“I Got A Guy”

“I Got A Guy”

  Need a roofer? A hardwood installer or an alarm for your business? How about supplemental insurance or IT services? Everyone should know someone who’s “got a guy.” I love to be that person. Being the connector to help put people together, find solutions, and help grow businesses is so satisfying. Having coffee with a friend this morning, I mentioned networking and how I grew my business into a purely referral business. It is all about connections. It really is who you know. Networking and getting to know people is helpful for anyone and everyone. If you’ve moved to a new city you know exactly what I mean. Unless you knew someone in that city, you had very little resources for doctors, a dry cleaner, handyman, landscaper, babysitter, etc. How much easier is it to ask a neighbor or call the person that always “has a guy?” The more you network, the more people you meet and the more resources you have. Now, what if you are the one that always “has a guy?” Two things I will say. Good for you and watch out! Good for you: You are someone people think of You are someone others trust You are well connected You probably are well liked You are likely respected Watch out: Your recommendations are your reputation You should be very choosy about the people and businesses you recommend. I send out a weekly newsletter. I used to have a Vendor Spotlight section in it. I began receiving inquiries from someone that had signed up for the newsletter that I didn’t know personally and had not had a business experience with. They asked to be the vendor for my Spotlight section. I even had people offer to pay for the publicity. I had to politely decline. I knew that my personal and business reputation was on the line when I showcased someone. I couldn’t take the chance on an unfair deal, poor service, or an unreasonable price causing my name to be put in the same bucket as theirs. Of course, we all make mistakes. I don’t expect my recommended vendors to never have a mishap but I do expect that when things do go wrong, they treat my referral fairly and respectfully and do whatever they can to make things right. So, next time you need a vendor, ask a friend or business associate who always “has a guy.” And, if you are making the recommendation – beware! P.S. If you need a recommendation, here is a link to My Favorite Vendors. If you use any of them, let me know how they...

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Put Me in Coach

Put Me in Coach

  Put me in Coach, I’m ready to play. You’ve heard the song. You also know that singers have vocal coaches. Athletes have several coaches for various skills. Many naturally talented people employ coaches, but why? Why would you pay someone to coach you on something that comes naturally? To be better. There is ALWAYS room for improvement. There is ALWAYS something new to learn. Coaches can bring new perspective and save you from yourself when needed. I have been using a business coach since 2013. Her name is Michelle, which makes it convenient when I have an premature senior moment! She is my biggest cheerleader. She encourages when needed. She sets me straight when needed. She makes sure I am doing the activities that I need to do in order to reach my goals and helps keep me on track. She has contests with me because she knows I am competitive and she helps keep me motivated when I have had a particularly difficult day, week or month. She shares a lot of books and articles with me that are appropriate for me at the time. I remember one time, in particular, when I sat in my car crying (it takes a lot to make me cry – unless it is an animal story) while she made me read Negative vs Positive phrases because I felt like a failure and wanted to give up. It would have taken me a lot longer to get out of the place I was in, mentally, and perhaps would have had a very different outcome if I hadn’t had her to lean on. Most of us have friends that we can go to when we are having a bad day or a business associate whom we can ask for advice. I have learned that they are not always there for you. They don’t always have your best interest in mind and even sometimes, they don’t want to see you succeed. A mentor or a coach gets paid to do all these things. If you succeed, they succeed. If you are stuck or if you know you have some unlocked potential, I encourage you to look into a business coach. Find one that fits your personality and one that will challenge you to be better. Here is a shameless plug for mine (I promise, she doesn’t know I’m doing this): Michelle Broadbent Southwestern Consulting Professional Sales Trainer and Coach C: 615-347-4370 O: 615-371-0202...

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Heloc: What is it and How can I use it?

Heloc: What is it and How can I use it?

