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In this episode of Estimate Rocket Radio, Tom Droste--CEO of Estimate Rocket--joins us to talk about the fourth strategy in managing uncertain times: building sustainable business practices. What are sustainable practices, how do you build them, and how do you know when your businesses is veering off-course? We discuss practical tips that help prepare businesses for changes in the economic landscape, as well as tactics for adaptation during tough times that keep their business in great shape for whatever comes next.Stay tuned for the continuation of this limited series of episodes as we close out 2022 and line up more intelligent strategies for 2023. 
In this episode of Estimate Rocket Radio, Tom Droste--CEO of Estimate Rocket--joins us to talk about the third strategy in managing uncertain times: cash flow. Healthy cash flow strategizes for both the present time and the future to make sure there is "blood in the body" in business finance. If the well dries up, business comes to a crashing halt; but with proper cash management techniques contractors can be flexible and endure a short-term wave of economic uncertainty without sacrificing future goals. We discuss practical tips that help prepare businesses for changes in the economic landscape, as well as tactics for adaptation during tough times that free up more cash in the short term.Stay tuned for the continuation of this limited series of episodes as we close out 2022 and line up more intelligent strategies for 2023. 
On this episode of Estimate Rocket Radio we sit down with Miljce Donev of First Choice Professional Painting and we talk about how to build a base of repeat customers that can account for up to 75% of a company's total revenue! We discuss how loyal customers are slowly developed by a company's consistent effort to build out the type of trust that is both competent and ethical. If you want to contact Miljce, email him at: miljce@firstchoicepropainting.com
On this episode of Estimate Rocket Radio, Tom Droste joins us to talk about a free planning tool for contractors now available called, "What If: Fast Formulas for Profit Forecasting." We discuss why every business leader needs to have certain numbers available for fast-crunching to be able to run brief hypotheticals that impact your bottom line. You should be able to quickly ballpark when to hire, when to reduce or expand overhead, how far to schedule backlog, when to raise prices, etc. Don't wait for your accountant to sit you down before you can dream a little and get a glimpse of how present actions might impact future revenue!Get the free planning tool for contractors here!
In this episode of Estimate Rocket Radio, Tom Droste--CEO of Estimate Rocket--joins us to talk about 3-Month Planning Cycles that business leaders and managers need to be executing during times of economic uncertainty. Strategy remains a priority during even periods of drastic change, although continued momentum is also imperative. Business owners must often rethink and reroute even as they travel towards their goals, and periodic planning sessions--spread about 3-months apart--are the perfect way to schedule with your team. We also talk about a free planning tool for contractors that helps them calculate the cumulative and time-based effects of revenue changes like price increases, hiring, and backlog planning on their bottom line.Get the What IF planning tool mentioned in the podcast here!Stay tuned for the continuation of this limited series of episodes as we close out 2022 and leverage intelligent growth strategies for 2023!
In this episode of Estimate Rocket Radio, Tom Droste--CEO of Estimate Rocket--joins us to talk about what business leaders and managers need to be thinking about during times of economic uncertainty. We start with the simple idea that although fear might trigger fight-or-flight in some people, good business leaders know how to delay their panic-reflexes, let the fear pass, and begin searching for the over-looked opportunities in the wake of crisis. We also talk about what a recession actually is and who it actually effects. It's not always what you hear on the news.Stay tuned for the continuation of this limited series of episodes as we close out 2022 and start making intelligent strategies for 2023. 
On this episode of Estimate Rocket Radio we are joined by Luke Hansen and Mike Knott from Company Cam.  We discuss how service contractors and their teams can document projects from beginning to end with photo, video, and conversation tools that help produce and store reliable job progress reports that inform and protect both company and customer. Studies show that language-centers of our brains are adapting to an increasingly symbolic and visual culture that represents reality in complex imagery, and so our Business practices must also adapt to provide increasingly visual record-keeping,  communications, and marketing.  We chat with Mike and Luke about best practices that ensure your team is working with  image tools at optimal capacity while making things easier at every step. Learn more about Company Cam here!
On this episode of Estimate Rocket Radio we talk with Mike Stanley and Aaron Moore about the state of Commercial Painting and how commercial contractors are pushing the industry forward. Mike and Aaron discuss barriers to entering into commercial work, opportunities for contractors crossing over from the residential sector, and new growth potential in the current economic landscape.The CPIA Leadership Conference is almost here! If you're a commercial contractor you'll want to register asap. Estimate Rocket will be one of the proud sponsors of the event! To learn more visit TheCPIA.com
On this episode of Estimate Rocket we are joined by Ryan Groth of Sales Transformation Group and we talk about how to match your sales process to your business model. Business owners often attack the process itself first, but when business owners begin to understand how their sales philosophy is informed by their company's core values, they can better construct a sales process from beginning to end that matches their company vision.  He's helped many teams analyze, train, transform, measure, and optimize their sales philosophy and process, and he shares some big ideas with us!Estimate Rocket is going to the Transform Conference in the beginning of October! To learn more, visit thetransformconference.com
On this episode of Estimate Rocket Radio, Morgan Knox of Pro Painter Network joins us to talk about the type of effective teaching and training that works in trades companies. Making training stick is a challenge in every business worth solving because well-trained employees streamline processes, increase efficiency, reduce stress, and make more money! We discuss with Morgan the types of practices that teams should be employing to help team members learn better, and to make that learning stick.Learn more about Crank On Fire. 
