especially well if you conduct business in a community with uniformly distributed units or other parties of the same size. It is good to evaluate your services somewhere in the middle or closer to the top of the range. Then you must demonstrate that your professionalism, quality service, and reliability distinguish you from your competitors and justify a higher price.

Job Evaluation

 Regardless of whether you provide a simple service, such as pruning bushes, or installing a complex three-tier deck, people will want to know in advance how much the work will cost. As a result, you need to develop good assessment skills from the start. The problem is that evaluation is a science, and it’s easy to make a mistake that can cost you a lot of time and resources. Your mission here is to determine what your expenses will be, and then add profits. Your expenses will include everything from materials (plants, mulch, topsoil to labor (both your own employees and subcontractors), equipment (yours and everyone you rent), and general business overhead (everything that you plan to demand as expenses for doing business, for example, expenses for a home office, gasoline, etc.).

 You better indicate the specific services you offer, the materials you provide, and everything else that is relevant to the job. The tools of the “Everis” platform will help you with this, using the dispatcher’s panel you can enter the current prices and notify your customers about them at any time. And also set personal discounts.

 

 Finally, you can calculate your bet based on how much money you would like to earn in a given year. For example, if your goal is to earn $ 60,000 in your first year of work, you need to calculate the monthly income. It is best to use statistics tools in the work, then you can see not only the amount of income but also the debt and the number of deductions to employees. And these are always moving amounts and depend on workload. Use the statistics and planner tool in the “Everis” platform and plan income with an accuracy of a cent.

Other tasks.

 In addition to decorating America, you will need to deal with some of the office tasks. They include:

 Office administration: in addition to answering the phone and email, you must have business mail to send bills. If you decide to accept credit cards, you will also have to process these credit cards through your trading account. You can use software that already includes all the necessary tools and the “Everis” platform is one of them.

Personnel Management.

 As soon as the work is added, you will find that you need to monitor the work of employees, scheduling work and refereeing in the event of a conflict. Use the demo version of “Everis” for your company and evaluate how easy it is to control the progress of work and be sure that your worker mows the lawn on a hot day, and does not sunbathe on the nearest lake. That’s why you have to use modern tools if you want to work better.

And finally.

At any given time, you can turn to an army of landscape care professionals for help. Below is a list of useful resources.

Franchise Opportunities

  • Lawn Doctor Inc.
  • NaturaLawn of America
  • NiteLites Outdoor Lighting Franchise
  • Outdoor Lighting Perspectives
  • Spray Green Lawn Care
  • Spring-Green Lawn Care
  • U.S. Lawns
  • Weed Man

Lawn and Landscape Industry Trade Publications

  • Grounds Maintenance
  • Irrigation & Green Industry Magazine
  • Landscape Architect and Specifier News
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Landscape Construction
  • Landscape Contractor National
  • Landscape Design/Build
  • Landscape Management
  • Landscape Superintendent and Maintenance Professional
  • Lawn & Landscape Magazine
  • ProGardenBiz
  • PRO Magazine
  • Turf Grass Trends
  • Turf Magazine
  • Water Garden News

Professional Lawn and Landscape Associations

  • American Horticulture Society
  • American Nursery & Landscape Association
  • American Society of Landscape Architects
  • Association of Professional Landscape Designers
  • California Landscape Contractors Association
  • Independent Turf and Ornamental Distributors Association
  • The Irrigation Association
  • Landscape Maintenance Association
  • National Gardening Association
  • North American Rock Garden Society
  • Organic Landscape Alliance
  • Outdoor Power Equipment and Engine Service Association
  • Professional Grounds Management Society
  • Professional Landcare Network
  • Turfgrass Producers International

Good luck in 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.

How does a woman start her business?

How does a woman start her business?

important points and resource guide

1. What is important to understand from the very beginning?

If you are ready to start acting right now, then first we will advise you to take a couple of deep breaths and slow down a little.

Starting your own business does not tolerate hasty decisions, otherwise, you will have to pay dearly for this later. We understand that your fantastic business idea does not live up to expectations, but before you begin, there are some questions that you need to resolve before you take the first step.

Believe me, this will greatly increase your chances of survival in the first years of work.

2. The basis of the new company is not quite an idea!

First, everything should happen on paper. Conduct initial marketing research in the field in which you are going to realize yourself. First of all, you need to understand who your client is – the target audience.

No need to think that this is stupid and that your customers are all those who consume such services or goods. No, you should clearly know what segment of the population your startup is designed for.

Once you have decided on the target audience, it’s time to find out which competitors already exist in the market and study their sites and social networks. Mark for yourself your favorite moments and ideas.

