Protect Your Contracting Business From Unnecessary Costs

by Stephen Pucek

October 30, 2021

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Managing a contracting business has the opportunity to be extremely profitable when we save time and maximize our hourly rate.

In this blog we will discuss the unnecessary costs contractors take on as well as ways to reduce the time spent without getting paid and increasing the total amount of jobs you’ll be available to complete.

The costly side of free estimates

Providing free estimates has been the standard for many years. It’s expected that contractors will drive job site to job site to provide competing bids. This process is all set in place for the client to determine which company is going to win the project.

While free estimates are a great way to meet potential customers and evaluate the project. Unfortunately we don’t win every job after providing a free estimate. Leaving the contractors spending money however not making it back.

If a client receives 3 bids and only selects 1 contractor for their project that means 66% of the time contractors aren’t making money.

What’s the cost of losing a free estimate?

Lead fee: Did you pay a lead company for this opportunity? If so, how much did they cost your business?

Your Time: How much do you charge hourly? $100 an hour?

Gas: Average gas prices are $3.50.

The cost of free estimates quickly add up. If we lost 10 hours a month and 150 miles of driving there’s over a thousand dollars that didn’t need to be lost in the business.

Let’s talk about how to keep this money in your business!

Your hourly rate and the value of time

How many quotes can your business complete in a day?

Every time we step into the truck to provide an estimate site unseen we are rolling the dice. It can be a costly gamble for us.

If you were to provide 10 estimates on average, then how many of those estimates are going to turn into jobs that pay your bills?

When you provide a bid there is a lot of information that goes into it, from your equipment cost to your hourly rate, your travel time and your customer’s budget.

When we implement tools that provide the ability to review the job site virtually you’ll be able to see the job site and provide a bid before ever stepping onto the property. This will assist your business in winning more projects and increase your profits as you’re not spending so much time on the road to provide estimates.

This effectively increases the value of your time as you’re much more efficient.

Tips for contractors to reduce expenses

With the traditional way of business we’d drive out to provide an estimate. This has us spending more time driving and less time spent working and making money.

Not every customer is a good fit for our business and it’s nice to know this before we drive to their location.

We want to make sure we are providing the best quality of work and we can’t if we’re wasting time and money on customers who don’t want us there.

It’s always helpful to provide tools for clients to effectively communicate the needs of their project. When a client has a hard time communicating their idea of what they want and what needs to be done it opens the door for miscommunications. Using videos will allow your clients to better communicate their needs and saves you time because then you know that those customers are interested in you as a company and not just the free estimate.

This contractor application is the solution

BidMyVid is the application that every contractor needs. Within a few clicks of a button, you can review the job site on your phone ,provide a free estimate, ask questions about the project to be sure it’s a good fit for your company, submit a bid for the project with complete confidence, and have that bid accepted. You not only save time but money as well. With this time savings you’ll be able to provide more bids than ever before increasing the amount of job opportunities you have.

Start your FREE trial of BidMyVid today. Saving yourself the drive is worth it!

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BidMyVid 2.0 – The App Every Contractor Needs

by Stephen Pucek

October 29, 2021

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We are excited to share the launch of BidMyVid 2.0! Enhancing our platform to enhance your business.  Make sure you launch your application to see the new enhancements for yourself.

Apple Update – https://bidmyvid.app.link/0iGljD4vJkb
Android Update – https://bidmyvid.app.link/o1pOazhwJkb


BidMyVid 2.0 Launch Details
UI Upgrade

With Version 1.0 we focused on functionally over appearance to start helping contractors save time as soon as possible. With version 2.0 you’ll find the new UI to resemble an application of the modern age with familiar navigation, extremely fast load times and a streamlined user experience. 

Notifications

We understood the feedback for the necessity to receive a notification when a new job has been uploaded.  You will now receive notification every time a new job is uploaded to BidMyVid. If you are not receiving notification please check your notification settings on your mobile device. for assistance please reach out to Stephen@bidmyvid.com

Messaging updates

The 2 way messaging board during the bidding process is immediate like a text message. Clients will now be able to upload additional videos for clarification during the bidding process. 

Service profile enhancement 

Contractors now have the ability to update and change their service provider profile. If you’ve wanted to change the video associated or description of your business you’ll now have access to do so. 


If you have any questions about the updates to BidMyVid please do not hesitate to reach out. We are all here for the success of your business. 

