For those feeling busy, try productive instead

· · Posted in Business

Busy vs Productive

When was the last time you asked a colleague how their work week is going? And when was the last time you heard an answer loaded with anything other than anxiety or stress? “I’m flat out” or “keeping my head above water” have become the default as if to avoid the ‘lazy’ label. We’ve become fearful of appearing to juggle anything other than ten projects at a time in an attempt to explain our work schedule. Unfortunately, busy doesn’t equate to productive.

Doing less is not being lazy. Don’t give in to a culture that values personal sacrifice over personal productivity.
– Tim Ferriss, FourHourWorkWeek.

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Too busy to chase the money?

· · Posted in Accounting

Aitchison Reid

This is a guest post by Fionna C Aitchison Reid.

Please note that this article has been written in relation to the Queensland jurisdiction and does not apply to other jurisdictions.

Don’t leave chasing money until the end of December because you may have to wait even longer to get paid, thanks to the new amendments to the Queensland’s Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (BCIPA).

It’s the crazy time of year, where the work piles up and you end up delaying the invoicing and the paperwork for when you have time.

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simPRO partners with Aitchison Reid

· · Posted in Partnerships

Helping Hand

We’re proud to now be partnering with building and construction lawyers, Aitchison Reid.

Summary of Aitchison Reid

  • Does your contract fully protect you or does it leave you exposed?
  • Do you understand your contract?
  • Do your customers understand your contract?
  • Are you proud of your contract and does it reflect your values?

Aitchison Reid believe your contract is like any other tool in your tool box; it should work for you. They write eContracts that work for you and your business.

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5 cheap marketing techniques for trade services

· · Posted in Business


Business a little slow? How long has it been since you measured your marketing efforts? By taking time to review what your marketing is costing you and by utilising some cheaper avenues to reach your audience you’re likely to attract more business. Be prepared to test, review and to look to new platforms to make a splash.

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Choose a software system that can grow with your business

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A guest post by Dan Fairbain from Ocius Digital.

Over the years, we’ve worked with a number of businesses to implement systems and processes that will assist them to scale – from small companies on single locations, through to organisations across multiple locations and franchises.

Although the general rules are the same when looking at software and systems for different companies, things become more complex for a business with intentions to grow. In this situation, having a business software system in place that allows an expanding business to achieve higher levels of operational performance is essential from the outset.

And it doesn’t just come down to cost – software with the biggest price tag won’t necessarily be the best option for your business.

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Why the Cloud is the future of field services

· · Posted in Field Mobility

Cloud Technology Trade Services

When people think of industries being revolutionised by cloud computing they might consider banking and finance, telecommunications or online entertainment, but what about plumbing?

While hands-on trades may seem a world away from the desk jockeys with computers who are often most associated with using the Cloud, the truth is that Cloud computing is having a much bigger impact on the $15 billion worldwide field services sector than many people realise.

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The evolution of field mobility

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The early days

I still remember the first time I attempted the implementation of a mobile platform into a business. It was with my then electrical contracting workforce in 2003 using the XDAs. If you can remember, they were an early attempt by Microsoft at a smartphone. Looking back, they were terrible devices to use. You couldn’t take a call without the data dropping out and you had to use an input device that felt like an under-sized pen.

In hindsight, it’s little wonder my techs supplied me with an endless draw full of broken PDAs, each one accompanied by a unique excuse surrounding what had caused their fate. My favorite being “it fell into the toilet boss”.

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