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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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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Episode 1: Who Dis? A moment knowing the Fix It Queen

by The Fix It Queen

October 5, 2021

Is my contractor ripping me off? PODCAST

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Is my contractor ripping me off?

RECORDING IN PROGRESS! Episodes coming soon!

Episode 1: Who is The Fix Queen and What is a RIP OFF?

EPISODE 1:

Let’s get to know each other! I hope to share with you just WHO I am as The Fix It Queen. From there I hope to bring light to the start of an understanding on how to repair the broken blue-collar trades and restore trust and loyalty. WE ARE PEOPLE first and through our interviews and open discussions, we are excited to take a moment with The Fix It Queen to start a MOVEMENT to connect us by offering a way to understand each other.

Catch all our episodes at BidMyVid.com/Podcast and catch our BLOGS on future podcast releases at BidMyVid.com/Blog

Most listeners of the Is My Contractor Ripping Me Off? Podcast do it ON THE ROAD and barely have time to do that between service calls. Working ON the service business is a far distant thought because working IN the service business take urgent priority.

SAVE TIME so you CAN work ON your business by downloading BidMyVid and use your extra time to learn business fundamentals with Moments to Mo Money with The Fix It Queen Academy!

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