I Found The Perfect App For Job Site Documentation.
My team and I have been using digital cameras, flash drives, and Dropbox for job-site documentation for years. Since then, our family has expanded and we now have a handful of crews who work all across the county and I have salesmen who work all over the state. I decided it was time to find a better way to do job documentation, maybe an application this time. I didn’t want to deal with the headache of trying a bunch of terrible apps that had a terrible design and poor functionality, (which is honestly one of the reasons why we put it off for so long) so my buddy who focuses primarily on electrical work suggested I take a free trial with CompanyCam.
I’m one of those people that needs to see it to believe it, so I was skeptical about signing up for a software that I haven’t used in my day-to-day. Integrating software into a business’s workflow is no easy feat. Besides, how can an app that isn’t a household name give me the tools to snap good photos and organize them better than I can? So, I asked my Facebook groups about it. I connect with plenty of contractors ranging from painters to plumbers — all sorts of guys out there. Other people said they felt the same way as I did until they bought into CompanyCam. I had seen a CompanyCam video on my Facebook feed of a guy with a big mustache some time afterward. After doing my own research, I found that CompanyCam provides organization by GPS — each job site is labeled in its own project and labeled by address. Only photos of that project will end up organized by date, time, and who took the photo in that project. What finally sold me was that I could try the app for 14 days, or however long I needed to get my guys up to speed. They never asked me for a credit card so, with nothing to lose, I took the plunge and signed up.
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When I got the app, I got my entire team onboard as soon as I could to get the full effect of using it. The design of the layout made it extremely easy to use compared to the confusing apps I saw in the app store. We all got signed up, figured out where everything was, and then we started taking photos just around the office. It was cool watching someone take a photo in another room, draw on the photo, and write a note about what was going on. I knew instantly this app was going to save me tons of time. I could avoid driving from job to job and see everything that was going on inside my business from anywhere in the world.
I’ve been roofing for several years now, so I was afraid CompanyCam wouldn’t be the ultimate solution I needed. But it was. CompanyCam has saved me countless hours, which we know “hours” translates into $$$. CompanyCam makes your photo storage seamless. There are so many uses for this, and CompanyCam does a great job helping you be creative with all the things the app offers! As a bonus customer service is ABOVE and BEYOND. This app was the best thing we added to our company since the nail gun. Our crews take photos before the job to document the state of the property upon arrival. We’ve saved so much money and time avoiding disputes with our customers because we have the proof right there in CompanyCam. I really liked that we could share reports with insurance and our supplementers. It’s a great tool for customer service because we can share a live photo timeline with a homeowner through a text message link. We get great reviews because our photos provide information on the progress of a job from our clients, but the photos realistically just help us track what we’re doing better.
You’d be surprised what getting great documentation on a consistent basis can do for your company. After a few months of taking photos in CompanyCam, we had enough bandwidth to take on more jobs. I’ve added a couple of new sales guys this past spring because our work is organized better than ever. There’s no pressure as to what photo goes where or who’s working on which house — CompanyCam eliminates all of our issues.
Overall, I just felt so much better about my business because I wasn’t stressed about our job progress. My team even started to give me ideas on how we can use CompanyCam better. Since then, we use photo reports for bids and insurance and we use the before and after feature to share a link to our Facebook page to show off our work. I can do just about anything in this app with a few taps and everything I do in CompanyCam makes my business more successful and organized. I really don’t know why I waited so long to buy into CompanyCam. You can get used to average documentation and reporting and think it’s normal, but my CompanyCam showed me how much better business could be when you document everything and can see every angle of work.
One problem I had with my phone before CompanyCam was that I was losing storage space to work photos. Pictures of my kids would be right next to pictures of cracked driveways and it wasn’t really great for me. CompanyCam is $12 per user per month and I’m happy to report that I’ve had the app for a few months now, and the price is definitely not a problem. In comparison to products like Acculynx, Procore, and Eagle View, CompanyCam is much more suitable for my team as I only really wanted the best photo app for the lowest price.
