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Realtors Value QualityPro Certification

In November, more than 18,000 real estate professionals came together in Orlando, FL for the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Conference and Expo. NPMA’s Director of Certification, Allie Allen, was there to learn how our industries can synergize. Popular topics include WDI inspections, referrals, and the role that pest control plays in a green home. Inspections Are Essential, But Rules ...

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5 Mistakes Every Entrepreneur Must Make

Being an entrepreneur is one of the most challenging—and potentially rewarding— career paths that anyone can choose to take. Indeed, most businesses fail within their first five years, and most of the successful entrepreneurs have had to fail at least once before eventually succeeding. I’ve been an entrepreneur for more than 50 years, running my own law firm, poetry journal ...

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Eight Tips for Building Your Business Support Network

Whether you are just branching out or gearing up for your umpteenth year in business, it never hurts to have a supportive network around you. Owning a business can not only be stressful but lonely. Not every family member or friend will understand or emphasize with your entrepreneurial journey. The key is to surround yourself with like-minded individuals who can ...

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Additional Insureds For Customers: Can They Hurt or Ruin My Company?

By Andy Mcginty and Michael Sohigian, Esq. Shall we cut to the chase right off the bat? The answer is an unequivocal yes—Additional Insureds (AIs) can be catastrophic to a pest or lawn company. Most insureds think that getting an AI is very simple. A customer calls your office and requests a Certificate of Insurance (COI), with the customer listed ...

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The Marketing Plan Revisited

What To Do When the Sure Shot Misses Its Target At the time, that marketing plan probably sounded perfect. Whether fueled by a focus group, a deadline-induced frenzy or a long, painful process with an unending stream of coffee, at some point, somebody thought it was a good idea. How’s that working out for you? Marketing plans do go awry. ...

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No Crystal Ball Needed

Sales Forecasting Relies on Past Data to Predict Future Sales Just imagine how much of a competitive advantage your business would have if you could predict the future. You’d know which marketing strategies worked. When to hire staff. When to buy more products. You don’t need to add a psychic to the payroll. In fact, you probably already have the ...

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Background Checks and Other Issues To Consider When Hiring Drivers for Your Organization

Even for the most experienced driver, avoiding obstacles and driving safely is often a complex and demanding task. Pest professionals spend an inordinate amount of time behind the wheel and must ensure that their technicians, equipment and the general public are safe when their vehicles are on the road. An employer is always responsible for the actions of its employees. ...

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Networking: Put Yourself in the Right Room

After yet another hectic week, dreams of building a strong network can easily seem like a luxury you cannot afford. Think again. Some compelling research shows that while mastery of technical aspects of the job may be responsible for early success, moving to the next level requires grasping strategic issues—and these are best acquired through relationships. That was the path ...

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Business Plan Check Up

It’s no secret that pest management business leaders have an exceptionally demanding job. As you juggle countless day-to-day duties and challenges, it can be easy to lose sight of the future—and your long-term business plans can quickly go off the rails. Does any of this sound familiar? If so, it may be time for a strategic plan update. “Business leaders ...

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PestWorld 2016

Every year, NPMA gathers thousands of pest management professionals from around the globe to offer opportunities for information sharing, provide access to the latest products, services, and technologies in the 100,000-square-foot exhibit hall, and generate critical thinking in world-class educational sessions. Join us as we celebrate this year’s PestWorld in the Pacific Northwest—in beautiful Seattle, Washington. Click here to read ...

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