How Botonde Helps Your Local Advertising

How Botonde Helps Your Local Advertising

When it comes to finding local clients, a contractor’s advertising can be limited by budget and competition. It can be extremely difficult to seize networking opportunities either in a new territory or by a new contracting business. Established or not, what can a contractor do to maximize networking and advertising opportunities and keep skyrocketing expenses under control? In other words, how can Botonde help your local advertising? “Waitaminnit“; you say, “Botonde is an estimate creation and materials calculation system. How’s it gonna help me advertise?“ Great Question The answer is the fact that at no additional cost, Botonde also provides...

Material Overages And Waste

Material Overages And Waste

Now that contractors are getting back to work after weeks or months of quarantine, business-related difficulties become apparent once again. For instance, how do contactors, especially newer contractors, deal with materials in relation to material overages and waste? How much material? Many a contractor–especially newer or more inexperienced contractors–learn this lesson the hard way. The questions of “how much material do I buy to complete the job? How do I compensate for waste? How do I adjust for complications or unforeseeable issues? And most importantly, how do I still turn a profit while remaining competitive for the client? These questions...

Botonde Helps Your Contracting Business – Demo Video

Botonde Helps Your Contracting Business – Demo Video

Of all the questions we get about the tools that Botonde provides to contractors, the first and most obvious one is usually; “What does it do?” Here is a video that show you, for the most part, what Botonde does and how it helps your contracting business. If you have more specific questions as to how Botonde can help your business, feel free to contact us and we would be happy to provide information and help you get started.

5 Things “Phased Reopening” Means For Contractors

5 Things “Phased Reopening” Means For Contractors

As the fifty states begin creeping back to “normal” and the COVID-19 pandemic begins to wither, “phased reopening” is a buzzword that many small businesses have been waiting for. But as our elected officials creep ever closer to these phases, what should contractors expect? Here are five important points that all contractors must consider at this time. #1 – Emphasis On Selling Services As restrictions begin to loosen from state to state–sales should be the primary goal of your business activity. The exception to this would be any jobs that you have yet to complete from before the onset of...

Contractors Justify Essential Construction During Covid-19

Contractors Justify Essential Construction During Covid-19

Thanks to the combined contributions of local governmental decisions and a viral outbreak, many contractors find themselves out of work or close to it. Other state officials have taken a milder approach in determining what is appropriate or not. It seems that there is no black and white to how the pandemic is affecting the construction industries across the globe. Many are being blocked from performing jobs by these state and local governments due to the arbitrarily terms that determine what is now “essential”, it’s the contractors themselves that need to justify what is essential and what is not. What...

5 Simple Steps To Faster, Easier Contractor Take-Offs & Estimates

5 Simple Steps To Faster, Easier Contractor Take-Offs & Estimates

How long does it take you to create a presentation-ready customer estimate? Soup-to-nuts, you’ve got to figure in all the measurements you took, the materials, waste. labor, timeframe, price margins, taxes, licenses, unexpected costs, etc… So how long? Two hours? More? What if I told you that in five simple steps you could create your take-offs and estimates in under ten minutes? See the five steps below to the perfect take-off and estimate. For these examples, we used our Premium Decking & Railing Take-Off Creator. Step 1 – In your account select the Premium Take-Off Creator or regular Take Off...

Contractors Should Stop Pigeon Advertising

Contractors Should Stop Pigeon Advertising

Seems like it was not so long ago that you could make a website for your business. “submit” it to Yahoo or the new internet thing called Google, and in no time your site would be indexed and showing for all to see. As time went on and things changed, advertising and promoting your business online became very costly and sort of gray and hazy as to what actually worked for you. Nowadays there are as many opportunities to waste money as there are to buy into legitimate marketing. “Post Your Ad For FREE”, “Get A FREE Listing”, “Network With...

During The Covid-19 Quarantine–“Essential” Contractors need “Un-Essential” Support

During The Covid-19 Quarantine–“Essential” Contractors need “Un-Essential” Support

During this unusual time (to say the least) of global semi-quarantine, many of the nations contractors, if not the WORLD’s contractors, find themselves labeled as “essential workers”. Yet they are unable to arrange for permits, inspections or other local government official procedures required to begin, continue or complete jobs for their clients. Even more frustrating is the fact that in many parts of the country, suppliers have shut their doors as some have been deemed “non-essential”. Clearly, during the Covid-19 quarantine–“essential” contractors need “un-essential” support. “As a company that helps contractors communicate more efficiently with their suppliers, Botonde has been...

Shelter-In-Place Can Mean Opportunity For Contractors

Shelter-In-Place Can Mean Opportunity For Contractors

As of this writing, 3/23/20, those states with current, active shelter-in-place orders (New York, New Jersey, California and Illinois) have deemed that residential construction is to be considered “essential business”, while the Covid-19 pandemic continues. Pennsylvania also has such an order in place, however, they have decided that only emergency construction is to be considered essential. What that means for contractors in the USA is that they may continue to operate pretty much as usual. While existing clients as well as potential clients are hunkered down at home, shelter-in-place can mean opportunity for contractors. Also important to remember is the...

Contractor Business & The Corona Virus

Contractor Business & The Corona Virus

We are in uncharted territory. This is like nothing we have ever dealt with before. As contractors, we’ve weathered the storms of economic downturns, all out recessions, natural disasters and wartime uncertainty. Nothing like this, though. Nothing like the pandemic of Covid-19. So what is a contractor to do in such times? From the general contractor to the handyman hobbiest, how does a contractor business survive the Corona virus? Fear The knee-jerk reaction to any big, life-impacting event like this is mostly fear, sprinkled with a little bit of panic. Step one as a small business owner is to not...