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Home Services Delegation

February 8, 2021

Home Services Providers, How Many Hats Should You Be Wearing?

A particularly effective way to grow your business and not miss out on potential customers is to outsource after-hours phone services. More than 1,000 home service professionals are enjoying the benefits of Slingshot, a 24/7 sales and customer support answering service specializing in calls, texts, web chat, and emergency dispatching.

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Pest Control Prepare Now

January 18, 2021

From less than stellar time management, to scattered planning and budgeting, to a lack of appropriate consultation, there are many factors that can contribute to stress over managing your personal finances. Here are the most common mistakes and myths to avoid when running your small business:

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Pest Control Sales Graphic

December 16, 2020

5 Different Ways You Can Use Slingshot to Increase Sales Today

Unlike other technology-enabled service providers that aren’t geared specifically toward home service businesses, Slingshot combines industry expertise with a fusion of service and software. The platform also integrates seamlessly with many CRMs and Slingshot CSRs are able to work within your CRM to provide real-time updates.

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Home Services Customer Service Rep

December 9, 2020

What is BPO and is it Right for Your Home Services Business?

Look for a third party service that can work as an extension of your team. This means you’re in control when it comes to when and how much support you need from them. Slingshot, is able to provide full coverage sales and customer service for their clients. However, they also provide different coverage options that can be customized.

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Snow Removal Answering Service

December 1, 2020

Attract Top Talent for Snow and Ice Before the Busy Season Starts

Approach your job listing the same way you'd approach a new client promotion — just as you're probably advertising your services, not your prices, you should look beyond the pay rate. The truth is, competing on price is usually a losing battle. There's always someone willing to pay less. There's also always a business willing to pay just a bit more to attract the best applicants.

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Home Services Customer Reviews

November 5, 2020

The 5-Star Question: What Do Your Customers Say About You?

Customers who are happy with your services won’t always think to rate you on their own so don’t be shy about bringing it up. Add a review request on your customer receipts. Create a follow-up email that includes a link to a review page on your website.

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Snow and Ice Management Checklist

November 4, 2020

Winter Storm Checklist for Snow and Ice Management

As soon as you hear about a forecasted snow or ice event, let your crew members know they need to be on call. Texting is a great tool for instant, efficient communication. Make sure each team member understands their response role. Welcome their questions and provide quick, thorough answers.

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Home Services Communication Ebook

November 1, 2020

Evolution of Home Services Communication: (With eBook)

Surprisingly, only 20% of unanswered calls result in voicemails. The rest become dead leads. People don’t want to leave a message and wait around to see if your business can help them or not. They want their problems solved right away. Instead of leaving a voicemail, most of today’s consumers will simply call the next service provider from an endless list of businesses.

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HVAC Emergency Answering Service

October 1, 2020

Powering a Productive CSR Team

Make it clear that you trust your CSRs to use discretion when it comes to solving basic customer service issues. When you feel confident your CSRs are well-trained and dedicated to your goals, give them the tools they need to reach informed decisions on their own.

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