It’s been a great change for my business. I’d pay a lot more if I had to for the ease of use and automatic organization this app provides. I don’t worry about whether things are getting done at each job because I can see it all happen from anywhere. We have a great system for the types of photos I have my guys take. If you get your crews in the app and get them taking photos, you’ll see the value CompanyCam provides very quickly. If you work in the roofing and restoration as I do, this app is a no-brainer for you if you intend to grow your business and get more leads.
“CompanyCam has definitely helped our communication, without a doubt. Everything in this business is urgent; it’s about how fast you can put your eyeballs on a situation and come up with a solution.”
“This is the coolest flipping thing since sliced bread. My guys are constantly emailing/texting me pictures. Then I have to print them, save them etc. It’s always been a royal pain. This is so great that all of them go to one place.”
“CompanyCam pays for itself in just a couple incidents where a customer says, ‘No, I don’t want to pay for that’ and it’s a thousand dollars. The app just paid for itself three times over. It’s a no brainer!”
“I used to make hundreds of phone calls every day just to keep up to speed with the progress of our jobs. Now I’ve cut that in half and know twice as much!”
“CompanyCam saves me about an hour on each estimate. It even helped us get a siding job because we were able to draw on the photos and show the insurance adjusters exactly where the hail stones hit the house!”
“Our technicians were sending job site photos to each other’s phones, my phone and various computers. We missed photos, we would lose them, it went to the wrong computer, people were calling and saying ‘I sent it’ and it wasn’t there. It was a mess.”
“CompanyCam solves the need to store the photos. That was our initial thing: where to store the photos? We were having so much trouble with storage space with iCloud and all these different things. Now, no one has to worry about storage — they can just take photos!”
“We are definitely taking more photos now… for one because we have more people able to do it and have it all in the same place and it’s just more convenient.”
“CompanyCam is saving me money in the first two weeks of using it, and I’m saving a ridiculous amount of paper!”
“I absolutely love this app. It is awesome.”
“CompanyCam makes it so simple to collaborate.”
“I’m really liking having access to the photos in real time as opposed to my techs uploading into Google Drive.”
“We’re pumped. CompanyCam is simple to use and it’s saving us money.”
“Now that I’m using CompanyCam, I don’t have to rely on Dropbox to store my photos. CompanyCam takes care of everything instantly and stores every photo in the cloud— not on my phone!”
“At the risk of sounding unprofessional, I think I love you man! CompanyCam is everything I would want if I could design it myself!”
“What I like is that as the GM I can see what my team is looking at in the field. It helps to have a second set of eyes on projects because items do get missed. It also can be used as quality control from your desk!”
“This program is amazing…I mean the thing is everyone has a cell phone and can be taking pictures but there’s no real easy to get them. Being able to have this hub…well it’s pretty incredible!”
“Man I love it. It’s real easy to use and very intuitive. Set me free to do what I need to help my company prosper. Thanks for the great app. Changed my life, seriously!”
“Any time everybody is on the same page, you’re going to grow your business. CompanyCam makes that way easier for us in every respect.”
“It is very helpful getting pictures..with ORGANIZATION back to the home office. It’s a 10 on a 1 to 5 scale.”
“We love this, its exactly what we needed. Trying to teach people how to upload to Dropbox, and having to have them know how to create a new folder is incredibly hard for them, this is by far easier for them and us in the office. Thank you guys a lot!”
“I’m not a picture guy but this app is sick and so easy to use. I’ve been roofing for 16 years and hated taking pictures. Now I love it.”
“My bosses are happy with me cause it’s so easy for me to get them the pictures they want.”
“Before everyone was taking and storing photos their own way and not consistent. This helped us be more consistent and centralized making it very easy to search, find, and share images.”
