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Field Pulse

Field Pulse

By on January 16, 2017 in Pricing and Estimating with 0 Comments

Here at Blogging Painters, we often are contacted by inventors, software developers and industry representatives. They are very interested in the feedback from our readers on products and ideas. Recently the folks at Field Pulse contacted us, they want to refine their product to make it better suited to the painting industry. I posted in […]

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Understanding Project Manuals

Understanding Project Manuals

By on November 26, 2016 in Pricing and Estimating with 4 Comments

Project Manuals are the other tool that is provided, along with blueprints, to enable us to assemble an accurate bid. Whether you are bidding to general contractors or directly to the owner of a project, often you will be provided with an FTP site link where you can download the “Plans and Specs”. Once you […]

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The Bidding Process

The Bidding Process

By on August 16, 2015 in Pricing and Estimating with 4 Comments

 Putting it all together  The first step to any bid is of course to gather the quantities, whether you are measuring an existing structure or doing a takeoff from a set of plans. From there you must “extend” your numbers, either manually or by entering the information into an estimating program. There are many such […]

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Tracking Production Rates

Tracking Production Rates

By on April 19, 2015 in Pricing and Estimating with 3 Comments

Field budgets        Your field budget is generated from your bid. The total amount of time and materials that you have bid for each phase of the project makes up your field budget. This tells your superintendent and foreman on the job exactly how many hours and how many gallons of paint that […]

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What can an Estimating Program do for You?

What can an Estimating Program do for You?

By on April 4, 2015 in Pricing and Estimating with 19 Comments

“How much should I charge?” One of the most divisive topics in any contractors group is pricing. Ask that question, and watch the fireworks begin. May as well ask “How much is a bag of groceries?” There are several unfortunate methods like Despermating, WAG (wild ass guess) and RID (rent is due), or asking strangers […]

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PaintScope- A new way to estimate accurately

PaintScope- A new way to estimate accurately

By on November 9, 2014 in Pricing and Estimating with 8 Comments

Eyeball vs Measure Which do you usually do for an estimate on an exterior repaint? Do you measure or break out the different substrates? Recently one of our readers had an opportunity to use a new technology after we posted this press release and he commented. PaintScope hooked up Nick Dunse from Thinkpainting  with a […]

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Submitting a Professional Estimate

Submitting a Professional Estimate

By on March 23, 2014 in Pricing and Estimating with 7 Comments

PEP announces the eBid! How does it work? You put together a company profile to highlight your latest projects, your history, your values – a professional estimate is what sets you apart from the rest. When it comes time to make a bid for a job, you can select to include this company information as […]

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5 challenges with time sheets, and what you can do about it…

5 challenges with time sheets, and what you can do about it…

It seems apparent these days that using paper time sheets can be time-consuming and expensive for you and your business. My name is Neville Solomon, and after personally interviewing over 50 painting business owners across the country that still use time sheets, the majority have told me the challenges it brings them, and how it’s […]

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How do I know what to charge?

How do I know what to charge?

By on February 1, 2014 in Pricing and Estimating with 7 Comments

My estimating was guesstimating at best. When I first started my business I had no idea what to charge my clients for the work I was doing. I knew how to charge by the hour, but I wasn’t always sure how long it would take me to finish tasks. Eventually I had a pretty good idea […]

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CORK-Customer Relationship Management

How do you pull it all together? Keeping track of customers, proposals, contracts, employees, payroll, appointments, is hard if you don’t have a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system in place.  Most people I talk to use some combination of Outlook and Quickbooks along with paper documents and appointment scheduling software. Doing it that way worked […]

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Do more with your Estimating Software

Do more with your Estimating Software

By on November 4, 2013 in Pricing and Estimating with 0 Comments

When I go to PDCA conventions, I often run into friends and fellow painters that know me as an estimating buff. They know that I’m both the owner of an estimating software company and also a paint contracting business. Don’t get me wrong, estimating is critical to being successful, but it’s also really important to […]

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Are Free Estimates Really Free !?!

By on July 22, 2013 in Pricing and Estimating with 29 Comments

It’s a daily occurrence all over this grand landscape of contracting. We run out and give away our time and experience for free hoping we will get a certain portion of the business. It’s one of the few professions where we give away our expertise doing free estimates

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3 Things You Should Know about Lead Generation Services

3 Things You Should Know about Lead Generation Services

Nobody really likes to sell. If you’re like most people, you’d rather just get down to the business of painting your client’s house. There’s nothing less pleasurable than digging up leads. In an ideal world, a professional could hang out his shingle, be really good at what he does, and never lack for phone calls. […]

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Are you asking questions or telling?

Are you asking questions or telling?

The Questions You Must Discuss on Every Estimate Last year, we wrote an article about selling. Basically, it’s tough! For seasonal areas this time of year, everyone seems to be calling at the same time. When it gets busy, we can easily get caught up focusing on the work to be done. We forget that […]

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Estimating Software

Estimating Software

By on February 23, 2013 in Pricing and Estimating with 25 Comments

“Everything gets Measured” That was biggest takeaway from an Estimating course I took from Bob Cusumano last year. Measuring and Estimating was one thing my husband and I had always disagreed on. He could walk a job, know how long it would take and be able to say how much. Of course, he had been […]

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