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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...

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...

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...

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?” Let’s look at...

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...

Angie's List Business Center

Angie’s List Business Center: Getting Started

If you’ve decided that Angie’s List is the right way to reach your customers, your next thought may be how to get the most out of the website. With the option of free memberships for consumers, Angie’s List is attracting more new customers and businesses than before. And the recent merger with Home Advisor has...