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Is CraftJack Right For You?

So maybe you’re new to the idea of lead generation and you happened to find CraftJack through a referral or simply from researching how to find more construction leads. However you got here, you’ve come to the right place!

CraftJack is a unique lead generation service that’s here to help you grow your business. Welcome to a network that’s here for you and wants to see you succeed. There’s a lot to know about lead generation and the resources now at your fingertips. In this new series, we’ll fill you in on all you need to know. CONTINUE READING

What Makes CraftJack’s Remodeling Leads Unique

What Makes CraftJack Remodeling Leads Unique

From a bathroom update to a finished basement, remodeling pros must be versatile and able to adapt to new jobs quickly. The good news is that these jobs keep growing, as more homeowners are looking to remodel their homes.

Finding remodeling jobs in your area doesn’t have to be difficult. At CraftJack, we want to help you find the remodeling jobs you’re looking for so you can grow your business. See what makes CraftJack’s remodeling leads unique.

Are you a remodeling pro looking to win more jobs? Call us at 866-456-6977 to start receiving leads from homeowners in your area.

Remodeling Outlook

Remodeling Outlook

If you have been following remodeling forecasts, you can see that it’s good news for contractors. At the beginning of 2018, it was predicted by the Joint Center For Housing Studies that homeowners will spend $330 Billion on remodeling projects during the year. According to the Residential Remodeling Index, “The second quarter for 2018 was the 25th consecutive quarter of year over year gains since 2011.” This data shows that homeowners are ready to remodel and are looking for pros to help them do so.

CraftJack makes it easy to find real-time remodeling leads in your area, among other benefits like:

  • Choosing Your Remodeling Categories
  • Speed-To-Call Discount
  • Dedicated Account Managers
  • Access To CraftJack Pro App

Choose Your Remodeling Categories

Remodeling is a large category that can have a lot of different specialties. Here at CraftJack, we believe it’s important that our pros receive the leads they want for the jobs they are great at. Here are some of the services you can choose from:

  • Kitchen Remodeling
  • Bathroom Remodeling
  • Basement Remodeling
  • Home Additions
  • Major Home Repairs
  • Cabinets & Countertops
  • Home Appliances

Speed To Call Discount Remodeling

Speed-To-Call Discount

There’s competition to win the job and we understand that. That’s why, with every lead we send, we want to help you win the job by offering our unique Speed-To-Call discount. For remodeling contractors that call their leads within 30 minutes, you’ll get 20% off that lead. It’s that simple. You might be wondering why we offer such an amazing discount. Well, our research shows that homeowners are more likely to choose the first pro to contact them. At CraftJack, we want to do everything we can to help your business be successful, so this incentive not only helps you win the job but it can save you money.

Keep in mind, you may not win the job on the first call. Follow-up calls are important for connecting with the potential customer and increasing your chances of winning the job.

Dedicated Account Managers

If you’re ever in need of assistance with your CraftJack account, rest assured that you’ll reach your dedicated account manager who can help you take care of any and all issues. Our team is here to help you change your budget, add or change services and answer any general questions you might have. Your account manager is here for you when you need him.

CraftJack Pro App Remodeling

CraftJack Pro App

All CraftJack pros have access to Lead Manager, a platform that helps pros organize their leads, manage their accounts, update their portfolio and much more. This is an exclusive feature for contractors that sign up with CraftJack. It’s the easiest way to manage your business.

And now, you have the ability to do so from wherever you are with the CraftJack Pro app. From your iPhone or Android device, you have all the capabilities of Lead Manager right in the palm of your hand. You can easily request reviews from homeowners, add photos of completed work or contact your account manager all through the app.

Request Reviews For Free

Reviews are one of the best ways to spread the word about your business. If you have a happy customer, be sure to ask them to leave a review on your profile to increase your chances of landing the next job. Keep in mind, the best way to do so is by asking the homeowner. To make it easier, we’ve even created a template for you to use in the pro app that you can quickly send to the homeowner once the job is done.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for more leads, then CraftJack can help. Not only do we provide remodeling leads in your area, but unique features like the Speed-To-Call discount and dedicated account managers are what sets us apart.

