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

general contractor essential toolsContractors Reporting Services wants to help you gather the business tools you need to ensure your success after getting your FL Contractors license. Once you’ve completed the first steps by meeting the Florida general contractor license requirements, it is time to focus on building professional relationships and networks to strengthen ties and increase your opportunities for work. As always, it is our pleasure to be able to offer assistance outside the realm of contractor licensing, renewals and corporation set-up and we hope that you will benefit from the resources we’ve provided. Our past two articles have offered information on web-tools general contractor essential tools to assist with business tasks, professional design and editing projects as well as document & form creation. Part 3 of 3 offers options focused on Networking and Reputation Management. 


1. Promotions and Networking

LinkdIn. A must for many professionals, LinkedIn allows people to recommend you, find you via your location and expertise, and prompts users to advertise their experience and education for potential clients and employers.

CardMunch. Allows you to photograph a business card, turning it into a contact on your phone. Powered by LinkedIn, it also shows you their profile and common connections. Others, like Cardcloud, geotag the location of the card upon scanning, so you remember where you met the contact. 

Professional On The Web. Add your profile and portfolio to Professional On The Web and become part of a growing number of agencies and freelancers connected over this network. A free QR code generator. QR codes can publicize your site, special discounts via text message or a portfolio of your best contracting work.

2. Project and Document Collaboration Online

PBWorks. Simple and free to use, you can upload custom pages with HTML. Their slogan is x“online team collaboration to get work done.”

Wikispaces. Simplifying the process of making and using a wiki, Wikispaces allows anyone to create a public or private place for their content. Wikis are the original web 2.0 tools!

Basecamp. A web-based project management tool from from 37Signals. Organize projects, data and people (team, vendors, clients, subcontractors) with ease.

3. Website Creation

 WordPress. Considered to be the standard platform for new blog and website creation, it is simple and easy to use.

 KompoZer. This software makes it easy to create HTML web pages with a what you see is what you get interface.

4. Business Reputation Management

 Yelp. The easiest way for consumers to find, review and discuss what’s great -and not so great- in your area. Proactive management and engagement with your profile is essential to success.

Citysearch. With reviews of just about everything, Citysearch is a great resource of information on businesses all over the United States. Like Yelp, be sure to claim, update and manage your profile.

Technorati. One of the world’s leading providers of blog information. Monitor your links and reputation through the website to increase your visibility. 

That’s it! The final 12 in our list. These essential web-based tools can aid any contractor in edging out the competition. In terms of business productivity, efficiency, client acquisition, profitability, and professional development, the sky’s the limit in 2016!

Contractors Reporting Services is your one-stop shop for assistance with obtaining a FL Contractors License, license renewal, corporation set-up or anything else related to the industry. We are experts at what we do and we are here to answer any questions that you may have. Please give us a call. We are here to help you.

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