Category: Service Business

Tips, tricks, and guides to help you run your service business. Helpful content ranging from creating a website to the ins and outs of digital marketing.

Residential Contracting vs. Commercial

Residential Contractor vs. Commercial: What’s the Difference?

Thinking of making the leap between residential contractor gigs and commercial? While many contractors are more than happy to stay in one field, it’s not uncommon for contractors to want to diversify. Some are just looking for a change of pace. One option many consider is making the leap from one area of expertise to...

5 Questions Every Contractor Should Ask

5 Questions Every Contractor Should Ask

One challenge contractors face in winning business is anticipating new opportunities. It’s easy to miss hearing about a new project until after the fact – when there’s no chance to win the business. Even if you have a good relationship with the customer. The reason? You’re not top of mind. Some projects are spur of...

QuickBooks vs Xero

QuickBooks vs. Xero – Which Should You Choose?

As the owner of a contracting business, you’ve probably heard about QuickBooks and Xero. Maybe you’re wondering which one you should use. While QuickBooks has dominated the accounting software market for approximately two decades, the competition in the field of accounting software has been heating up over the past few years. Although QuickBooks is the...

Flat-Rate Pricing for Service Contractors

Benefits and Risks of Flat-Rate Pricing

Flat-rate pricing allows you to offer straightforward prices on services independent of the time and supplies needed to complete the job successfully. There can be both benefits and risks for offering flat-rate pricing in the service contracting industry. It helps in terms of providing straightforward pricing to customers who want to know how much they...

What a CRM can do for your business

CRM for Contractors & Service Businesses

For service contractors, it can become extremely time-consuming and difficult to manage all your workflows, inspections, proposals, field technicians, repairs, parts, invoices, customer interactions, payment history, and more. In the technology age, customers have rising expectations. Customers don’t want a field service agent to arrive at the last hour of a four-hour window, and then,...

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 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...

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...