Give us a call today at 866-456-6977 to start receiving remodeling leads near you.

3 Ways The CraftJack Pro App Helps Your Business

The CraftJack Pro App was built to help you manage jobs, while giving you a tool to easily connect with your jobs on the go. Our pros are busy, but with this app your leads are as near as your pocket. Here are the top tips for using the app.

Don’t have the app yet? It’s free to download when you join CraftJack. Call us at 866-456-6977 to join.

 


1. Sort and Filter Customer Requests

Stay organized with the CraftJack Pro App. Our app will organize all your active customer requests and make it easy to see pending estimates and where follow-ups are needed.

How to do this? To sort your customer requests, open the app and go to the LEADS tab, tap the active filter or Filter button at the top of the screen, and select how you want your leads to appear.

 

2. Secure Your Speed-To-Call Discount

CraftJack Pro makes it easier than ever to get your discount by connecting with leads right away. CraftJack offers a 20% discount on a lead you call within 30 minutes or less, and with our app it’s never been easier to connect with customers.

How to do this? Open the app and on each customer request the app will track the time you have left to call a lead in order to receive your discount. Never miss your discount again.

 


3. Get Directions To Your Next Appointment

Access directions to each customer request instantly using your favorite map apps. With this feature you’ll never need to ask for directions again.

How to do this? Open a customer request and tap on the map directions in the details. The app will automatically prompt you to navigate to that location.

 

Conclusion

We know contractors have busy schedules, and the CraftJack Pro App is just one way we’re trying to make your lives easier. Pros who use the app are able to more easily keep their leads organized, take advantage of the speed-to-call discount and get directions to their next job.

The CraftJack Pro App is available for both iPhone and Android phones.

If you want to receive more homeowner leads, give us a call at 866-456-6977!

Industry News: November 2018

Industry News

After a long, busy year, you might find that things are winding down. It’s the perfect time to refresh yourself on what’s been happening in the industry.

Around this time of year, we start seeing what the predictions are for the new year and what trends will continue. From popular porches to paint colors, here’s the industry news you need to know this November.

Are you looking to win more jobs in your area? Call us at 866-456-6977 to find out how CraftJack can help!

1. Remodeling Spending Increase To Slow

Remodeling spending is expected to reach $337 billion by the end of 2018, which is a 7.7% increase year over year, according to Pro Remodeler.  As we head into the new year, homeowners will continue to spend more on remodeling projects, but experts predict the growth will start to slow due to rising mortgage interest rates and slow home sales.

2. Buyers Looking For Large, Livable Garages

Welcome to the garage of the future. Homeowners are looking for bigger and better when it comes to their garages. No longer are these spaces just for storage, but they are now seen as additional rooms in the home. Garage livability has become a major factor in new home buying. Homeowners are looking for areas where they can work on projects as well as relax in their man cave. Additionally, three car garages are quickly becoming the standard in new home builds, according to Builder Online.

Garage trends are not quick to change, so it’s important for pros who work primarily on them to stay up-to-date with what homeowners want. You may be installing less storage and working on more expansions in the coming months.

3. Paint Color Trends

With the new year quickly approaching, there are new paint trends on the horizon. Homeowners will be keenly aware of these trends, and it’s best for painting pros to be familiar with what colors they’ll be seeing, or even suggest them to potential customers. According to Consumer Reports, cool hues with be hot this year with deep green being PPG’s top color choice for 2019. Deep hues, which were popular in 2018, will also continue to be trendy this year.

Staying aware of color trends is one way you can set yourself apart as a contractor, which can help you win more jobs.

4. Patios A Popular Feature On New Homes

Patio pros are likely keeping busy! In a recent study from the National Association of Home Builders, approximately 58% of new homes now include a patio. This trails just behind porches as a popular outdoor feature with 64% of new homes with an installation. This is the first time since 2007 that patios have reached a peak in popularity.

If you’re a patio contractor, CraftJack can help you find and keep up with business in your area. Call us at 866-456-6977 today!

