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31  Advertising and Marketing / Advertising and Marketing / Re: Bandit signs, or Snipe signs on: February 04, 2013, 11:17:11 AM
No, I have never posted signs but did learn from reading the local paper that a permit is required to hold a sign out on the street.  The news has just been continuously covering, over the last few months, how city workers are cleaning up the city of signs on street corners, on telephone poles, etc.   

Also, the city did a big crack down, about 3 years ago, on a new utility company that flooded the city with signs every 100ft along busy street.
32  Advertising and Marketing / Advertising and Marketing / Re: Bandit signs, or Snipe signs on: February 03, 2013, 10:20:52 PM
They will not remove the robo dialer until you remove all the signs or pay them to remove all the signs.  DAMN!

At least they allow you to remove the signs.  Our city now removes them and fines you around $70 (maximum $2,000) a sign. 
33  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Door-to-Door Sales on: February 03, 2013, 10:15:40 PM
 Sad Our county requires a daily ($25) permit to pedal door-to-door.  Though I doubt they enforce it by me.
34  Advertising and Marketing / Advertising and Marketing / Re: Commerical Accounts on: February 03, 2013, 09:58:52 PM
Thank You. Smiley

35  Advertising and Marketing / Advertising and Marketing / Re: Commerical Accounts on: January 31, 2013, 04:21:29 PM
In your opinion is it best to quote per visit, month, quarter or year?
36  General Category / General Discussion / Re: The best rake ever. on: January 31, 2013, 04:14:21 PM
The Corona telescoping rake is what I started with 1 1/2 yrs ago. It works great except in tall grass the rake can catch causing it to telescope.
Also, starting to see little rust spots where the tines are held.  Only because I am to lazy to fiberglass Smiley.   
37  General Category / General Discussion / Re: What type of disinfectant chemicals do you use? on: November 21, 2012, 01:08:39 PM
dwilson,
the tread is 5 years old.  Yes, bleach and water is can be cheaper and more effective but it can also damage fabric and corrode the metal spring in a spray bottle.
38  Insurance, Licensing, Permits, Etc. / Insurance, Licensing, Permits, etc / Re: Insurance monthly? on: November 11, 2012, 04:35:30 PM
Call and ask the insurance companies you are interested in.  Some may allow you to pay a quarter at a time if you ask.
39  Office Procedures, Scheduling, Routing / Office Procedures, Scheduling, Routing / Re: What step? on: October 21, 2012, 06:43:16 PM
I too find that if I take the time to call and ask for the payment that usually works well.  the problem is that I HATE calling to ask for the money.  It seems like at the time of the next billing I always have about $1300 or more still owed to me.  I could really use that money!  I need to get better at that I suppose.  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes

Same here.  Just with one less zero  Smiley.

TGP,  Thanks for the advice.  I looked at my state's laws on late fees and will stay with the 10% but will add the late fee terms to the invoices.  Hope that helps with getting paid on time. 
40  Office Procedures, Scheduling, Routing / Office Procedures, Scheduling, Routing / Re: What step? on: October 20, 2012, 10:35:59 PM
Thank you. 

I have been a little lenient with a couple of my clients; they pay but usually a week or two after the due date.

I was going to change my late fee from a one time 10% to 5% for every week late.
41  Office Procedures, Scheduling, Routing / Office Procedures, Scheduling, Routing / Re: What step? on: October 18, 2012, 04:13:38 PM
I am curious, how much do you charge for a late fee?

42  Dealing with Dogs / Dealing with Dogs / Re: Biscuits on: October 06, 2012, 06:56:31 PM
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"milkbone" type biscuits
I recommend offering Milkbone and not a generic brand.  It will cost a few pennies more a treat but (hope this does not happen) you will hear of a recall on Milkbone products sooner then on some generic brand.

I like the small size of milkbone biscuits.  It is about the right size for all dogs to enjoy.
43  Dealing with Dogs / Dealing with Dogs / Re: Biscuits on: October 06, 2012, 06:47:50 PM
I bring and give out Milkbone dog biscuits.  The plain original ones.

When I do the meet and greet and we agree on a service schedule and a agreement is signed I ask if [dog(s) name] can have a Milkbone and if I can give one every time I see the dog(s).

So far everyone has been alright with it.  I have had only one person say no because the dogs were on a special natural diet or something. 

The good thing about Milkbone is it is a recognized name and most dog owners have at one point in time given their dogs a Milkbone.  So the owner will probably know if the dogs had an allergic reaction. 
44  Advertising and Marketing / Advertising and Marketing / Re: "Refer a friend" on: October 06, 2012, 02:54:57 PM
Something similar to what tgp went through happened to me.  The dog, a Boxer, was the sweetest thing to me when the owner was around but one day I when into the backyard when only the dog was outside and the dog went into attack mode. 
45  Advertising and Marketing / Advertising and Marketing / Re: "Refer a friend" on: September 28, 2012, 07:26:36 PM
I am offering 20$ credit to both (client and new customer).  I will be letting all my clients know in my newsletter next week.
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