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Old 01-07-2020, 07:18 PM   #11
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My countless hours researching s.e.o and implementing those strategies. My GF's brother has a wife and she tried to start an s.e.o company to teach how to do your own s.e.o. She tried to do the s.eo for me but the things she said I already knew from my research. I declined and some time later she abandoned the project and now is looking for a job for an employer.

Turns out I don't need goog ads, only tried 2 clicks, my hard work has me in position 5.6 on the second most popular keyword. I'm not overwhelmed in calls not enough to not get sick of it being a work slave but enough to make a good living.

So not counting the website cost, business cards and such, my advertisement doesn't cost anything.
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Old 01-07-2020, 10:16 PM   #12
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I dont own my own business, but this is more of a personal/ Career outlook of 2019.. I finished my first block of school I 've learned alot about the trade meeting new people..

I've made the most money I've ever made this year as I was working full time while in school full time pulling 12-18 hr days.. I've been researching what it takes to be successful in business and what liscencing is required to get it done and do it right.

I've made a decision that I'm going to be an entrepreneur and be my own boss soon so that's where my career path.. I dont share this information at my workplace because my employer frowns upon people who want to better themselves...

Also contributing here and seeing some of the stuff you guys go through and talking about makes me happy to contribute here.. We got some good vibes going here...
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Old 01-08-2020, 12:00 AM   #13
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I dont own my own business, but this is more of a personal/ Career outlook of 2019.. I finished my first block of school I 've learned alot about the trade meeting new people..

I've made the most money I've ever made this year as I was working full time while in school full time pulling 12-18 hr days.. I've been researching what it takes to be successful in business and what liscencing is required to get it done and do it right.

I've made a decision that I'm going to be an entrepreneur and be my own boss soon so that's where my career path.. I dont share this information at my workplace because my employer frowns upon people who want to better themselves...

Also contributing here and seeing some of the stuff you guys go through and talking about makes me happy to contribute here.. We got some good vibes going here...

I've had a hard life working construction for bad employers in worse working conditions and working only a few months every year. To make it worse the government suddenly changed the construction laws on hiring the labor force leaving me and hundreds of guys in the city jobless for years. One guy had to scrounge metal on garbage night.


Finally I was nearly bankrupt with one month left worth of money in the bank account. I decided to open my one man shop. Some freaking co-worker who was a friend but I learned he wasn’t really when he smirked at me when he learned I opened shop. At that time I had just gotten my business licence I was working for my last employer who was a pit bull cocaine fiend. I was saying yes sir, right away sir while I was doing jobs in the evenings, weekends and during vacations so I could buy expensive tools of the trade.


I had to hide my beat up work van twice on another street when the boss showed up at my house wanting me to falsify my time sheets. I had to tell him to go when I said no and calling the cops when he threatened me with bodily harm.


I spent thousands of hours on research, buying books, taking notes, studying for my exams while sitting on the throne, asking advice from fellow plumbers, drain cleaners and business owners right here on this forum! Building a website, marketing and working for each customer one at a time.

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Old 01-08-2020, 12:45 PM   #14
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I dont own my own business, but this is more of a personal/ Career outlook of 2019.. I finished my first block of school I 've learned alot about the trade meeting new people..

I've made the most money I've ever made this year as I was working full time while in school full time pulling 12-18 hr days.. I've been researching what it takes to be successful in business and what liscencing is required to get it done and do it right.

I've made a decision that I'm going to be an entrepreneur and be my own boss soon so that's where my career path.. I dont share this information at my workplace because my employer frowns upon people who want to better themselves...

Also contributing here and seeing some of the stuff you guys go through and talking about makes me happy to contribute here.. We got some good vibes going here...
Good for you.... I think its wise to NEVER tell anyone what your dreams might be because probably more than 90% of the people you know would rather see you to fail than to be successful .......

finding the people that have your back is a very rare thing....always appreciate them cause they are far and few in between long stretches.....



I forgot to mention one other thing that people should do if you really want to be in business........ you MUST ADVERTISE.....

you have to figure out what you want to do and then advertise specifically for that kind of work.......

many people think that spending 500 -1000 a month is just good beer money being pissed down the drain .

This reasoning is probably why the phone dont
ring and they have to find some management company to get all their work from........ they are slaves to this company and then the management company sells out of goes with someone else and you are totally screwed and they really dont care........

Its a bitter pill to swallow , you were loyal to them and had their back for years and when they are through with you they basically piss in your face and kick you to the curb....

Thats called Business...just business...
or life in the big city.

Thats the big reason that you need to advertise--- you dont have
to be someones slave and kiss the head guys ball sack to get work.... because your phone is ringing off the wall and it will be ringing off the wall forever ----and you really dont need them either...


its really a great feeling.


