Yeah, just a computer addiction and my wife going through menopause
Seriously. I have taken Rick on ride alongs as I have many others. This is not only because I am a great guy :mrgreen:, but because it also helps me:
Get’s my name out there. Marketing is marketing, whether it is to Realtors, Lawyers, the public or other inspectors. Name recognition is ALWAYS a good thing.
Keeps me on my toes. Many times, I get a call of an e-mail from a newer inspector asking about a problem that I have never run into before. This forces me to check the issue out for myself. I learn, then I teach. Works well for both parties.
When I do ride alongs, it also forces me to be thinking faster, on my feet. It also helps the client. I, usually, when I am doing a ride along, think out loud. I give a running comment on what I am seeing, what I am looking for, what I find and why what I find is wrong or right. I do this to educate the inspector but it also educates the client. Many of my clients have told me that they prefer to have another set of eyes on the house.
A rising tide floats all boats. If I can pass on a sense of professionalism, thoroughness and detail to a new guy, he will (hopefully) do a better inspection and help to elevate the public perception of the industry. Some of the guys I have helped (including one who lives about 2 miles from me) now do, in some cases, even better inspections than I do. Does this give me compitition? Yes! But I NEVER want to become an old complacient inspector. They challange me and I challange them. They also give me a good source of people who I can refer to if I am busy or on vacation. It does for them, as well.
Because I do thermal and consultations, as well, I have had many of the new guys refer me for further evaluation of some specialized problem. Because of my visability and my reputation for helping and being honest, I even get calls from older, established HIs (many of them are ASHI and NAHI members) for these special cases as well.
I also teach state approved CE. These new guys help me to keep aware of the level of knowledge out there. Because of this I don’t have to “dumb down” my courses so much and make my courses more challanging and advanced (and not so boring to the old guys who already know the basics).
I find helping and mentoring and teaching to be a real help to me and my business. I am sure you will too.