Introduction to Electricity

Electricity. It’s so commonplace that we often take it for granted. (Until there’s a power failure, that is!) It’s hard to imagine a time when someone couldn’t simply plug a cord into the wall and power up whatever device or appliance they needed. But there was a time, not so long ago, when even the most advanced parts of the …

New Year, New Idea

As we head into 2024, let’s take a moment to look back on our successes and failures of the past year and learn what we can from 2023 before we put it to rest. Hopefully, we’ve all had some measure of success this past year, even though, from a real estate perspective, it wasn’t that great. It’s certain that we’ve …

Looking Back Forward

Looking back is always an adventure. All too often, it’s an exercise that’s fraught with anxiety as we ruminate on the things we’ve done and foolishly stress out thinking about the things that we could’ve done better. Thinking about past mistakes and figuring out a better way forward can be a very rewarding mental exercise. Dwelling on those mistakes at …

We’ve Got to Press for More

Honest feedback. It’s the lifeblood of every business owner, but it’s so hard to get. We can ask our clients to let us know where they think we can improve, but most people are going to give us some throwaway answer like “You’re doing a great job” or “Don’t change anything.” But if we’re really serious about getting better, we’ve …

Wannabes and Pretenders

It seems like every time we do something unique in our business (try a different approach, discover a new method, invent a novel way of doing things), everyone else plays copycat and runs around imitating our idea. So what do we do? We get mad about it, scowling, huffing, and stamping our feet in rage. How dare they! That was …

Is It All Too Hard?

Why does it seem like it’s so hard for us to change? All it takes is for us to do something different from what we’re doing now. That doesn’t seem like such a big deal. But, unfortunately, it usually is. All too often, we’re stuck, mired in normalcy, and destined to keep our life playing on repeat, with our normal, …

To Hell With Them

We often waste a lot of our valuable time worrying about what other people think. When it comes to our business model, we stress over what others have to say about what we’re doing. We should never worry about what other people think about our business model. The only person we need to satisfy is ourselves. If it’s working for …

Nothing New

There are really no unique home inspections. For the most part, an inspection is an inspection. There’s only so many ways you can inspect a property and only so many ways you can write up what you find. There’s a list of things you have to check and a list of things you have to write down. Some people may …

It’s Our Choice

It’s a choice that all small business owners have to make: Are we in business to serve our clients, or to have them (and their wallets) served up to us? Do we focus on serving others or serving our own selfish motives? It’s really not that difficult to decide, it just depends on where our loyalties lie; on building a …

Not So Much

How we make our clients feel matters more than ever. It used to be that one dissatisfied customer was just that, one customer. It’s likely that they complained to us, but that was the end of it. Not so much anymore. Now, everyone has access to social media and can broadcast their feelings to everyone else (regardless of whether or …