Announcing CraftJack Lead Manager Updates: Now Offering Carpet & Fabric Cleaning, Handyman & Pest Control

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CraftJack is pleased to announce the addition of three new services: carpet & fabric cleaning, handyman and pest control. As of today, contractors can sign up for these new services. CONTINUE READING

What Does A Decking Pro Need To Know Before Starting A Business

Starting A Decking Business

Recent trends show the decking industry is busy. People are looking to build new decks or expand on the ones they already have. Homeowners are seeing the value of a deck and wanting that for their home. With this news, you might be considering your own decking business. After all, becoming your own boss is a great thing!

However, before you print those business cards, there are a few things you should know about starting your own company. For the decking industry, it involves some training and ensuring you have the right insurance. Here’s what you need to know before starting a decking business. CONTINUE READING

Video: How To Handle Rejection

How To Handle Rejection

Hearing “no” is never the answer we desire. As contractors, a big part of your business is sales. While it would be great to win every job, sometimes the answer will be no.

However, you don’t have to let rejection get you down. Start by getting comfortable hearing no. Like many other aspects of business, practice makes perfect. In the video below, Noah explains how to handle rejection and negotiate for your benefit. CONTINUE READING

Industry News: July 2017

Industry News For May 2017

Summer is here and that is great news for the construction industry. This is when business booms. You may find yourself with less time to dedicate to staying up-to-date on industry news. Well, we’re here to help.

Home building and remodeling trends are varying greatly across the nation, so it’s an important time to pay attention to what’s happening in your area. Here’s the news you need to know to help you plan for the summer ahead. CONTINUE READING

Sales Presentation Matters: Little Touches That Will Help You Win The Job

Sales Presentation Matters

A contracting business is unlike many other industries. However, you must have attributes that will help your business succeed such as financial knowledge, marketing expertise and sales skills. All of this work together to help your business succeed and win more jobs.

Consider the last time you pitched your work to a potential customer. What was your sales presentation like? Were you speaking clearly and confidently? Was your paperwork legible and neat? These are all things to consider when you’re creating a sales presentation. You’ll likely be doing most of this work during the estimate process. If you’re looking to make your business stand out, here are a few ways you can improve your sales presentation. CONTINUE READING

Video: Training For Success

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Greek poet and philosopher Archilochus once said, “We don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training.” While you may not often associate Greek philosophy with your contracting business, this quote provides insight on how you can better succeed.

Take a minute to reflect on the expectations you have for your business. Are you hitting your goals? If not, you may want to consider how you can gain more training. In the video below, Noah explains why this is so important. CONTINUE READING

Window & Door Industry Trends

Whether it’s a new home remodel or a simple update, homeowners will always need windows and doors. This is a good thing for contractors in the industry. But like any trade, the window and door industry can change seasonally and yearly depending on trends.

Innovations in the trade and the current political climate has led to many experts rethinking the way window and door pros work. Nevertheless, the demand is high for your professional work. See current industry trends and how you can better prepare for the future of your window and door business. CONTINUE READING

What Licenses Do Roofing Pros Need In Illinois?

What Licenses Do Roofing Pros Need In Illinois

Unlike some other trades, the roofing industry has specific standards that must be followed to keep contractors and homeowners safe. These can vary state by state making it tough for roofers to navigate what they actually need for their business.

For roofing contractors in Illinois, the answer is straightforward. A roofing license is needed to work in the state. However, getting a license and the right permits for a project can be confusing. Here’s a short guide to help you figure out what licenses Illinois roofing pros need. CONTINUE READING

Aikido Your Business

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Your business is constantly moving and changing. How do you deal with the changes that come your way? Do you push forward and use the momentum for success? Or do you become disorganized and loose focus.

If you’ve ever studied the practice of Aikido, you may notice some similarities with your business. Aikido is a Japanese art of self-defense that uses the opponent’s motions in their technique. One of the goals of Aikido is creating harmony. In the video below, Noah shares how your business and the practice of Aikido are more alike than you think and how you can apply the methodology to be successful. CONTINUE READING

How To Market Your Business On A Budget

How To Market Your Small Business On A Budget

With any small business, marketing is important. However, most business owners choose to invest less in marketing in favor of other areas. While you should always allot a portion of your budget to marketing, there are tactics you can utilize to lower the costs.

Digital marketing is where many small business owners turn when it comes to marketing on a budget. But, there are plenty of other ways you can invest your time and money to help your business grow. See what you can leverage to market your business on a budget. CONTINUE READING