Industry News: September 2015

Industry News

As temperatures cool, so does home remodeling work. Despite the upcoming slow season, 2015 has shaped up to be a very good year in terms of home remodeling and home buying. In fact, single-family housing starts have hit their highest levels since 2007! CONTINUE READING

How Success Stories Can Get You More Leads

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If you own a small to medium size construction business, then you probably don’t have a huge budget for marketing/advertising. What if I told you there’s a way around the expense of it all? Placing carefully constructed client success stories in your company materials can get you more leads. All you have to do is ask a few questions after you’ve completed a project for your client and have them recall the process and how you solved all their problems. Doing this builds the confidence of prospective clients with entrusting their projects.

Here’s what you need to know about putting together success stories that can get you more leads.
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Video: CraftJack Now Offers Plumbing & Gutter Leads

Video Tip - New Trades Released

This month, we released two new trade categories. All contractors can now sign up to receive plumbing and gutter leads. If you are a current CraftJack contractor, you can add the new services in your CraftJack Lead Manager.

If you are not currently signed up with CraftJack, you can see all plumbing categories here and all gutter and downspout categories here. CONTINUE READING

Communication Tips For Modern Day Business

Communication

Communication is a key factor to the success of any business or relationship. Without it, your employees and customers are often times left confused, frustrated and misinformed.

Technology has changed the way we communicate with each other and at our jobs. See tips for communicating effectively, so you convey the right message to your customers and keep them coming back for more. CONTINUE READING

Announcing CraftJack Lead Manager Updates: Now Offering Gutter Services

New Service - Gutters

CraftJack is pleased to announce the addition of another new service to the CraftJack Lead Manager. As of today, contractors can sign up for a wide array of gutter services.

The added services include:

  • Install or Repair Copper Gutters
  • Install or Repair Galvanized Gutters
  • Install or Repair PVC Gutters
  • Install or Repair Seamless Metal Gutters
  • Install or Repair Wood Gutters
  • Install or Replace Gutter Covers & Accessories
  • Clean Gutters and Downspouts

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Announcing CraftJack Lead Manager Updates: Now Offering Plumbing Services

New Service - Plumbing

CraftJack is pleased to announce the addition of another new service to the CraftJack Lead Manager. As of today, contractors can sign up for a wide array of plumbing services.

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Optimize Your Mobile Phone For Business

Smartphone

Mobile phones have transformed the way we connect, interact and do business. If you’re like most people, your phone probably comes with you wherever you go. My guess is there are things you like and don’t like about always being attached to your smartphone.

But when you’re running a business, it’s not always about what you like. It’s about finding out what your customers like, how they’re using technology and the methodology behind their purchasing decisions. See how to optimize your mobile phone for business so you can close more deals. CONTINUE READING

The Bottom Line Behind Lead Generation Site Reviews

The Bottom Line Behind Lead Generation Site Reviews

All lead generation websites should value any and all reviews, good or bad, users post about their website. Good reviews bring on more users and a company’s response to poor reviews can also bring on new users.

Nevertheless, no matter how reliable you may think reviews for lead generation websites may be, there are always at least two sides to every story. As such, before you determine which lead generation site is best for contractors, make sure you know the bottom line behind all lead generation site reviews. CONTINUE READING

6 Steps To Take When You Don’t Receive Payment

Receive Payment

While there is no way to guarantee payment on the projects you work on, it’s essential to pay attention to details that can help make this process easier and/or faster. Keeping accurate records and documentation in regards to what is expected of your company is vital. Get your clients to sign off on every step, especially that of changed orders. Make it clear that additional work not specified on the signed contract might cost more money.

Unfortunately, getting a customer to pay you is no easy feat. However, completing these six steps when you don’t receive payment can help in reducing the stress factor of it all.
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The Exciting World Of Proposals & Contracts

Proposal

As a painting contractor, writing proposals and performing contract administration are just two of the many job functions you will find yourself involved in. How well you manage these tasks will be critical to your company’s success. This includes creating a professional proposal, drawing up and submitting the contract and negotiating with the owner or general contractor. CONTINUE READING