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Bottom line: Made big promises to get me to join, seemed more interested in my money than me, their coaching ultimately did not help, and coaches/trainers acted inconsistent to what they teach.The company prides itself in offering one of the most expensive and rigorous coach training programs yet failed to deliver. By the end of the course I was worse off than when I started and had to deal with the emotional trauma of spending all that time, effort and money for naught. Far from the great life they claim they want others to have.I was in a bad place in life when one of their coaches told me about the coach training program. After telling them what I really wanted from life the coach promised if I did the program I would get it. I regret not being more cautious.The program is very intense and throughout the course they seemed more focused on making sure I paid my fees. Never mind that my goals did not seem to be getting any closer despite the coaching and all my efforts. For all their talk of loving people they were more keen on having us make declarations on when the next payment would be made."Trust the tools, trust your coaches, trust the process," they said. I complied believing that if I worked on getting past my issues with money I would eventually have my breakthrough and finally get what I really wanted from life, what they promised I would get from joining the program. That unfortunately didn't happen.Each trainee is assigned a coach for the duration of the program. The assigned coach may be one with years of experience or they may have just graduated from the program before you came in. I don't know how the company can justify charging so much and then assigning less-experienced coaches.On top of this the company does not act in a way consistent with its own teachings. They talk a lot about love yet once I'd paid all my fees and was no longer giving them my free labor, communication from the company quickly dried up even though they knew I was in bad shape. The few conversations I had with them after graduating generally went like this: "I'm sorry to hear about your predicament and I'm sorry the program didn't work out for you. By the way, will you be supporting the new round of the program? And who in your life would benefit from being enrolled into the program?"They talk about responsibility and integrity but I saw little of it. They will brag about how all trainees graduated from the course satisfied, that no one has rated them below a 4 out of 5 and will plaster positive testimonials on their website while ignoring those whose lives were not improved by their coaching. Perhaps they ought to do a follow-up on graduates 6 to 12 months after leaving the program.The content of the course is useful even if it is not unique. However the people who make up and represent the company fall far from the lofty ideals they espouse. I can be understanding and accept they are only human who make mistakes but given the amount they charge they only succeeded in setting the bar much too high for themselves.If you are considering enrolling into a coach training program I would encourage you to at least research what other organisations offer. If you are seriously considering this course talk to graduates of the program including those who chose not to continue with the company or support the program. No doubt people have benefited greatly from this coach training program but those that don't seem to be swept under the rug.
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I paid $200, I couldn't find anyone in the office. I tried Shelby's phone, it went to voicemail. I need my money back, they are so unprofessional!
No need to call shelbys personal line? i've been to their office everyday and they have not been there or called me back. They took $200 and all my personal information. Even if she's not the owner, she still works there and people's questions need to be answered no matter who it is. Owner, worker or affiliate of this business.
Just so everyone knows Shelby is not the actual tax preparer! There is no need to call her PERSONAL line. I went up to the office while they were open and she was nice and helped me out with what i needed. I went back there and saw notes with her personal phone number on the door. This whole situation is unfortunate and I understand people are upset but it is not shelbys fault. she was not the owner!!
I'm editing this since it won't allow you to post a second review. I was up there today hoping that someone would show up. There were 15-20 people in the same boat as we are. One of them had a phone number for one of the people who works there because she texted him that they needed more information. Her name is Shelby and her phone number is 858-254-8685. If anyone has any information that might help those of us who are being screwed by these crooks post it here. Went in Monday for a 1:30 appointment. They finally saw me at 4:30. They took copies of all of my paperwork and "allowed" me to pay for their services (they required cash) The receipt they gave me was written on what most people use to take a phone message on. No signature, business name, or anything. I requested a business card and they didn't have one for me (I should have known better). I was supposed to go back today to sign my returns and there was a sign on the door saying they were having electrical issues. There was already a sign telling me that they were out of the office for "personal family issues tomorrow). The sign regarding the electrical issues is still up No one every answers the phone, I haven't been able to sign my tax forms. I pushed a note under the door. If they haven't called me back by tomorrow I'm calling the IRS and the police.
There are different kinds of electricians. Some mostly work with contractors to install and map out electrical circuits inside homes and commercial buildings while others lay wire for large projects such as telephone lines and traffic lights. Keep this in mind when narrowing your search for a professional. If you need a tradesperson to work on your home or building, contact an inside or house wire expert. These professionals specialize in designing and putting new electrical systems in place for houses and commercial buildings.
When you contact an electrical contractor, describe the job that needs completing. Maybe you have a large project, like a remodeling plan that requires new wiring, or a small one, such as replacing a light switch or socket. Let the electrician know. Not every person you call will have the training and know-how to do more complex work.
To further hone your search, make sure you ask electricians the following questions before hiring:
1. Are You Licensed?
Trades such as HVAC, plumbing and electrical work require contractors to carefully install complicated systems that could be hazardous if they're installed incorrectly. Therefore, most states require electricians to receive training and obtain a license before working. An electrician that's licensed is one that's competent and knowledgeable enough of his or her trade to install and maintain electrical systems.
