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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.

Win More Jobs with Professional Estimates

Posted on March 20, 2014


Whatever you call it, Estimate, Quote, Bid, or Proposal, it is important to deliver professional estimates to your prospective clients in a timely manner. The longer it takes to get a proposal into your customers’ hands the higher the chance they have already accepted a competitor’s bid.

Welcome To Estimate Rocket

Posted on February 27, 2014


We are exited to have this platform for keeping you updated on all the latest product information, news and also to provide you tips, tricks and instructional videos. We have recently released our Estimate Rocket Standard and Pro versions and will soon be releasing our Pro-Plus version. Our customers have created more than 15,000 estimates using our products and we are excited with our new platform to see that number go over 100,000!

Welcome to our NEW EstimateRocket.com website!

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