“I have three of my techs using the app now and myself. I can’t say enough about how it has saved our field techs and our office staff so much time compared to our old methods. I’m extremely happy with CompanyCam!”
“With CompanyCam, we’re able to bring the customer “on top of the roof”. We share a project link with the customer so they can see live updates of our progress and the customer doesn’t have to worry about anything.”
“CompanyCam helps us get the right information to the right person, fast! It’s an invaluable communication tool for our business.”
“I literally go home at least an hour earlier than I used to because of CompanyCam and being able to get more done during the day. CompanyCam is so easy, my dad could use it!”
“I use this for my roofing company and it’s well worth the money! GAME CHANGER!”
“It was always a problem getting our guys to send pictures back to the office. This app makes it very easy. Also everyone can see every picture right from their phones.”
“We love CompanyCam. It’s the best thing we’ve done for our business yet.”
“It’s awesome that if an insurance company asks me to send photos for a supplement, I can quickly search an address and find everything I need, even if it’s 6 months later. I was tired of looking through 3,000 photos on my phone.”
“Our techs say it saves them 30 minutes to 1 hour per project handling photos. We ran 1000+ calls last year and every job we evaluate we set up a CompanyCam project and save assessment photos. It’s a tool we can’t image not having as a resource now.”
“We’ve had to take pictures of everything. We’ve gone from traditional cameras to dropbox to CompanyCam. The ease of use is tremendous. If you can use a cell phone, you can use CompanyCam.”
“We are finding different ways we can become more efficient. CompanyCam gives us better visibility to the managers in the office. We are able to get instant access to our information out in the field.”
“Something we struggle with is accountability. So when you’re in the field and you’re required to take pictures of your work, there’s going to be a lot of pride behind that and a lot of accountability behind that.”
“Having CompanyCam allows us a platform to say “we did what was needed,” which helps us and all of our customers have some accountability.”
“CompanyCam is more than just an app for us. It is our way for us to communicate internally and externally. It is a visual piece that is going to be just as important for us from a communication standpoint as email. So for us, it’s more than an app. It’s how we’re going to hold our people accountable, it’s how we’re going to show our pride, and ultimately communicate in a way that’s cutting edge and above and beyond what everyone in our field and industry are doing.”
“I’ve seen similar things, but nothing quite like CompanyCam.”
“CompanyCam just protects you. Especially if you’re in the construction business, you need to document and you need that transparency.”
“It’s liability, it’s marketing, it’s really a lot of tools in a really simple program.”
“We just did a $4.3mil claim where I copy and pasted the timeline link on the back of my claims package shared over 700 photos to the carrier in one click. Before CompanyCam I would have had to manually send a bunch of emails and attach 20 photos per email.”
“CompanyCam helps us solve problems because we can interact with people in the field in real-time and track the progress of jobs throughout the day.”
“You can oversee projects without having to be there all the time which frees our time to have a higher volume of projects. Time is money.”
“Most of all it saves error because we can all communicate with a photo. Communication is crystal clear.”
“We did a bid a year ago, just a basic mulch job, and the homeowner decided she’d wait a while longer. Well, this season she called us up again and because we had all the photos from the last time we went out there we were able to get her a quote without making a trip back to the property.”
“We save hours each week, just in communicating back and forth about jobs.”
“We save hours each week, just in communicating back and forth about jobs.”
“One of my customers, Jill, could see her dining room shades getting installed from work — before she even got home — then sent the link to the photos to her husband . It took her 30 seconds and she was blown away.”
“CompanyCam saves us at least one trip to the home per install which means the time, the gas, the payroll. All of that efficiency makes CompanyCam worth it.”
“Before CompanyCam, a designer would have to find us back at the gallery and ask us questions then get back to the client the following day. With CompanyCam, we can solve problems and answer questions live, while they’re still at the clients house.”
“Since we’re taking photos during the initial measure, I can go back in before the install and I know what I’m walking into without having to call back to the office.”
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