5. Over Half Of Workers Fatigued

Showing up to work tired? A study by the National Safety Council found that 69% of employees are experiencing fatigue on the job, especially workers in safety-critical positions, like construction. Additionally, the study also found that 100% of construction workers report having at least one risk factor for fatigue.

Don’t just shrug this off. Adequate sleep and rest are important for the safety of yourself and others on the job site. Be sure to take care of yourself by taking breaks when needed, resting after a long day and staying hydrated.

Conclusion

As the year draws to a close, keep an eye on predictions for next year. They can help you to plan ahead and prepare for a new year of business!

Ready to start getting more leads? Give us a call at 866-456-6977 to set up your account today!

Blogging Tips For Contractors

Whether you’ve been considering starting a blog for your website and are unsure about the first steps to take, or you’re a contractor who has been blogging for some time and are looking for more inspiration, you’ve come to the right place. We have a few tips to help make your new or existing blog bring in more customers.

Blogging is one way you can generate more leads for your business, but we can help too. Call us at 866-456-6977 to sign up with CraftJack today and start receiving leads from homeowners in your area.

The Benefits Of Blogging

The internet is full of great content, so when blogging, keep in mind, you want your work to stand out. By using relevant keywords, adding photos and sharing on social media, you’ll be able to see the reward of blogging. It can help attract more customers and long-term customers that value your advice. It’s also one way to help get your name out there as a thought leader in your industry.

1. Create A Schedule

If you haven’t done so yet, create a regular posting schedule for how often you want to share blog posts on your website. This will depend mostly on how much time you have to dedicate to your content marketing efforts. Most small business owners find posting frequency is best every week or every other week. Whatever you choose, make sure you stick to it because consistency is key.

2. Outline Your Work

One of the biggest questions you might have if you’ve hit writer’s block is “what do I say?” By outlining your blog posts in advance, this will be less of a problem. Create topics for each scheduled posting date, working as far out as possible. Here are a few topic ideas:

  • Tips Of The Trade
  • Explaining How A Certain Part Or Tool Or Part Works
  • Teaching Customers More About Yourself Or Your Business
  • Industry Trends & News
  • General Contractor Information

3. Proofread Your Work

Once you’ve finished writing, be sure to edit your work. Presenting a clean and proofed article to your audience will show them that you pay attention to the details. Also, glaring errors will call attention away from your lead generation goals. Read it over at least once and if possible, have someone else read it over for you as well.

4. Use Keywords When Possible

To make the most out of your blog, you must incorporate SEO practices to be successful. This means utilizing popular keywords in your blog posts. An important thing to remember when finding and incorporating keywords is to make sure you’re using them naturally and not just stuffing the page with words without context.

5. Add Photos

Quality photos are extremely important when it comes to blogging. In fact, 71% of marketers who are using visual content are seeing that it’s more engaging overall, according to Social Media Examiner. It’s a great way to showcase your work and highlight different aspects of your blog. At the bare minimum, include one quality photo as the header image. This will draw attention to your blog and be more visually appealing for your reader.

6. Share Your Blog

A great part about creating your own content through blogs is that you can share it easily, in multiple ways. When the post is live, start out by sharing on social media, so your followers can see that you have something new and click through to your website. If you’re using email marketing, include the article in your next newsletter. Additionally, you can tell customers about your blog in person and share a few things you’ve been writing about recently.

7. Get Others Involved

If you’ve been blogging but still can’t seem to decide what to write about, consider having people guest write for you. It’s a great way to deepen relationships with customers and network with other small business owners. Having a guest blogger not only benefits you, but it will help them out too by getting more exposure on your website. They’ll also likely share on their own social media accounts, getting your website in front of more people.

Conclusion

Having a blog can be a great tool for any service professional who’s looking to grow their business. But it does take time to keep up with and craft well-written content. Be sure to plan ahead and follow the tips outlined above to set your blog up for the best chance of success.

If you’re interested in receiving more leads, give us a call at 866-456-6977 to set up your account today!