The big picture is ready and if you are still determined, it’s time to think about a business plan. This thing is not just about calculations and plans, it is closer to reality, and therefore it will give you a clear understanding of the speed with which you must work and develop in order to achieve success and how you must manage all the resources so that this happens 200% accurately.

And the third very important point, after the business plan – legality and taxation! Only after that, you should proceed to the real building of your business. 

First, turn to the best legal consultant you can afford and take care of the best accountant or tax specialist. Be sure to study 

the SBA.gov

website and make it a rule to regularly review it. Here you can find the answer to your other questions and always be aware of the legislation in your state. After all, laws often change, like taxation.

3. You are not an entrepreneur yet!

The truth is that a great idea and an ideal business plan cannot guarantee successful work. This is what totally depends on your diligence. Because becoming an entrepreneur is easier than coping with difficulties and little is said about it. So let’s discuss some more equally important issues:

1. Are you definitely the boss?

 Here we recall that it is necessary to deduct taxes at the state and federal levels, and if you miss this point, you will eventually encounter serious problems. The second is your employees and clients, who ultimately determine the fate of your project. A good idea is important, but it cannot work miracles. 

 If there is no management, if marketing does not work, and if your customers do not identify with your brand, then it is better for your company to make some changes or curtail your business before you are heavily in debt. Therefore, hiring people is better to immediately explain to them your position and not be afraid to offend them or be too categorical. Remember that team and strategy determine success, and a satisfied customer determines revenue growth. ®

2. Have you forgotten about your personal life?

Unfortunately, the exact formula, following which you can succeed in work and have an excellent personal life, does not exist. You will simply be forced to do whatever it takes to maintain balance. But the truth is that sometimes you will devote more time and energy to people in your life, and in others they may not even see you for several days, or even months. But do not be afraid, look at it as natural things, and that your family will certainly be proud of you and will begin to understand more if you succeed in your business.

3. Work more, income in perspective. In the meantime ...

 Your goal should be to get an income that exceeds all existing business expenses.

In addition, this income should not only allow you to lead a comfortable lifestyle but also form a material fund in case of malfunctions or something goes wrong.

We think that the situation with the COVID-19 virus has taught many a good lesson in this regard. You should not forget about it. In the meantime, you will need to work hard to earn a reputation, customer base, and reach a stable income level.

4. You need to be prepared for this.

Here we stick to the brevity:

  1. busy schedule
  2. don’t give up if you fail at first
  3. no financial stability in the beginning
  4. the risks
  5. stress
  6. great responsibility for every step

5. What form of business should you choose?

While we’d love to be able to answer this question for you, but a lawyer should decide on the form of your company. There are so many variables and features that it is better to consult a specialist. Nonetheless. The three most common forms are:

1.For-Profit Business Corporations

2.Limited Liability Companies or LLCs

3.Sole Proprietorships

6. Financing.

 Website, marketing, and advertising, tax and payroll, expansion, adding new products, upgrading your services, utilities, insurance, licensing, and much more. The list of expenses never ends and this is not a joke. At the start, there is a consumption of the main part of capital. If you are not careful with spending, then you will not have time to blink, as you will remain with an empty wallet. 

 Therefore, it is important to determine mandatory spending and those that may be suffered or not needed at all. The main mistake of beginners is that a lot of money is spent on completely unnecessary things: expensive furniture in the office, or an expensive sign. Unless, of course, your business does not lie in the field of luxury services and goods. This is a different story. We are talking about the consumer market. Take care in advance of the list of required expenses in the first year, calculate the amount, and do not step back a single step from it. Fortunately, today there are modern software solutions that are a) absolutely inexpensive and b) as a guide that will guide you through professional planning step by step. One of these is our SaaS platform “Everis”.

7. Useful resources.

Below we provide links to basic resource guides that can introduce you to popular tools for doing business and creating a site.

Our recommendations and advice on how to start a business are by no means legal advice. This article is intended for basic informational purposes and nothing more. For genuine legal assistance, contact accredited professionals and service providers.

Good luck in 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.

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EVERIS PRO Mobile App

Still, using the office on the site to receive applications or notes from the operator in the call center? Or maybe these are ordinary phone calls that take away a lot of time that could be spent on something more useful. Our company offers a great alternative to all this!

It is a reliable tool for service company professionals! It allows you to quickly receive and process applications from your smartphone and be in constant communication with the office without calls and instant messengers. The application significantly saves you time on phone calls, finding out the details of the order, clarifying the route, and accepting payments!

Key features of the mobile application:

 1. The current list of orders assigned to you.

2. Receive notifications of new orders and changes to order data.

3. Ability to send reports on each stage of work with comments. A great way to keep your work transparent! The history of the order has repeatedly rescued our specialists during controversial issues!

