The Commercial Leaf Vacuum Handles The Bigger Jobs And Challenges!

Raving customers are thrilled and impressed with how well the commercial leaf vacuum works on tough outdoor clean-up duties. They are referring to the handy yard tool as the king of powerful tools!

This unit is Tanaka’s largest blower which has a 65 cc engine, 850 CFM output, and a tube-mounted throttle control switch. It is an ideal blower to handle the bigger jobs and more challenging applications.

Its simplified construction makes it a super lightweight engine that delivers maximum performance without requiring any additional service. The light weight structure provides less fatigue on the operator.

The Tanaka backpack blower has an air velocity of 205 miles per hour (MPH) and an air volume of 805 cubic feet per minute (CFM).With the commercial combination of high levels of airflow and volume; it will rarely be matched by any other on the market.

The low emissions two-stroke engine does not have valves, which simplify its construction even more. Giving the two-stroke engines a significant power boost and twice the power they fire once every revolution compared to a four-stroke, which fire once every other revolution.

This industrial leaf blower has cruise control with a tube-mounted throttle that has an easy access control switch allowing the operator to move around freely. The cruise control is perfect for reducing fatigue and stress while working for long periods.

When compared to other brand models the Tanaka Backpack gas blower is by far the best model on the market. It has less moving engine parts with a hassle free no valve adjustment. The super large fuel tank has a capacity of 60 oz. That allows you to have longer running time without having to re-fuel like with other models.

This is the ideal commercial leaf vacuum for anyone that is looking for a tough soldier in a blower to eliminate and reduce your workload in a quick and efficient matter. Depend on the Commercial-Grade Tanaka TBL-7800R Backpack Gas Blower to Tackle Everyday Jobs and Bigger Challenges.

Today, all Tanaka products comply with EPA phase 2 regulations and all Tanaka product groups are C.A.R.B Tier II compliant. Most other manufacturers tried to fight the standard and say that it could not be done with two-stroke, Tanaka did it.

Setting Up QuickBooks For Contractors

QuickBooks for Contractors is a fabulous and inexpensive tool for managing your construction business and gaining control over your job costs, but in order to use it to its fullest potential you need to setup and use QuickBooks a little differently than you would for most other businesses.

First, and most importantly, you need to setup your Items correctly because they are the heart of QuickBooks for Contractors. You should setup an Item for each level of detail you want on your job costing reports. It can be as simple as Labor and Materials or as detailed as having hundreds of sub-categories for the services you provide. A good example of a middle-ground (enough detail to manage your job costs without become overwhelming) can be found in the sample contractor-based business file that comes with QuickBooks:

1 Plans & Permits

01.1 Plans

01.2 Building Permits

01.3 City & Co. Lic’s & Fees

02 Site Work

02.10 Demo

03 Excavation

04 Concrete

05 Masonry

06 Floor Framing

07 Wall Framing

08 Roof Framing

09 Roof Flashing

10 Exterior Trim & Decks

11 Siding

12 Doors & Trim

13 Windows & Trim

14 Plumbing

15 HVAC

16 Electrical & Lighting

17 Insulation

18 Interior Walls

19 Ceilings & Cover

20 Millwork & Trim

21 Cabinets & Vanities

22 Specialty

23 Floor Coverings

24 Paint

25 Cleanup

26 Landscape & Paving

27 Contingent

Many contractors add sub-items for Labor and Materials to their Items which is useful if you want to track those costs separately. This also makes it easier to report only the Labor portion of a subcontractor’s invoice on their 1099.

After you determine which job costs you want to track, you’re ready to add your Items. Go to Lists – Item List, right-click on Item and select New. Job costs should always be setup as Service Items which, fortunately, it defaults to. If you are a contractor with short-term jobs make sure to set up all your Service Items as two-sided, with both an expense and an income account. This doesn’t occur automatically and unfortunately it isn’t very intuitive. You need to put a check next to “This service is used in assemblies or is performed by a subcontractor or partner” for the expense box to be added to the setup screen. Contractors often use a cost of goods sold account called something like “job related costs” for job-related expenses.

Builders, on the other hand, who have projects that span several months or more generally use a work in progress (WIP) or construction in progress (CIP) asset account because job related costs aren’t usually expensed until the project is completed. For this reason, their Service Items do not need to be double-sided. You should check with your tax advisor or CPA before deciding which one is right for your business.

Once your Items are setup, you need to start using them. Many of the job costing reports, such as Estimates vs. Actuals, require the use of Items on all your transactions including bills, checks, and credit card charges. Again, this is not very intuitive especially since all these transactions types default to an Expense tab, but look carefully and you’ll see an Item tab just to the right of the Expense tab. In order to get the most out of QuickBooks for Contractors, you must always use this tab. Forget that the Expense tab even exists. It’s also important to assign all your transactions to a Customer/Job, of course.

Lastly, if you want to get the most out of QuickBooks for Contractors always, always enter an Estimate with the level of detail you’re trying to track. You don’t need to send this out to your customers, though you might find that this is very useful. Many users think this adds an unnecessary extra step to their day-to-day accounting entries, but this is one of the beautiful things about QuickBooks for Contractors. Once you enter the estimate, you can turn it into an Invoice, a Sales Order and/or a Purchase Order with just the click of a button (all three are hiding under the “Create Invoice” button on the Estimate form). So, rather than adding an extra step you’ll often find that you’ll end up saving an enormous amount of data entry time in the future plus you’ll be getting much better, more detailed reports.