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Technology is the necessary tool for every contractor

by michael@bidmyvid.com

October 28, 2021

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Running a modern contracting company without technology is like showing up to the job site without the proper tools. Sure the job may get completed, however was it as efficient or profitable as it should’ve been?

Applications and digital tools are paving the way for service providers to increase profitability and quality of life by taking a load off your plate. 

How do I know which digital tools would help me? 

Think about your customers’ experience from start to finish.  When a customer reaches out to you, what is their experience like? 

When a new customer reaches out they should receive an immediate response with steps to make it as easy as possible for them to work with you.  As a contractor we are only paid for business closed.  Let’s ensure the first step of the process is enticing. 

For clients that use BidMyVid it could be as simple as a message like this. 

Thank you for reaching out.  We’re currently working on a job site and would like to provide you with the answers you’re looking for as soon as possible. 

Please Send me a video using BidMyVid.  It’ll allow me to get a better understanding of the job and provide a quote. 

Download BidMyVid https://bidmyvid.app.link/eEWfmmYCVjb

Once you’ve created your account 

Select my profile here https://bidmyvid.app.link/zsejZZNCVjb

you’ll add me as a contact, upload a video of your job request and see previous services I’ve provided for example service profile. 

Within the App you’ll see their video, be able to ask questions to further qualify, and submit a bid. Saving you loads of time and money!

How do you handle bids, contracts, receipts, paperwork

If you’re managing your business via paper it’s time to evaluate new options. 

Paper documents leave massive room for error. Not to mention they are not the most cost effective option. 

You’ll want to seek out document management systems or CRM(Client relationship management) tools.  These will help you organize all of your jobs and documents digitally and allow you to pull them up anywhere anytime.

No more forgetting documents or plans at the office when it’s all on your phone.

What communication do you continue with the client after you complete the job? 

Do you have a plan for requesting clients to leave you a review? 

What about a plan to reach back out in a few months to see if they have any additional work for you. 

It’s important to always have a review follow-up, referral job request, seasonal jobs notification and future retention communications, seasonal jobs  to be sent to the customers. 

Communicating with your clients at this level will open the door for more jobs in the future, as well as increased customer satisfaction. 

If you need assistance message with communicating with your clients after the job message Marketing@bidmyvid.com 

The BidMyVid app is the answer to your prayers. With just a few taps on this application, you can bid on any job with all of the necessary information at hand and then keep track of how many contracts you’ve won over time. Not only does it save contractors both time and money but also provides them with an income stream that generates more revenue than they would be able to earn otherwise! Download BidMyVid today and try it for free!

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Construction Project Complete: What Comes Next?

by Stephen Pucek

October 28, 2021

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Design Phase

The first thing to do is assess the size of the project. This will help you find its cost and give you enough information to create an estimate. Cost can be important for some people. Once you’ve provided your estimate and agree to the construction plan, the next steps are to schedule, review the materials selection to ensure you are ready to complete the project as proposed.

Construction Phase

Before the project starts, materials need to be checked to ensure that they are readily available and ordered.

The contractor then reviews the site before starting construction to ensure everything is ready. Inspections should include all area’s that will be involved in the construction process.

Post Construction Phase

Once the job is completed it’s important that you take pictures and videos of the construction site. This will allow you to share the pre construction phase as well as what the job looked like after final inspection. This information is critical to assist with winning future construction contract.

Documenting the pre-construction and post construction photo’s works as a rolling portfolio for customers to view.

Now that you have all the photo’s from the site. Contractors should take the time to follow-up with the customer to ensure that they are satisfied with the work that was provided. It’s also important to reach out to the customer for future referrals and potential projects.

If you’re looking for an easy way to facilitate these business best practices learn more at bidmyvid.com.

Set yourself up for success with future construction projects

Business growth happens at a higher rate when we increase our client retention rates. This is no different when working as a general contractor. You’re an expert in the construction industry.

How do we naturally increase our customer retention without pestering the customer? We do this through education! You are the expert of your craft. Help your customers become on the same page. Through the power of email and text messages we can very easily remind our clients about seasonal projects such are blowing out sprinklers, maintaining the air conditioning.

If you need assistance setting up an email outreach please reach out to Marketing@bidmyvid.com

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Careers

by The Fix It Queen

January 11, 2022

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NO Jobs here, just CAREERS!

CAREER PATHS BUILT THAT IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIVES STARTS HERE!

“One thing you can’t scale is micro-management.”