4. Comment on the order and the customer with photos and comments of the dispatcher. This feature allows you to be one step ahead of your schedule. The professional easily determined the employee by photo and comments.

5. Map navigation. We are sure. that you know the city very well! But often orders come from completely unexpected places and it will probably be easier for you to find the way when there is an assistant in the form of navigation. In addition, you can easily determine how quickly you can arrive at the place, and in case of traffic jams – warn the client about the delay in 2 seconds.

The application is absolutely free and is part of the Saas-platform, created specifically to manage a team of specialists in service companies. In order for you, as a professional, to learn how this works in reality, refer to the manual with a proposal to try the EverisApp Saas-platform right now or to familiarize yourself with the demo version. Just choose from the list of destinations relevant to you!

Thank you for your interest, very soon we will release a new application update for “EverisPro” specialists and tell you more about its features.

In addition, we have an application for your customers – “Everis Users”! As practice has shown, customers who regularly use the services of their favorite company are happy with such an application! Now, in order to send an application, they don’t need to go to the site or make a call, just enter the application from any smartphone and send a request for a service in 2 minutes! For details, see the article “About the client application”.

How to start a carpet cleaning business

WHY CARPET CLEANING?

 The carpet and flooring business has one of the highest rates of return. The cost of detergents is usually less than 5% of the total cost of work, which means 95% of the profit. Many successful examples in this business show an income of 75 to 150 dollars per hour per person.

  First, let’s identify the states with the most comprehensive cleaning business. This can give us an idea of ​​where the cleaning industry as a whole flourishes, and also in which states the industry is developing much less dynamically.

The state with the most cleaning businesses is California, with 2,347.

The state with the least cleaning businesses is North Dakota, with 17. 

 The total number of cleaning companies seems to be determined by three specific factors. Firstly, if the state has a high population, like in California, then there are more cleaning companies. This is intuitive. A higher population means more cleaning needs, which means more cleaning companies.

  Secondly, if the state has not one, but several large cities, such as in Arizona. Larger cities mean denser settlements, which in turn means a greater need for cleaning.

 

  Finally, the presence of the neighborhood of large cities in different states, this can also lead to an increase in the total number of cleaning enterprises. For example, New Jersey is relatively close to New York. Presumably, some cleaning companies in New Jersey serve areas in New York. This then increases the demand for cleaning in New Jersey.

Education and competency.

1. Take a course at the Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Institute to become a certified carpet cleaner. Although no state requires this certificate, it will make you a professional. Courses are offered at various locations throughout the country. Visit the IICRC website and find the one closest to you.

2. Get a business license from your county or municipality. The exact license you need depends on where you live, but the information is readily available at the appropriate office, and the application process is straightforward.

3. We recommend getting insurance to protect yourself from an accident when working on expensive carpets. Some insurance companies offer packages specifically designed for carpet cleaning. It includes liability coverage and protection of your equipment and your car.

  Once you gain knowledge of carpet and floor cleaning technologies, new markets will open up for you. Most cleaning contractors do not have qualified personnel. After receiving the certificate and the necessary knowledge, you can train your own team and successfully compete with similar services with most of all the main cleaning contractors in your sales area.

STEP 1:

License and register your business

  You have laid the foundation for your carpet cleaning business, now it’s time to make it official, you need to purchase the necessary licenses and permits and register your business in your state.

  Contact your city, town, or county clerk’s office to find out about local licensing and permit requirements for cleaning businesses. For state-level requirements, check our state-by-state guide to licenses and permits

Then, you definitely need to identify your business entity and register accordingly. If you own and run your carpet cleaning business on your own or with your spouse, you can choose a sole proprietorship that does not actually require registration in your state. However, individual entrepreneurs do not recognize the owner as a separate legal entity from the business, so you will be personally responsible for the debts and obligations of your business.

  Consider registering as an LLC. Registering an LLC in your state is very simple, and this structure provides you with certain legal remedies that the only requisite does not have – most importantly, your personal assets will not be played if your business is faced with debt or other legal problems.

STEP 2:

Business tools

Finally, you need people to know about you. Now it’s hard to imagine our life without the Internet and therefore it’s worth thinking about the site, even if you’re used to just slip leaflets with advertising under the doors of clients.

If you don’t have the money to pay someone to create a website for you, it’s easy to create a one-page website yourself. Our company will help you set up the site so that customers can see your prices, services, business hours, and phone number.

Create a Google Business page so that people who are looking for carpet cleaners in your area can find you online. It’s free and will put your business where people are looking for services like yours.

Creating accounts on Yelp, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will not hurt either. The more information about you on the Internet, the more customers will find you.

STEP 3:

Equipment

The equipment you buy will depend on the cleaning method you use. The most common type of cleaning is hot water extraction (an old-school mount) and portable equipment for carpet cleaning with low humidity.

