If there’s one word that summarizes tax season in the United Kingdom, it’s chaos. This month, millions of Britons will race to submit their online self-assessment tax returns by midnight on January 31. Tens of thousands will leave it to the last minute – literally. Hundreds of thousands more will miss the deadline altogether.
When time is money, as it is for the modern tradesman, traffic is the enemy. Inching along the High Street in search of a hardware store for your supplies is not only infuriating; it’s also costly. But what if you could order materials from your mobile phone and then have them delivered right to your job site? With Buildiro, now you can.
With so much competition and ever-diminishing margins, today’s tradesman needs to hustle to build a business and expand a client base. Technology can help. From mobile apps that manage finances to websites that allow customers to leave honest reviews, builders now have access to a plethora of online resources. But in a field full of handheld gadgetry, where to begin?
Profitability, minimising costs, maintaining a good level of cash flow, stock levels and good customer service are key for any business. It’s not just about having the right job management software although that does help!.
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It can be difficult for a builders’ merchant to attract and retain customers. Margins are thin, and luring price-conscious buyers takes more than a sign in the driveway. But with the right strategy, merchants can stand out in a crowded marketplace, maximizing profits, minimizing costs, and keeping stocks in line with customer needs.
Buildiro is making life easier for tradespeople and merchants, but the innovations go far beyond the job-site. An e-invoicing feature set to launch next month will save industry accountants time – and could even earn them a little extra cash.
It’s no secret that tradesmen are creatures of habit. Let’s face it – from the tools we use to the methods we employ, when we find something that works, we stick with it. But while that might engender customer loyalty, these days, being obstinate can be costly.
Coupons aren’t the most rugged tool in a pro builder’s toolbox, but for anyone with jobs south of London, they might be the smartest. Earlier this month, Buildiro teamed up with JMD Building & DIY Supplies, a family-run supplier in Hailsham, England, to offer all Buildiro customers 5% off their bill. It’s our first discount deal with a UK-based merchant; it will not be our last.
Professional builders, on the other hand, typically avoid small merchants. Many independently-run stores don’t maintain updated inventories online, and when time is money, tradespeople are instinctively drawn to bigger, often pricier alternatives, assuming larger retailers are more likely to stock what they are looking for.