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Jobs and Small Business Contracts; More "Questions and Answers"
Don't forget to check the Foreclosure Cleanup Business Blog for jobs and small business contract leads. We're adding new jobs all the time. Also, see more Questions & Answers that may benefit you in your business immediately below. More next time!
Business Questions and Answers
Every week I receive tons of questions from colleagues and business owners like you. I've shared a couple more below in hopes you can benefit from them in your own company. See the previous newsletter issue for other Q&As:
Question #1: Hi Cassandra. How do you handle utilities if a company wants you to turn them on or off? K. of Maryland
My Answer: Hi K. Personally, I'd let the realtor or bank handle that. Too risky in getting reimbursed. Cassandra
Question #2: Hi, do you have a place on your site that offers contracts that we can purchase on CD to tweak and use for business? If so where do I locate them and what is the cost? Do you have any information on your site as to how I can create a business page on Facebook? P.B.
My Answer: Hi P. Here's the link for the Foreclosure Cleanup Bookstore: http://www.e-junkie.com/stonecottagebooks. (Here's direct link for the forms packet -- http://www.e-junkie.com/stonecottagebooks/product/464753.php
. They are also sold individually in the bookstore.) All the forms are PDF downloads that cannot be changed. You can print them and attach your business card. We don't sell a CD version, I'm afraid. Facebook: We don't have any info on the blog about setting up a biz page. Here's a link that can guide you, however: http://www.facebook.com/help/?page=721
. Continued success, and keep in touch. :) Cassandra
Question #3: Is there any time where it gets slow?
My Answer: Your biz's busy and slow seasons will depend on the services you're offering. For example, if 75% of your biz is lawn care and you live in a cold state, that aspect of your biz may be slower during winter. Foreclosures happen year-round and banks need services from A to Z year round, so your high and low seasons will depend on your area, your list of services, and how much each of your services contribute to your business' bottom-line. Good luck with your biz! :) Cassandra
Why a Real Estate Contracting Service is a Lucrative Business to Start in a Market Full of Foreclosures
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We're adding more and more jobs regularly.
Finally, the New Forms Packet!
Help Wanted / Jobs: Foreclosure Cleanup, Lawn Maintenance, REO Trash Out Jobs, HUD Vacant Homes Jobs, Etc.
Link to All Previous Newsletter Issues: As always, don't forget to peruse previous issues of the foreclosure cleanup industry newsletter (especially if you're a new newsletter subscriber) at http://www.aweber.com/archive/fcbizowners for tons of solid advice and guidance to grow your business in 2011.
Failed Banks Listed by Month
Visit this link to see which banks closed in which month. (Remember, the acquiring institutions of failed banks can be fertile ground for foreclosure cleanup businesses.)
Tip: To locate your County Clerk's Office, GOOGLE phrases like "Your County Name" and County Clerk; or "Your City Name" and "County Clerk".
Search for Business "Licenses and Permits" Regulations by State: Every business needs one or more federal, state or local licenses or permits to operate. Licenses can range from a basic operating license to very specific permits. Regulations vary by industry, state and locality, so it's very important to understand the licensing rules where your business is located. Not complying with licensing and permitting regulations can lead to expensive fines and put your business at serious risk. (Source: SBA.gov.) http://www.sba.gov/content/search-business-licenses-and-permits
Help Devising a Zip Code List: In your effort to come up with a list of zip codes in which your company does business (or in which your company can do business), use the United States Post Office's Zip Code Finder. You can find a ZIP Code by entering an address, and you can also search for a partial address, such as "Green Street, Los Angeles, CA." Find it at this link: http://zip4.usps.com/zip4/welcome.jsp.
D-U-N-S Number Tip: Don't "pay" for a D-U-N-S Number! Some companies charge $149 and up when they box it with other services. Getting your number is free, free, free if you are signing up as a vendor on government contract registration websites.
Blogs of Interest