Contractor Spotlight: MCS Painting & Decorating

As a lead generation company, we have a chance to work with both contractors and homeowners. As time has evolved, more and more homeowners are choosing to get more involved with their home remodeling projects. As such, they want to hire a pro that will not only get the job done efficiently, but teach them along the way. CONTINUE READING

Video: Immediately Request Reviews

We are pleased to announce a new feature to the CraftJack Lead Manager where service professionals can immediately request reviews from leads. If the homeowner complies, the review would then be published on your CraftJack and ImproveNet profiles. CONTINUE READING

Industry News: September 2015

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

Video: CraftJack Now Offers Plumbing & Gutter Leads

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

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

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

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

5 Books Every Contractor Should Read

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

Contractor Spotlight: Tanks Roofing & Contracting

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 projects he got from some of our roofing leads. CONTINUE READING

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