 

  • Truck Cleaning Equipment – If you choose truck cleaning equipment, you can start with a package costing between $ 20,000 and $ 30,000. The price may vary depending on the nominal pressure of the pump equipment. Truck-mounted carpet cleaning equipment can be very expensive to maintain, and repair costs are quite high. Access to cleaning will be limited, as apartments and houses cannot be higher than the 2nd floor. Consequently, you will lose most of the market and business. These systems use a huge amount of water, so the carpet will remain wet for a day or two. Worse … it just cleans the surface and pushes dirt into the carpet, and therefore stains tend to appear shortly after drying. In addition, this method can lead to shrinkage, deformation, rotting, and darkening of the carpet.

 

  • Carpet cleaning equipment with low moisture content. This solution means no shrinkage, no dryness, rot and mold, which are common problems with other cleaning methods. Equipment for this kind of cleaning is cleaned deeply and completely and the soil is removed in just one pass. The machine removes dirt without leaving a sticky residue, like other cleaning products that attract dirt, like a magnet that again contaminates the carpet. There is a function to disinfect carpets and other surfaces at home or in the office, making them safer and healthier.

STEP 4

Start taking orders

Phone calls often make you talk on the go or while doing work. You can hire an operator. This role can be performed by any family member who is familiar with the computer.

  • Register your company on the “Everis” service. Now it is absolutely free.
  • Make orders in the dispatcher panel, assign performers to them
  • Send orders to your team so that not one order goes unnoticed.
  • Your customers will receive notifications of how soon your team will arrive.

 You can get all the benefits at once and go to quick registration using a test demo version specifically for your company.

Best regards,

Project Manager LLC “Everis Tech.”

Olga Polhovskaja

How to start an appliance repair business

TIME TO ACT!

Read to create your own repair service company easily.

Why appliance repair?

 The most popular service among the necessary is the appliance repair. The past five years have been successful for appliance repair services as a result of personal income growth, which has enabled consumers not to repair home appliances on their own.  At the same time, many consumers replaced appliances, in particular, smaller ones, and low initial purchase costs made it possible to apply for industrial services when their appliances began to malfunction. Consequently, industry revenues grew on year to $ 4.9 billion U.S. five years before 2019. 

  In 2020 alone, revenue for the home appliance repair industry is expected to grow by 1.3%. In connection with the economic situation today and the decline in income among the population, it is expected that the industry’s profit in the current period will increase significantly. An important factor is also the increasing complexity of devices, which will encourage consumers to seek repair specialists instead of having to carry out repairs themselves.

Education and competency.

STEP 1:

Find appliance repair courses, including books, appliance repair schools, free appliance repair courses, and online appliance repair courses

If you decide to pursue a career as an Appliance Repair Technician, you may want to consider a training program that will teach you the basics, such as a professional certification program, and also consider an online diploma program for higher qualifications. The National Appliance Service Technician Certification (NASTeC) and the Professional Service Association’s (PSA) certifications are two of the most popular awards you need to earn to successfully apply your experience.

 

 There are a variety of educational opportunities offered through online programs. Depending on your interests, you may find a program that specializes in in-home or small appliances or ones that specialize in larger appliances, such as in heating and air conditioning repair. General coursework for home appliance repair may include testing electrical appliances, gas control systems, replacing broken circuitry, diagnostic testing, common tool repair, procedures for ordering repair parts, thermodynamics, preventative maintenance procedures, customer relations, safety, legal and ethical standards, as well as, basic bookkeeping practice, just to name a few.

 

The training, licensing, and certification required to do this type of work depends on where you live. Check with your state and municipality to find out about the requirements in your area. It’s also important to note that working with appliances that contain refrigerants (air conditioning equipment, refrigerators, freezers, etc.) requires that you obtain certification through the Environmental Protection Agency.

Useful sources:

  • The book “Troubleshooting and Repairing Major Appliances”, by Eric Kleinert.

 

Repair training resources:

    • YouTube Videos (search on “appliance repair training”)
    • Repair Forums (check out appliantology.org)
    • Free Online Service Manuals (a good free source is appliancejunk.com)
    • Parts Sites (repairclinic.com has repair videos & partselect.com has DIY advice)

STEP 2 :

 Build your business tools:

  • Build your repair 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.

STEP 3:

  Promote your business

  • Post your home appliance repair website in free directories.
  • Place business cards at local grocery stores, businesses, and party venues.
  • Buy an inexpensive sign and place it on the road.
  • Contact local appliance businesses to find out if they need help. You can enter into a partnership agreement with a used appliance dealer who needs a service technician to forward orders.
  • Sign a contract with a home warranty company.

