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Webinar: 5 Key Strategies to Increase Profitability

Did you know that there are only 5 things every business owner needs to focus on in order to grow the bottom line? More importantly, do you know what they are? Join us this Wednesday, July 18, at 4pm ET, for a free webinar with Karie Kaufmann, Business Coach, Joanna Knox, Business Development at Fundbox, and Terrin Kalian, Business Success at Knowify, to learn 5 key strategies to increase profitability in your business.


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Putting Numbers on the Knowify Productivity Improvement

It is nearly impossible to make it through a day without encountering an eye-roll-inducing product claim. You know the kind: Younger! Smarter! Healthier! Richer! Marketing language has extended so far into the realm of the preposterous that most of us are immune to it.

But it’s one thing to make a claim, and another thing entirely to back it up with numbers. We here at Knowify have long promised productivity increases – but what does that mean exactly? Is it a soft, wishy-washy claim that you’ll feel more organized and ‘productive’, but mostly business will roll on as usual? Or does it mean a significant change in your business processes in a way that will lead to efficiency, growth, and (hopefully) business transformation? Here’s what the data have to say:

Companies take on 20% more jobs by the end of their first year
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Knowify goes Bold

Last week, our Co Founder, Daniel de Roulet was selected for an exclusive interview with Bold Business. We are honored to be a company hand picked as a Bold Business, using technology to innovate and revolutionize the way the construction industry works.

Bold’s mission is simple: to encourage, communicate and enable Bold Business Ideas and Actions that Build a Better World. They believe that bold ideas lead to bold actions that deliver amazing societal impact – and we could not agree more!

Be sure to watch coverage from the interview:
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Estimates and Invoices, POs and Bills: How a Little Extra Effort Can Pay Off

The office side of the business is frequently unloved in construction. We like to joke that nobody ever got into construction so they could sit at a desk working on spreadsheets all day. Because construction guys would much rather be in the field, they often develop little workarounds to make the office side of things faster – but as with any workaround, they give up something in the process.

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Feature of the Week: Mobile Onboarding!

You may have already heard by now that our mobile app is really awesome! It has the ability to track employee time with GPS functionality and can capture photos of receipts. But what good is an incredible app if not everyone on your team is using it? We have noticed a disconnect between the office and workers on the field in understanding where your employees stand on their mobile onboarding. We are ready and eager to bridge this gap and create easy communication – we even went as far as adding a Spanish option- ¡de nada!

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App Spotlight: CollBox

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Overwhelmed with overdue client invoices? CollBox is your solution! Do not let your company down by falling into the struggle so many contractors in America are facing: failing to collect payments from their clients.

CollBox is an application that makes it faster and easier for companies to collect payments on their past-due invoices. In just three clicks, their QuickBooks integration allows customers to automatically send outstanding invoice data to a collection agency. CollBox’s network of professional, effective collection agencies will quickly work to recover the money owed to contractors by utilizing data from the company’s QuickBooks account.

The CollBox app will show what is collectible, and connect users with the right company to get the best rate on collections. CollBox is an incredible tool that allows contractors to stop worrying about collecting money, and spend more time and focus on efficiently managing their jobs.

For more information on CollBox, check out their website: https://collbox.co/

And for more information on Knowify shoot us an email at support@knowify.com !

Knowify + Permitzone = Streamlined Permitting

We are thrilled to announce a new game-changing addition to Knowify’s lineup of tools designed to streamline the way you apply for, pay and receive construction, sign and solar related permits. Beginning 10/17, Knowify will offer a direct integration with PermitZone, the leading platform for sourcing construction permits across the United States! This integration will be fully available in Florida, California and Texas, and we’ll extend it to the rest of the US shortly thereafter.

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Building the cities of the future

We’re excited to share that Knowify has been selected to participate in the inaugural UrbanTech program run by DreamIt, one of the top startup accelerators in the world.

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At the center of the program is a major, multi-billion-dollar construction project in Tampa Bay: the revitalization of the Tampa Bay waterfront. Over the next several years, you will see new office towers, apartments, infrastructure, and public facilities, and a vibrant new district will emerge when now underutilized space and buildings exist. Your can learn more about this project here.

