Author Archives: Jaclyn Crawford

How To Reduce Theft On A Job Site

At the end of a long day on the job, you put your tools away and head home. Maybe you don’t give it a second thought, but what if the tools you need were not there when you arrived in the morning? You invest a lot of money in your equipment and tools and it’s important to keep them safe. For the independent contractor, a stolen tool is an expensive problem to have.

According to the National Equipment Register, tool theft on the job site costs the construction industry up to $1 Billion every year. Contractors rely on their tools and equipment as their key to success, so having anything stolen can potentially hurt your progress. Though tool theft can’t always be stopped, it can be prevented. With a few precautions, you can protect your items and reduce theft on the job site.

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A Guide To Insurance For Contractors

The unexpected will happen. As a contractor, you know this. Pipes leak, nails go where they shouldn’t and accidents happen. However, when the unexpected happens to you, it’s best to be prepared. That’s where contractor’s insurance comes in.

By finding the right plan for you and your business, you can prepare for all the situations that can’t be anticipated. With so many choices available, navigating the world of insurance for your business can be a tricky one. We’re here to help. Here are a few tips on what to look for when seeking an insurance plan for your contractor business.

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Industry News: June 2016

As we enter into a busy season, it’s more important than ever to stay up-to-date on industry news and trends. To make things easier, we’re bringing you the top headlines you should know.

Earlier in the year, we reported on the construction forecast for 2016, where experts predicted continued growth in the industry. As we reach the middle of year, we can begin to see new trends in construction starts and job growth, as well as some new safety regulations to incorporate into your daily routine. Here are a few of the top headlines you should know.

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Trade Organizations Painters Need To Know About

As a local pro, you don’t have to go at the job alone, even if it sometimes feels like it. Organizations and associations exist to assist you in business and professional growth. Through joining an organization, you gain a collective voice in your field and educate yourself on the needs of your industry. You can work together with other pros, even if you’re not working on the same job.

For painting pros, there are a few organizations and associations you can look into if you want to make the investment to become an active member of the local professional community. Here are the trade organizations all painters should know about:

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Video: 3 Things Your Website Needs

What do you think customers are looking for when they come to your website? Reviews, contact information and previous work might come to mind. All are correct, but most importantly, they are looking for reasons to be confident that you’re the best pro for the job.

Noah explains in the video below the top three things a customer looks for on your website and how they work together to provide that confidence for potential customers.

Looking for more insight on what your customer is thinking? Read What Customers Are Looking For On Your Website to optimize your page for more business.

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How To Handle Injuries On The Job Site

On the job, you and your workers’ safety should be the number one priority. Pros come in contact with dangerous tools and situations with your work. Many of us know common safety precautions, but accidents can happen and you should be prepared if they do. Here is what you need to know to best handle injuries on the job site.

Falls

According to OSHA, falls are the most common cause of work-related injuries and deaths on the job. This can be from simple ladders to scaffolding and roofing. A fall can result in serious and permanent injuries; so proper attention should be given.

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How Cleaning Up Your Job Site Can Help Your Business

After a long day on the job, you stand back and look at the work accomplished. But, it’s not time to leave quite yet. Part of ending the day’s work should always be cleaning up the job site. Of course, this is the last thing any of us want to do, but it’s essential to your business.

Here are three reasons why keeping the job site clean can improve your business and a few tips to help.

1. A Productive & Safe Work Environment

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Video: CraftJack Launches Electrical Category

CraftJack is excited to announce a new home improvement service: electrical. This includes ceiling fan installation, thermostat installation, electrical wiring, panel upgrade and more. See all the categories in this new trade here.

Watch below as Noah explains more about this new trade and how you can start receiving leads in real time by signing up with CraftJack today.

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What Customers Are Looking For On Your Website

With technology at our fingertips, it’s more important than ever to have a functioning website for your business. We know how important this is for contractors. Having a website can help generate leads and awareness of your services. But how do you know your website is functioning how your customer needs it to? By knowing what customers are looking for, you can better assist them to the information they need and get leads faster.

Contractor Wants vs. Customer Needs

In a recent study released by The Farnsworth Group, 20% of homeowners said they used a pro’s website to both find and contact them. Three out of 10 pros said they get 11% to 25% of their leads from their website or app-generated lead.

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5 Sales Tips That Will Help Win The Job

Your sales strategy is just as important as the actual hands-on work you do. Why? Because the way you communicate what you can do for the customer is the way you’ll land the job. Sales are incredibly important for any business owner. Knowing your best approach will help you win new jobs and gain referrals.

However, not everyone is great at selling. But, with a few easy tips and techniques, you can gain new business in no time at all.

1. Take the Time to Listen

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