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Time flies when you’re on the frontline

Brad Halcrow   10 May, 2018

Owning a business can become all-consuming, just ask Matt Daly of Daly Plumbing. Matt had been working crazy hours since starting his own plumbing business in 1996. It wasn’t until 2016, that he and wife Kristen went to Bali for a break. That’s a long time without holidays!

This is their story.

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity

Brad Halcrow   18 April, 2018

The title of this story is borrowed from an ancient Stoic philosopher named Seneca.

It reminds me of many stories I hear from owners and operators in the trade industry. There’s often a stoic attitude required to ride the roller coaster that is being in business and seeing opportunity where others may see an obstacle.

What it took to win an air-conditioning job in the 60’s

Brad Halcrow   13 April, 2018

Imagine a time when you had to take the train into the city to pick up the parts required for your next job. Nowadays that seems a little inefficient but of course back then, there was no alternative.

For some air conditioning businesses, waiting for paperwork to come back from the field with information about a job is normal, but for businesses using cloud job management software, paperwork is way too costly and inefficient.

Strong team culture bolsters large electrical contracting business

Brad Halcrow   19 February, 2018

ADJ believe in committing to staff for the long term to provide a stable working relationship. To bolster that stability Raynor ensures company growth remains steady rather than riding the peaks and troughs that often come with this type of commercial work. It means that when a new staff member is brought on board, it’s a committed relationship for both parties.

Big air-conditioning company goes paperless and loving it

Brad Halcrow   29 January, 2018

Boyle & Grigg Air Conditioning has been in business for more than 18 years. That’s plenty of time to learn what it takes to run a successful air-conditioning business, and that’s exactly what they’re doing.

The business has morphed over the years to now become a successful and profitable business model executing projects ranging from $20 thousand to $2 million in value.

Building a better service for the future

Brad Halcrow   25 January, 2018

SFS FIRE implemented simPRO in 2016 to help them build a better business for the future and to provide their customers with a first class service.

Regular training turns users into champions

Brad Halcrow   16 January, 2018

Investing in staff training can reap enormous benefits for any business in more ways than one. Hawkins On Fire show how it’s done by continually up-skilling staff in the software they use every day.

How to tightly control costs while managing this many contractors

Brad Halcrow   12 December, 2017

With 20 staff and no less than 250 contractors performing various construction jobs in the field, Edge Industries uses simPRO to effectively manage costs and keep their huge workforce on track.

Absolute control creates a competitive advantage

Brad Halcrow   24 November, 2017

Loucas Christodoulou worked with plumbers on a daily basis in his previous job at an estate agency. It was from here that his passion, to build a successful plumbing business, was born.

From the outset, Loucas’ focus was to differentiate himself from the competition by providing the most reliable and efficient service possible to his customers leaving behind old methodologies.

From man-in-a-van to $20mil projects, and calmer than ever

Brad Halcrow   10 November, 2017

Like many, Steve Campbell began his career as a trade business owner as a man-and-a-van. Getting work was never an issue, keeping his system fluent and organised was.