Step 4:

 – You get paid, and things are going well)

For more information on how to quickly organize an appliance repair business, write to our mail with questions – info@everisapp.com.

 

Best regards,

Project Manager LLC “Everis Tech.”

Olga Polhovskaja

How to start Junk Removal Service

HOW TO START JUNK REMOVAL SERVICE BUSINESS

Starting a garbage disposal business seems like a simple idea for a business; everyone needs to get rid of the garbage and are willing to pay for it. But. as usual, not everything is so simple. We suggest you familiarize yourself with this and again weigh the pros and cons.

The main task is not to organize the service itself, everything is simple, but to elevate your services to the pinnacle of success. Management and only management will help to bring you significant income in the future. An important factor will be the reputation, and this is what you need to take care of with the receipt of the first orders. This is how you can get a tight schedule of orders, increase recognition, and distinguish you from competitors.

 Next, we will step by step consider the key aspects.

Market research.

Start with an analysis of competitors, highlight the 10 most successful ones, study from sites and social networks, and note what you personally like. Write down these benefits. Find and read customer reviews on these service providers. Also, write down the positive points that people note and the negative ones. The list of competitors should include not only individual companies but also franchises of major players in the garbage collection market, for example, 1-800-GOT-JUNK?

The next task will be to study the issue of recycling and disposal of garbage. To calculate the potential profit, you must understand your expenses, including overhead, for the proper disposal or recycling of garbage. Call your local recycling company and find out the prices for waste collection and disposal.

You will need to know the prices of various types of garbage. Some will go directly to the landfill, while others can be sold to scrap dealers, donated to charities, or for other purposes, which will affect your export costs. At the very beginning, you can focus on removing only household or commercial waste

Franchise or your own business.

Franchises include off-the-shelf business models, advertising, and branding. They will also help you purchase your own trucks or give you the opportunity to rent those already included with the brand. Buying a franchise will require a significant amount. The total cost of opening a franchise with one of the enterprises can vary from 40,000 to 200,000 dollars. Find out the conditions of purchase from several operators, summarize the costs of disposal and operating expenses (taxes, salaries, motor fuel, insurance, licenses, work clothing, dry cleaning and car wash) to understand the approximate profit.

Licenses and certification.

Register your company in accordance with the requirements of your local government and guidelines for waste carriers. You may need to contact your local chamber of commerce or SBA to find out more about these requirements, as they vary from county to state. There may also be special permits or licenses required for the transport of scrap metal or just garbage.

  • For example, in some localities, it is required that someone carrying large quantities of materials as a commercial activity has a license to do so. Failure to obtain a license before transport may result in fines or your arrest.
  • Other places may have special permits for garbage collection. For example, in New York, it is required that garbage carriers register in the city and apply for a special license.
  • Try talking to other local business owners to see if they can help you navigate your city’s requirements.
  • You will also need an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the IRS if you plan to have employees. Getting this number is free on the IRS website.

Buy the appropriate insurance.

Be sure to get business liability insurance before you get started. You will also need car insurance for your vehicle and employee insurance if you have employees. Check the offers of several insurance companies and select the best offer. The insurance policy should cover the van, equipment and any damage caused to the client’s property when removing the garbage.

 

  • At a minimum, you will need liability insurance and property insurance. They cover legal costs arising from lawsuits, for example, if one of your trucks damaged property of the client and, consequently, damage or loss of property of the enterprise. As a small business, you can combine both of these rules into a business owner’s policy.

 

  • You may also want (E&O) insurance to cover situations such as breach of contract with your regular customers. This may be due to the fact that you could not collect garbage in accordance with the agreement with the client.

 

  • Finally, employee insurance coverage covers your business if an employee has sued you. For example, if an employee is injured at work, your employees’ insurance may cover their medical bills.

 

  • Large insurers can offer you a full package of services specializing in the garbage disposal industry, which contains all these types of insurance.

 

There may be local, state, and federal laws applicable to the legal disposal of garbage, especially hazardous waste, and fines may apply if the disposal is not legal. For example, in Oregon, you will need a transport certificate for transporting scrap metal.

Business plan.

A business plan is a document that summarizes the operational and financial goals of a business and contains detailed plans and budgets showing how these goals should be implemented. Since the business plan contains financial forecasts and a marketing plan, this is a useful tool:

 

  • Your pricing is your business. You can charge for weight, for work, for the used space of your truck. Remember, this is just your initial plan; You can always adjust prices later when you become more experienced.

 

  • Think about whether you will use employees, contract work, or both. No matter what you choose, you need to carefully understand the laws that determine the nature of employees and the laws that affect their relationship with the company.

Financing.

