Use the right tools for your painting business

I seriously doubt that any painting contractor would use a 1” sash brush to paint walls. It would be inefficient and the results would likely be less than desirable. It simply isn’t the right tool for the job.

Yet, when it comes to other aspects of their business, these same contractors often fail to use the proper tools. The result is the same as painting a room with a 1” sash brush—inefficiency and less than desirable results.

One example is accounting software, such as Quick Books. Such software, when properly used, provides a wealth of information about the finances of the business. That information does more than simply tell you your profit, it helps you make wise decisions regarding planning. And the best part is, you can accumulate years of data that is easily accessed.

Another example is web sites. I continue to be amazed at the number of contractors who do not have a web site. A web site provides 24/7 access to information about your company and is an invaluable tool in reaching potential customers. Hosting can cost less than $10 a month.

A third example is estimating software. There are an abundance of programs on the market, and while none is perfect, each provides an efficient and accurate method for pricing jobs. The savings in time is usually well worth the investment.

Using the proper tools helps you get the job done faster and with better results. Doing things the “old fashioned way” may be quaint and nostalgic, but it isn’t good business.

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