  Have you ever wondered what a HELOC is? Do you want to know how you can use it? I introduce you to Sidney Powers – banker extraordinaire. She will explain everything you would want to know so, read on.   Well here it is already… 2016 and a LEAP Year too!  The decorations are put away, the company has all gone home (hopefully) and you finally get to sit down. However, now you start looking around your house and begin to realize it is looking a little shabby (not as in Chic either). It looks Drab, Carpets and Furniture are worn, Kitchen and Bathrooms are outdated, and you would love to add on a Sunroom, your list is longer than the kid’s Santa gift lists were. You would love to remodel but that costs money.  Savings isn’t where you would like for such a project, as you have been busy paying the mortgage down. You don’t want to use your 401K or Investment money or the Children’s College funds… so you assume you will just have to put this dream off yet another year, UGH!! STOP, right there, it is possible you don’t have to wait another year!  You have lived in your house quite a while now and you have built equity into it; both by paying down the mortgage and by the rise in real estate values in Middle Tennessee.  Why not tap into that Equity and let your House work for you for a change?  Borrowing against the equity in your home is called a Home Equity Line of Credit, fondly referred to as a “Heloc”. Using a Heloc is a simple and economic way to make improvements to your home.  Just stop by or call your local banker (preferably me) for details about a Heloc; the amount you can borrow and how to pay it back, the interest rates and if there are any fees involved. You should also contact your Tax Preparer or CPA to see if the interest charged would be tax deductible. The beauty of a Heloc is it is not selective about what you use it for, the possibilities are simply endless.  One strong feature of a Heloc is the rates are very low and you have the probability of a tax deduction making this a very cost effective loan. This loan can also be an ideal way to buy an Automobile, use for College Education,  a Wedding,  a dream Vacation , to have as an Emergency Fund,  OR maybe,  to start your own Business. Other little known facts about a Heloc are; You can use it for a Home Renovation Loan to add on that Sunroom you wanted  -or-...

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Vendor Spotlight: Dr. Nicole Zyla-Herrera with Precision Care Chiropractors

Vendor Spotlight: Dr. Nicole Zyla-Herrera with Precision Care Chiropractors

Each week, we spotlight one of our favorite vendors. While you can always see our complete list of names, categories, and contact information here (constantly updated!), these emails will give you a deeper understanding of who these people and businesses really are. This week, get to know more about our friend and client Dr. Nicole-Zyla Herrera with Precision Care Chiropractic. What is your consultation process like with a new client? I provide a complimentary consultation for all potential new patients. I spend about 20 minutes discussing their health concerns. At that time, I let them know if chiropractic would be a good fit. If not, I refer them to the appropriate practitioner. We posted about your June special for kids on our Facebook page. Tell us a little more about this. A lot of people don’t yet know the benefits of having children checked by the chiropractor. The procedures are safe and gentle. We help kids with headaches, allergies, ear infections, and many other conditions. Many conditions we suffer from as adults probably started as children. Imagine what your life would be like now if you had resolved your problem as a child. What is something we can do on our own to improve our spinal health? Spinal health is so important! The job of the spine is to protect the nervous system. We now know that the nervous system controls every function of your body. Remember, your spine is irreplaceable. It is so important to watch your posture. Your grandmother was right. Stand up straight. Your posture is both conscious and unconscious so you can literally retrain your posture. The best sleeping positions are flat on your back or on your side with a properly fitted cervical pillow. Also, if you work at a computer, the best thing you can do is get up and take stretching breaks throughout the day. What sets you apart from others in your industry? I am the only board-certified chiropractor to use the Atlas Orthogonal technique in Middle TN. A.O. is a specialized technique of the upper neck. A thorough evaluation is performed including a computerized nervous system scan and specialized x-rays. Once evaluated, a specialized instrument is used to deliver the adjustment to the upper neck. Very minimal force is used and you really don’t even feel the adjustment. We don’t do any cracking, popping, or twisting of the back in our office. This technique has been featured on the Montel Williams Show and The Doctors. This technique has shown to be effective treatment for headaches, migraines, sinus problems, numbness and tingling, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and MS. There are a lot of misconceptions about chiropractors. How would you respond to that? I think...

