“If you are still doing your quotations manually, it’s probably time to get yourself some good quoting software. One of my Renovantage contractors told me that, by using quoting software on a complicated quotation, instead of him taking close to 10 hours, i took him less than 3 hours. And the quotation was far more professional.”
If you are going to grow your business, you will need to finance it somehow. Yes, there is a risk to that, but it’s a calculated risk. Understanding your cash flow is one of the calculations you will need to do.
If you are still doing all the construction yourself in your business, that’s fine. But understand that you will quickly reach a maximum annual earnings, and it will never really grow. You will be maxed out.
The fastest way to increase your bottom line is to be more efficient – or, simply put, by saving time. Everybody has heard the expression “time is money,” but only a few contractors – the extremely successful ones – are masters at saving time and operating with brilliant efficiency.
If you are making a 20 per cent gross profit, and you increase your price on a job by 10 per cent, you will be increasing your gross profit by 50 per cent. So that’s the importance of watching your discounting, because the reverse is true. Decreasing your price by 10 per cent cuts your profit in half!
The assumptive close works. And it’s not manipulative. If the client doesn’t want to move ahead with you, as their renovator, they will tell you. But this close makes it less likely that they will do that.
Sales closing techniques don’t have to be pushy. You are simply helping the customer to come to a decision that they want to make, or they wouldn’t have called you in to quote on their job in the first place.
The plateau effect, where you grow your business to a certain size and it never gets any bigger, can be overcome. Systems are everything. And getting outside help in setting up these systems is a really good idea.
Here’s a letter I received recently from a Toronto-area contractor. He’d like to help his father, who he is in business with, to streamline their renovation company so it has proper processes and systems.