You are going to need business cards, invoices, etc., to manage your business professionally.
Online resources have basically changed everything from researching and troubleshooting repairs, to generating leads, to printing services.
We have found some good cheap, excellent service online sources for the fundamental printing jobs you will have in the appliance repair business.
Many of these resources have ready-made templates you can use to design your business cards and invoices.
- Business cards: nextdayflyers.com has great prices for full color, coated, two-sided business cards, great customer service and they’re FAST!
- Invoices: carbonlessondemand.com has great prices for your invoices.
- Stickers: sheet-labels.com for putting service date labels in your serviced appliances
- Door Hangers: cheapdoorhangers.com – one of Uncle Harry’s marketing tips is using door hangers to generate customers.
A low-cost toll-free number can give your company a professional and credible appearance.
Toll-free numbers encourage your clients to call you, especially if you live in a rural area where long distance charges are frequently incurred.
The toll-free number can be forwarded to your cell phone with a code indicating it’s coming from your business line.
The automated receptionist sounds professional, and voice mails can be emailed to you so you can listen to them.
We use Ring Central, which is very economical for a startup business with one line.
Some of the features they offer for only $9.99 a month are:
- 100 local, long distance or toll-free minutes
- 4.9¢/min additional minutes
- 10 Extensions
Additional FREE features:
• Internet Fax
All of their plans include:
- Use with any existing phone system
- The toll-free or local number for voice + fax
- Voicemail with free email delivery
- Internet fax – send and receive
- Advanced call forwarding
- Cloud-based PBX with multiple extensions
- Flexible answering rules
- Call queues
- Mobile phone integration
- Keep your existing number, at no cost
This kit will fix 3/4 of what you find in a house and it’s all you need to carry in with you (according to Uncle Harry):
- Philips tip long shank screwdriver
- Flat long shank screwdriver
- 1/4″ nut driver
- 5/16″ nut driver
- 15 torx driver
- 20 torx driver
- insulated cutters
- needlenose pliers
- large channel lock pliers
- wd 40
- stubby Phillips
- stubby flat
- stubby 1/4″ nut driver
- stubby 5/16″ nut driver
- adjustable open end wrench
- wire stripper and crimper
- medium Phillips
- electrical tape
- razor knife
- cable ties
- knee pads
- work light
- clipboard & invoices
- promotional stickers, pens, refrigerator magnets
Harry also has a video on special tools you want to keep in the truck.
Free training can backfill your paid training, but it’s hit and miss unless you know where to look. Here are some good resources:
- YouTube Videos (search on “appliance repair training”)
- Repair Forums (try appliantology.org)
- Free Online Service Manuals (a good free source is appliancejunk.com)
- Parts Sites (repairclinic.com has videos & partselect.com has DIY installation advice)
You may also want to consider some paid training because it can cut MONTHS off your startup time. Take a look at Free Training vs. Paid Training to review some of the options available out there.