Category: Building a Business

Contractor Estimates

How to Write a Great Contractor Estimate

Being a service contractor is no easy task. In addition to assuming great liability doing construction on someone’s property, maintaining the business aspect can be exceedingly more challenging than the technical aspect of getting the work done. Having a clear path to customer success means a great customer experience before, during and after the work...

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...

SEO for Contractors

SEO for Contractors: What You Need to Know

SEO for contractors might sound like a fad or something too complex to learn, but SEO offers a great opportunity to win more business. As a business owner, it’s hard to keep up with the latest trends, much less what’s going on in the online world. Because the internet holds so many lead generation options...

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...

FieldPulse Business Management Software

Why Use FieldPulse as a One-Person Business?

So, you’re living the dream. Making your own hours doing what you love. Working hard for every dollar you earn and not answering to anyone. Starting your own service business is incredibly rewarding. But as you’ve found out, there are many pitfalls and challenges when it comes to keeping your business in order. As a...

Customer Loyalty with Email

Using Email to Build Customer Loyalty

One of the most cost-effective ways to communicate with customers is email. The last thing you want to do is to be known for SPAM, so there are some precautions to take. But knowing the rules of the game and developing a process for collecting email addresses are important first steps. Once you have these...

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...