What Makes CraftJack’s Painting Leads Unique

Are you a painting pro looking for more leads in your area? You’ve come to the right place. CraftJack is here to help your painting business grow. While you may already use other tactics like referrals, a lead generation service is always a great way to connect with homeowners who are in need of your services.

However, not all lead generation services are the same. Here are five ways that CraftJack’s painting leads stand apart from the rest.

Are you ready to start winning more painting jobs? Call us at 866-456-6977 to sign up with CraftJack today and get the quality painting leads you deserve.

Unique Painting Leads

Lead generation services are not created equal. At CraftJack, we believe that quality, local leads will help you succeed in your business. Not only that; we’re here to support you. From our dedicated account managers to our weekly blog posts, we’re providing the helpful resources you need to help your business grow. We want to see your painting business thrive. Here’s what make CraftJack’s painting leads unique:

  1. Speed-To-Call Discount
  2. Free Reviews
  3. Painting & Staining Lead Categories
  4. Access To Lead Manager
  5. CraftJack Pro App

1. Speed-To-Call Discount

At CraftJack, we strive to provide you with the best real-time painting leads. We also know that calling quickly will help you win the job. That’s why we provide a 20% discount to pros who call their lead within 30 minutes of receiving it. People who are looking for painting services are likely in need of them sooner rather than later. By calling quickly, you can increase your chances of winning the job. This is a benefit only for CraftJack pros, so call us at 866-456-6977 to take advantage of it today.

2. Free Reviews

Did you know that CraftJack allows pros to request and receive reviews for free? According to a Brightlocal survey, 84% of people trust online reviews as much as a personal recommendation. Often times, all a pro has to do is ask for one. CraftJack makes it easy to ask for reviews through our mobile app or from your computer to help spread the word about your business.

Not only are receiving reviews important, but also responding back to reviews, regardless of how positive and negative they are, is a must. Whether it’s on CraftJack or any other platform, always be courteous.

3. Painting & Staining Lead Categories

Having a wide range of painting and staining leads makes CraftJack’s painting leads unique. Often, many pros have an expertise or jobs they prefer over others. We want the leads sent to be valuable and the jobs that are a great fit for you. Here are the painting and staining leads we offer our pros:

  • Interior Painting
  • Interior Staining
  • Exterior Painting
  • Exterior Staining
  • Paint Removal
  • Paint Cleaning
  • Special Finishes
  • Pressure Washing
  • Sandblasting
  • Paint Metal Roofing

4. Access To Lead Manager

If you’re looking for a way to better manage your business and customers, we have the solution for you. All CraftJack pros get exclusive access to Lead Manager. This helps you easily determine the service categories you want, ask customers for reviews, manage your budget and more. You can easily manage all of your CraftJack business through Lead Manager.

5. CraftJack Pro App

If you want to access to all of the CraftJack benefits from the palm of your hand, you can now download the mobile app on your Android or Apple phone. This is a great way to access Lead Manager on the go and contact your painting leads to get the Speed-To-Call discount.

CraftJack painting pros can easily update profiles with photos of your work for customers to see. You can also use the app to ask customers for reviews. We even included an email template to help you get started, so you can grow the reviews for your business faster than ever.

Conclusion

As you can see, there are many qualities that make CraftJack’s painting leads unique. But it doesn’t stop there. We’re constantly improving and innovating to help your business succeed. If you ever have a question or are interested in learning more, don’t hesitate. Give us a call at 866-456-6977 to get as many panting leads as you can handle.

Planning For The Offseason

It’s best to plan for the offseason before it actually begins, to set yourself up for success. For many contractors, things start to slow down when the weather gets colder. While business changes in the winter, that doesn’t mean work ever stops.

As such, now is the time to start planning what you’ll do in the offseason. It can set you up for success in the year ahead. Here are a few tips to help.

Help your business grow by winning more jobs in your area this season. Give us a call at 866-456-6977 and start receiving valuable referrals today.

1. Evaluate Where Your Business Is

One of the best ways you can plan for your offseason is to determine how your business is currently doing. After a busy summer, it’s important to take a step back and do a check-up on your finances, marketing and organization. It’s time to look at the goals you set the beginning of the year. Have you hit them yet? If so, what can you do in the remainder of the year to stretch yourself and boost your business?

