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The pros and cons of using contractors over employees

Brad Halcrow   1 May, 2017

In 2016, the owner of BLUi Security, Boz Jovanovic, learned a lifetime of lessons. His company had just had its biggest quarter after five years of being in business.

It’s not uncommon to hear stories from trade business owners learning the hard way what it takes to ride the roller coaster of profit and loss. Boz learned a lot last year, and he’s come out the other side with a fresh approach and some fresh ideas.

What it takes to support an international network of trade businesses

Brad Halcrow   27 March, 2017

Steve Keil is the driving force behind the Laser network which supports more than 240 plumbing and electrical contracting businesses across Australia and New Zealand.

After several years of building, training and maintaining their own software, Laser turned to simPRO for a solution to support their growing community.

Time to go after the big projects

Brad Halcrow   16 March, 2017

In the past Dan Ogden, owner of DB Electrical Services, struggled to effectively manage high volumes of orders from suppliers. This then affected his ability to effectively manage projects by making it difficult for him to organise and assign resources to them.

Detailed tracking and reporting results record profits

Brad Halcrow   6 March, 2017

Cannon Services, owned by James Cannon, is a plumbing and heating firm that primarily deals with the domestic market. In the following story, James tell us how simPRO has given him a clear and detailed picture of the financial health of his business, and more.

Time to take that holiday

Erin Haywood   20 February, 2017

‘There are just not enough hours in the day!’ you cry with a desperation rivalling Tom Hanks’ Wilson-I’m-Sorry and fall to your knees in despair.

Okay, maybe that’s a little dramatic. But if you’re a business owner, I’m sure that sentiment or something like it has at least crossed your mind before. Maybe more than once.

And when you’re working crazy hours six or seven days a week just to get everything done, sometimes a deserted island with only a volleyball for company doesn’t actually sound so bad...

Can quoting time really be reduced by more than 70% ?

Brad Halcrow   16 February, 2017

It’s hard to put in writing exactly how simPRO has benefited Kaluca Plumbing, Heating & Electrical. Business owner Ian tells it like it is. His appreciation for the benefits simPRO has brought to his business is obvious in the video below.

Cruise ship bliss thanks to simPRO

Brad Halcrow   13 February, 2017

The last time we spoke to John Libroaperto he was planning a holiday. It seems to be a popular goal. In fact, the majority of Journey-goers seem to have travel set in their sights once they’ve got the business running as it should.

Winning work in the fire safety industry with complete transparency

Brad Halcrow   7 February, 2017

This is part three of a three-part series that follows Tom from Allfire and his fire safety business journey.

In the health and safety-conscious world of fire safety, auditability and transparency enable a competitive edge. In part three of Tom’s journey, he reveals how he has achieved audit scores of 100% every time.

The confidence to deliver on a promise

Brad Halcrow   5 February, 2017

This is part one of a two-part series that follows Ian from Kaluca Heating, Plumbing and Electrical.

In the early days Ian Lucas had too much work to handle on his own. As is often the case for people in the trades industry in the same position, the time came for him to make a decision. Ian needed to decide whether or not he’d remain on the tools and self employed or to embrace the opportunity and become a business owner. He chose the latter.

Sparkies turned serial entrepreneurs

Brad Halcrow   3 February, 2017

In our last interview with Andrew and Prue Aranovitch, we saw a couple of entrepreneurs aiming for the stars with multiple successful businesses under their belt and always on the lookout for the next opportunity.