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

How To Read Blueprints

As a contractor, you’ll likely come across blueprints regularly, regardless if you specialize in new construction or remodeling. For some types of contractors, they are an integral part of the job. For others, such as painting contractors, blueprints are useful tools that can help you estimate projects. Though it is a skill that is much too complex to be fully covered in one article, we’re here to walk you through the basics of how to read blueprints.
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A Paint Contractor’s Guide to Hiring, Firing & Training

There are several things to consider when you think about what type of work you want to do. Generally speaking, it’s better to do a few things well rather than trying to do it all. Consider what types of work are available in your area, what you are best equipped to do and what it is that you do well. This will help you to determine what niche you want to aim for and, in turn, the makeup of the crew you will need. CONTINUE READING

Successful Sales Tips for Small Business Owners

When you’re a one-man shop, it’s hard to make time for everything, especially when you’re busy out on jobs. Sales should be your number one priority because without it, you don’t have a business to run. Customers are very in tune with what they do and don’t want when spending their hard earned money. Take some time to brush up on your sales skills and become the person they do want to hire! CONTINUE READING