Funding should cover the cost of your truck, equipment, marketing efforts and some working capital for your first few jobs. You can cover these costs with a loan from a bank or credit union or borrow money from a friend or family member. The Small Business Administration (SBA) also guarantees business loans at banks and can help you get the money you need.

Car.

Buy a used van or truck that you will use to transport your client’s garbage to recycling or waste disposal facilities. Prefer heavy payloads and good fuel economy. No additional options, such as noise insulation or leather seats, are needed. Just make sure it works reliably. You may also need a navigator, for this the “Everis Pro” specialist mobile application is perfect for where you can always see the path from the location to the next order and conveniently build your logistics to save on car fuel.

Tool for receiving orders.

The specifics of the waste collection business is such that you will not have the opportunity to sit in the office and receive customer calls. Instead, you will have to make and receive business calls while you work. The simplest solution is a Bluetooth headset or similar hands-free equipment, but rather it is suitable for receiving short calls with partners and clarifying details of existing orders. It is not very convenient to accept applications from clients during work, the noise of the car and busy hands will not help you quickly accept an order, especially with a new client. 

For this, our software is perfect for you, your customers can download a mobile application that will be connected to your personal account and send applications without unnecessary calls. And you can easily take at any time and process at any convenient time. You just need a compact laptop and believe me, this is the perfect solution to your routine tasks!

Special work clothes.

Garbage removal is dirty and demanding work, for which you will need durable work clothes and gloves. Loose pants are suitable for both home and outdoor use. Other tools you need to buy are shovels and rakes. More reliable protection may be needed, such as dust masks and safety glasses when handling more hazardous debris.

Business promotion.

Business cards and flyers, they should be easy to read, include a brief description and contact details of your company. Hand out your flyers to everyone in your area, businesses and homeowners who may be interested in your services. In addition, place them on auxiliary posts and bulletin boards. Make sure your flyers are distributed in accordance with local laws. Also, consider advertising in your local newspaper to increase your brand awareness. 

Your initial advertising plan is likely to be low budget, so make it work in any way convenient for you. For example, try to park your car in an easily visible place by calling potential customers or placing a small ad in a local magazine or newspaper. Try Craigslist.

Good luck in 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.

HVAC Startup: start your own HVAC service business

HVAC Startup: start your own HVAC service business

The expected market size for heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems will be $ 277 billion by 2025. This forecast, according to which, it is necessary to provide progressive requirements for energy-efficient solutions.

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In addition, today it is simply impossible to imagine life without heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. It is these technologies that provide comfortable temperatures and ventilation conditions in homes, apartments, offices and enterprises, which helps maintain employee productivity, working conditions and prevents health problems arising from improper use of humidity and air purity levels. With the growth of the equipment market, the market for installation and maintenance of various systems is growing, which opens up new prospects for private business.

Let’s look at a report on the global market for heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. It reflects the proposals, technology and geography.

For heating equipment

  1. Heat Pumps
  2. Furnace
  3. Unitary Heaters
  4. Boilers

For ventilation equipment

  1. Air-handling Units
  2. Air Filters
  3. Dehumidifiers
  4. Ventilation Fans
  5. Humidifiers
  6. Air Purifiers

For cooling equipment

  1. Unitary Air Conditioners
  2. VRF Systems
  3. Chillers
  4. Room Air Conditioners
  5. Coolers
  6. Cooling Towers

By type of implementation

 

  1. New Constructions
  2. Retrofits

By Application 

  1. Residential
  2. Commercial
  3. Industrial

By Region

  • North America
    1. US
    2. Canada
    3. Mexico
  • Europe
    1. UK
    2. Germany
    3. France
    4. Rest of Europes
  • Asia Pacific
    1. China
    2. India
    3. Japan
    4. Rest of APAC
  • Rest of the World
    1. Middle East
    2. South America
    3. Africa

So, we see the prospects, and now let’s look at how you can open your HVAC service business and what you need to do this.

Initial costs

There are several forms of HVAC business, maintenance and repair, and equipment installation. No matter what form you choose, the base costs will be the same. The total cost of starting a business is from 2,000 to 10,000 dollars. However, if you want to join the franchise, you will have to pay more – from 50,000 to 80,000 dollars.

Why do I need start-up capital?

Basic expenses:

  • A complete set of tools and equipment, including power tools, work clothing and protective equipment. Provide a warehouse of spare parts. Accident insurance for every specialist in your team. Lease payments for the place where tools and spare parts will be stored.

Business expenses:

  • Licenses for certain types of work, insurance, and a business plan for planning the growth and development of the company. Office rental, office equipment and smartphones for employees, car park. Marketing: business cards, radio and television advertising and website development. Services of an accountant and lawyer.

Licensing and warranties.

Specialist License:

Before you begin to work, you will have to work hard and collect all the necessary documents and licenses for a work permit. Have patience and finances.

