Category: Business Operations

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...

injury workers' compensation

Workers’ Compensation: What Every Contractor Should Know

Contractors are required to offer some level of workers’ compensation insurance to their employees in almost every state. Although regulations may vary from state to state, a contractor cannot legally operate a business without providing some form of workers’ comp as a part of an employee package. In states where contractors can opt-out of providing...

iPad invoice

Handling Customer Estimates as a Contractor

If there’s one thing that can create tension in a contractor-client relationship, it’s the estimate. When you finally get to it, it can be the make or break for your deal. How do you create and present an estimate or proposal that wins the deal without compromising your price or offering? Make sure your estimates...

The Advantages Of Getting Your Competitors’ Quotes

The adage “keep your friends close and your enemies even closer” may be more true in business now than it ever was. Knowing what your competitors charge for the same project can give you the edge you need to inch ahead. Rest assured they already have done their homework on what your prices are, making...