Electricians must complete thousands of hours of training in order to get a license to practice their trade, so make sure not only the company you choose but the employees doing the work show you their license. When you view the license, ensure that it's up to date and that it's issued by your state.
2. Are You Bonded?
There's potentially a lot that can go wrong if a tradesperson like an electrician installs wiring the wrong way. To spare you and your home or office from subpar work, make sure the electrician is bonded. Being bonded means the professional has an intermediary that can pay for any damage caused to a property or foot the bill if the contractor fails to finish the job.
3. Are You Insured?
Besides a bond, you also need an electrician that's insured. Many states require contractors to carry some form of insurance along with their license. Insist that whomever you hire has the proper amount of insurance for the work you need done and call the insurer to check the policy.
See that who you hire for the job has liability and workers' compensation insurance so you don't end up paying for injuries or accidents caused by the company's work. Workers' compensation insurance means the business can provide for any of its employees if they're hurt on the job.
4. Is Your Business Licensed?
Not only should you check that the electrician is licensed by your state, you should also ask if his or her company has the certification to operate in your area. Both the electrician as well as the business he or she works for need licenses either issued by the state or local municipality.
5. Who Will Do the Work?
Ensure the person who actually comes out to complete the work is licensed, bonded and insured. You need to know not just the company that's doing the work but the person they're sending out to your home or building. Make sure the employee doing the job isn't an unsupervised apprentice. If it happens that the business uses a subcontractor, check with both the company and the tradesperson that the same kind of bond and insurance applies for that subcontractor as it would for an employee.
6. How Much Do You Charge by the Hour?
If you have a small and simple job that needs completing, such as a new light switch, then ask the electrician how much they charge for it before hiring him or her. When it comes to larger, more intensive and time-consuming work, you'll want to inquire about the contractor's hourly rate. Many tradespeople will offer to come out to your home or building, examine it and give you an estimate as well as tell you how much they charge per hour. It's best to get this in writing before proceeding.
While you're at it, call several electricians to come out to your home to give you an estimate on the work. This way you can get an idea of what the average price of the job will be.
7. Do You Offer a Warranty?
Many reputable tradespeople provide warranties for their work. Inquire if both the labor and parts the electrician uses are under warranty and how long the work is guaranteed for.
8. Do You Have or Need a Permit?
Depending on what kind of repairs or installation you need, your city could require a permit for the electrical work. Ask your electrician if the job calls for one and have him or her put the permit under his or her name. Ensuring the tradesperson obtains a permit will safeguard you from any blame if the labor turns out to be subpar.
Finding a trustworthy electrician isn't hard, but you must do your due diligence. Make sure whomever you hire is licensed, bonded and insured, and that the professional can show you proof of all three as well as get the necessary permit for the job. Besides these important factors, you can take further steps to guarantee you obtain a reputable tradesperson.
1. Get Referrals
Ask your family, friends or neighbors if they can recommend a professional to you and inquire if they're pleased with the work. Better yet, ask them if they can show you the project the electrician completed and ask them how long it took the worker to complete it.
2. Look Online
It can't hurt to also check electricians out online. Look for reviews, ratings and, most importantly, see if they have any complaints on file with your municipality or with your local business bureaus. If former customers filed grievances against them, you may want to steer clear.
3. Ask for a Quote
Reputable electricians will give you a quote for small work over the phone if you ask and will travel to your home to quote you a price for larger jobs. Be wary of one that declines to give you an estimate or insists that he or she charge you for coming out to your house.
4. Ask Them About Their Experience
Being bonded, licensed and insured is all well and good, but you also need an experienced professional to do the work. With that said, interview electricians about past projects they completed and how many years they've been in business or how much training they have.
5. Be Wary of Suspiciously Low Estimates
Watch out for contractors that greatly underbid other electricians. If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. Also, always remember to get the estimate in writing before settling on a company.
While all electricians need a license, not all of them do the same types of jobs. They are usually split up into three groups: outside, inside and residential.
Outside: These types of electricians work outdoors on electrical lines that connect to power plants.
Inside: Inside experts typically focus on commercial and industrial buildings that require a lot of power.
Residential: If you're a homeowner, you'll most likely need to hire an electrician that specializes in residential wiring. Residential electricians work with low-voltage systems and wiring to install fuse boxes and light fixtures.
Like many trade groups, electricians learn their craft by going to vocational schools and shadowing professionals on the job. In order to become a full-fledged professional, a person must undergo an apprenticeship with master and journeyman electricians. An apprentice needs 8,000 hours of practical work before graduating to the journeyman level.
If an apprentice reaches journeyman status, he or she can complete most electrical work but cannot design it until completing more testing along with 2,000 more on-the-job hours.
Many do-it-yourself enthusiasts might be inclined to fix electrical problems around their home, but they risk shock and bodily injury. It's always best to call a licensed electrician, even if you have something as small as an improperly working wall outlet.
Keep the following safety tips in mind: