Estimate Rocket Blog


Estimate Rocket’s 2019 Gift-Giving Guide

Posted on December 12, 2019


Despite the fact that it falls on December 25th every year, Christmas and the holiday season always seems to sneak up on us. So, even though it’s the second week of December, if you haven’t finished your holiday shopping yet (or maybe even started), Estimate Rocket has got you covered.

Preventing a Ransomware attack helps preserve your organization’s data

Posted on November 26, 2019


The word “ransomware” has grown in popularity over the past few years due to the increasing number of victims it has claimed. Here at Estimate Rocket, we are conscious of the danger of ransomware, and we take protecting our customer’s data integrity very seriously.

Building a Business: Scritchlow Concrete Lifting and Slab Jacking and Scritchlow Landscaping and Hydroseeding

Posted on July 17, 2019


Have you ever wondered how other businesses got started? Have they faced the same challenges you have? Maybe you’re curious about starting your own business and are looking for advice from people who’ve been there.

Estimate Rocket’s Top Productivity Apps of 2019

Posted on June 14, 2019


What tools do you use to stay productive? Checklists? A notebook? A calendar? Maybe you use all of these and more. There are so many tools out there to help with productivity that figuring out the best apps to keep yourself organized can become a huge task itself. We made a list of our favorites to make that task a bit more manageable for you.

Building a Business: Slabjack Geotechnical and Quality Concrete Coatings

Posted on May 15, 2019


Have you ever wondered how other businesses got started? Have they faced the same challenges you have? Maybe you’re curious about starting your own business and are looking for advice from people who’ve been there.

7 Tips to Stand Out with Amazing Customer Service

Posted on April 15, 2019


So many companies offer sub-par service that customers have come to expect it. When you provide great service, it helps you stand out from your competition. It also increases trust, loyalty, and the likelihood that customers will recommend you.

Building a Business: Affordable Mudjacking Concrete Lifting

Posted on March 15, 2019


Have you ever wondered how other businesses got started? Have they faced the same challenges you have? Maybe you’re curious about starting your own business and are looking for advice from people who’ve been there.

How to Create Profitable Estimates: Part 3 - Making a Profit

Posted on February 15, 2019


Being profitable is more than figuring out your job costs and calculating your rates. In this article, we'll talk about how much you spend on expenses that aren’t job-related and how to price your jobs to make sure you’re covering those costs.

In this series, we’re covering the basics of creating profitable estimates. In our first two posts, we walked through figuring out your costs and calculating your rates.

Going Paperless

Posted on January 15, 2019


Running a business comes with tons of paperwork. Storing files, piles of receipts, and stacks of forms clutters your office and your life. We'll give you some easy tricks to reduce the amount of paper you use and get organized.

Running a business comes with tons of paperwork. Storing files, piles of receipts, and stacks of forms clutters your office and your life.

How to Create Profitable Estimates: Part 2 - Calculating your Rates

Posted on December 15, 2018


In this article, we’ll walk through the best way to calculate labor and material production rates. Knowing these rates will give you a solid baseline for future estimates.

In this series, we’re covering the basics of creating profitable estimates. In our first post, we discussed figuring out costs and profits and calculating effective hourly wage.

Estimate Rocket’s 2018 Gift Guide

Posted on November 15, 2018


Our team put together a list of ideas to make it easier to find the perfect gift for the contractor, homeowner, or tough-to-buy-for person on your list.

How to Create Profitable Estimates: Part 1 - Figuring Out Your Costs

Posted on October 18, 2018


There are many ways to create an estimate, but if you want to ensure that your jobs are profitable it comes down to figuring out your job costs and adding a margin that covers your overhead and allows you to make a profit. In this series, we’ll go over the basics of creating profitable estimates, starting with figuring out your current costs and profits.

There are many ways to create an estimate, but if you want to ensure that your jobs are profitable it comes down to figuring out your job costs and adding a margin that covers your overhead and allows you to make a profit. In this series we’ll go over the basics of creating profitable estimates, starting with figuring out your current costs and profits.

Strategies for finding and keeping a great team

Posted on September 17, 2018


Finding and keeping employees is a struggle that many contractors face, so we reached out to some Estimate Rocket customers to see if they had any insight on this issue and they shared some of their strategies for hiring and keeping their team members around.

4 Tips to Keep Your Business Secure

Posted on August 20, 2018


Everyday, people fall victim to attackers that steal their personal data right out from under them. Passwords, emails addresses, phone numbers, bank accounts, credit cards, and more can all be compromised in the blink of an eye. Here are some easy tips to drastically increase your odds of thwarting these attacks.

Building a Business: Premiere Pros Painting & Carpentry

Posted on July 12, 2018


Recently, I talked with Kristen Ford-Hernandez about her business, Premiere Pros Painting & Carpentry - a home improvement company that specializes in cabinet refinishing, painting, refacing, interior painting, and fine finish carpentry.

I recently had the opportunity to speak with some Estimate Rocket users about their businesses. It was a wonderful chance to get to know our customers and learn about how they got to where they are today. In this series, we’ll share stories about what they did before, how they got started, and their experiences along the way.

3 Ways Accepting Credit Cards Can Help Your Business

Posted on June 20, 2018


Still not sure about accepting credit cards? Check out these 3 reasons it's good for business, and an easy way to cover the cost.

It makes it easy for your customers to pay you. Most of your customers probably don’t keep large amounts of cash on them, and some clients may even put off portions of or entire jobs because they don’t have the cash or money in their bank account to cover it at that moment.

Building a Business: Color Theory

Posted on May 15, 2018


I recently had the opportunity to speak with some Estimate Rocket users about their businesses. This time I talked with Torlando Hakes about his business, Color Theory - a residential painting company in Indiana that focuses mainly on color consultation, interior, and exterior repainting.

I recently had the opportunity to speak with some Estimate Rocket users about their businesses. It was a wonderful chance to get to know our customers and learn about how they got to where they are today. In this series, we’ll share stories about what they did before, how they got started, and their experiences along the way.

A 24/7 Call Center Prepared to Load Your Estimate Rocket with Leads

Posted on April 11, 2018


Having a call go unanswered can stop a customer in their tracks. They may not want to call back. Worst case scenario, they’ll find your competitor and get the service they need there. In this guest blog, Paul DelFino explains how some Estimate Rocket customers are preventing this.

By Paul DelFino, Opportunity Inc.

6 Estimate Rocket integrations to help you streamline your work

Posted on March 15, 2018


Running a business is hard work, but finding ways to streamline your processes can save you time and money both now and in the long run. Estimate Rocket can help you create, organize, and keep track of your clients, projects, invoices, and payments, but here are some apps you can use alongside it to simplify your workflow even further:

Building a Business: Paper Moon Painting

Posted on February 15, 2018


This time I talked with Lisa Moon, owner of Paper Moon Painting - a residential painting company in Texas that also specializes in wallpapering, specialty finishes, cabinetry, and exteriors.

I recently had the opportunity to speak with some Estimate Rocket users about their businesses. It was a wonderful chance to get to know our customers and learn about how they got to where they are today. In this series, we’ll share stories about what they did before, how they got started, and their experiences along the way.

Easy ways to get the word out about your business

Posted on January 15, 2018


Advertising isn’t just about having your logo and info in a local newspaper. There are tons of ways to make potential customers aware of your business! Here are some ideas to get you started:

Building a Business: 1-866-Slabjack

Posted on December 15, 2017


I recently had the opportunity to speak with some Estimate Rocket users about their businesses. It was a wonderful chance to get to know our customers and learn about how they got to where they are today. In this series, we’ll share stories about what they did before, how they got started, and their experiences along the way.

Estimate Rocket’s 2017 Gift Guide

Posted on November 15, 2017


Gift-giving can be tough, but we’ve pulled together a list that should make it easier this year, whether you’re buying for a contractor, a homeowner, or anyone in between!

Building a Business: The Grout Doctor of Oakland

Posted on October 13, 2017


I recently had the opportunity to speak with some Estimate Rocket users about their businesses. It was a wonderful chance to get to know our customers and learn about how they got to where they are today. In this series, we’ll share stories about what they did before, how they got started, and their experiences along the way.

4 tips to make upselling easier

Posted on September 15, 2017


Upselling is a great tool to make your business more profitable. It can even leave you with happier customers, but only if you know how to do it right. Here are 4 easy ways to make sure both you and your customers are happy with the results.

Building a Business: DBK Painting

Posted on August 15, 2017


I recently had the opportunity to speak with some Estimate Rocket users about their businesses. It was a wonderful chance to get to know our customers and learn about how they got to where they are today. In this series, we’ll share stories about what they did before, how they got started, and their experiences along the way.