How To Increase Sales: Five Tips That Are Guaranteed To Work

When a business is not bringing in enough profit, it can have a negative impact on everyone, from the cashier that receives less hours, and a shorter paycheck that does not cover the bills, to the customers that notice a rise in prices or less quality in the products. Before it gets to this point, owners often begin to look for solutions that are proven to boost business. Leading experts agree that these five tips can increase the sales of a company in as little as one week.

Appearance

One of the first things that consumers notice before entering a business is the appearance. Owners are encouraged to take a good look at their commercial building for a customer. Is the paint chipped and peeling? Is the sidewalk cracked and in desperate need of repair? Does it look inviting or does it make customers want to try somewhere else first?

Owners that ask themselves these questions, and find that they are in need of a makeover are encouraged to get one. Commercial painting services are available at affordable costs, and the simple act of painting a company building can make customers more likely to go inside.

Friendly Staff

After customers notice a fresh commercial paint job and walk into the company, it is the job of the staff to keep them there. Owners should visit businesses regularly to check up on staff. When customers enter a building, they should be greeted with a smile, and asked if they need any help. A company that offers dining in should ask customers if they would like to be seated, and offer to take their coats. These small, kind gestures will help keep customers from going elsewhere, and can guarantee that they turn into loyal clients that keep coming back.

High Quality

After customers have made their purchase, they will either enjoy the meal right there, or go home to look at their product once again, depending on the type of company. Every business should surpass basic standards in this area. Every item, whether it is food or clothing, should be a high quality product that owners would be proud of. If food does not taste well or is not cooked fresh, clients may be willing to go down the street to enjoy a hamburger that is to their liking, even if it costs more.

Maintenance

After the first make over, owners should do routine maintenance on the commercial building and parking lot. Whether it is in need of a new coat of paint or concrete repair, it should be taken care of to help keep up the same level of curb appeal. When business owners refuse to hire a painting specialist, or do the job themselves, it makes a business appear as though it is unsuccessful. Customers do not want to spend their money at a business if no one else is.

Good Customer Service

The way that problems are handled has the potential to turn an unhappy customer into a person that is willing to give a business another chance. Instead of arguing with unhappy customers, staff should develop a “the customer is always right” mentality. Another great way to instill this attitude into staff is to remind them that the customers are the reason they are there. Without customers, there is no business for them to work at.

How to increase sales may be as simple as painting the exterior of the building, or everything from the building to the staff’s attitude may need a makeover. Businesses are guaranteed to see an increase in sales within the first month of implementing these five changes.

Choosing a Property Manager – Practical Tips For Real Estate Investors

Selecting a property management firm is one of the most important decisions a real estate investor can make. The following are critical factors we think you should look at when making your decision.

Customer Service

You really want to select a firm that will deliver great customer service – to you and tenants alike. If you experience any responsiveness issues when inquiring about their service, the odds are that you will experience the same on an ongoing basis if you select the firm. Ask pertinent questions such as:

  • Are they available after regular working hours?
  • How do they handle emergencies?
  • Who can you speak to if there are problems, and where are they located?
  • Do they offer any guarantees on their service?

Knowledge of Building Construction & Maintenance

Experience and knowledge of building construction and maintenance is key for your property management firm to have. We would expect a coffee company like Starbucks to have excellent knowledge about the coffee equipment in use at their stores. We should expect a property management company to have excellent knowledge about the building technology in use at their properties. Key questions are:

  • Do they have skills on staff to be able to diagnose building issues quickly & effectively?
  • Are formal and documented maintenance and capital upgrade plans created for each property?
  • Can they manage subtrade work over and above minor maintenance?

Tenant Screening Process

You will want to select a firm that takes tenant selection seriously and does more than just the standard background checks. Tenant selection requires time, solid inter-personal skills and good judgment. Ask questions such as:

  • How much time will they spend with a prospective tenant?
  • What kind of questions will be asked of the tenant?
  • Will references be checked even if a reference letter is provided?

Local Market Knowledge

The most important influence to real estate investment value is the local market influence – and local market knowledge is key. Your property manager should have excellent knowledge of the local real estate market. Ask pertinent questions such as:

· What local staff presence exists?

· How does the firm keep up with local market trends?

· Will you be dealing with any remotely located staff to get service?

· Will tenants or prospective tenants be dealing with local or remote staff?

Fee Structure

You will want to select a firm with reasonable fees and also a structure whereby fees on top of fees are avoided. For example, for a renovation you will want to avoid paying a % fee to the construction contractor, and then a % fee to the property manager on top of that. Ask pertinent questions such as:

· What fees are charged for renovation and construction projects?

· Do they use general contractors for renovation and construction? If so, what fees are charged?

· Do they have the capability to manage subtrades directly?

Information Systems

Technology helps businesses run. Your property management company should have a clear information systems management strategy and operational. As the owner of the property, in the end you are responsible for the information so you will want to make sure your property manager has a good handle on it. Ask pertinent questions such as:

· How is information maintained?

· Are IT industry best-practices followed?

· How is privacy legislation compliance achieved?

· Does a backup strategy exist?

· What is the company’s IT disaster recovery plan

Accounting

And finally, you will want your books in order. This will keep your tax accountant happy and your accounting fees low. Find out if the property management firm has a solid grounding in accounting practices. Key questions include:

· What financial and transaction records are kept?

· What is the accounting cycle for the property?

· Which reports will be provided?

· Is someone available to answer your accountant’s questions should any arise?

Understanding the above areas and getting to know a property management firm’s management approach to managing these key aspects of real estate management will lead you to making a well-informed decision.

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