GET FIRED UP FOR FREEDOM!

As you celebrate Independence Day on the Fourth of July, it’s a good time to celebrate independence in business. This freedom is a primary reason why entrepreneurs take the leap of faith to build their own business.

“For all entrepreneurs, starting a business is the route to ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,’ no matter how risky,” Martin Zwilling says in a story for Business Insider. He calls it “the American dream.”

The following are some areas of freedom that business owners can enjoy when they start their own business. Notice I said “can”. Not all do… that's why Restoration Advisers exists. We exist to help business owners find the freedoms they dreamed of from the start so that they can have a greater impact on their family and community. 

Some of the elements of today's blog are from an investing website called Business to Community.

Freedom to be happy

Happy is a word that more of us could use in our...

Continue Reading...

Its almost like I don't care anymore

Once you’ve identified the key systems that make your business money, it’s now time to extract them.

But here’s where many business owners get tripped up... they try to create all the systems themselves! And once they’ve been created, then they feel an overwhelming pressure to perform all of the systems themselves. 

As a business owner, you’ll never be free from the day to day operations if you’re always deciding to involve yourself in them.

This is a pivotal decision point where businesses can either remain in the stationary stage and continue to decline, or start systemising the right way so they can move to the scalable and saleable stages.

I had a breakthrough moment with a client this week who has been working hard on breaking free from doing things the way he’s always been doing them. 

His words to me (in a troubled tone) were, “It's almost like I don’t care anymore.” 

On the surface that sounds...

Continue Reading...

I HATE MEETINGS

I HATE MEETINGS

I like my time. And I mean I like it ALOT

As I’ve aged (gotten older), I have probably learned to value it more than money. Yes. For sure I have. 


With time I can spend with family, listen to music, watch a movie, or create something for work.

Money really doesn’t help me with those things.
 


This topic is going to cause some chair shifting and weird looks.
But I bet many will go back to their team and take a look at how this might help.

 



I hate meetings (mostly). Not all are created equal.
Like most, I want them to be specific, inclusive, and results oriented.

Meetings that should be emails, get a really nasty snarl from me.

My mind brought up this topic mostly around what I call WIP meetings.
Work In Progress. 


Generally, these are the meetings where all PM’s, office, owners, The Pope, Johnny Depp, and Mr. Rogers all gather crackers, coffee, Diet Coke, and their cell phones (silenced by being placed face down on the table) in...

Continue Reading...

Is this FRAUD?!

We turned this one over to the APA. 

Guess where it went from there?! 

 


 

Here is the scenario.
Comment at the end and let us know what you think! 

  1. Invoice for complete (agreed upon) services. 
  2. Packout from fire.
  3. Liberty Mutual.
  4. QuickBooks invoice sent to insured.
  5. Liberty RECREATED the invoice, with contractor logo and all, with lowered unit rates.

 

Can you imagine the STONES?

Of Course their reasoning is inaccurate, but that's beside the point.

We posted a letter on Facebook and tagged the company that the adjuster was referring to.
We thought we’d share it here… but we’d love to hear your perspective.
Be sure to drop us a comment below. 

“Greetings Liberty Mutual Insurance, I'd like to extend my knowledge base and services to you and your organization.

I will actually do this once at NO FEE, as I think the overall Net Gain will help and impact endless parties.

From a factual standpoint, I'd like to clear up...

Continue Reading...

24 Signs you have an AWESOME Safety Culture

 

Let's be honest, safety isn't always something we think of when we get that call for an emergency service lead. 
Sure, on some level, it's always there. 

But being that far back in our minds is not a recipe for success. Safety is a MINDSET. 

After over 20 years in this industry working across the US and in 11 other countries, I would like to think I have seen it all. But that would be reckless and exactly where people start to see cracks. 

I say cracks because that's exactly how you should look at your culture. NO ONE ever has a 100% safe environment. 

So we have these small (or large) tears where the accidents always occur. 
These small cracks are quite harmless when we are smaller and have a tiny team. Then you are likely on almost all jobs and spot things very quickly. 

It's when you build a large structure, more weight, more conditions on a foundation, that the weakness starts to become more exposed, and sometimes in an alarming or devastating...

Continue Reading...