Write down your findings so you can organize your thoughts and any action steps you’d like to take in the next few months.

2. Determine If You Can Expand Services

With colder months coming, it’s time to ger creative with your business. For landscapers, it’s an easy transition to also offer snow removal services. However, other trades might have to get a little more creative at offering winter-appropriate services. Consider home energy audits or home wellness checkups for homeowners during the winter. You may also consider small projects such as hanging and taking down holiday lights as a new service to offer customers.

3. Offer A New Incentive

If you don’t see an avenue to offer new services, consider building on what you already offer. Now is the time to remind your customers that you’re around and ready to help with their next home improvement project. For window and door contractors, consider a buy one get one on installations. These incentives will help to remind your customers that you’re available and ready to take on their next project.

4. Improve Your Marketing Plan

While you’re thinking of new incentives for the winter, consider reviewing your marketing plan for the new year. Marketing is a field that changes incredibly fast. Take some time to revamp your social media strategy to reach more potential customers. Look at your budget; where you’re currently seeing the best ROI? Is there something you can test to improve your marketing? Now is the time to plan for it.

5. Look Into Lead Generation Services

If you haven’t already, plan to research lead generation services that can help you easily find more leads, meaning more potential jobs won. CraftJack can help you easily find more leads in your area, year-round. We also offer many incentives that only our pros have access to. For example, the Speed-To-Call discount not only incentivizes you to call quickly with a discount, but it can also help you win the job. That’s right. Customers are more likely to hire a contractor who calls them promptly, while their project is top of mind. At CraftJack, we’re here to help you.

If you’ve been hesitant to try a lead generation service, now is the time to research what will be the best fit for your company. It’s an investment you can make in the new year that can have a great return for your business.

6. Further Your Education

A slower winter season means you might have more time on your hands. Now is when you should be continuing your education to improve in your field. For pros who are currently in a trade organization, see what resources are available for you to use. Maybe there’s a new certification that will look good on your portfolio. All will help prepare you to make your business stronger.

If you’re not in a trade organization, see what the latest headlines are in your industry and what you can do to expand your knowledge during the offseason. Make a plan for what you would like to learn by the time business picks up again.

Conclusion

The offseason can be discouraging for some, but with proper planning, you can actually turn it into a successful time for your business. Try a few or all of these options and see what will work for you. They will help you to form habits to make for an even better winter season.

Money-Saving Methods For All Contractors

The economy isn’t always on our side and that makes it tough to function and prosper as an individual remodeling contractor or small business owner. Some pros are feeling the pinch from homeowners who are hesitant to spend money fixing up their homes or experiencing the beginning of the slow season.

With winter coming up, it literally pays to have some cost saving options. See practical money-saving methods for all contractors below. Then, when you’re ready to get more homeowner leads, give us a call at 866-456-6977.

Shop Smart

Purchasing items like cabinets, windows, doors and flooring at wholesale puts you in the proverbial driver’s seat in terms of earning a profit. This will save you money in the long run compared to buying materials per job. You’ll receive your products at a great discounted rate, with the ability for you to charge full market value, plus the price of installation, with your clients.

Many suppliers offer a builder’s discount, but you need to ask for it. When you begin shopping, ask the lumberyard, the electrical supply store or the plumbing supply house if they offer this particular discount. Another important cost-saving option you should confirm with your supplier is if they offer free shipping. Establish their shipping policy up front, and if it’s not free, confirm the exact charges ahead of time. The timing of your delivery is also important to your wallet because if materials are delivered too early, they’re subject to theft and if delivered too late, the project will be delayed.

Use Social Media For Networking, Promotion & Customer Service

Social media is a free tool small businesses should take advantage of to promote their business, network and answer customer questions. Sure, you always have the option of paid advertising, but why not participate in this free option too?

Doing business online is a smart move because it’s efficient and convenient. It’s a great way to connect with consumers and get your name out there. If your marketing budget is tight or non-existent, definitely start building out your business pages on platforms like Facebook and LinkedIn. If you can get customer questions or issues resolved before they escalate, this will also save you money over time.

