The ah-ha moment

Have you ever had one of those ah-ha moments in your life that resonated with you and then the very next day, someone, something you see or something you pick up gives you the exact same message but in a different light?

This could be about life, business, friendship, relationships, it could be about anything. For this discussion, it will be about business.

That said, I believe this to be God speaking to you and there are two very important keys here. One is awareness. Being aware when you are being spoken to. Two is acting on what you are receiving.† It is my belief that the more you act upon those messages, the more aware you become of those messages coming in. You will also see and hear them more often.

The other day my business coach was saying it was a shame that so many people try so very hard at something only to fail. Some will try their whole lives doing something they are not good at and not become a success at it. One reason for this is, is they donít know their strengths or their weaknesses.

Many times they are too close to the idea, the project or the business. Itís understandable because they own it. They canít see if itís a good or bad. Remember, you canít see the picture if you are the one that is in the frame.

The point my mentor was making yesterday was recognize your weaknesses and find your strengths. Once you do this, play into your strengths. If you donít know what your strengths and weaknesses are, sit down, take some time and start thinking. Start writing them down as they come to you. You will find that it wonít take long until your mind starts racing and you wonít be able to write down your thoughts fast enough.

Back to my story. So yesterday I spoke with my coach. Did some deep thinking into his message. Went to bed, woke up this morning and meditated. I got up and as my coffee was brewing, I walked straight to my bookcase with not a thought in my mind and picked up a book. The book is Quantum Leap Thinking by James Mapes.

I opened the book to chapter 16, which is Taking Inventory. This is what it said:

An acorn dreamed of being a beautiful pine tree when he grew up. The acorn was given a book on positive thinking and he diligently read it, following all the advice on using positive thinking to achieve your dreams. But as the acorn grew, he felt himself changing into something very different from a pine tree.

The acorn accumulated every book on visualization and change that he could find. He followed the exercises faithfully. The acorn spent hours visualizing himself as a pine tree. But despite all his efforts, the acorn grew into a massive, elegant oak tree.

The metaphor is simple. You are who you are. You have certain God-given traits that are unique to you. There is no one else walking the face of this earth with your mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical makeup.

To jump-start your self-inventory process, take a realistic, honest look at yourself and list your strengths and weaknesses on paper. Look them over and cross out what you consider the negative aspects of your makeup. Then play your strengths.

Itís pretty neat how things work. This was one of those moments where the universe was telling me something and I wanted to share.

So if there are things in your life that are not going great, then perhaps itís time to look at what your strengths and weaknesses are, and take a mental note and see if something is nudging you, if something is speaking to you.

To your success ~ James Brush.

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Earn more money and increase your bottom line.

As you know there are many key components in running a successful business. One component that has helped us become the leader of the pack in our area is that we are consistent. Consistency is key in everything you do. From how you answer the phones, your uniforms, your customer service, and the way you price jobs. You have to know how to price jobs quickly, consistently and with maximum profit. You need to be able to price the job right then and there. This will help you close the sale and give you a competitive advantage.

You need to give your team the tools to be successful. If you’re electricians succeed, then your company will succeed. ES2 is that tool. Whether you go out in the field and price jobs or any one of your technicians go out and price jobs, the price will always be the right price.

ES2’s Up Front Pricing is the way to go. So what is up front pricing? Upfront pricing is giving an exact quote to the penny for any type of electrical repair or installation that your customer may need. It’s the straightforward approach. Giving your customer the ability to say yes or no to your quote before any work has started.

Most consumers today prefer to know the exact price of what they are purchasing. Consumers do not want an open-ended ticket from contractors that use time and material. That is just one reason why we use upfront pricing.

Our technique is simple:

    1. You go to your client’s house.
    2. You give a quote right then and there in front of your customer.
    3. You ask the customer what they would like to do.
    4. You do the work or schedule the work.
    5. Get paid when you’re done.
    6. Repeat.

That is how we earn more money, increase our bottom line and dominate our area. Would you like the same?

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What your fellow electricians say about ES2.

We have been using “Electrical Success Systems” software for a number of years now. It allowed us to get rid of the paper, lost notes, and confusion that plagues most all of us. We have been able to streamline the quoting process, keep track of invoicing, and make changes to the business to bring better service to our customers. The staff is excellent at helping you out and answering your questions and concerns, and that is not just about the software but the business side of things too. Ultimately it has helped our shop to become extremely competitive at a higher level, all the while maintaining a healthy profit margin. I highly recommend utilizing the software and all the company has to offer!

Seth Sillbaugh
Switched Electric
San Francisco, California

Since my start with Electrical Success Systems, job closure has tripled. The highly professional service this software system has, is why my confidence in this system is so great. Not only the program, but also the vast amount of practical on the job experience, that shines through every part of it. It is easy to forget the amount of work that goes into a task and running a business, but with ES2, all of that is built in. The thought that went into each task extends into the back office. With direct input into quickbooks online, it more than pays for itself in the time saved from double entry. Great job James and crew!

John
Expediter Electric
Portland, Connecticut

I am part owner of an electrical service company in the San Francisco bay area and we have been serving our clients since 1999. We started using the ES2 system in 2011 and have been very happy with the program and with the support staff. In the past we used paper and pen to give the customer a number that we thought would be profitable for us. And sometimes we would get the job and sometimes we would not. Ever since we signed up with ES2 we have closed more business, gained more clients, clients love to see that we give them an ``up front honest price”, they love the professional look (using a portable device iPad or Samsung pad) and most important we make a good ethical profit.

You owe it to yourself and to your family to at least try the system for 6 months. You have nothing to lose except the profit that is rightfully yours if you don’t sign up.

Edward
Edward's Electrical

New member here. I went into business in 89 and have been flat rating for about 15 years. I was trying to find one program to get rid of 6 that I was using.I found it! There is so much great information in the forum, and the contributions by everyone is nothing like I've ever seen. Tight group in here. The forums are worth the monthly fee alone.

Steve
Electrical Solutions

After many years of pricing the old fashioned way and not making any real money to speak of, I started searching for a better and more modern way to do business without paper invoices and having to spend family time to work up the estimates and not sending them by snail mail. Now when I arrive I already have my customers data in the customer list , I just pull up the work to be done by touching it on the iPad click on their name and have them sign the estimate on the iPad screen with the set pricing already there and your done !! The its emailed on the spot. My income jumped into the black very quickly and I've never looked back with regret for joining ES2.

Aubrey Teele
John's Electric Service
Hoover, Alabama

I have been using the system for nearly four years now. To call this anything less than essential would be doing a disservice to what it has done for me. The amount of time it saves me from office paperwork is priceless. I no longer need to come home after a long day and type up handwritten notes into spreadsheet and mail out an invoice or quote. Everything is done onsite. My customers receive quotes nearly instantaneously, and I'm no longer trying to estimate on the fly. The team at ES2 is very attentive and constantly striving to help advance my business as a whole. I'm glad I can count of them being in my corner when I need them.

Mike Showalter
Parkside Electric
Elburn, Illinois