Employees quit managers, not companies 

 Contributed by: Robert More’ - BYLT Restoration 

People are the greatest asset a company can have. Good people gravitate to good culture which starts at the top.  

Techs want to be managed. They need to be managed; they will leave if they aren’t being managed. Employees coming into the restoration work force are looking for structure and organization. In the book by KnowHow, “ Why Workers Quit” they say that the new employees coming into a company are looking for high levels of structure on their on-boarding. They also say that today's worker isn’t looking to jump ship right away. They are looking to lay down roots and stay. Give them what they want. Be the company they want to be a part of from the beginning.
Become a process driven company.

 


 

People and their environment 

A violinist played 45 minutes on the New York subway. 4 people stopped and one clapped and they managed to raise 20 dollars.

The following...

Continue Reading...

Silence is not Golden

For those NOT involved in the same industry as me, much of this will make zero sense. But read anyway because you likely have insurance of some sort.

Let me start by saying there are scores and scores of really good people in the insurance industry. They are advocates for those the policy of insurance swore to protect. So save me the triggered responses.

I'll also announce that because SO MANY make their living from insurance proceeds, i won't be anyone they choose to stand next to at a party (although they secretly agree and tell me so).

Insurance as we know it, is a valuable and almost required necessity. Most Americans would not financially recover without it.

But there has been a system being built over a long period of time that is sinister and harmful.

Insurance makes money by collecting premiums and paying less in claims. Duh, right?

That's a great business model and many many people have been and still are among the planets richest people. Again, cheers. I love capitalism as...

Continue Reading...

250+ Sessions with restorers JUST LIKE YOU!

Later this month, I will be traveling to do my 250th (ish) Onsite Business Assessment for the restoration industry and I thought this might be a useful time to capture what this has taught me and what it has often created for the restorers I worked with. Not all have the same results, but most are on the voyage. 

First, we should ask WHY I WAS HIRED. Well, that would take dozens of pages…..but I can summarize one major thing. 

Organization. 

An owner or set of managers know they work hard, have acquired all the technical skills, built a good company and brand…..but they just aren’t launching or where they WANT TO BE. 

That’s fair.
It means there is a dream.
Fantastic start. 

If you were to ask me: “Klark, what is THE largest thing you see missing or holding a company back in the restoration industry?”

The #1 is pretty clear and #2 is very closely related. 

It is:
A strong leadership team
and
an operational...

Continue Reading...

You don’t want to find yourself inside Klarks head.

 Trust me when I say,

"You don’t want to find yourself inside Klarks head."

But if you happen to find yourself there, or at least in his presence, this is the kind of shit you’d hear.

This was a random BLURT moment in the office last week. I had to share it.
I know you know him well enough to know that he speaks what he thinks, especially when he thinks it will help someone. 

The analogy was striking. It really speaks to an issue that we hear about every day.

"Imagine being a restaurant owner and going to alll the grilled cheese making classes every year.

That's what a large percentage of the restoration industry does. The owners and leaders LOVE going to drying classes. They LOVE to get certifications. 

The pursuit of being a better technician often supersedes the need for becoming a better business owner/leader.

 Why? 

So they can get a small percentage points more dry in a small fraction of time faster?

How does that help thier BUSINESS?"

...

Continue Reading...

NEXT GEN Superstars!

Superstar: a star (as in sports or the movies) who is considered extremely talented, has great public appeal

 

Here at Restoration Advisers we get the opportunity to meet some incredible people, and from time to time the people also get to meet each other. 

Disaster Podcaster Season 2 Episode 6 is where 2 superstars meet and share their perspective on the industry, share their journey to leadership, and help the listeners understand and get a perspective that isn’t generally on podcasts! 

 

One industry

2 superstars

2 different journeys

One works in a family owned business

One has worked at multiple companies

One is a Triple Master

One has a lot of experience in fire restoration (and is a volunteer firefighter)

Both started at the bottom so to speak. 

Both are now in leadership roles

Both are dedicated to the restoration industry

Both are creating more leaders by leading well

Both Robert More, and Dylan Timmel will be on the Disaster Podcaster Season 2...

Continue Reading...
1 2
Close

50% Complete

Connect with us!

We don't spam. We promise.

We only send out information that will help you improve your restoration business!

We look forward to connecting with you soon!