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Meet Jill Barber. Jill owns River City Referrals, a Homeowner Referral Network (HRN®) business based in Virginia. Jill works from home screening and referring local home improvement contractors in her area.
1. What did you do before you launched your Homeowner Referral Network (HRN)?
I worked at FedEx Express.
2. Why did you want to launch a business from home?
I didn’t know that’s what I wanted to do, but I was pregnant and got a very attractive severance package from FedEx, so I left.
3. What attracted you to the HRN business?
I have a degree in Interior Design and wanted desperately to get back into housing in some way, shape or form. I looked at real estate, then realized I’d be working nights and weekends so that wasn’t much better than my job at FedEx where I traveled a lot.
4. How did you know that an HRN would work in your area?
I didn’t. After reading the material Debra Cohen provided, talking with her, and knowing that the Richmond area didn’t have a service like this, I thought it was a risk worth taking.
5. How did you know that an HRN would be right for you personally? (Did you have an “AHA!” moment?)
I was already doing a VERY scaled down version of a referral service for contractors in my neighborhood and enjoyed it.
6. What was your first job?
A Drywall repair that paid a $26 commission….and I was thrilled to get it!
7. What types of services do you refer through your network?
Anything to do with inside or outside the home. Some of the fringe services I’ve referred include masonite siding claims, energy experts, home watching company for vacation, meeting plumbers, etc.
8. What is the biggest job you’ve referred?
9. When did you turn a profit?
After the 1st year.
10. What has been the most difficult part of operating your HRN?
Dealing with the attrition in contractors and running the business with a child at home. What I thought would be part time until he was in school turned full time very quickly due to the success of the venture.
11. And the most enjoyable?
The empowerment you get from knowing you can do it. I would never had had the guts to “develop” the industry, untried like Debra did, but I will take a calculated risk.
12. What type of response have you received from homeowners?
“Your service was DYNAMITE, Jill! Your follow-up is unbelievable, your level of attention is one that I aspire to in a customer service business, and I’ll definitely use you again. ”
13. And what has the response been from contractors?
I’ve had a very positive response from contractors in my area.
14. How has your business changed since you first started until now?
Much more to running a business than I thought. I’ve had to delegate the administrative and operational parts of the business, so that I can continue bringing the business in.
15. What goals do you have for your business in the future?
Double, then triple my income- totally attainable! The sky is the limit.
Interested in launching an HRN in your area? Visit www.hrnbiz.com.
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It’s hard to believe that we are almost at the end of another year! 2014 went by so fast that I did not even see when it passed. You know what that means? It is time once again to start buying gifts for your family and friends. The truth be told, we do not have to wait until this time of year to give gifts – it can be a year round event. No matter the season or the reason, there are many gift ideas that are sure to please from the youngest to the oldest recipient. In case you have been stumped all year long as to what you could buy for your husband, wife, daughter, son, uncle, aunt, cousin, niece, nephew, grandparents, your pets, and so on and so on, here are a few items you may consider purchasing this time around:
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• Skin Care Products
• Pet Supplies
• Vacation Packages
• Custom Designed T-Shorts
• Flashing Lights and Glowsticks
I have taken the liberty of sending you to a price comparison website so that you can get the best deals around. Shopping online saves time and money, things we are all woefully lacking these days. I do hope that the above-mentioned gift ideas are to your liking and to that of their recipients.
All the best for 2015 to all!
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