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

Safety Training Tips To Reduce Job Site 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

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

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