Of Appleseed Business, Al Levi specializes, as his Website says, in "Making Contractors' Lives Less Stressful and More Successful." Through private workshops, on-site assessments, customized operating manuals, and staff training programs, Levi delivers the benefit of the experience he gained from years of operating a large family-run HVAC and plumbing business. Learn more by visiting www.appleseedbusiness.com. You may also contact Levi by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax at 212-202-6275.
You can’t operate your company effectively if it’s run on talking or, just as badly, run by issuing one-way memos. One-way memos are the type you plaster all over the place, like: “Clean up the bathroom. Your mother doesn’t work here.” Only one question left, “Is this form of running your company working?” The answer is: probably not.
How do you know what’s the right thing to work on at the right time? You need to create a master project list. This is a giant list of all the projects and habits you need to work on at your company. Typically, when I do this work with clients, the first master project list is somewhere between 100-150 things.
What I discovered when implementing systems in my family’s plumbing, heating, and cooling business was that there weren’t really a million things to master. There were just seven. Seven “power” concepts that enabled me and my two brothers, the third generation in the company, to run it with a lot less stress and a whole lot more success.
An air conditioning contractor is having a problem with technicians taking vacations in the middle of the peak summer season. Consultant Al Levi suggests having a written vacation policy that everyone signs off on.
A contractor wants to grow his company fast and has a small war chest to make it happen. Consultant Al Levi says to get the most bang for the buck when it comes to growth, you need to get serious about acquisition.
A contractor is looking for new ways to get more calls other than the usual Yellow Pages ads and direct mail campaigns. Consultant Al Levi says making your trucks eye-catching is one of the very best things you can do.
A contractor and his partner started out in business 25 years ago. Now their differences of opinion are getting stronger and stronger. Consultant Al Levi discusses how to handle a troubled partnership.
Throughout the years a contractor has bought many different types of trucks. But his techs seem to never have exactly what they need on the truck. Consultant Al Levi provides his recommendations for more efficient and effective trucking.