The entire project has embraced technology from the get-go, from the use of advanced green materials, to Sim-City like technologies that help planners visualize pedestrian and traffic flows. The waterfront revitalization project is turning into much more than a construction project – it’s a glimpse into the future of how cities will be built, managed, and sustained.

For our part, we will be working closely with the large GCs on the project to try to bring our powerful tools to their subcontractors, with the aim of improving GC/Sub communication and reducing the administrative burden subs face on the job. Thank you DreamIt for the opportunity!

See you all in Tampa!

Knowify wins the Accountex User Favorite Awards

We are thrilled to receive the 2017 User Favorite Award to the best industry-specific solution!

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Accountex USA is the leading independent conference on accounting technology and showcases companies that provide the most productive and effective technologies and meet the highest standards of design, ease-of- use, and conformance with appropriate accounting standards. Thousands of users voted during the conference and these were the other honorees along with Knowify: QuickBooks, Sageworks, Salesforce, Right Networks, Handifox, Expensify, ADP, Scanov, Karbon, Asana, Bill.com, TSheets, Fundbox, SmartVault, Oracle, Intuit Field Service Management, LedgerSync, Tax1099, Chargeover, ProSeries, CCH Wolters Kluwer, Square, QuickBooks POS, B2B Gateway, Fiscal Technologies and Zapier.

According to the Accountex committee, the award “honors the solutions that have the happiest clients. It creates a true user satisfaction award rather than a popularity contest”, and nothing makes use happy than an award voted by the users!

Congratulations to the entire Knowify family for the hard work and special thanks to our network of Advisors and Construction Company Advisor Network members for their support!

As you already know, we won’t stop here. We have many surprises in the pipeline, including a couple of integrations with new partners that will make running a contracting office even more efficient.

A picture is worth 1000 words…

Indeed! SO, if a picture is worth 1000 words, you should be taking pictures of all your projects – before, during, and after. That’s can help you show your best work, “make the fewest mistakes and cover your butt,” according to a GAF PROBlog post by Luke Hansen of CompanyCam, a start-up that manages contractors’ photos.

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While Hansen advocates getting everyone on your team to snap photos as a recordkeeping/promotional undertaking, he notes the three following, not-to-be-missed occasions where photos can make a difference:

Sales and Estimating

“The moment your [salespeople] get out of their trucks…they should probably start taking photos,” writes Hansen. Not only is it important for estimating, it’s valuable for documenting pre-existing conditions should an issue arise at the end of a job. Hansen even recommends taking photos of the client’s driveway, noting: “Your distributor will LOVE you if you save them a few thousand dollars by producing a photo that shows the driveway was already cracked before their truck was on it.”

Pre-documenting a job site, he says, can also help with job continuity. Should a sales rep leave a job, someone else on your team could still put together a bid without traveling back to the site. It also facilitates information sharing — rather than launch into a lengthy explanation of what they need, your reps can just show the photos.

Operations

Hanson also recommends using your sales rep photos to prep crews on the job before they go out. And then, when the team hits the job site, he suggests each immediately take pictures on arrival and when they finish work for the day. This helps you track progress, and also time management. Because photos are time and date stamped, he says, it can help with time tracking (although Knowify does this automatically!).

Crew leaders can also take snapshots to document the unexpected, like mold or rot, which can be emailed to a client who can quickly approve any additional work/cost.

Marketing

Pretty pictures sell. Hansen says his crew leaders photograph the completed project and his inspector follows with a QC check takes more photos. It is these photos, he says, that are used in marketing, shared on Facebook, and even highlighted in the company’s blog series titled “Roofs of the Week.”

Bottom line, concludes Hansen, “If you’re disciplined in taking photos throughout the entire process, you’re going to save yourself money, headaches, and most importantly time. Selling more jobs is just a bonus.”

Integrating photography into your operating arsenal makes a lot of sense. But running a smart business profitably makes even more sense. How do you get there? Let’s talk. Knowify is already helping contractors run their businesses better — integrating business management and accounting systems like QuickBooks from an easy-to-use interface accessible from any device — in the field and in the office.

If you have any questions or wish to share your feedback, you can find us at support@knowify.com.

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