Amanda The Fix It Queen | Visionary Founder, BidMyVid.com

Our Vision:

VISION: We believe that OUR SOLE EXISTENCE is for the purpose of restoring trust and loyalty.  We’ve devoted our efforts to developing products and executing the delivery of them as we positively impact our social and environmental surroundings. From our success together, we shall achieve our highest goal, reigniting participation in Service and Trades occupations. It’s our way of giving back to the services that serve all of US.

Our Mission:

BMV Inc. has changed the way skilled-trades providers initiate and facilitate their service by reinventing the services marketplace. By empowering clients to film and narrate their repair needs, it allows service providers to bid remotely and arrive more prepared. We offer cost-effective opportunity sharing in a growing market of high-cost lead platforms. With a uniquely simple use of video integrations, BMV Inc. has created ways that allow for confidence and swift action by all users.

Positions open on our DREAM TEAM for this Mission are…

CURRENT POSITIONS AVAILABLE

Executive Marketing Assistant

Marketing is diverse and assistance in many areas is needed. As a teammate in our marketing department you will have creative ability to compliment efforts to help service businesses across the nation SAVE TIME! Video editing, media creation, story-board development and execution, event hosting and planning and much more are part of this FUN position within our team.

Executive Marketing Assistant responsibilities include assisting in organizing campaigns and developing marketing strategies. This work will be a critical factor for the smooth operation of the Marketing department and the attainment of its goals, as well as for the long-term growth of the company. Analyzing data to monitor campaigns and evaluate results to create and managing the production of marketing collateral and deployment of digital and physical collateral pieces.

Assist with the organization of events, and providing project-specific administrative support.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Creativity, initiative and positive attitude are a must. Ability to learn new softwares and/or have prior use of various marketing and sales software including but not limited to ResponseGenius, HootSuite, HubSpot, GoogleAds, Facebook Business Suite, Anchor, Podomatic, StreamYard, Zoom, Adobe Suite, ClickFunnels and/or other comparable software’s as well as familiarity with Social Medial Tools and Features to further assist in Social Media Management desired.

Bookkeeper

Bookkeepers oversee a company’s financial data and compliance by maintaining accurate books on accounts payable and receivable, payroll, and daily financial entries and reconciliations. They perform daily accounting tasks such as monthly financial reporting, general ledger entries, and record payments and adjustments.

Executive Administrative Assistant

Job Responsibilities of Executive Administrative Assistants

  • Answering phones calls and taking messages.
  • Welcoming all visitors and interacting with them.
  • Managing scheduling and appointments.
  • Arranging meetings and other events.
  • Managing mail/fax communications.
  • Managing traditional paper and/or electronic filing systems.
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Veterans

by The Fix It Queen

November 11, 2021

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Join us for the BidMyVid® 2.0 Demo Day Celebration!

On November 11th at 11am we excitedly shared with the world the 2.0 Features for BidMyVid®! Timing it with humbled appreciation for the opportunity to continue our efforts to deliver time saving tools for service businesses that are VETERAN OWNED is and even greater honor.

Veterans are able to take advantage of our Rebate Program to receive 50% OFF their APP subscriptions FOREVER! No, we are not kidding! Is that OK? Just say yes and opt-in below as our special thank you for the service you have provided us that continues to offer us opportunity!

Veteran’s Day Deal Opt-In

How Do I “Opt-In” forever!?

  1. Complete the Opt-In form below
  2. Download the BidMyVid APP
  3. Complete your service business profile and select your desired subscription option
  4. Receive 50% Rebate Checks* based on your subscription option!

Is that OK? For our team, It’s that EASY to offer Veterans huge savings!

*OPT-IN for PROGRAM DETAILS for our VETERAN’S FOREVER 50% OFF Rebate Program

    AMAZING FEATURES

    As our team works diligently to deploy features to the ULTIMATE digital tool no longer missing from contractors’ tool belts everywhere, it excites us to share with you it’s value towards improving service businesses SKIP the drive, WIN the bid and SAVE the time! Make more Money!

    With the launch of 1.0 we’ve had amazing feedback. We’ve added new capabilities, enhanced existing features and updated the user experience to be even easier to service our clients!

    You don’t want to miss what’s new on November 11th at 11am. 

    So what’s new you might ask? 

    We look forward to sharing with you in our live demonstration of our feature rich business software tool that saves time and reduces hours on the road. 

    Tune in live November 11, 2021 at 11:00am Mountain Standard time.

    Subscribe below for the REPLAY!