Paper or Plastic? Accepting credit cards in your contracting business

Posted on July 14, 2017


Paying with credit cards is the norm for many people nowadays, but contracting business owners tend to steer clear of accepting them. This may seem like a safe choice, since there are fees associated with accepting card payments, but not accepting credit and debit cards may actually be costing you business.

Selling doesn't have to be a bad word

Posted on June 15, 2017


Most of us cringe when we get a sales call or anticipate our next trip to the car dealership. The words “selling” and “sales” are often associated with stress, high pressure, and spending a lot of money, but it doesn’t have to be that way!

Building a Business: Chesapeake Concrete Raising

Posted on May 15, 2017


I recently had the opportunity to speak with some Estimate Rocket users about their businesses. It was a wonderful chance to get to know our customers and learn about how they got to where they are today. In this series, we’ll share stories about what they did before, how they got started, and their experiences along the way.

Head in the Cloud

Posted on April 12, 2017


Talk of “the cloud” is everywhere nowadays, but what is it, why is it important, and how can you benefit from it?

Green products your customers want

Posted on March 15, 2017


We’ve talked in the past about going paperless, but that’s not the only way your contracting business can be eco-friendly.

Great coaches help build great teams and businesses

Posted on February 21, 2017


I recently interviewed several of our Estimate Rocket customers about their experience with business coaches and was pleasantly surprised with what I learned.

I’ve owned businesses for 30 years and have worked with a coach for most of that time. I was lucky early on to have a friend mention that a business coach or consultant could help me with answers to questions that I had no one else to ask.

Automate your business with a Zap!

Posted on February 15, 2017


The problem with using so many different apps is that it can be tedious to move information from one app to another. What if apps could send information back and forth, simplifying our lives even more?

We’re always looking for ways to make our lives easier. Apps like Wunderlist and Todoist help us keep track of our to-dos, metered parking apps help us reserve a parking spot in advance, flight trackers help us keep tabs on our travel plans, and password managers like LastPass keep us secure by allowing us to have a different password for every site we visit.

Turning Strangers into Loyal Customers

Posted on January 16, 2017


There are many strangers desperately looking for the product or service you provide. While that sounds like a great problem to have, the real issue is that many have never even heard of you! How do you get in front of these people, and once you do, how do you convince them you’re the right person for the job?

Planning for Success: 8 Questions to Ask Yourself in the Slow Season

Posted on December 15, 2016


No matter where you operate, you’ll have dips in business throughout the year. Take advantage of the extra time to analyze how your business performed in the past and set yourself up for success in the future.

No matter where you operate, you’ll have dips in business throughout the year. Take advantage of the extra time to analyze how your business performed in the past and set yourself up for success in the future. Here are some questions to ask yourself:

2016 Contractor Gadget Gift Guide

Posted on November 15, 2016


If you’re looking for the perfect gift for your favorite contractor, look no further! We’ve gathered some of the best gadgets to make their lives easier and get more done on-the-go.

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for your favorite contractor, look no further! We’ve gathered some of the best gadgets to make their lives easier and help them get more done on-the-go.

5 Ways to Generate More Business Online

Posted on October 14, 2016


Previously, we've talked about ways to start Going Paper-Less and introduced some of our favorite apps for Productivity and Personal Improvement. This time, we'll lay out a few easy and cost effective ways to get a leg up on your business competition and increase visibility and sales.

Our 6 Favorite Personal Improvement Apps

Posted on September 15, 2016


Whether you want to eat healthier, start exercising, or learn something new, there are tons of resources out there to help you. We've put together a list of some of our favorite self-improvement apps to give you some ideas and help you achieve your goals.

Whether you want to eat healthier, start exercising, or learn something new, there are tons of resources out there to help you. Because of the amount of information available, it can be overwhelming just to get started. We've put together a list of some of our favorite self-improvement apps to give you some ideas and help you achieve your goals.

7 Tips to Stand Out with Amazing Customer Service

Posted on August 16, 2016


So many businesses these days offer sub-par service. Having exceptional service not only helps you stand out but (more importantly) increases trust, customer loyalty, and the likelihood that customers will recommend you or your service. Here are 7 tips to stand out by having amazing customer service.

Customers aren't just an important part of business, they're the most important part. Without them, businesses fail. Obviously, offering a good product or service is important, but that's the easy part. Standing out from the crowd is where things get difficult.

5 Quotes to Live & Work By - Part 2

Posted on July 15, 2016


In our ongoing series of Quotes to Live & Work By, we've included a few passages we hope will inspire you to see life a little differently, show you new options for getting out of a rut, and give you a few new tools to use in your daily life.

There are times in life when it's helpful to see the world with fresh eyes, and reading the words of others can help us catch of glimpse of the world from another perspective. In our ongoing series of Quotes to Live & Work By, we've included a few passages we hope will inspire you to see life a little differently, show you new options for getting out of a rut, and give you a few new tools to use in your daily life.

Our Top 9 Apps for Work & Productivity

Posted on June 15, 2016


There are so many productivity apps out there that claim to do everything. The trick is in finding the ones that work best for you

People are always looking for convenient ways to bring technology into their lives to keep themselves organized, stay connected with friends, family, and co-workers, and help accomplish their goals. There are so many productivity apps out there that claim to do everything. The trick is in finding the ones that work best for you.

5 Quotes to Live & Work By

Posted on May 13, 2016


Whether it's a saying from a grandmother, a quote from someone famous, or just a "rule of thumb", words resonate with us and have a big impact on the way we live and work. The following are quotes for life and business that have inspired and stuck with the Logical Engine team.

Going Paper-Less

Posted on April 27, 2016


Running a business is tough. Storing files, piles of receipts, and stacks of forms ensure your office and life are completely cluttered. Here are some easy ways to make sure your life is organized and headache-free.

Running a business is tough. Storing files, piles of receipts, and stacks of forms ensure your office and life are completely cluttered. Add to that making sure customers are happy and your business is being profitable, and even an organized business owner will have a headache.

Estimate Rocket Plus A Call Center

Posted on April 22, 2016


We have released the biggest update yet along with with powerful new features and numerous optimizations and improvements. One of the most highly requested features was the ability to use the calendar for scheduling non-job related tasks and spanning those tasks over multiple days...

The Estimate Rocket + A Call Center = Ultimate Sales Capacity

Keeping Your Businesses Secure

Posted on February 17, 2016


Every day people fall victim to attackers that steal their personal data right out from under them. We have put together a short list of very easy tips you can employ that will drastically increase your odds of thwarting these attacks.

Every day people fall victim to attackers that steal their personal data right out from under them. Passwords, emails addresses, phone numbers, bank accounts, credit cards, and more can all be compromised in the blink of an eye. Over the years these individuals have become increasingly sophisticated to the point where it is almost impossible to tell the difference between imposters and the legitimate companies they are impersonating. We have put together a short list of very easy tips you can employ that will drastically increase your odds of thwarting these attacks.

New Scheduling Features

Posted on March 11, 2015


We have released the biggest update yet along with with powerful new features and numerous optimizations and improvements. One of the most highly requested features was the ability to use the calendar for scheduling non-job related tasks and spanning those tasks over multiple days...

New Features

Become A Selling Machine

Posted on October 06, 2014


After you send out an estimate, how often do you follow up with your prospect? Weekly? Once? Never? If you don’t stay on top of your prospects they may just forgot about you, or go with one of your competitors that has been keeping up with them. Many sales take a lot more than one follow up to close the deal, and not performing these follow ups means the time you spent creating and delivering the estimate was wasted.

A Common Problem

Cash Flow App

Posted on May 07, 2014


Did we make a mistake? Should we have named “Estimate Rocket” the “Cash Flow App”? To small and large business – Cash Is King! Any book, consultant or webinar will reinforce that message. The best way to learn/confirm the axiom is to have run a small business and need to meet a payroll! Recently feedback from customers about the effect of using the “Estimate Rocket” app has been...

Did we make a mistake?

The Estimate Money Pit

Posted on April 09, 2014


I recently came across a great blog article written about one of our Estimate Rocket customers by an independent consultant. It asks a lot of key questions that business owners should be asking them selves and offers some insightful answers. We know that Estimate Rocket can help thousands of service contractors crush their competition by streamlining the estimating process and allowing them to focus more time on either the job or their golf games!! You decide!

Using Skitch to Create Better Proposals

Posted on March 31, 2014


One way to make your proposals appear more professional and stand out from your competition is by including images. You could include plain images in your estimates, but if you want to add even more emphasis and clarity you can add arrows, text, and highlighting to your photos. We learned about a great app called Skitch from one of our customers, HMI Mudpumps, which allows you to do just that.