Harlan Jacobsen
The Customer Relies On You For Service
You send people to do the work you know are competent and priced right.
Scroll links up down

<<  Author Left, Now 80, has been Hiring Himself since 17, Starting More than 50 Do It Yourself Different Businesses.

You Are The Business, Others Do The Work

Customers Are Used To The Owner Not Doing The Work Himself

They expect you to send your choice of expert to do the work and are trusting that you have a top person qualified to do this work he needs done.

Your business and the repeat calls and business with this customer for this and other services you later offer them, will be tied to their satisfaction with the present work. Therefore the quality of your subcontractors will have a big bearing on your repeat business.

You need an understanding with the subcontractors that they represent they are working for and book work thru you. They are NOT to ever offer their services direct, and if you ever hear of that offered they are no longer on your referral list.

Therefore, your choice of subcontractor to send to do the work for you should be A1- good. If not 100% drop them off the list and find another.

It is NOT house painting, it is not selling this or that, it is not coming out and installing this or fixing that.

You business is handling and filling the customers’ needs.

You may have many different businesses that serve many different needs and the work or installation or whatever gets farmed out and done by someone else.

Your customer having his stump removed may not know that you also have tree trimming and removal. (Done by a different contractor.) You are developing a relationship on this one job which will get your foot in the door and if this work was satisfactory they will refer you to others and contact you for other services because that you are reliable, reasonable and counted on to deliver what you say.

You do not mark up your subcontractors prices and add your cut on. The rate to be charged the customer is at or under the local ongoing competitive rate; you tell the contractor what you pay for his doing the work. You do not ask him for a price.

Here is what the contractor gets from you and what you do to earn your cut. You come up with a steady stream of business for them. (This is what you are good at)

Each different service may require a different percentage for you, depending on what you do, what risks you assume etc

You keep the subcontracting booked up and working. He has to do no advertising or promotion etc. he knows you send him business.

He has no collection worries or waits.

You collect from the customer and he has no credit card problems, or bad checks, no customers that are “not pays," he has no billing expense and sit and wait for his money etc. You pay him almost instantly if he desires it.

If you do this right, charge a reasonable percentage or he gets enough business anyway and income, he may switch all of his work to you and let you handle his regular customers, in effect you handle all his office work problems and overhead that he gets from direct referred business and he can have you handle all that and he then is free to concentrate on just doing the job.

Do you do all this pay and collect work?

Yes or no, you can do it yourself, or subcontract it out to some superb person out of work and home able to do this for you at their convenience for a fraction of what they got paid having to go off to work to do it. How do you find them? Easy. Craigslist. You can have a stack of applications in 12 hours.

They do not necessarily have to be in your town or even your country. They are a subcontractor, not an employee. They handle all this or whatever part you want to farm out, at a fixed cost per transaction.

If there is no business, they are paid nothing.

You pay them regularly, weekly for example, using PayPal or Xoom. You talk to them free with cell, or Skype, no matter where they may be. Email or Instant Messaging, all free.

Different businesses you will get a different cut of the transaction from a third to 15 %.

The work or product has to be to the customer’s satisfaction and customer pays you. If there is a dispute the subcontractor pays. (Customer is always right) If the customer is a no pay you are out... not the contractor. We will show you how to avoid this.

Prices are very competitive these days and the price you quote have to be well under the big brick and mortar firms. (Those that have business store fronts etc.)

..........and the customers pay you whatever is determined a fair percentage for that type of business.

This is the You In Control Of The Customer System. You may need to carry insurance etc. to protect you in case the sub contractor accidentally burns the house down and they go after you. You will need to consider this and then you may want to go where you are merely a referring agent. You send the contractor and he does the work and he collects and sends you a check. Subsequent work wills likely wind up booked direct with the contactor. You will be cut out of the loop.

There is more than one way to do this, and nothing is set in cement. We are not a controlling franchise, we just supply information and ideas, and you set up your own business policies and procedures.

The customer has little leverage with a contractor. If they do a bad job or over charge, and tick off the customer, they do not care because he likely was never going to do business with them again.