      DEMO DAY AGENDA

      11:00am – 11:05am – BidMyVid® App Intro

      11:06am – 11:24am – Demo NEW Features

      11:25am – 11:30am – Q&A / Demo Day

      Veteran’s Day Deal Announcement*

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      Powered by BidMyVid®

      by The Fix It Queen

      November 9, 2021

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      Drive LESS, win MORE!

      What does the drive cost?

      Looking at a simple metric of actual time spent, cost of gas, insurance, wear and tear on the fleet, the management of inventory on the service vehicle, the cost to operate the business in overhead, etc. the cost of a “FREE ESTIMATE” to a micro to small business can range $80-$300+ on average. Calculating it in a business plan is a whole discussion.

      Match that with competitive marketplace of instant gratification and you have the perfect recipe for endless hours of wasted time that drives the cost of service up when it involves a DRIVE.

      Join Contractors NATIONWIDE who get to skip the DRIVE, win the BID and save the TIME!

      Going the EXTRA MILE… but not driving it!

      Service and Contracting Professionals are being pulled in ALL directions. Literally and figuratively. As the scarcity of masters in skilled trade becomes more obvious, the existing labor pool is over-burdened and not able to train new participants fast enough. Driving further to cover larger service areas and even FLIGHTS to other states due to lack of available skilled trades is something that is becoming the norm. Niche service professionals are being pulled into other markets and stretching into the overlap between skilled trades to solve the scarcity issues but rising demand for service and construction SKILLED LABOR.

      As the advancement of digital solutions become a bigger part everyday life, service professionals are finding new ways to create a better quality of life. The methods of engineering have changed and so has the fabric of available skilled solutionists available and able to remedy challenges with new methods in approach.

      As the building materials and engineer of them advance, it is crucial to save time for the counter part of installation and the skilled labor needed to do so. Using BidMyVid® is a way that skilled labor and contracting professionals can align on the highest level to source capabilities needed for issues across the nation. Our team is ready, willing and able to help deploy the tool your business to aid in the requests coming into your business. Managing other tasks that are more important to delivering services that handle the construction industry changes are possible with the time saved.

      Construction is becoming harder to “service.”

      Simplified and cost-effective building materials such as foam fabrication and 3-D Concrete print fabrication options come with challenging construction methods of installation. Standard and older building methods must change due to the growing gap in supply chains for the raw materials to finished building materials being limited. Housing developers attempting to innovatively solve housing shortages in various geographic locations that have different economic constructs create more marginal costs.

      Overall, this is a conundrum of concern. At the intersection is the TRADES PROFESSIONAL. Bombarded with requests for help. Bombarded with “digital tools” for their business to help “it” run better. Bombarded with sales platforms offering more confusion. Bombarded with GUILT for not having enough TIME for what is truly important. For all the bombarding is the urgencies that need a simple solution. One overlooked as Trades Professionals hit a wall.

      This wall comes in the collapse in building of STRONG BUSINESSES. Trades professionals enter the journey of service, it often comes without chance of higher learning or without bandwidth to hold all the details in. Learning skills on the job and training as an apprentice going to mastery of that skill can leave the business muscle under developed.

      Building a better tomorrow starts today!

      Building a business that builds things has it’s challenges. First off, trades pros know their tools but when growth occurs, it can expose weakness in systems and the use of them. Contractors and service businesses are using so many tools attempting to catch up to the digitization that has occurred it can leave things even more complex. Software to manage clients, software to mange marketing, software to manage reporting and bookkeeping, and perhaps none at all except the “spreadsheet” and notebook methods of our predecessors.

      With any cluster or chaos of challenge, it is important to not be controlled or overwhelmed by its’ variables. It is important to know what is important. The value of time is the key to it all. With more time, learning all the various ways to run better business can happen in a moment. Saving time in your service business from those hours once spent “on the road” will lead to the needed time to work ON the service business instead of IN it without return. The fastest way to gaining the time back from driving endlessly is to use BidMyVid daily in your business to avoid unnecessary hours on the road that lead to NO WHERE!

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        Is that Ok?

        by The Fix It Queen

        November 8, 2021

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        It’s a win, win….. WIN!

        Join others that are helping NATIONWIDE so that we can connect with ease and get repairs DONE in one take!

        Chances are you have landed on this page because you are a 10/10 and perfect fit to work with our team to help your family, friends and business clients in a way that helps you, which helps our business too. That’s a ton of help going around! It’s a triple WIN for sure.

