Essential Business Tools for a FL General Contractor – Part 1 of 3

fl general contractorAt Contractors Reporting Services, we work hard to make your FL Contractors licensing and renewal processes as efficient as possible. You begin by asking about how to become a contractor, but once we assist you through the licensing process, you will likely be looking for online tools to get your business and professional tasks up to speed for a profitable start. With so many choices to make in your first few months, we have done a little bit of legwork on your behalf. In our efforts to set you up for success, we have compiled a 3-part list of some (mostly) free online/software options to get you going and help you manage some of the more tedious tasks so you can focus on building the business of your dreams to become fl general contractor. 


  1. Office Productivity and Online Project/Document Collaboration: 

Google Docs. Free document creation, storage & sharing within your Google account online.

OpenOffice. Free open source software suite, comparable to the Microsoft & Apple “office” programs for documents, spreadsheets, presentations and more.

Zoho. Same as above, but it also includes Wiki, Virtual Office, Show, Project management, Planner and a chat tool. Use them all or pick and choose.

Thinkfree. Another “office” suite option, with sharing ability,that offers cloud storage as well as mobile options to increase your flexibility.


 2. Business Management (Project Management, Enterprise Resource Planning, Client Relationship Management, Accounting)

GanttProject. A free, open source desktop tool for project management and scheduling. It runs on all the major operating systems and allows project sharing via WebDAV. Break down and assign tasks, milestones, manage human resources, create resource load, PERT and Gantt charts. Save charts as image files or export reports as PDF or HTML. A web-based project management software, featuring a clutter free GUI, the ability to create discussion forums, task lists, charts and more.

Imperium. A complete web-based accounting software solution with the functionality of commercial programs like Peachtee and QuickBooks, geared for use in smaller and mid-sized operations. Manage your business data with features like CRM, project tracking & invoicing. Works with any operating system and integrates with Google Apps.

FrontAccounting. Another terrific web-based solution for enterprise resource planning. Track purchase orders, invoices, accounts payable, stock, general ledger, budget and more.

TurboCASH. A free option with comparable features to the above-named. Stock control, outstanding invoices, suppliers, ledger, balance sheet, income analysis and more. It can handle multiple users and sites. allows you to start small and manage your business contacts or scale up to be a complete CRM solution for your entire business.

Sugar Community Edition is a Client Relationship Management used by numerous major corporations. It supports your marketing and sales efforts, social media and social networking, email marketing, mobile messaging and reporting. You can use the open-source community version or pay for premium supported versions.

Take some time to check out these first 11 web-based tools, and you are sure to find a few to suit your foundational business needs. Office programs that aid in professional correspondence, invoices, expenses, supply tracking, etc., make the process of financial management much more… manageable. And with many of the free programs reducing initial out-of-pocket expenses, your initial outlook is much more profitable.

At Contractors Reporting Services, we want to see you succeed and work hard to make the process better for you. If you have questions about obtaining a FL Contractors License, license renewal, corporation set-up or anything else related to the industry, please give us a call. We are here to help you.

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13795 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33613