However, if the customer books thru you, the contractor knows if he screws over the customer, he will never get another nickels worth of business from you, a steady source so he HAS TO TREAT THE CUSTOMER RIGHT ..... The customer pays no more thru you likely then the contractor would charge direct. Therefore there is every reason if the customer realizes this to always book his work thru you, even if the contractors try to cut you out of the loop.

Next: More on the Sub Contractor Relationship

More on developing customers long term...


Home Page

Contact Us


Read About Us...... overcome your suspicions.

No Books To Sell...

No Franchise,
No Get Rich Seminars

Zip..... Nadda... Were just helping...So don’t look for a Credit card form at the bottom of the site...there is none.

We sell nothing.

We may link you to information sites that do, but that is incidental, we do that only because we think they have information you may find useful.

We do get income from Google ads, which they decide what runs and it pays our internet bills. Keeps the internet press running, (pays the ISP).

But stop trying to figure out what we are pushing or selling, cause we are not. We are a 42 year publishing family, switching to the internet. Hoping we can help thousands more then our many small newspaper editions ever did.

Got a question, contact us personally anytime....anything we have researched or been through, we are glad to answer questions about our conclusions and views. You should find them time saving and helpful.

Top of Page

For Recession To Be Over, Hire Yourself- Instant Employment, Understanding Boss



Laid off brief
Personal Big Hit
Laid Off, Take Immediate Steps,-for Life Without A Paycheck,
Act Cold Turkey, This Is Not Taper Off
Pink Slip, Get Busy
No Delay, Take Actions.

Go here

48 Top "Hired My Self" Related Articles

  1. How To Get New Business Ideas Delivered To You Daily For Free.
  2. Studying the Possibilities First, Maximize Odds, Chose Best Fit.
  3. Finding Your Own Job
  4. You Need Something To Augment Your Income
  5. Hire yourself- Retail your Services
  6. Big Market for This Immediate Income Business Service Within 5 Mile Radius of Your Home.
  7. Start A Local Immediate Income Tourism Business With No Investment
  8. Adopt Ideas To Local Attractions
  9. Start A Senior Move Manager Business
  10. More Senior Service Start Ups, Take Mom To The Doctor Service
  11. Surprising Tourism Businesses I Have Run And Almost Forgot About
  12. Many Seniors Able, But Need Escort Can Not Fly Alone - Transfers etc
  13. Unique Way To Operate A Seasonal Business
  14. Replace Windshields On Premises
  15. This is like Running Up Several Flags
  16. Build Fast a Tourism Business-Little or No Money–Needed To Start
  17. Dispose Of Others Large Inventory
  18. Get Free Mentor Advice and Guidance
  19. Become Pro - Maxing Sell Out
  20. Knife Sharpening, Sliding Door Fix, Screen Repair Combo
  21. Long Term Steady Growth Routes
  22. Established Business Owners Quit
  23. Plus and minus of Vending Business
  24. Rethink Starting A Business For Your Self
  25. Offer A Video Service And Learn How
  26. Laid Off Buying Delivery Routes-Link
  27. How To Open A New Home Construction Company With "No Money"
  28. Nothing Works In New Business Until You Do
  29. Start Appliance Replacement Business
  30. Make Big $ In Transport Bookings
  31. Low Overhead $50 Start up
  32. Landscape Business, No Investment
  33. Employees, Store, Do NOT Work for You
  34. Change How Time Works For You
  35. Give Up On "Jobs" Develop Income Sources
  36. Drop in Private Hiring, Check Gov
  37. Success: Attracting Customers
  38. Samples, Time Derived Automatic $
  39. New Business Start Easiest In History
  40. New Business Start Easiest In History
  41. Your Kind Of Income Source
  42. Sub Contract Out The Customers Work
  43. Part 3. Start An Ongoing Income Stream
  44. Bite The Bullet, Tie Business To Web
  45. Sale = Big Pay for Manufacturers rep
  46. Unemployment Is Simple To Understand
  47. Internet Business Use "Sample"
  48. Business, Unlimited Expansion Capacity


   Email Address:    



Have A Question For The Editor? 
Contact Harlan Jacobsen, click here


top of page

Jacobsen Publishing Privacy Policy/Statement:  We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our website. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, Click Here