Builders Beware

Written by Danny Tangredi

Builders Beware by Danny Tangredi

Considering Building Your Own Software Solution – Read This First!

Every now and again a shop owner decides to take onrepparttar challenge of building an estimating/business management system from scratch. The one’s I have come across usually have a little bit of technical knowledge, maybe some previous program writing experience, and that friend/employee who assures them “A system built from scratch, no problem.” These owners tend to think that if they build a system themselves, it will be less expensive, more reliable, and above all give them a strong infrastructure forrepparttar 105632 future. Inrepparttar 105633 beginning ofrepparttar 105634 software age this might have beenrepparttar 105635 case, but in today’s environment having a “self built” mentality presents some owners with many challenges and disadvantages, which grow larger and larger everyday. Are you considering building your own software solution?

Which Type of Shop Can Rely On A Home Built System?

Not all shops are at a disadvantage when it comes to building their own system. To determine which avenue a shop should take, owners must know what type of shops benefit from a self built solution and what type is better off purchasing one. Companies with a small number of people, where only 1 person estimates, producing very few quotes daily, with little to no re-orders, and selling a small number of products with few options, may do fine using Excel or a home built shop management system. But if and when one or more of these variables change,repparttar 105636 need for a better solution increases and owners should look else where.

How Much Does It Cost To Build Your Own?

Many times an owner thinks it is less expensive to build a system then to buy one. This is one ofrepparttar 105637 biggest misconceptions of a self built system. I recently spoke with Steve Gillispie from Acorn Signs who spent 6 months creating a program from scratch before he ultimately stopped when he found a solution that did everything he needed and more. Steve said looking back “It’s idiotic to try and build your own system. The time involved andrepparttar 105638 programming knowledge required is too much. Trying to build a system internally, when other software systems are currently inrepparttar 105639 market, is idiotic.” He stated that “Software companies, such as Cyrious Software which he uses, already have hundreds of development hours invested into their programs; therefore building a system yourself starts you off with a time and knowledge disadvantage.”

Software forrepparttar 105640 Future of Your Business

If you are looking to be a competitive force in your market, grow your business, and increase your sales, creatingrepparttar 105641 right infrastructure inrepparttar 105642 most economical way is key. In an industry where time and money, building relationships, and staying competitive is vital to a business’ success, having a system in place that assists with these areas is extremely important and hard to achieve on your own. This is why many owners today like Steve, are haltingrepparttar 105643 production of a self-built system and looking towards other solutions.

Direct Mail your money

Written by Meredith Gossland

I did a quick, very unscientific survey of 25 of my friends. I asked them to putrepparttar mail that they do not open or read in a specific trash bag. Atrepparttar 105631 end of one week they gave it to me to be weighed. Guess how muchrepparttar 105632 bag weighed? Remember, most mail is a fraction of an ounce. 63.4.....not ounces....lbs! Something is wrong with this picture! That's like 2 1/2 pounds per person per week! Holy Cow! Also this was a March survey, what if it had been done in November?

Let's get a grip on this absolute waste of paper, ink, money and time! There are some common sense points we need to look at here.

Direct mail, at 2-5%, has a totally unacceptable response rate.

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