Erik Taylor
Erik Taylor is the owner of Chlorine King Pool Services, Seminole, Fla. Go online to check out his successful and entertaining YouTube channel (aqmag.co/chlorineking) and podcast (aqmag.co/chlorinekingpodcast).
  • Thursday, October, 18, 2018 How to Manage a Challenging Hire

    Hiring and training new employees isn’t a black-and-white process — in fact, there’s quite a bit of gray area. That’s because there’s a lot of emotion and opinion involved, and everyone approaches it differently.

    For example: What do you consider satisfactory job performance? How much time do you think is required to properly train an employee? How long should it take before a new hire “gets it”?

    And what would you consider to be poor performance and/or unsatisfactory...

  • Tuesday, August, 28, 2018 The Better Way to Train New Hires

    "All things are not created equal." We've all heard the phrase, right? Well, when it comes to hiring new service technicians, all things are definitely not created equal.

    See, most pool companies train new hires in the same way every time. But think of the chain pool and spa stores that have locations all over the...

  • Thursday, August, 23, 2018 How Having a Pool Business Affects Family

    This regularly recurring column is brought to you by APSP’s Manufacturers Council, featuring hot issues impacting today’s industry, business insights and tips you can use to enhance your personal development and business success.

    I recently made a YouTube video with my wife, talking about the beginnings of my pool business from her perspective and where it is today.

    The video has had an overwhelmingly positive response from viewers and other professionals because it...

  • Tuesday, July, 03, 2018 Tips for Hiring and Training Service Techs

    This regularly recurring column is brought to you by APSP’s Manufacturers Council, featuring hot issues impacting today’s industry, business insights and tips you can use to enhance your personal development and business success.

    The pool industry is a trade you are always learning. It is virtually impossible to arrive at the point where you know everything you need to know about the pool business. Every service call you make, even if it’s been on your route for 10 years,...

  • Thursday, June, 07, 2018 How to Keep Employees Motivated

    This regularly recurring column is brought to you by APSP’s Manufacturers Council, featuring hot issues impacting today’s industry, business insights and tips you can use to enhance your personal development and business success.

    There are few things that better affirm how your business is run than when someone from another company asks for a job because they’ve heard how well your employees are treated. If you’re worried your employees are starting to slack and lower the...

  • Wednesday, February, 07, 2018 Filter Basics: Cleaning is Fundamental

    Want to make sure you land an estimate for a pool you really want on service? If the client is there with you during the estimate, offer to clean their filter. Why, you ask? It's simple. The filter has probably been neglected, which is why they are looking for a new service company in the first place. (Well,...

  • Tuesday, January, 09, 2018 Boost Your Net Income

    Have you ever heard that phrase, "Time is Money?" Yeah, I have too. We all know what that means, but do we actually apply it in our pool businesses? If not, we are leaving money on the table, plain and simple. If you are not as time efficient as you would like, then read along and see if you can't save some time and make more money!

    Below we'll work through a few scenarios and see potentially how many pools a day poor time management is costing your company. For easy math we'll use...