Friday, September 26, 2014

Brookstone Builders, Inc.-Friday Funny-paving heat

Didn't think you would make it, did ya?! Yep, another Friday upon us.  This weekend is supposed to be the return of summer, but in honor of the cold mornings we have had this week, we present you this Friday Funny...  Enjoy and have a nice weekend.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Brookstone Builders, Inc.- Sales life cycle

Often times small businesses
are so busy providing  a service and or product that they don't have time to bring in more business.  This is a big mistake,  you can not rely 100% of the business coming to you because of your exceptional service and reputation.  You need to have a steady pipeline. 

1)Determine what you need monthly and annually to grow your business.
2) Establish a target market and then develop a plan on how to bring them in.
3) Create a sales activity log or calendar.
4)Keep detailed notes of your activities.
5) Be ready with a plan b.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Bookstone Builders, Inc.- Friday Funny-Friday afternoon exit

Well, not just yet, gotta get through the rest of today, but you got this, a few short hours and then you can enjoy the weekend.  Thanks all for a good week, see ya next week for another week of building.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Brookstone Builders, Inc.- Tips on how to get paid on time

Money, Money, Money!   We all want to get paid for the services and or products we provide, yet sometimes it seems impossible to get paid by certain customers. 

Here are a few tips on how to make collections a little bit easier;

1) Outline your payment process clearly before you do any business. Explain your terms and how to submit payment.  Have the customer sign and everyone gets a copy.

2) Extend terms only to customers you know and have had positive payment experiences with. Typically net 30 or 60 is the standard. Customers you know, and have worked with many times before, and are in good standing, may be a candidate for net 90. 

3) Do your homework.  Do not skip credit checks.  This is important, in the end the time spent on doing this will pay off.

4) Always, confirm in writing by signature that your customer has received the product or service.  Keep copies.

5) Submit invoices according to the procedure outlined, be clear and again, keep copies.

6) Be watchful of aging invoices.  You need to keep track of your payment terms, keep your records current. You may have to send payment reminders to certain customers. 

7) Handle disputes as quickly and as professionally as possible.  They will happen and when they do be ready to pull out your copies with signatures and dates. 

8) Handle payment carefully.  When payment is received, it is best to stamp with a received date and make copies.  Attach copy of the payment to the invoice and file properly.

In summary whatever, your system, keep organized

Friday, September 12, 2014

Brookstone Builders, Inc- Friday Funny- Friday Sentiments

For many this was the first full week of school which means back to a so called "normal" week and we made it!  Have a great weekend, enjoy the fall like weather.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Brookstone Builders, Inc.- Ice melt reciepe

 September is here, the kids are back in school, it is getting darker earlier, the leaves are changing.  It is coming, yes another New England winter is on the way and if you believe the latest issue of The Farmer's Almanac it is to be another cold one.  (See a previous post-  titled "weather 2014-15") So keep this and be ready to use it, probably often and soon.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Brookstone Builders, Inc.- Friday Funny

Hooray, it is Friday!  Here is to a good weekend. Talk with you on Monday. 
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Monday, September 1, 2014

Brookstone Builders, Inc.- Wishing all a Happy Labor Day!

Today we celebrate the American Worker, hats off to all.  Thank you to our own staff for all you do for Brookstone Builders, Inc.  We all hope you are enjoying your long holiday weekend and the return of summer. HOT, HOT, HOT, We will be back tomorrow, Tuesday business as normal. Be careful on the roads as students return to the bust stops. .  Have fun and be safe!