Buy Used & Refurbish

There’s nothing wrong with a used or revamped tool, as long as it still gets the job done. It may take you a little more time finding exactly what you need, but the cost savings will be worth it. Be honest with yourself about what items you need new and what you can buy reused or refurbish.

You should be concerned and aware of what tools are going in and out of your building, as well as on the job site. Put identifying marks on major tools and keep accurate records. Other money-saving ideas include, centralizing tool storage, installing a check-out system and cutting the number of tools owned by the company.

Go Green To Save Green

As a contractor, I’m sure you look for ways to help your customers save money and implement green construction solutions when possible. You should do the same with your business. Are you paying a lot in rent for a large building that accumulates expensive energy bills? Consider moving to a smaller space or doing an energy audit on your office building and fixing any water leaks.

Instead of purchasing new equipment, overhaul what already exists. Switch to energy-efficient lighting, plug electronics into power strips, use paperless billing and invoicing and carpool to job sites. Rent, borrow and reuse too. Reusing items helps us make the best use of resources to create those products, whether it’s energy, wood, metals or other raw materials. These are all great ways to go green and save green.

Actively Manage Your Finances

No matter how small, review all of your expenses thoroughly and regularly. See the many benefits of hiring an accountant and why working with one has the potential to save you a lot of money, including on your taxes. As far as insurance goes, get quotes with comparable specifications and review your policies annually. It’s also good practice to check for areas in which you are over-insured, because it does happen. Instead of waiting for bills to come to you, become an active player in the review process, analyze where you can cut costs and implement saving strategies.

Conclusion

At the end of the day it’s up to you to how you want to run your business, but I think we all agree that saving money is a top priority for most businesses. Hopefully, this article at least motivated you to start thinking about your own business plan and policies and identify areas where you can improve. These money-saving methods for all contractors have the potential to not only keep you in business longer, but to stabilize and grow your business for the future too!

Contractors Need Internet Leads

Homeowners are looking for contractors online. It’s no longer opinion; it’s fact. According to a recent marketing survey, 97% of consumers use the Internet when researching local services, such as contractors. As such, if you’re not online and using lead generation services, you’re missing out on potential business.

Continue reading to see why you must be using Internet leads to stay ahead of the competition. Then, give us a call at 866-456-6977 to start receiving more qualified homeowner leads today.

Referrals Only Go So Far

We know that referrals are more than likely your bread and butter when it comes to winning new jobs. After all, if you did good work for one client, you can certainly do it again, right?

But what happens when you hit a dry spell? Do you call past customers and ask them if they have any family or friends who need work? Probably not.

This is where Internet leads come into play. As you saw above, more homeowners are using the Internet to connect with local contractors. Furthermore, homeowners find contractors online and if they like them, refer those pros to their friends. Thus, the whole circle is started with a quick online search for local businesses. If you’re not there, you won’t have a chance at new business.

Homeowners Trust Online Reviews

Before hiring any contractor, potential homeowners look up your reviews, online! In fact, according to the same marketing survey, 88% of consumers trust online reviews as much as they trust personal recommendations (AKA word of mouth referrals). Therefore, you need a website or lead generation profile to host your terrific reviews and stand out from the crowd. Luckily, with CraftJack, all reviews are free. When you mark a project as “job won” via the CraftJack Lead Manager, we automatically send a review request to that homeowner.

No other lead generation service makes it as easy to request reviews and build out your online profile. In fact, you don’t have to invest in a website (even though we recommend that you do). You can use our custom CraftJack profiles as your online profile to send to prospective clients.

Almost Everyone Uses Google & Facebook

Google and Facebook are two of the biggest players in the online world. Don’t believe me? Over 5.5 Billion Google searches are made every day. Facebook accounts for one in every six minutes spent online. By investing in lead generation, CraftJack profiles, website and social media, you’re helping your chances of showing up on Google and Facebook when prospective clients are searching for local contractors.

Beyond CraftJack, create a Facebook page for your business. Create a simple website where users can see your work, reviews and most importantly, how to contact you. All this will greatly help users find your company online.

