Category: Business Operations

Planning Time Off

Planning for Time Off from Work

Taking time off from work is never an easy proposition in the service contracting industry, especially if you have to be in a state of all-hands-on-deck – at all times. But, you must also incorporate a healthy work/life balance if you want to promote a positive work environment with more productivity and less burnout. It’s...

Finding Great Employees

Finding Great Employees

Ever been tempted to put out a “Now Hiring” or “Help Wanted” sign in front of your business to hire new employees? While that might work for the local coffee shop, it’s rarely going to help you in finding great employees for your service business. As skilled labor becomes more difficult to hire – and...

Estimated vs. Actual Costs

Estimated vs. Actual Costs

The foundation for every profitable service contracting business starts with tracking your expenses effectively. This action helps you grow your business carefully. Better understanding your costs and what types of pricing strategies are necessary for profitability. But tracking estimated vs. actual costs shouldn’t be considered a difficult activity. It can be much easier using a...

Flat-Rate Pricing for Service Contractors

Benefits and Risks of Flat-Rate Pricing

Flat-rate pricing allows you to offer straightforward prices on services independent of the time and supplies needed to complete the job successfully. There can be both benefits and risks for offering flat-rate pricing in the service contracting industry. It helps in terms of providing straightforward pricing to customers who want to know how much they...

Choosing the Best Accounting Software for Contractors

Choosing the Best Accounting Software for Contractors

Keeping up with finances in a business can be a time-consuming task. For service contractors, this can be even more difficult because of specific accounting needs and the demands of the business. When choosing the best accounting software for contractors, the choices seem limitless. Uncovering which accounting software option is right for your needs can...

Customer Complaint Process

Managing Customer Complaints – Creating a Resolution Process

When you run a service contracting business, you can expect customer complaints. Customers will not be in a good mood when it’s over 100 degrees outside and their air conditioning unit is broken. The same is true if their toilets are flooded or a pipe has burst. While it’s best to work hard to avoid...

HVAC Scheduling Software

Maximize Your Business with HVAC Scheduling Software

For any service contractor, scheduling can make or break your business. But for HVAC businesses, optimizing your team is even more important. Getting to your customers quickly can mean the difference between having a new loyal fan or a disgruntled customer who could harm your business with bad word of mouth. While general scheduling packages exist, HVAC...

5 Contractor Mistakes

5 Things a Service Contractor Should Never Do

There is no secret for creating a successful service contracting business. It takes determination, an excellent work ethic and desire. There must also be a willingness to learn from contractor mistakes made along the way. There are harmless mistakes, and there are mistakes that can cause a customer meltdown. To avoid costly mistakes and lost business,...

What a CRM can do for your business

CRM for Contractors & Service Businesses

For service contractors, it can become extremely time-consuming and difficult to manage all your workflows, inspections, proposals, field technicians, repairs, parts, invoices, customer interactions, payment history, and more. In the technology age, customers have rising expectations. Customers don’t want a field service agent to arrive at the last hour of a four-hour window, and then,...

Handling Customer Complaints

Handling Customer Complaints by Keeping Them From Happening

Receiving rave reviews from your customers as a contractor can be a great way to land new work and more clients. But, what if the opposite comes to light, and you receive customer complaints? Does that make you a bad contractor, or are you just dealing with a difficult customer? Are you up for handling...