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Recurring Income

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Set Goals For Your Service Business

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With the right frame of mind and a clear strategy, you can increase recurring revenue within a service business and tap into a clear opportunity for sustained growth.

Here, Jim Rathbone introduces 5 key factors for growing a service business, and includes a link to a podcast in which he discusses this topic with PSI magazine.

Goals keep us energised and focused on what we are trying to achieve, as these 3 quotes by well-known people show:

“What keeps me going are goals”. Mohammed Ali

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible” Tony Robbins

“One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals.” Michelle Obama

With this in mind, I would encourage you to develop service goals in 5 key areas:

1. Increase the value of your annual service contract base

    Confirm the value of your current service contract base and set a goal for growing this over the next 12 months and the next 3 years. This will inevitably lead you to the next question: What will you do new or differently to achieve these goals? Who will do these activities and by when?

    2. Increase service works sales

      What is your current value of service works? This is often grouped with installation project sales and not measured separately. Until this is tracked and measured through your accounting system it is impossible to set a goal. Start with measuring.

      3. Improve service gross profit

      Most installers from my experience do not measure the service gross profit coming from the combined total of the service revenue streams: maintenance and monitoring contracts; reactive call-outs and service works. Again, it is good to start measuring and then set the improvement goal and the needed actions to achieve it.

      4. Improve customer service

        Which elements of the customer service experience are you measuring? These might be:

        • Annual service contract attrition %
        • Monthly Cancelled contract value
        • Call out 1st time fix %
        • No of outstanding PMs
        • No of goodwill call outs
        • No of complaints/ issues

        Set goals to improve with your service department.

        5. Increase engineer productivity

          Measure the number of service visits per engineer and as a service department and set goals to improve with your service department

          Installers who have developed a healthy recurring service income stream are more likely to survive the business shockwaves of COVID-19. Take advantage of this period to develop your plan to grow your service business.

          View the PSI podcast here - https://bit.ly/3aoo89n

          Jim Rathbone

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