First, find out what types of certification you need to work in your state. For information, contact North American Technical Excellence (NATE), which is the main organization certifying technical experts.

HVAC Excellence is another reputable agency in the industry. It is mandatory to take an approved course of study and only after that, a specialist can pass an exam to obtain a certificate. In addition to NATE and HVAC Excellence, there is a federal certification that HVAC professionals must obtain. HVAC technicians must be certified by the Environmental Protection Agency to purchase and dispose of refrigerants.

A short list of steps to get certified by HVAC:

 

  1. Earn a high school diploma or GED equivalent (depends on your state)
  2. Get an HVAC certificate from an accredited vocational school or program (depending on your state). The training program will depend on the type of certification you want to receive. We will talk about this.
  3. Obtain an HVAC license in the state in which you plan to work
  4. Pass certification exams for various types of career HVAC

 

*Once you pass the exam and apply for an HVAC Contractor license, you can choose a company name. This part of the process sounds easy enough, but it takes months to validate your name.

Types of HVAC Certificates:

 

  • EPA Type I Certification – For Servicing Small Appliances (maintenance and repair of small refrigeration systems)

 

  • EPA Type II Certification – For Servicing High Pressure Systems (for any work related to high pressure systems)

 

  • EPA Type III Certification – For Servicing Low Pressure Systems (Experience with low-pressure systems will help you easily go through the certification process and just make it possible to update theoretical knowledge)

 

  • Universal EPA Certificate: universal certificate for all types of systems and is the most popular. But this type of certification may take longer due to the amount of material that you will need to study. This certificate allows you to work in any US state, subject to the rest of the state requirements and local licensing for HVAC professionals.

 

  • North American Technician Excellence (NATE): nationally recognized certification programs for HVACR professionals. The practical mechanism of the NATE certification process makes it an ideal qualification for technicians who want to prove their knowledge.

 

  • NATE Professional certificates: with at least 1 year experience as an HVAC specialist. Certificates are divided by specialties:
  1. Air Conditioning (AC)
  2. Air Distribution (AD)
  3. Heat Pumps (Air-to-Air) (HP)
  4. Gas Heating (GS)
  5. Oil Heating (OL)
  6. Hydronics Gas (HG) (service only)
  7. Hydronics Oil (HO) (service only)
  8. Light Commercial Refrigeration (LC) (service only)
  9. Commercial Refrigeration (RC) (service only)
  10.  HVAC Efficiency Analyst (Senior Level) (EA)

In which states is an HVAC license not required?

 

It is possible that state laws have changed since the publication of our article. Therefore, we recommend that you check the information. But at the time of this writing, these states did not require licensing for HVAC:

Colorado

Illinois

Indiana

Kansas

Massachusetts

Maine

Minnesota

Missouri

Montana

New Hampshire

New York

South Dakota

Vermont

Wisconsin

Wyoming

Contractor License:

 

If you want to work for yourself or hire employees – it’s time to think about becoming a contractor. In some states, only contractors can have an HVAC license. In this case, they must control their employees, who also have the right to work with HVAC systems. In other states, the contractor must hire a “specialist” – someone who is certified and licensed in accordance with state law. As long as this person is an employee and his licensing is relevant, the contractor can perform work on the HVAC.

Marketing.

Together with a business plan, you will need a marketing strategy. This is what makes people aware of your business. To succeed in business, you need to advertise your service and interact with potential customers. Social networks are a good place to start. It’s great if you can write a blog where you’ll talk about how to behave with heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.

Such content will draw attention (and, more importantly, search traffic) to your company’s website and increase the level of trust among customers.

HVAC business is quite time-consuming to maintain accounts and record all orders, order history, customer base and at the same time requires you to respond quickly and speed order processing. Take care of the choice of software that will help you optimize your work at the start and maintain order.

Good luck in 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.

HOW TO SAVE BUSINESS

simple solutions that will help to keep the lights on during the crisis

Epidemiological situation in the world and as following economical crisis significantly undermined all the spheres of business and social life of almost all world populations.

Thousands of companies have to move their employees on a distant work but not all spheres can afford such kind of work that makes all the business owners take extreme measures – reduce business and staff members.

But there is a solution! – Business Automatization.

We cannot claim that it can stop virus spread but help some spheres to overcome such a period painlessly and operatively for sure can. For the start let’s determine which spheres exactly:

  • maintenance team
  • service departments and companies
  • cleaning companies
  • HVAC
  • plumbing companies
  • companies that provide maintenance services to people

 

 

How does it work?

