Using Mobile Business Tools As A Contractor

If you are used to working on the road as a contractor and have ported most of your communication tools to your smartphone or tablet, this is a very good time for you because there are new options that will meet your needs in almost every area of your business.

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Suppliers take note of mobile access

Although you could always use major retailers’ and wholesalers’ websites to pull the product information and details that you needed, recently, many of the companies that you purchase from have either created their own applications for Android or they have made their websites accessible from mobile devices to ensure that you are able to access them when you are looking for parts while you are on site. While both options make it easier for you, most tests show that if an application is available, it will prove to be faster to use and offer you more in the way of occasional discounts.

Payment made easy

Another hassle for contractor that allow customers to pay on terms is that it used to mean that you had to go back to your office and create an invoice so that they could have a record and start the clock on payment. No more. Companies like have created software for smartphones and tablets that allows you to invoice your customers instantly while you are on site. Even better, if the customer is residential and pays right away using cash or a check like they normally do, you will be able to provide them with an invoice bill or receipt that creates a way for them to see exactly what work was performed and why they are paying what they are paying.

Designers R U

Finally, if you work on exteriors and interiors and the client is not using an interior decorator, you are probably often asked to create color combinations or at least provide options for the customer. Chances are that because their own tastes will decide most of the final details, they would like some way to validate what it is that you will do for them before you get started. Fortunately, many of the paint companies have created emulators that allow you to take a picture of a wall and add their product to it so that you can see what the wall will look like in advance of you actually making changes to it.

Kitchen cabinet companies have also created similar software, making it simple for you to help your clients design what they are looking for in the comfort of their own home.

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Boost Your Business with These 3 Must-Have Tools

No matter what type of business you have, there are 3 tools that you must have in place in order to boost your business. These tools are important in making sure that all aspects of your business are running smoothly. They help you keep an eye on the various areas of your business so that you can maximize your resources to enhance your effectiveness and increase your productivity. Aside from this, these tools will also alert you about potential problems so that you can plug the holes right away before they cause any serious damage. These tools can be programmed specifically for you. But, there are also ready-made programs and software that you can immediately use.

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Here’s a quick look at these three must-have tools to boost your business:

1. Information and Data Management System – information is a valuable commodity these days. There’s a wealth of possibilities that you can glean from information about the various aspects of your business. Your customer data as well as your transactional records are some of the most important pieces of information that you want to store and mine for various purposes. Choose data management systems that allow you to easily mine data based on specific parameters. There are also those that have report-generating features to make it easier for you to appreciate the data that you have.

2. Financial Management System – you want to be able to keep tabs on how money is moving throughout your business. The number might not be all that easy to keep track of and correlate with one another. When you have a good financial management system, your company’s financial data will be available for you with just a few clicks. There are even programs that have windows to display the most pertinent financial information that you need.

3. Project Management and Performance Measurement System – you need a more efficient way to track the progress of your ongoing projects as well as to measure your employee’s productivity. You cannot hold project updates for all your project teams every single day. That’s just counterproductive. If you really want to boost your business, you need to be able to give your employees some space to do what they need to do. This system will allow you to watch over your employees’ shoulders without hampering their progress or pulling them away from their tasks.

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