William and Patti Feldman

Articles by William and Patti Feldman
Task-oriented software for handheld devices 
No doubt about it, mobile devices are changing the way contractors conduct daily business out in the field.
Software solutions for contractors looking to optimizing energy use, locate equipment 
BuildingIQ, www.buildingiq.com, is a web-based SaaS (software as a service) solution platform designed to optimize energy use in commercial buildings that have a Building Automation System, an Internet connection, and the support of the maintenance team. The solution aims to save on energy costs while maintaining or improving comfort and improve the carbon footprint of the buildings.
YouTube as a strategic marketing platform for plumbing contractors 
In late 2013, our query for "plumbing contractor" jumped up to more than 70,000 and a query for "HVAC contractor" yielded almost 100,000 results. Results for, while just plain "HVAC" reaped a whopping 358,000 videos.
Niche apps for on-the-spot presentations, conversations, calculations 10
Here are some nifty iPad and smartphone apps for sales presentations, quotes and billing, calculations and conversions on the go.
Four for the road
RazorSync Mobile Field Service Management software, www.razorsync.com, for small to medium sized field service businesses, is a cloud-based desktop and mobile software solution that facilitates business management and interaction among team members in the office, field technicians and customers.
Asset tracking software helps you gain control 2

Tool and vehicle tracking software can help a contractor gain control over valuable assets, large and small, by keeping track of where assets are and who is accountable for them. Here are three tool tracking solutions for the office and the field that can maximize tool and equipment availability and minimize hoarding, misallocation or theft. Solutions hosted in the cloud reduce reliance on a contractor's IT resources and allow users access from anywhere, anytime.

Solutions for when on the move
PlanGrid 2.0, www.plangrid.com, a cloud-based service available both as an iPad and an iPhone app, is a blueprint viewer that enables users to maintain one master set of blueprints in the cloud (on the web) and publish them to a team, keeping all members in the field up to date.
Solutions for contractors of all sizes 6

FreshBooks, www.freshbooks.com, is an online cloud-based solution that can create one-time and recurring invoices and accept payments in return. The service, which is cloud-based, is designed for small service-based companies that invoice their customers for time and material, or time plus materials projects.

Estimating software for the mechanical contractor

 

When well matched to a company's needs, estimating software may save time, increase accuracy, and increase the level of professionalism a bid conveys. Here are some popular options from a few of the major software developers targeting HVAC and plumbing contractors.   

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