 

Let’s give a simple example: your an owner of a company that provides maintenance services of anything and your specialists all day in the field completing orders: staring from repair of furniture or plumbing and ending with the maintenance of ventilation systems, ACs, coffee machines, and etc. The list can be really long but the essence is one. In the usual situation, orders are taken either on the phone by a dispatcher or on the website. Meetings and briefings are regularly taken as a motivation to not let employees relax and everyone thinks that it really works. 

Maybe but the situation of pandemic and total quarantine disrupts this way of life.

We offer to not leave for tomorrow and today try all the features of the platform that allows you to control your employees remotely, save service quality, and with all of this reduce personal contacts.  The tools of the SaaS platform EVERIS allow you not just to be on connection with your specialists 24/7 but in the real-time mode see how the working process is going on, take orders, and operatively process it. 

 

We offer specific tools for work improvement:

 

Admin panel “Everis” :

  1. Online orders accepting. It is enough for your clients just to install the app that will allow them to order services that you provide just in a few clicks. At the same moment, we would like to underline that dispatcher’s workload will be reduced by 60% virtue by reduction of phone calls and order processing 
  2. An instant order distribution among specialists based on their working schedules
  3. Control of orders’ statuses in the real-time mode (orders’ map and separation of process on steps: assigned, en route, in work)
  4. Tracking of specialists
  5. Notification of clients and specialists about news and changes with the help of push-notifications channel and mailing
  6. Payment by any convenient method
  7. Analytical unit will help to make the right conclusions on time

 

Mobile App for specialists “Everis Pro”:

  1. Specialist’s profile registration.
  2. Assigned orders control
  3. Taking orders in work
  4. Taking of payment for the order
  5. Information about the client and full order details
  6. Choice of orders status: “En route”, “In work”, “Completed”
  7. Navigation till a place of order

 

Mobile app for the clients “Everis User”:

  1. Call for a master to home or office
  2. Choice of convenient date and time
  3. Attached problem photo to an order
  4. Notifications about specialist’s arrival
  5. Electronic invoice via email
  6. Feedback 
  7. Rating system of provided services
  8. Payment with any convenient way
  9. Orders history

It’s just the smallest part of all the features that we provide as the basic tariff for free!

Simple and effective management now available to any company with the EVERIS Platform!

Be closer to your clients and specialists!

Manager IT & Marketing

Karina Demidenko LLC Everis Tech

Project Manager

Olga Polhovskaya LLC Everis Tech

 

HOW TO FIND CLIENTS

 

 

Simple and effective tools that will help tp your business promotion. 

In this article, we will, in short, tell you about proven channels of clients’ attraction online. 

 

Landing or online business card of your company

 

 

The main goal – provision of services that you are going to provide and collection of the target audience. For the development of such a target page, there is no need to know how to write web sites. It is enough to write down in the search line “web site constructor” and choose a suitable sample. Having a web site will increase your chances to get more clients.

 

 

Cold calls

 

 

On the first steps to becoming your clients can all those people that you have in your phone contact book. We hope that a long time you haven’t deleted contacts. Besides calls, there will be suitable any SMS mailing, but don’t abuse text, let the message will have a simple and short style with the most important information. And for the future take as a rule to take from the clients not just phone numbers but emails as well for marketing mailing.

 

 

Social media

 

Each of u has even one account in social media. Facebook, Instagram, VK has already become a part of our lives a long time ago and we even don’t notice how much time we spend on viewing news and other kinds of pages not just for private goals but for business as well. And it means that you also shouldn’t delay and create an account in Instagram. Today it is one of the most popular platforms. Establish the page in such a way that people will understand who you are and what you suggest, make it solely professional and the most important – do the posts and write down interesting short notes under the posts regularly. 

 

 

Subject info portals

 

 

 Most of them will not take a penny if you will just post information about yourself. For you, it will mean that you are in a catalog of provided services what means that among those who people search for. 

 

Partnership

 

 

Doesn’t matter what you do, you can always find mutually beneficial cooperation (mutual PR). Feel free to discuss with owners of other companies this topic. There are a few who will reject marketing, especially your spheres are not the same. For example, clients of your neighborhood fitness club can easily become your clients and the opposite. 

 

 

 

YouTube – is a trendy video-platform

 

 

To create a channel and post the videos is very easy. You don’t have to have video edition skills. The camera of your phone, topic, and a little bit of work on the text is enough.  Videos can be short and answer popular customers’ questions, for example, “how to choose screwdriver” or “how to choose detergent for washing windows”. Look at how your colleagues do that before you will become more experienced. It is a very normal practice.

 

 

 

The attraction of a client is very important but that’s not everything. You should pay special attention to provided service quality, analyze market characteristics and establish your process in such a way that clients will come back to you again and again. But this is another topic for discussion. 

 

 

TEAM LLC EVERIS TECH.

Author

Project Manager Olga Polhovskaja