Estimate Rocket Blog


How to Use Instagram to Grow Your Business

Posted on July 08, 2020


Zach Kenney, the owner of ZKPainting, is here to tell you how to use Instagram to grow your business. Zach has grown @ZKPainting following to 30,000+ and now makes more than half a million dollars a year on projects with leads starting from this social media platform. We discuss the startup basics all the way to making decisions about how much of your personal life to share on the platform.  ZKPainting Social Media:

Four Ways to Get Paid Faster and Fix Your Cashflow Woes

Posted on July 06, 2020


A key feature of your business is cash flow. In order to pay your bills, purchase supplies, and fulfill your payroll, you need to have positive cash flow every month. So, how do you maintain steady cash flow? What happens if a client is late making payments? Let’s go ahead and examine some of these issues below.

How to Work with Family and Pivoting for Success

Posted on July 01, 2020


This week's episode Jay Blanco, co-owner of Fillo Painting, knows going into business with family can be tough. He and his father started their company years ago, he learned a few tough lessons and has advice on how to do it better. Plus, his take on how their company pivots with speed to find success in any climate.  Fillo Painting Social Media:

How to Hire the Right People

Posted on June 24, 2020


Are you hiring for the "who" or for the "do"? Art Snarzyk of InnerView Advisors is an expert at helping businesses figure out how to get the right people in the door and create a team that sticks. In this podcast, he covers his hiring method of "Clarity, Attraction, and Selection" and provides guidance on how to approach your next hire differently.

Putting the Trades back in Education and Being a Female Owner in the Paint Industry

Posted on June 17, 2020


Amanda Kelley, the owner of Kelley Painting Services, gives a no holds barred interview on what it's like being a female in the painting industry, why she thinks the trades have a place in high school education, and why her policy is always to put her employees first. Kelley Painting Services Social Media: Facebook Instagram YouTube

How to Build Your Business, Professionalize the Trades Industry, and Earn Your Freedom

Posted on June 10, 2020


Nick Slavik, owner of Nick Slavik Painting & Restoration Co., breaks down how you can build your painting business to be stable and predictable. He believes in pushing the trade forward to be more professional and has some ideas on exactly how to do it. Why? Because business owners are seeking freedom and this industry can provide it. Nick Slavik's Social Media Profiles: Facebook Instagram YouTube LinkedIn TikTok

What to Do if You're Just Starting Your Own Painting Company

Posted on June 03, 2020


Young business owner, Noah Kanter of Nth Degree Painting and podcast host of "Advice from a Young Tradesman", stops in to share his story of how he found his way into the painting industry, his move away from being in the weeds to focus on building businesses, and his advice to those just starting out.

Estimate Rocket Podcast 6

Posted on May 27, 2020


One of the few people in the world who loves change, everyone meet Chris Shank. Sure, you may have heard him host the Paint ED Podcast, but in this show he's sitting in the other seat and in a new role. Formerly with the PCA, Chris is now with iMay Media and ready to change it up. He's bringing a new perspective and outlook on how to view business right now and what you should be spending your time on.

Estimate Rocket Podcast 5

Posted on May 20, 2020


Entrepreneur of 23 years, owner of https://www.firstchoicepropainting.com/, and Estimate Rocket customer for the last five years, Miljce Donev takes out time to share what he wishes he would have known as a beginner and even 15 years into owning his own paint company. We cover his original game plan - a professional soccer player - how he got into the painting industry, all the way through what his team and business are focused on to get through COVID successfully. 

Post-Quarantine Safety Precautions You Should Take

Posted on May 14, 2020


Now that some states are starting to re-open businesses and move out of strict quarantine standards, you might be wondering what safety steps you should take to keep your business, your employees, and your clients safe. 

How to Quickly Get Commercial Painting Leads

Posted on May 13, 2020


"Recessions do not make painting businesses weak, they simply expose the weaknesses and ill-prepared painting businesses that have crappy systems." - Brandon Lewis This week Brandon Lewis from paintersacademy.com and paintersweekly.com is here to help you move from the residential painting industry to the commercial painting industry. He doesn't pull any punches and brings extremely practical advice for moving to the commercial industry. Grab your pen and paper, you're going to want to take notes. From creating outbound campaigns to managing inbound commercial leads. He's got five simple pillars for you to shift your business.

Estimate Rocket Podcast 3

Posted on May 06, 2020


Estimate Rocket Podcast 3: What do you do when the big vision for your company gets knocked off course from factors outside of your control (ahem...COVID anyone?). Bill Silverman of Springboard Business Coach is here to tell you how to get back on track with your goals, think big, and plan for the unforeseen future.

Estimate Rocket Podcast 2

Posted on April 29, 2020


Estimate Rocket Podcast 2: Andrew Amrhein from the Nolan Consulting Group is bringing you the same advice he gives to his current clients: it's time to "execute on your lifeboat strategy." Listen to find out how to create your lifeboat strategy and gather the team you need to fight through this climate. Plus, helpful information on the Paycheck Protection Program, how to upgrade your team, and more on this week's Estimate Rocket Podcast.

How to do Virtual Estimating and Build Your Brand

Posted on April 22, 2020


Estimate Rocket Podcast 1: Tom Reber Shares How to Make Virtual Estimating Work for Your Business and Other Practical Steps to Grow Your Brand During COVID-19 

How-to Make Your Team Remote

Posted on April 06, 2020


Our customers, our team at Estimate Rocket, and workplaces globally are in uncharted territory. The majority of states in the U.S. have enacted some form of shelter-in-place to slow the spread of COVID-19, challenging businesses universally. We're here to help you adapt and keep yourself solvent during these strange times. 

COVID-19 Government Relief Programs

Posted on March 31, 2020


Economic Impact Payments:  The economic impact payments will start in the month of April 2020 and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. Tax filers with adjusted gross income up to $75,000 for individuals and up to $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns will receive the full payment. For filers with income above those amounts, the payment amount is reduced by $5 for each $100 above the $75,000/$150,000 thresholds. Single filers with income exceeding $99,000 and $198,000 for joint filers with no children are not eligible.

COVID-19: How to Communicate to Customers

Posted on March 25, 2020


Want to communicate with your customers without sounding like another COVID-19 broken record email? We’ve created easy to use templates to help you deliver useful information because now is not the time to stop talking to your customers.  We get it - there is lots of change happening fast, and you’re dealing with a lot: handling business, protecting your health, dealing with kids at home. But going silent on your customer base isn’t the way to go.

Advice for hiring the right team to keep your business growing

Posted on February 06, 2020


Hiring employees is one of the key areas that can most influence the success of your business. Having like-minded people on staff who are committed to outstanding client service and who are well-trained in their roles makes it easier than ever for you to reach your business goals.

How a CRM app can make your business thrive in 2020

Posted on January 14, 2020


One of the biggest challenges for any business is managing your customer base. You want to be sure that you’re staying up-to-date on their needs and requests while also providing outstanding service and exceeding their expectations.

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.