Resources I recommend to my customers
Below are some products that I highly recommend to my customers. I thought it would be helpful to gather them all in one place. Feel free to bookmark this page as it may come in handy. I intend to add more products and services to this page over time.
Disclosure: Please note that some of the below links are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a small commission, if you decide to purchase them. Please note that these are products I know/use and recommend to my customers. I recommend them as they are good products. I am in the flooring business to help my customers and that is how I earn my living, not by the small commissions earned on these products.
Many of the products can be bought direct and shipped via Amazon.com
These are a must have if you have kids (or pets) and rectangular or square coffee tables. These are soft and flexible and adhere well to your furniture. This is an important step in childproofing your home. Click here to buy on Amazon and have them shipped directly to you.
Floor maintenance and cleaning products
Bona Hardwood Cleaning products
Bona is the most recommended cleaning product by hardwood professionals. It’s perfect for hardwood flooring (any type – pre-finished, site finished, solid, engineered), cork, bamboo and laminate.We recommend this to our customers. It’s residue free and helps protect your hardwood investment. And, of course it’s safe for family, pets and the environment. You can buy these on Amazon.com via below links.
Bona Hardwood flooring kit
This is the Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner Starter kit with Bona mop, microfiber dusting pad, microfiber clean pad and 32oz cleaner. (See below for refills). This is the starter kit.
Bona Hardwood cleaner
This is the Bona 32oz cleaner. Most customers use this size/form on a regular basis.
The Felt Pads can make a big difference and they are especially important for chairs and coffee tables that move the most. I advise my customers to buy these and have extra on hand (as they can fall off).
You can find other hardwood flooring accessories including doggie socks, chair roller protectors, anti-fatigue mats and area rug pads here.
Wayfair.com provides a variety of furniture, vanities, fixtures, pillows and other items that will help you add the finishing touches to your room. They ship directly to you and often have some good sales.
Wayfair-Wayfair believes that options for your home can come from just about anywhere, so we carry over 5,000 brands of products like furniture, lighting, cookware, and everything in between.
Feel free to use my special link to Fast Floors to order your flooring and have them shipped directly to you. In particular, I recommend the following brands: Somerset, Armstrong, US Floors and Coretec Plus.
Hardwood, Cork, Bamboo Flooring Up-to 70% Off! www.fastfloors.com
Marketing resources – more coming soon…
CRM – ActiveCampaign – Customer Relationship Management tool
I should have done this years ago! But, I’m so glad that I finally took the plunge and invested in a CRM program. If you have a customers and if you are looking to improve your close rate and/or looking for more repeat/referral business, this is a MUST HAVE. This program allows you to stay in touch with your customers and provide timed campaigns to them pending on where they are in the purchase cycle. You can trigger actions based on when you met, what they’ve clicked, after they’ve bought. The possibilities are endless.
And, best of all, it’s so cost efficient. I had done some digging on this before I took the plunge, so I knew that some of the programs were expensive. ActiveCampaign.com is the most efficient one I’ve found. If you have less that 500 contacts, it’s just $9 per month…and it is so easy to get more than $9 business in return. And, if you buy for the year, you save 15%. Within 2 weeks of using this, I saw an increase in my close rate and a shortened time frame on decisions. Oh, and you can test this for FREE for 2 weeks.
Click here for your free trial of ActiveCampaign.
Selz.com – An easy and inexpensive way to sell items online
I’m a huge fan of Selz.com. I use this site to sell my ebooks – some are paid, some are free. You can sell physical or digital products on here. I like it because it’s low risk. Not only do they have free 2 week trial, but you can also choose a monthly free plan and then just pay a small fee for items when they are bought. This is great for when you’re starting out and not sure whether or how many people will buy your items. So, it’s really risk free.
Website hosting – Hostgator
If you own your own business, a website is a MUST HAVE. My main website does incredibly well, and for those of you who are wondering, Hostgator does my hosting. They have done a great job on keeping my site and up and running, even with the heavy traffic loads. They have solved many issues for me quickly (most of which I created myself LOL). They have 24/7 service.
HostGator has made WordPress a breeze! Optimized WP Packages for as low as $12.95 a month!
If you are new wordpress, you’ll quickly learn that you need a theme. A theme is allows you to customize your site and make it look pretty. It helps it function better and organizes everything. I highly recommend the Genesis Framework. It’s probably the most popular and best supported theme out there. And, it’s rather easy to use.
Debbie Gartner is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. At no additional cost to you, I will earn a small commission, if you decide to purchase them. I am in the flooring business to help my customers, and that is how I earn my living, not by the small commissions earned on these products