Tim Beebe began his Caerusnet referral team journey several years ago as a founding Member of the Canton Thursday 1PM team of which he is still an active Member of today. He has also been a Member on multiple Caerusnet teams over the years (in Brighton & Ann Arbor) where he learned how to develop himself into an excellent referral partner. Tim’s success in Caerusnet with referrals has inspired the professional painter (BB Painting Services) to also take the plunge as a Facilitator and start the Caerusnet Northville team which is currently forming. Let’s learn from Tim as he paints the picture of his success and we especially loved his answer to “TIPS ON HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN CAERUSNET?” at the end of this story.
How long have you been in your profession & how did you get into it? 1 I was employed in the property management and apartment maintenance business for over 20 years prior to opening a property maintenance company of my own. After a few years of operating the maintenance company, I narrowed down our services to offering quality and affordable painting. It’s now 10 years operating BB Painting Services.
What is the best thing about your business/career? Helping homeowners update and upgrade their home’s appearance is very rewarding. Seeing a customer’s positive reaction after we’ve come in and ripped down wallpaper and paint a room that’s been neglected for 30 years is what makes me love what I do. I enjoy helping people by giving their home a fresh, clean look.
How are you different and/or what’s your niche? I strive to understand a customer’s needs and wants before I suggest a product or repair. My focus is helping people … not profiting off them.
What is it about the Caerusnet model that you like most? I like that it’s flexible in the fact that you can expand your network outside of your own local team and attend other team meetings as long as there isn’t someone on that team that does what I do. Also, I like that we are a big network and have access to every team’s Members by looking at the main website.
Share a success story about why giving referrals/bringing visitors are beneficial to you. I’d love to share a success story from this past summer. One of our awesome Canton Members gave a multi-Member-referral for a client who had a house to sell but needed to hold an estate sale prior to selling. A referral was given to the real estate agent on our team. Then the team Member who specializes in estate sales got involved. Once the estate sales was over, I got the referral to paint the house. I took the time to get to know the client while working on her parents’ house (another referral). She had some additional items to move out of the house, and a Member of our group had a need for some of the medical equipment that she needed to part with. I coordinated with the client and the other Member and volunteered my time to deliver the equipment. In the end, this was a financial success for many of us, as Members. But the bigger celebration was for being able to help another Member and the client with needs way beyond the job and on a personal level. This is the “why” in why I love working with people. Finding ways
and opportunities to help them in their time of need and exceeding expectations. Caerusnet helped us do that.
What is your approach to positioning yourself as a resource in the community? I feel like I really try to be involved in my community by interacting in many aspects of networking. I try to use local businesses for my business and personal matters. I also try to interact with local community Members and businesses on social media pages. The forefront of my effort is being involved in Caerusnet and attending meetings in my city. I create partnerships and personal relationships with business professionals, so that I can gain their trust and referrals to create partnerships.
Tips on how to be successful in Caerusnet? To be successful, you have to learn how networking is imperative to growing your client base. You have to be willing to attend meetings and treat your Caerusnet meeting as a part of your weekly routine. You cannot create and sustain partnerships with other Members if you are not fully engaged and committed to your team. Allowing yourself to listen for opportunities to create referrals for other Members while you’re going about your daily life and in all your interactions, is a skill that should be mastered as well.
Want to connect with Tim Beebe? Find his Member listing here by searching “Beebe”.