CompanyCam had the distinct honor of sitting down with Contractors Cloud to talk all things tech and roofing.
If there’s one thing CompanyCam knows, it’s how technology can completely change the way roofing, and all construction and field service work for that matter, is done. So, safe to say we were pretty excited when this was the topic that Contractors Cloud wanted to cover in their webinar with us.
We cover all things Contractors Cloud, CompanyCam, and go over the need-to-knows when it comes to buying software for your business.
What is Contractors Cloud: Contractor’s Cloud is a contractor’s best friend. Their online customer relationship management tool allows you to work on your business by simplifying the processes of: estimating, project scheduling, commission tracking, lead management tracking, team communications and more.
What is CompanyCam: Founded in 2014, CompanyCam is a photo-based solution created for contractors, by contractors. Users can take unlimited photos — which are location and time stamped, sent to the cloud, and stored securely. Every photo is organized by project and instantly available to your team, allowing you to see what’s going on anytime, anywhere. With CompanyCam you can work smarter, avoid costly mistakes and get paid faster.
Purchasing software and implementing it across your business is inevitable in this day and age. Luckily, we cover all the bases of what you need to know when buying software and how to make the most of it.
- Why do you need software? If you’re feeling the headache of messy communication, files all over the place, hard to understand processes, or a super heavy workload — you need software. Whether it’s for budgeting or project management or any number of things, you need it.
- How to implement a solid process? When software shopping, it’s easy to get wooed by the fancy case studies and big statistics — but don’t put your all your eggs in that basket quite yet. Take a thoughtful step back and analyze your current processes, find where the cracks are, and search for a software that both fits in with your current process, but also improves it and makes inefficiencies a thing of the past.
- Are you ready for software? You’ve analyzed your process, found where the cracks are, and are ready to implement a new software — or are you? Before you pull the trigger, think about these few things: What are your goals with this software? If you can clearly define them, you’re in good shape. Is your staff ready for the change? If your team is not-so-tech-savvy and you’re in the middle of your busy season, maybe hold off until everyone can dedicate the necessary time and energy to learning and implementing the program. Are you prepared for the change? Rome wasn’t built in a day and new softwares are not implemented over night. You, your team, and your customers have to be ready and willing to make that change, otherwise you’ll ruin your chances of success with the software before you’re even out the door.
- Time to buy? Make sure you know all the details about pricing, data availability, and what kind of training and coaching your software provides. Once you’re sure this is the fit for you, pull the trigger!
It’s easy to see why so much new software implemented at companies is abandoned. If you’re not taking the time to find the problem, seek out and test solutions, and really spend the time learning it — you’re doomed. Software is a commitment, but it’ll only make your life better in the long run, so long as you’re a good steward of it.
We cover all this and more in the webinar with Contractors Cloud, so be sure to check it out! We host webinars with our partners and other industry experts twice a month, so keep an eye out for announcements on how to register over on our Facebook page.