On this episode of Estimate Rocket Radio, we talk with Nick Slavik of Nick Slavik Painting and Restoration and host of Ask A Painter Live, and Tom Droste, CEO of Estimate Rocket. Nick and Tom discusses different approaches and balances to the problem of when to schedule work versus when to hire.  Revenue growth hangs on backlog, but too much backlog without enough production team members can lead to some hairy situations. Learn how industry experts articulate the nuances of hiring and scheduling, and tell how you resolve the  paradox  in your own company!Check out the latest episode of Ask A Painter on Facebook when Tom Droste made an appearance and responded to audience questions about scheduling and hiring.
On this episode of Estimate Rocket Radio, we are joined by Tom Reber of the Contractor Fight for a brilliant part 2 of The Stories We Tell Ourselves! We chat with Tom about the kinds of stories business owners tell themselves that often give way to limiting beliefs and abortive projects. Tom reminds us that Thoughts become Beliefs, Beliefs become Actions, and Actions become Results. And results mean time with family, disciplined lifestyle, health, happiness, and...money. The slippery slope can work in your favor if you start with the right thoughts! If you haven't already, you need to listen to part one that was released previous to this episode!Learn more about The Contractor Fight and the Mile High Profit Summit at thecontractorfight.com
 On this episode of Estimate Rocket Radio, we are joined by Tom Reber of the Contractor Fight! We chat with Tom about the kinds of stories business owners tell themselves that often give way to limiting beliefs and abortive projects. Tom reminds us that Thoughts become Beliefs, Beliefs become Actions, and Actions become Results. And results mean time with family, disciplined lifestyle, health, happiness, and...money. The slippery slope can work in your favor if you start with the right thoughts! This is part one of a two part podcast series with Tom. Listen to part two when our next podcast releases in one week!Learn more about The Contractor Fight and the Mile High Profit Summit at thecontractorfight.com
On this episode of Estimate Rocket Radio, we are joined by the leadership team at Estimate Rocket: Tom Droste, Bevin Hernandez, and Fred Kulik. We talk about our most recent quarterly meeting at Estimate Rocket HQ in which we refined our 4 Core Values that power our company's mission to provide an excellent product to our customers: 1) Go the distance, 2) Enjoy the ride, 3) Clear is kind, and 4) We've got your back. What are your company core values and how did you create them? We'd love to hear!
On this episode of Estimate Rocket Radio, we talk with the Customer Success Lead at Estimate Rocket about the kind of Field Supervisor that keeps companies streamlined, profitable, and a great place to work. Field supervisors, project managers, production managers, and operations managers all have the same basic concern at the heart of their job--getting people to the right place at the right time, and to work well together. The moving pieces of schedules and job sites often make the trickiest pieces of management--human behavior--complicated and stressful. With the right tools, keeping order and motivating people can ago more smoothly, and profitability can be increased. Do you have the type of field supervisors and the right tools that keep the front line workers as profitable and happy as possible? Learn the keys in this episode!
On this episode of Estimate Rocket Radio, we chat with Tom Droste of Estimate Rocket and Corwin Smith of Transcend Growth about the dreaded "R" word: Recession. This is far from an alarmist prediction of economic trends, rather it is a discussion about what every business should already be doing to fortify itself against economic downturns and to construct a business that scales instead of stagnates. The topics covered range from employee management to securing credit, and the 6 things you should be doing can start right now! 
On this episode of Estimate Rocket we are joined by Lisa Moon and Stacia Newton from Paper Moon Painting. Lisa and Stacia are recognized in the Estimate Rocket community and beyond for their creative marketing and communication strategies that win more business. They discuss with us their communication schedule and collateral design that provide a seamless, delightful experience for their customers from their proposal design to their highly structured and strategic follow-up campaigns. No opportunity is wasted as Paper Moon Painting reaches out to their customers frequently and with a strong focus on what the customer actually wants to see in their inbox, and it all translates to more sales and repeat business.Visit us at Estimaterocket.com to try out the follow-up campaigns in Estimate Rocket!
On this episode of Estimate Rocket Radio, Tom Droste joins us to talk about a free planning tool for contractors now available called, "What If: Fast Formulas for Profit Forecasting." We discuss why every business leader needs to have certain numbers available for fast-crunching to be able to run brief hypotheticals that impact your bottom line. You should be able to quickly ballpark when to hire, when to reduce or expand overhead, how far to schedule backlog, when to raise prices, etc. Don't wait for your accountant to sit you down before you can dream a little and get a glimpse of how present actions might impact future revenue! Get the free planning tool for contractors here!
On this episode of Estimate Rocket Radio we are joined by Nick May of Walls By Design in Denver, Colorado. Nick is a successful painting contractor, business educator, and host of the Pro Painter Podcast. Over the years Nick has watched new businesses come and go, and he has learned a couple things about the type of business owners that ultimately succeed: 1) they learn from pain, and 2) they build systems. Nick talks with us about how business owners can break the stress-to-stress cycle in business ownership, and he discusses how necessary it is to be able to get away from your business from time to time to course correct and actually enjoy what you earn. 
On this episode of Estimate Rocket Radio, Morgan Ray of MKV Consulting joins us to talk about determining the worth of your business and beefing up its market value in a changing economy. Morgan draws from her experience in accounting and business consulting to look into the future of the trades industries and help businesses owners see where their business value is headed given their current revenue size. We discuss mergers and acquisitions, finding good business coaches, and what you can do to make sure the business, into which you've invested your own blood, sweat, and tears, not only retains its current value, but becomes more profitable for you over time.
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