Communication Tips For Modern Day Business

Communication is a key factor to the success of any business or relationship. Without it, your employees and customers are often times left confused, frustrated and misinformed.

Technology has changed the way we communicate with each other and at our jobs. See tips for communicating effectively, so you convey the right message to your customers and keep them coming back for more. CONTINUE READING

Announcing CraftJack Lead Manager Updates: Now Offering Gutter Services

CraftJack is pleased to announce the addition of another new service to the CraftJack Lead Manager. As of today, contractors can sign up for a wide array of gutter services.

The added services include:

    • Install or Repair Copper Gutters
    • Install or Repair Galvanized Gutters
    • Install or Repair PVC Gutters
    • Install or Repair Seamless Metal Gutters
    • Install or Repair Wood Gutters
    • Install or Replace Gutter Covers & Accessories
    • Clean Gutters and Downspouts


    Announcing CraftJack Lead Manager Updates: Now Offering Plumbing Services

    CraftJack is pleased to announce the addition of another new service to the CraftJack Lead Manager. As of today, contractors can sign up for a wide array of plumbing services.

    The added services include: CONTINUE READING

    Optimize Your Mobile Phone For Business

    Mobile phones have transformed the way we connect, interact and do business. If you’re like most people, your phone probably comes with you wherever you go. My guess is there are things you like and don’t like about always being attached to your smartphone.

    But when you’re running a business, it’s not always about what you like. It’s about finding out what your customers like, how they’re using technology and the methodology behind their purchasing decisions. See how to optimize your mobile phone for business so you can close more deals. 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.

    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

    Video: Open Communication Is Key

    It’s always the smallest things that make the biggest difference and perhaps the smallest, yet most vital aspect of any home improvement project is open communication between you and the homeowner.

    Having an open dialogue before, during and after the project is key in receiving high-quality reviews. Staying on the same page will ensure clear expectations, better understanding and ultimately, a happy customer.

    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