        Here is how we all WIN together:

        1. Sign up for our IS THAT OK? Program
        2. Complete your e-sign Program Agreement.
        3. Receive your affiliate page and instructions for sharing.
        4. Share your affiliate page both online and in-person.
        5. Start receiving Base Earnings* and Bonus Bucks**

        Share to your personal and business connections the BidMyVid® Business Software that saves time!

        Everyone you know will be able to arm them selves with this unique time saving utility-tool so they are ready to add Contractors Powered by BidMyVid® to their app tool to connect easily in the future.

        The service-based businesses you know whom visit your BidMyVid.com/”YOUR PAGE NAME HERE” landing page are able to download BidMyVid® with your page link to start saving time with BidMyVid® today so they can skip the drive tomorrow.

        Who doesn’t like AUTOMATIC checks in the MAIL!

        AUTOMATICALLY gain BASE EARNINGS* For each location of participation, earn $25.00 per QUARTER as our BidMyVid® Is That OK? Affiliate Program member! Base earnings payout are issued each fiscal Quarter.

        QTR 1 (Jan-Mar) Statement and Check issued by Dec 20th

        QTR 2 (Apr-Jun) Statement and Check issued by March 20th

        QTR 3 (Jul-Sep) Statement and Check issued by June 20th

        QTR 4 (Oct-Dec) Statement and Check issued by Sept 20th

        Who doesn’t like RESIDUAL checks in the MAIL!

        Bonus Bucks** help you as you help us! Each time a service professional completes the ANNUAL Subscription to BidMyVid® it will trigger the release of 1 Bonus Buck to both parties. Your organization will receive Bonus Bucks as well as the service professional on your behalf as a THANK YOU!

        1 Bonus Buck = $29.00**

        Each Quarter you will receive a statement and CHECK from the previous quarters’ opt-in participants. You will earn 1 Bonus Buck Credit for each service professional that opts in to receive a BONUS BUCK from your program. That service professional will receive the same bonus credit issued to them on your behalf.

        QTR 1 (Jan-Mar) Statement and Check issued by April 20th

        QTR 2 (Apr-Jun) Statement and Check issued by July 20th

        QTR 3 (Jul-Sep) Statement and Check issued by October 20th

        QTR 4 (Oct-Dec) Statement and Check issued by January 20th


        *Base Earnings 
        come from placement of signage for the APP TOOL in theTools Section and at refreshment sections in local distribution chain locations. 

        **Bonus Buck Credits are a value of up to 10% of the annual software subscription fees which are subject to adjustment


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          Demos

          by The Fix It Queen

          November 2, 2021

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          Join us for the BidMyVid® 2.0 Demo Day to showcase the time saving features for your Service Business!

          Its about that time! Learn about our BidMyVid® Features, subscribe to our features release list below:

            UPCOMMING DEMO DAY EVENTS

            2780 S Shoshone St
            Englewood, CO 80110

            Cost Plus Electric Supply – Central Location

            Friday 1/14/2022 from 7am – 10am

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            2.0 is a GO, just say NO!

            by The Fix It Queen

            October 27, 2021

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            Driving this WINTER is a NO NO this season!

            Our dedicated team pushed up our 2.0 Version for BidMyVid® and we could not be more excited to tell you about it! It is 12:20am on October 27th 2021 and our TEAM IS UP and burning the mid-night oil! Our development team is making necessary connections to ensure a smooth transition for the latest and greatest in TIME-SAVING tools for TOOL-BASED businesses!

            Here’s what’s NEW:

            1. UI UPGRADE: Can we just say…. LOOKS do COUNT! Ok, ok, so our BETA and 1.0 versions were very “Honda Civic” and proved the technology worked and had a demand. So the biggest visual change is the VISUAL INTERFACES for our 2.0 rollout! Can I just say, it is B-E-A-UTIFUL! The UI updates complement the sleek and fast response to our simple business tool.
            2. NOTIFICATIONS: We know, notifications are a MUST! But in our BETA and 1.0 we really worked on the VIDEO scalability and ability to upload in length and convert between iOS and Android platforms of many versions. Once we got the biggest kink worked out on the BEST FEATURE EVER, we moved to other standard features that our users have been asking for!
            3. BUG FIXES: As always, there are BUGS in technology. It is NEVER BROKEN, but instead programmed to do what we want. So, now that leave me with questions. What do you want? As service businesses and professionals, having a dedicated team ready and able to build your dreams desire when it comes to support tools for tool-based businesses, our growing list of features will be determined by the needs shared. That is how we will go from here as we move towards what the community needs as a whole.

            Download BidMyVid® today and save the drive tomorrow!

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