5 Books Every Contractor Should Read

Books

Winning new business, customer retention and staying ahead of the competition are important benchmarks for any business. It’s not magic. Reaching these goals takes dedication, hard work and a deep understanding of current business and industry trends.

Information is power and becoming an expert in your trade will increase your credibility and help you gain more referrals. As such, below are five books we think every contractor should read. CONTINUE READING

Video: Open Communication Is Key

Video Tip - Open Communication

It’s always the smallest things that make the biggest difference and perhaps the smallest, yet most vital aspect of any home improvement project is open communication between you and the homeowner.

Having an open dialogue before, during and after the project is key in receiving high-quality reviews. Staying on the same page will ensure clear expectations, better understanding and ultimately, a happy customer.
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Contractor Spotlight: Tanks Roofing & Contracting

Tanks Roofing Spotlight

Unlike many of us, Danny Harding pretty much knew what he was going to be when he grew up at the age of 13. He started working on roofs and other home improvement jobs in Philadelphia with his father as a teenager and has stuck with it ever since.

Thanks to years of experience, Danny took the big step and started his own business, Tanks Roofing & Contracting, back in 2012. I recently chatted with Danny to hear how he got started, what he thinks of CraftJack and some of his most memorable roofing projects. CONTINUE READING

Video: Protect Your Work

Video Tip - Protect Your Work

Your images and past work are your ticket to future projects and as such, it’s important back up your work. Many of you rush to your computer and back it up on our hard drives, but as you will soon hear in Noah’s video below, it’s important to back up your computer online as well. CONTINUE READING

New Products: July 2015

New Products

There is no longer a one-stop shop for home improvement tools. Fortunately, for our pros, that means only the best products are making it to market, in stores, across the country.

See below as we explore four new products that recently came to market or will soon be available for purchase. If you would like a recap of other new tools released this year, please see New Products: May 2015. CONTINUE READING

The Bidding Process

The Bidding Process

The bidding process is one many of us go through each and every day. While many jobs are similar, each lead or job we receive deserves it own unique bidding process. I am going to break down the bidding process one should go through each time you present a bid. CONTINUE READING

Digital Marketing Trends For 2015

Digital Marketing

Digital marketing is here to stay and, in fact, it’s gaining momentum. The majority of people are using the Internet and their smartphones to share, retrieve and exchange information. This means businesses need to get on-board. Your audience is using digital to read reviews, search for products and services and share what they like with their friends. See what digital marketing trends are going to be big in 2015 so you can plan accordingly. CONTINUE READING

Safety Training Tips To Reduce Job Site Injuries

Safety Training Tips To Reduce Worksite Injuries

Workplace safety should be your number one priority to ensure your job site is safe at all times. Because 60% of construction workplace injuries occur within an employee’s first year of employment (Bureau of Labor Statistics), it’s essential that you enforce proper safety training to all employees. Sometimes workers forget the basics of safety after years on the job, so this post serves as a friendly reminder to reduce worksite injuries.
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Industry News: July 2015

Industry News

As the year moves on, we get a clearer picture of the home remodeling landscape for 2015. Early on, signs were positive. Then, certain numbers began to decrease. Fortunately, more experts are starting to agree that 2015 is shaping out to be a very good year for contracting services. CONTINUE READING

Video: How Make A Video With Your iPhone

Video Tip - iPhone Video

Recently, we showed you how to create high-quality videos using smart lighting, a microphone and a computer, but unfortunately, many of you wont have access to such equipment out in the field. That is why Noah is back showing you how to create, edit and upload an excellent video with just your iPhone. CONTINUE READING