Category: Business Operations

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

QuickBooks Job Costing

Should You Be Using QuickBooks Job Costing?

If you’re like a lot of contractors, you’re likely using QuickBooks for your accounting needs. It’s one of the most popular products on the market. But are you using the QuickBooks job costing features? Job costing can be a critical step in growing your contracting business. By tracking your costs and profitability on every job,...

QuickBooks vs Xero

QuickBooks vs. Xero – Which Should You Choose?

As the owner of a contracting business, you’ve probably heard about QuickBooks and Xero. Maybe you’re wondering which one you should use. While QuickBooks has dominated the accounting software market for approximately two decades, the competition in the field of accounting software has been heating up over the past few years. Although QuickBooks is the...

Service Call Scheduling Nirvana

8 Steps to Service Call Scheduling Nirvana

Understanding how to streamline service call scheduling for your clients and prospects is essential in the service contracting industry. To keep your doors open, it is critical to manage your appointments efficiently while maintaining a steady flow. In this business, time can become currency. The longer your clients have to wait on a service call,...

Why Every Contractor Needs e-Signatures

Why Every Contractor Needs to Use E-Signatures

Out of all of the reasons to go paperless – essential customer documents are probably near the top of that list. This is especially true of invoices, contracts, or anything requiring a signature. Document upkeep is necessary for the contractor on-the-go who tosses their clipboard in the back of their van, running the risk of...

Virtual Receptionists Can Increase Productivity and Profitability

How a Virtual Receptionist Can Increase Productivity & Profitability

New data from financial information company Sageworks shows seven of the top 10 industries with the highest sales growth are related to construction. However, Sageworks also reports that the construction sector has below average profitability relative to other small businesses. For construction business owners, the opportunity for financial success is ample. So why are so...

Why and When to Secure a Bond

When are Companies Required to Secure a Bond – and Why?

When most people think of a bond, their mind wanders to an investment vehicle that is relatively safe and generates a moderate return. For certain types of businesses, a different type of bond comes into play in a very real way. A bond is not an investment but instead a component of doing business that...

Customer Pricing

Should you explain pricing to customers?

It’s never easy to have to defend your pricing to customers and prospects. So to make that conversation easier, it’s important to align your customer pricing with the value provided. When a customer needs specific services, they usually start by asking about pricing. For instance, a customer contacts you to come over and provide an...

Lease or Buy

Company Vehicles: Lease or Buy?

Company vehicles can be a major expense for your business. Can leasing reduce those costs, or is buying going to benefit your bottom line better? While there is no one right answer for every company, you can make the lease or buy decision easier by asking the right questions up front. While it might be...