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Good for you.... I think its wise to NEVER tell anyone what your dreams might be because probably more than 90% of the people you know would rather see you to fail than to be successful .......

finding the people that have your back is a very rare thing....always appreciate them cause they are far and few in between long stretches.....



I forgot to mention one other thing that people should do if you really want to be in business........ you MUST ADVERTISE.....

you have to figure out what you want to do and then advertise specifically for that kind of work.......

many people think that spending 500 -1000 a month is just good beer money being pissed down the drain .

This reasoning is probably why the phone dont
ring and they have to find some management company to get all their work from........ they are slaves to this company and then the management company sells out of goes with someone else and you are totally screwed and they really dont care........

Its a bitter pill to swallow , you were loyal to them and had their back for years and when they are through with you they basically piss in your face and kick you to the curb....

Thats called Business...just business...
or life in the big city.

Thats the big reason that you need to advertise--- you dont have
to be someones slave and kiss the head guys ball sack to get work.... because your phone is ringing off the wall and it will be ringing off the wall forever ----and you really dont need them either...


its really a great feeling.


https://photos.app.goo.gl/VRLhTEDTWvYhvMCR6



@Venomthirst I agree don't say anything to anyone until you're fully established. Not just being in business but only after the break period is done. Not to co-workers, not the guys at the supply house or local big box stores, don't tell your friends that might be involved in the trade either.

I was working as an employee with my business license in my pocket and acting like nothing was going on but I was planning in my head and taking calls when no one was around. When finally I was laid off I went full steam ahead but still kept low because someone can shoot you down when you are weak. Some guys are jealous and will trow some sticks in the wheels. Heck I had co-worker who seemed nice and drove to shutdowns together across the province only to find out the next job he back stabbed me so he wouldn't lose his job but I did. Never forget your buddy might not be your buddy after all.

We are your buddies.


Now on advertisement since I don't pay a single penny, it was after all my plan to be in the top positions on the net but you have to be smart with long term strategies and spend hundreds of hours learning even more than the best s.e.o people. You don't have discipline just pay them monthly payments and you'll be far from first page. Master that stuff and you'll be on top for free. The more time spending at something the better it will be. You have to be a better at being a business man than being a plumber or drain cleaner.
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@Tango "You have to be a better at being a business man than being a plumber or drain cleaner."

I don't post often but try to read most of it, that quote says it ALL!

I will add to that, some of the best jobs are the ones I didn't get!
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@Venomthirst I agree don't say anything to anyone until you're fully established. Not just being in business but only after the break period is done. Not to co-workers, not the guys at the supply house or local big box stores, don't tell your friends that might be involved in the trade either.

I was working as an employee with my business license in my pocket and acting like nothing was going on but I was planning in my head and taking calls when no one was around. When finally I was laid off I went full steam ahead but still kept low because someone can shoot you down when you are weak. Some guys are jealous and will trow some sticks in the wheels. Heck I had co-worker who seemed nice and drove to shutdowns together across the province only to find out the next job he back stabbed me so he wouldn't lose his job but I did. Never forget your buddy might not be your buddy after all.

We are your buddies.


Now on advertisement since I don't pay a single penny, it was after all my plan to be in the top positions on the net but you have to be smart with long term strategies and spend hundreds of hours learning even more than the best s.e.o people. You don't have discipline just pay them monthly payments and you'll be far from first page. Master that stuff and you'll be on top for free. The more time spending at something the better it will be. You have to be a better at being a business man than being a plumber or drain cleaner.


everything you said is 100% true... just best to look out for you and grown your own business without depending on anyone ......

we are fairly high up on the google review ladder and it works pretty well....

I assume you have gotten your free google map placement for your business???


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everything you said is 100% true... just best to look out for you and grown your own business without depending on anyone ......

we are fairly high up on the google review ladder and it works pretty well....

I assume you have gotten your free google map placement for your business???


Yes google map. That was my first step among other things.
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Rehiring 2 ex employees was my top event of 2019. Both Class II master plumbers, both 25 plus years experience, both hard working, don't take shortcuts and are excellent salesmen. Both doing $40,000+ a month from the moment they took van keys from me.

Second favorite event is realizing how good of a staff I now have. Now 5 master plumbers (including me), 1 journeyman and 1 that needs to take his test this year or get a warning. Office ladies now at 10, 7 and 5 years on the job. 1 helper at 11 years and another at 2.

But I still get called out into the field regularly, where does it end?
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I agree I don't get it, you turn away business to stay with the guy? The only reason I can see is you prefer the camaraderie with him than making money and completely do your own thing.


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lots of stress being the owner, quality of life and good pay are always a balance and more of one doesnt mean more of the other


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