It’s the eternal debate: Apple vs Android. For many people, it’s just a matter of personal preference, but for field services contractors, the efficiency of your tablet or smartphone can affect your daily operations and even the performance of your business.
With profit margins getting tighter and a growing range of competitors across all industries it’s time that businesses dive into the detail and see where savings can be made.
For businesses with mobile field staff, a fleet management system can help. We take a look at the many cost and time saving features.
Our next update to simPRO Service and Enterprise, rolling out from January 21st, is one of the most requested features on the Ideas Portal. The rich text editor gives you more formatting choices for text in your emails, descriptions and notes!
Our latest update gives users the option to populate Asset Record forms with signatures which are collected from Connect. You can also choose, if you wish, to display the technician's licence number on all your future job cards and Asset Record forms.
Our next update to simPRO Service and Enterprise, rolling out from January 7th, gives you more flexibility in selecting accounts to which you can accept payments.
Read on for more details, or head to our release notes for step-by-step videos.
Determining the cost of a job accurately and efficiently can be challenging, overwhelming and fraught with risk. When you price a job right and win it, it can deliver instant improvements to your bottom line -- but getting it wrong can be a very expensive mistake.
Cash flow is the single most important aspect of financial management for any small -- or large -- business. Running out of cash is the major reason businesses fail.
As a business owner, making sure you have cash available (or at least the potential to generate cash) to meet your obligations is not only essential for survival, but is in many cases a legal obligation.
Dan started his electrical business, D&B Electrical Services 5 years ago and has used simPRO to grow his business to a rate which now means he employs a full time engineer, an administrator and various subcontractors.
Moving from a purely paper based system Dan has seen the benefits of integrating simPRO into the everyday processes within his business. He can now schedule his and his team’s workload and make more profit without lengthy paper based processes.
In simPRO’s latest update, you can now have simPRO automatically pull the total invoice amount from the job and insert it into your email using insert fields in your email templates.
Our Partner network has been a fundamental part of our UK growth and success to date. To ensure this area continues to flourish we are delighted to announce that we are expanding our Partner Programme.
If you’re seeking to achieve business growth and expansion, it’s likely you’ll look to leverage the passion and talent of your employees. This might mean looking to your star performers, and it might mean looking for new hires.
The ultimate goal is to create autonomy within your workforce – you’re seeking to create a capability that works as if you were controlling it but with little need for your input. Think about that for a moment.
When autonomy is reached, things will just flow and you are free to turn your attention to higher level strategic matters which promote growth and expansion.
Tradespeople all over the world are reaping the benefits of cloud software that handles everything from creating quotes and scheduling jobs to generating invoices.
But how do you choose the right job management software that suits your trade business from a sea of providers?
To offer you some guidance, we’ve put together eight key considerations you should think about before making the investment.
Businesses today are quickly adopting cloud software as the benefits become more apparent and even necessary to keep a competitive edge – benefits like less paperwork, greater efficiency, and time savings.
Though, often this adoption is limited to a single program, like a cloud accounting program.
With just the one program in place, businesses may still see a complex web of manual processes in place, and realise they could benefit from integrated cloud solutions to simplify their processes and increase productivity even more.
Your digital presence as a business is absolutely crucial. If you want consistent work, to build trust in your brand, and the opportunity for growth, you have to know how to gather feedback, and how to embrace it.
Here, we’ve laid out the most important things you need to know about doing just that.
Does your office feel chaotic?
A well-organised, efficient office is key to running a trade service business that’s both profitable and fun to own.
Here are four simple steps you can take to get your office under control.
While simPRO’s focus has always been on the success of our clients, we’ve just recently reached a position where we can expand our teams to have members solely focussed on following and guiding our clients’ journeys with simPRO.
So, in my new role as Customer Success Adviser for the UK, it’s up to me to ensure that our clients can get the most out of simPRO and achieve their business objectives, whether they’ve just made the decision to implement the software into their business, or they’ve been using it for years.
I thought there’s no better way to explain what it is that I do in this role than to talk you through my typical day! So here goes...
Xero recently conducted a study that revealed small business owners spend, on average, 10% of their day chasing late payments. That’s two days a month!
Surely that's too much wasted time – not to mention the detriment late payments can have on a business’ cash flow (which can, and often does, lead to business failure).
To help tackle the issue of late payments, we've got a convenient payment add-on in simPRO Enterprise and Service. Read on!
As a small business owner, could getting too embroiled in the day-to-day work of your business harm its overall development?
Often, your time is spent working in the business and not on the business.
Yet, in order to grow from a small outfit to a successful, profitable company, and to make the transition from owner-worker to managing director or CEO, you need to invest time managing your business.
Below are a few tips to help you make the transition.
Cash is often referred to as the lifeblood of an organisation, a key factor that determines business success or failure. In many cases, cash is vital for daily survival; a small business that doesn’t have enough cash on hand to pay suppliers might not be able to open the next day.
Speeding up the conversion of sales into cash, as well as increasing the spread between inflows (receipts) and outflows (payments) will help to build a cash cushion for business sustainability. With this cushion, you can take advantage of cost-efficient opportunities, fund growth, and more.
Here are some quick tips to improve cash flow for your small business.