Category: Business Operations

small service business software

Build Your Business with FieldPulse

  In his book, The E-Myth Contractor, Michael Gerber talks about the difference between working “on your business” and working “in your business.” He argues that most of us get caught up working in the business – taking customer calls, writing up estimates, completing work for clients, etc. It can be much harder to step...

How to Become a Subcontractor

How to Become a Subcontractor

Being a subcontractor can help you speed up the success of your business, and it could also lead you to a part of the industry you could really enjoy. It also has the ability to open the door to a flood of work. Many contractors in the industry have found that it’s much easier to...

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...