Lead Generation Dos & Don’ts

When it comes to lead generation, it’s likely you have a few strategies already in place that work well. But it’s important to also be aware of the few tactics that you should stay away from. Not only will these end up wasting your time, but they could also hurt your business.

Lead generation is something you’ll always need for your contractor business, so take the time to educate yourself on what you should try to help your business grow as well as what won’t work. Here’s a few contractor dos and don’ts.

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Contractor Job Site Checklist

When you’re a contractor on the job, you have to manage many tasks. Your responsibility goes beyond the project you’re doing— you also have to focus on the employees who are assisting and your company’s wellbeing. This can be a lot to keep track of in the middle of a job.

But taking the right steps every step of the way will help ensure a successful final product and a happy customer. To keep track of everything, it helps to have a list of what you’ll need to remember on the job. By building a workflow, you create consistency across all of your jobs, ensuring you deliver the best final product each and every time. In this article, we’ll go over a few of the essentials that should be on your contractor job site checklist.
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What Licenses Do Plumbing Pros Need In Illinois?

While every trade is different, some have different rules and regulations. More often than not, this on a state by state basis. For plumbers across the country, they should do their best to understand their local laws when it comes to licensing.

For plumbing pros in Illinois, you must have a license to do business. Here’s what you need to know about an Illinois plumbing business license. CONTINUE READING

The CraftJack Way: Pro App

Our phones are always on us, day and night. Mobile device usage continues to grow as new innovations are made. As of 2015, 68% of adults have smartphones and 45% own a tablet, according to Pew Research Center. These mobile devices make it easier to connect with each other online and get the information we need.

This is what CraftJack had in mind when developing the app for our pros. Getting the information needed to get the job done, fast. If you haven’t tried it yet, here’s a little bit about our Pro App, exclusively for CraftJack contractors. CONTINUE READING

Roofing Industry Trends

As a roofing contractor, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on trends in your industry. While business may remain steady, every year there are new changes in the industry that can impact your work.

Staying on top of what’s happening in your industry can help you prepare for customer demands. Current roofing trends can also reveal new, safe, and economic ways to get the job done. Here are a few of the top roofing industry trends you should know.

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2018 Email Marketing Trends For Contractors

Email is a great marketing tool to keep in touch with both current and prospective customers. It provides an opportunity for your business to stay top-of-mind when a homeowner needs a pro. Email can even help to provide promotions and deals easily to your list.

Like any digital marketing tool, trends change quickly. Even as a contractor, it’s a good idea to stay up-to-date on the latest marketing trends. Here’s what you need to know about email marketing to make 2018 your best year yet. CONTINUE READING

What To Do When You Don’t Win The Job

We talk a lot about tips to help you win the job and hopefully, you find them useful. But the fact is, you may not win every lead you receive. Of course, you should always approach a lead with your best foot forward, but ultimately, it’s the customer’s decision of who to hire.

This can, of course, be upsetting for anyone. But instead of getting mad, use the situation to learn and grow your business. It can help you to gain even more jobs in the future! Here are a few tips you can use when you don’t win the job. CONTINUE READING

7 Apps You Should Be Using For Your Business

Let’s be honest, our smartphones are always with us. They’ve been integrated into many areas of our life, changing the way we communicate and socialize. But did you know that it can also be one of the best tools in your toolbox when it comes to your contracting business? If you haven’t already, it’s time to start using your phone to help your business grow.

It’s likely you have some apps on your phone already that make your life easier. From weather forecasts to connecting on social media, there is truly an app for everything, including different aspects of your business. See what apps are important for your business and what can make your life easier as a contractor.

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Photography Tips To Improve Your Portfolio

If you’re looking for new ways to win more jobs, consider brushing up on your photography skills. This may seem like a daunting task for some, but quality photos can really help increase your chance of getting more business.

You don’t need high-priced specialty equipment to get the perfect shot. If you have an up-to-date smartphone, you can easily get a few accessories and make a few changes to get beautiful images to use on your website or CraftJack portfolio. If you’re ready to get the most out of your job site pictures, here are a few photography tips to improve your portfolio. CONTINUE READING

What To Include In Your Electrical Estimate

Electrical is a highly-specialized trade that homeowners call on often. If you’re an electrical pro, you’ve been trained in your work and understand the importance of doing the job right. Part of the work is providing customers with a great estimate that can help you win the job.

When customers are looking to hire an electrical pro, the estimate you provide can make a difference in winning the job or not. A well-written estimate can set you apart. If you’re wondering how you can improve, here are a few tips on what to include in your electrical estimate. CONTINUE READING