Category: Contracting

Lump Sum Contract or Detailed Pricing

Lump Sum Contract or Detailed Pricing?

Sharing pricing with a prospective customer is a pivotal moment in the sales process. Will they like what they see? Will the number meet their needs or set up a long, back-and-forth that ends without a deal? Getting this step right is crucial to winning business, but what strategy works the best? Present a lump...

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...

Paint Estimator App

Using Apps to Estimate a Painting Job

We’re fortunate to live in a modern age where technology makes everything easier than it used to be – especially when it comes to running a painting business. Back in the earlier years, bids had to be written out with pen and paper. This doesn’t just make it take longer to write out an estimate....

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...

Contractor Sales

Increasing Contractor Sales Through Networking

We’re about to cover one of the most overlooked contractor sales opportunities in the industry today: Harnessing the power that networking with local business owners can have on your bottom line. They might not be hiring you directly, but other business owners can help you find new work and new customers. Building your business network...

Eight Keys to Winning More Business From Estimates

You spend plenty of time creating estimates for new clients and projects. But are you getting enough of a return on your time investment? Sending out estimates and waiting on a response isn’t enough in a competitive world.  Winning the business is easier when you have an effective strategy to find out what’s working, and...

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?” One of the...

Using Facebook Groups to Market Your Business

Facebook is easily overlooked as a valuable source when it comes to local business marketing, but it can offer a big impact if you take the time to navigate the waters. This is one of the best things about newer technology – it’s often underestimated. What this could mean for contractors is that while their...