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Vendor Spotlight: Melissa Loveall with Loveall Designs

Vendor Spotlight: Melissa Loveall with Loveall Designs

Each week, we spotlight one of our favorite vendors. While you can always see our complete list of names, categories, and contact information here (constantly updated!), these emails will give you a deeper understanding of who these people and businesses really are. This week, get to know more about Melissa Loveall, owner of etsy shopLoveall Designs. What got you started making these mobiles?  I was looking for an “elephant” themed baby mobile to put the finishing touch on my second daughter’s nursery.  I found several I liked on Etsy and thought, “I can do that!”  I really enjoyed making my own mobile and decided to share my joy with other expectant mothers.  I have shipped mobiles all across the US and as far away as Australia, Norway, and Japan. I saw in the comments that you went to someone’s nursery to help them choose a color scheme for their mobile. How much do you charge for that extra service? More than once I have visited stores that carry the bedding a customer has chosen for their nursery.  I go to the store, chose colors that match the bedding, and send the potential colors to the customer, who makes the final choice.  I do not charge extra for this service.  It is part of my commitment to make sure your mobile is exactly as you envision it. What advice do you have for others considering starting an etsy store? It takes time to build your store/customer base, but be patient.  Get to know your customers to build a good working relationship. What’s your process? What happens when a potential client contacts you for the first time? I like to get to know my customers.  The first thing I do is request pictures of their baby bedding or nursery and answer questions they may have about the design process.  I like to keep my customers involved in the design process so along the way I send them pictures of sketches/color schemes for their approval. Where do you live? What do you like about that area of town? Spring Hill, TN.  The Super Target, of course! What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend here in town? My favorite way to spend a weekend is working in the garden with my husband, Landon, and our two girls, Athena (3) and Brooksley (1). Would you like to include an exclusive discount for Michelle Froedge Team subscribers? Free  Shipping!  Use coupon code Michelle at checkout. If you’re a new mom-to-be or a friend of someone who needs a special something to finish off the nursery, check out Melissa’s store! Don’t forget to use the coupon code Michelle to get free shipping on any...

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Vendor Spotlight: Bill Gunther with BJK Home Inspections

Vendor Spotlight: Bill Gunther with BJK Home Inspections

Each week, we spotlight one of our favorite vendors. While you can always see our complete list of names, categories, and contact information here (constantly updated!), these blogs will give you a deeper understanding of who these people and businesses really are. This week, get to know more about Bill Gunther with BJK Home Inspections. Why should buyers opt for a home inspection? Buying a home is the single most expensive purchase most of us will ever make. For a reasonable fee, our professional inspectors can provide you with detailed information on actual condition of the home and the systems of the home. The true condition of a property may not be apparent to the untrained eye. A properly performed home inspection will make you aware of some smaller and possibly some large or potentially costly problems prior to your closing on a property which leaves you is a position to renegotiate the terms of the sale, ask the sellers to make repairs, or just walk away from the deal. What should we look for in selecting a home inspector? Simply being licensed as a home inspector is a start but not all that should be considered. Being a certified member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) the oldest and most respected name in home inspectors, and / or InterNACHI or other professional organization ensures that the inspector is brought to higher standards of continuing education and training. You should also request to see copies of sample reports to ensure that they are detailed and not simply a check box. What sets you apart from other inspectors? Our primary goals are to provide you with the most comprehensive report to enable you to make an informed purchase and to suggest ways for you to protect your investment. Above and beyond your typical home inspection, we are insured ASHI & InterNACHI Certified professionals using the latest high-tech and sophisticated metering devices and digital gauges, to give you the most accurate and precise inspection of your home’s vital components and operating systems. We also provide you with the most comprehensive multi-page narrative report including pictures of defects, areas of concern or problems detected so you have all the detailed and vital information about your new home. Is there anything particularly common in our area that you see often that can be prevented? Proper drainage of the property including the water from the downspouts is of paramount importance. Improper drainage can lead to structural damage to the foundation and thus the rest of the house. Water that enters a crawl space needs to be able to be drained out quickly and efficiently to prevent the water from turning into moisture, which can lead...

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