Category: Business Operations

Tips, tricks, and guides to efficiently run your service business. Helpful content ranging from job scheduling to invoicing best practices.

Contractor Profit Margin

8 Strategies for Higher Profits Margins

You’re in business to make money. Every day you’re working hard for your customers, and working to exceed expectations. So why are you stuck at a profit margin of two to four percent, just like the majority of contractors? With a little work on your process, you can start delivering a 5-10 percent return or...

quickbooks online vs quickbooks desktop

QuickBooks Online vs Desktop 2018: How They Compare

  So you’re trying to decide between QuickBooks Online and QuickBooks Desktop. How do you know which one makes sense for your business needs? While QuickBooks Desktop has been dominant in the small business accounting space, more than 80% of new QuickBooks users are choosing QuickBooks Online over QuickBooks Desktop. In fact, Intuit, the creators...

Contractor Estimate App

7 Ways to Improve Your Estimates with Technology

It’s time to ditch the clipboard and grab your phone/tablet (or laptop if that’s more your style). Gone are the days of pen and paper ruling the estimating process for contractors. Thanks to the breakthrough of tools like the contractor estimate app, everything has gotten a lot more efficient for service contractors. If you would...

Painting for Production

Painting for Production

You may or may not be familiar with the term, “painting for production.” It simply means focusing on achieving significant accomplishments as quickly as possible by using a larger production painting team. Think of it as high volume, high quality painting. The key is breaking the work down into the right parts so that a team...

customer expectations

5 Ways Contractors Can Exceed Customer Expectations in 2018

Inc.com published a good article by Yoav Vilner on gearing up to exceed customer expectations in 2018. In it, the author makes the point: “… when you exceed expectations you build trust with your customers, which leads to loyalty, repurchasing, and referrals.” This is especially true in the world of contracting. While the article was written for...

Quote vs. Estimate

The Important Differences Between a Quote, Estimate, Bid, and Proposal

There’s more than one way to begin a new project with a potential customer. Which terminology you use to make your offer can affect how the project develops – and your bottom line.  While in-house you may use the terms quote vs. estimate with flexibility, it maximizes your efficiency to be consistent when talking to...

Mobile Invoicing

How to Create a Contractor Invoice

If you’ve recently started a contractor business, you’re probably ready to start billing customers. It’s an exciting step because it means you’ve gotten new work and you’re about to make money. But you have to present the bill to get paid. And you’re probably asking, “how do I create a contractor invoice?” Let’s look at...

QuickBooks Online

QuickBooks Online vs Desktop

Note: This article provides a quick comparison, but for a more detailed review and information on which version of QuickBooks is right for you, see our ultimate guide to QuickBooks Online vs. Desktop. You need accounting software, yet you are plagued with the anxiety of choice. Do a quick online search, and you find that a particularly...

contractor accident

The 10 Most Common Causes of On-Site Accidents for Contractors

Accidents in the workplace are going to happen. Although contractors and their work crew spend long hours in classes to acquire safety certifications and even put ironclad protection methods into place, all the training and safe practices in the world do not account for human error. Somebody forgets to secure a stepladder. Someone else left...