Conclusion

Homeowners are using the Internet to find contractors like you. If you’re not online or using a lead generation service, you’re surely missing out on potential business. Don’t let your competitors take away those valuable jobs.

Call us today at 866-456-6977 and start taking advantage of those profitable Internet leads.

Trade Organizations Window & Door Pros Need To Know

In the competitive landscape of the window and door industry, it’s more important than ever to make the right connections to grow your network. Connecting with trade organizations is a good way to find other pros and educate yourself further in your trade.

When searching for organizations and associations, it may seem overwhelming if you don’t know where to look. We’ve put together this helpful list of trade organizations to help you decide how you can take the next step in growing your business.

Are you a window and door pro who’s ready to start winning more jobs? Give us a call at 866-456-6977 and start receiving leads in your area.

Going Above & Beyond

You may be wondering why it’s important to connect with a trade organization or what value it provides. In any career, education is important. By joining an organization, you have access to new tactics and standards to windows and doors and ensure best practices are being met. Many times, they provide the opportunity to network with others in the industry as well, so you can meet others who may face similar challenges.

Outside of what an organization can do for you, it also provides value to your customers. When they see that you’ve taken the next step in your career to become a member, it provides them with further assurance that you do good work.

Window & Doors Manufacturers Association

As an industry leader, the Window & Door Manufacturers Association is one to pay attention to. They often release some of the top research and data, such as the Annual Report on U.S. Residential Windows and Doors, and frequent industry headlines. For members, this is free. In addition, membership includes networking and educational opportunities, as well as the ability for potential customers to find your name on the WDMA website. Membership requires an application and annual fee that can be found online.

American Architectural Manufacturers Association – InstallationMasters Certification

Continuing education is a critical part of furthering your career as a pro and truly going the extra mile for your customers. The American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s mission is to be the leading trade association for framing materials in product quality and industry standards. It provides certification for window and door pros to get certified in their best practices so customers know that the work will be top notch.

To achieve the InstallationMasters certification, you must complete training and pass a written exam. If certification is achieved, you’re also listed on the InstallationMaster’s website, as another resource for leads.

National Sunroom Association

If there’s one room in the home that calls for plenty of windows and doors, it’s the sunroom. The National Sunroom Association is dedicated to advancing the sunroom industry by bringing together pros of all types, from design to installation. By joining this organization, you are connected to a wide range of pros who can be resources when it comes to finding new jobs. In addition to the network they provide, they also educate their affiliate members and keep them up-to-date on industry news.

To join, fill out the application and pay the fee based on the membership level you fulfill. Applications can be downloaded online at the NSA website.

National Glass Association

While this organization may not fit for all, if you find yourself working with glass products fairly often, you’ll want to check out the National Glass Association. Their mission is to provide education, best practices and industry awareness to its members. By becoming a member, you gain access to training events, conferences and support from other pros. If you sell glass products, you’re invited to become a member. While this may not apply to all door and window pros, it’s a great organization to get involved with to stay on top of industry trends.

Efficient Windows Collaborative

As more homeowners see the value in green homebuilding and remodeling, the more education you may need on what best practices and options are available. The Efficient Windows Collaborative aims to educate and promote awareness on sustainable window practices. They provide plenty of free education on their website. However, they do provide the opportunity for pros to take a step further and become a member.

EWC members are advocates for energy-efficient products in their community. Benefits for members include increase visibility to potential customers and resources to inform others on the benefits of sustainable window choices. To learn more about the EWC, visit their website.

Contractor Talk Forum

After reading this list, maybe you’ve decided that it’s not the right time for you to join an organization, but you’d still like to connect with others in the field. If you’re simply looking to connect with other pros, online forums are a free and easy way to talk with other door and window pros to get new insight or ask questions about projects. Contractor Talk has a forum that stays up to date with frequent visitors. Create an account and start chatting with other contractors from all over.

Conclusion

As you can see, there are many benefits to joining a trade organization. They provide opportunities you may not otherwise have on your own. Research the options to determine what might be the best fit for you and your company.

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