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Are you Playing to Win or playing Defensive in your HVAC business

Posted by Natasha Tyrrell on 21/05/18 16:34

 

 

As much as it may feel like a lot of effort, business is about growth, and playing defensive isn't the best tactic if your competitors are all playing to win. You just can't sit back and rest on your lorals.

Love it or hate it technology has brought an opportunity to improve efficiency and beat the slow and unreliable paper shuffle.

On a greenie note - a ream of paper costs approximately five dollars to purchase with the average person consuming 230kg per person per year.   :P(tongue and cheek)

Field Service businesses still have a heavy reliance on paper; 

  • quotes or invoices to give to customers
  • purchase orders for stock
  • printed timesheets
  • printed job sheet completion

These ways of working are very manual and add hours to your day unnecessarily which means you cannot fit more work in and you end up chasing your tech's for paper. 

This problem is exacerbated when you expect your technicians to 'drop the paper' back to the office on a regular basis - costing you precious time on new jobs and not to mention increasing costs to the bottom line in petrol and wear and tear on vehicles!

Managing paper is also a huge headache for traceability; where is that quote I sent to the customer, how much did I say that part cost?

 

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Don’t let your HVAC Business Crash and Burn

Posted by Paul Tyrrell on 14/05/18 17:52

 

 

Are obvious steps being missed on jobs resulting in expensive mistakes, wasted time and unhappy customers?

 

Are you telling your team one thing, but they are doing another thing or do you feel like you are going blue in the face telling your team the same thing again and again?

  • Are Customers calling to say the team left a mess when they wrapped up a job or project?
  • Were basic things missed on the job?
  • Are your team wasting time trying to remember all the things they are meant to do in a job?
  • Even your gun players making obvious mistakes?
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Stop snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in your HVAC business, Stop the expand and contract cycle now

Posted by Paul Tyrrell on 07/05/18 14:47

 

 

In HVAC as it is with all field services businesses, it usually starts as a one or two man band and grows from there - getting bigger and bigger (sometimes really quickly and others are a medium pace).

More often than not, though, something goes pear shaped and this causes a shrink back in size. it then starts all over again - a cycle of growing and contracting.

 

 

What is actually happening during these cycles?  Unfortunately none of this is due to lack of hard work; we know for a fact the growth is because of extremely hard work but often that growth is being undermined by the failure to systemize and automate processes to sustain the growth.

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Top Tips to leverage People and Processes over pure Automation

Posted by Paul Tyrrell on 30/04/18 07:26

 

 

Hello FieldInsight people. Lesson for the week - My lesson.

I am not a guru - I am on a journey and learning like everyone else.

My lesson centres around a great article I read from Elon Musk (the creator of Tesla and SpaceX).  It has his insights to building and streamlining his business.

Believe it or not, this article points to Not going over the top with automation (....he builds cars...you need some automation right?).  I am an automation software provider, so automation I think is highly valuable but processes are also highly valuable.

If you want to grow a business and you do not have a process mindset, forget about it.

 

 

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How Pressure in your HVAC business can Create Diamonds

Posted by Paul Tyrrell on 23/04/18 12:21

 

 

Gidday FieldInsight peeps. Two points to discuss this week:

  1. Pressure is required for progress
  2. Fear holds you back.

Treat pressure like a good friend who challenges you

I've talked about it before, that progress doesn't come unless you're under enough pressure to keep the momentum going. If you're business is growing quickly, to succeed you actually need to change and evolve the systems around you, keep improving them as your business evolves - you cant sit still!

That momentum and activity creates a lot of pressure and stress, but with that pressure and that stress comes the motivation and the forcing factor to drive change in the way you do things.

It's hard and there's a lot of failure involved but through that process comes progress.  If something doesn't work as planned, use the 5 Why's technique I spoke about in the previous Blog to drill down to the root cause and take action from there.

So while pressure sucks and nobody enjoys it and there may end up being fights, disputes and friction but all that is what is actually allowing things to get better.

My tip to you

While you're in amongst that pressure/stress, just remember that in that moment you are propelling your business forward and that is motivating you to keep going.

Look at it from this angle  pressure makes diamonds  and what you are doing by moving your business forward is creating a diamond that will reap the intended rewards for you (both in the satisfaction of running a successful business as well as financially).

 

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How Google nearly Destroyed my Business

Posted by Paul Tyrrell on 16/04/18 15:08

 

 

This was a blog topic I have had in mind for a while and I think this is a perfect opportunity to shoot it because here I am lying on my butt having just fallen off my bike, ouch! 

So things don't always go as planned, particularly in the marketing space or the SEO space.

 

You have to keep going and work through the problems. 

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Why we Chose to Solve Problems for HVAC

Posted by Paul Tyrrell on 09/04/18 10:00

 

 

So I hear you ask; What is so specialized about HVAC?

HVAC is one of the most complicated businesses around. There's a mixture of field service, manufacturing, installation, project management, on call work, emergency call work, support work, annual service work.

It is a complex field service business to be in.

 

 

We've spent ten years, myself and my team building job management software to solve the end to end workflow for HVAC.

Your business is complex? Our software simplifies it.

FieldInsight is the HVAC solution.

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What is the 'Value of My Time' in a Business?

Posted by Paul Tyrrell on 02/04/18 17:24

 

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6 Fundamental Ways to Motivate & Engage Employees for Success

Posted by Paul Tyrrell on 26/03/18 12:47

 

 

I'm going to talk about keeping staff motivated and happy, and it's not what you think - it's not pay more. You want to look after them, but not only in that way. I mean you've got to pay them, but that's not what motivates people.

There are six core motivations which drive people, they correlate to different ways you treat them in the work place to engender an environment where they're happy. And to be honest, a happy workplace is a place you want to turn up to yourself, so while you're investing in their happiness, that also reflects your happiness.

Happy workers = happy life 

 

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3 Tips on How to Avoid the Cost of a Rogue Employee

Posted by Paul Tyrrell on 19/03/18 07:08

 

 

Hi, FieldInsight Blog readers. I hope you're all well and kicking goals in your business this week!

Having a team member who is not actively contributing to the success of your business is costing your business!  Trying to minimise that impact and not open yourself up to a can of "legal woes" is one of the hardest questions a small business owner has to answer.

 

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