I have been a fan of Base CRM ever since they came out with their first iPhone app, 6 or 7 years ago. I became an early adapter of Base CRM and focused on using it for my own business. They have done one of the best jobs since day one making their mobile apps act similar to their desktop version. This makes it much easier for the techie and non-techie to learn and use. Read More
I wrote about CompanyCam in more detail in the post: Is CompanyCam Good For Painters a few months back. In short, CompanyCam is a simple app used to take photos of projects, collaborate about the photos and have one place where all your photos can be stored and organized by job name. It is very easy to use. One of the key features of CompanyCam is how it helps to geo-target the location of the project. You can read more about that in my product review. Read More
Today’s post is more of a journal entry about my visit to Basecamp:
My customers know how big of a fan I am of the popular project management software, Basecamp. They know I use it and push them to use it all the time. It is simply an excellent tool for contractors to use to communicate with each other and for management and staff to check in on their teams. Read More
Facebook has been a game changer in many ways on how individuals and businesses connect with others. People all over the world can stay in touch so much more easily because of Facebook’s free social media network. Facebook introduced paid advertising a number of years ago which made total sense. They had to make money somehow, right? Those ads you, normally as the second post when you are scrolling through your feed, pays Facebook the big bucks. Read More
Tablets have come a long way since Apple introduced the iPad in 2010. Before then, estimators in the field all had to use a hybrid tablet which were basically a full computer that allowed you to write on the screen with a tablet pen. (example: Motion Computing or Toshibas).
When the iPad and Android tablets hit the market, it forced users to get used to built-in apps only. This was a real challenge if you were trying to communicate with your MS office servers or cloud programs like Google Apps, or even to save files to cloud services like Dropbox. Read More
As you know, getting photos of your work is crucial. If the marketing budget allows for it, you can always hire a photographer to go around to job sites to get some nice action and finish shots. Yet it can get pretty expensive to have a photographer available on a regular basis. Read More
I have been working with a painting contractor on the west coast for a couple of years now whose main source of leads came from door hangers, customers and referrals when I started. I was a little surprised that he was receiving leads from door hangers. I had mix results from other painters passing out door hangers. Read More
Wouldn’t it be nice if you had an app that managed all of your photos of your jobs in one place?
It has been a real challenge for painting companies to take pictures of projects, organize them, share them with other members of the team, collaborate and store them. In this post, I want to share a little bit about the features and benefits of a cloud program called CompanyCam and see how this could be a good solution for painting contractors.
Let’s be honest. You typically hire painters when you’re swamped. Right? You filled up your pipeline and have 8 weeks worth of work on the board. You put your hand on your head and say to your team, “We need to hire some painters! Let’s get to it!”
Most painters are very busy when the economy is strong. Right now, this is definitely the case; especially since we’re entering into the late spring months. Is it easier or more difficult to find painters when they’re all busy? It’s much more difficult. All the good painters are working right now — or at least should be working. Read More