Blog | August 20, 2019
Converting My Pest Software Is Too Painful - Part 1
As a provider of pest control software, we hear it every day. "I don't like my current software, but I would rather have a root canal than go through a conversion." Sure, conversions are hard, but if you take all the right steps, it is far less painful than major dental work. Most companies come out on the other side of a software conversion, grateful that they made the change. Most even say, "that wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be."
Blog | July 12, 2019
Who Should Schedule? Tech or Office
When it comes to scheduling your customers, many companies take one of two approaches: letting the technician do it or having a dedicated person in the office schedule for everyone. Here are some pros and cons of both.
Blog | June 26, 2019
Change is Good... You Go First
"If nothing changed - there would be no butterflies." -Unknown
Years ago, when Martha Stewart was in the middle of her rise to fame, she was famous for making a statement about something and then saying; “it’s a good thing.” I wonder what she would say about embracing change? Let’s face it: embracing change, especially the unexpected or surprising variety, is no fun. Even in the case of making proactive, intentional changes; we can be guilty of wanting to see others take the first step. But personal confidence and maturity cannot be gained by living vicariously through others. Whether it is intentionally building a good habit or responding, with a good attitude, to an unplanned change – we should go first!
Blog | June 4, 2019
To Buy or Not to Buy
To buy or not to buy, that is the question! As pest companies begin the transition from paper route sheets to mobile applications, the question becomes, "should we buy the phones or should the tech use their own." Unfortunately, there is not a perfect answer. There are advantages and disadvantages to both, and the answer lies with the goals and comfort level in your business.
The good news is that you have a choice. We now live in a world where we don't have to purchase the $2,000 handheld device that stops working every time it rains. The mobile apps of today work on the smartphones that we already have in our pocket.
Blog | May 1, 2019
Be a Swarm Superhero
It’s that time of year again! The dreaded swarm season. Let’s face it, it is what pest management companies do - they protect and serve. Protect the customer's homes from those dreaded little insects and serve the customers when it counts the most. And not to mention, a swarm call is the perfect opportunity to cross-sell existing customers or pick up new customers. In short, you are expected to be a superhero during swarm season.
Blog | February 28, 2018
Forward Thinking: Four Steps To A Great Year
Usually, we enter the new year with a head full of plans, goals, and ideas. But looking ahead can be daunting. Many of us are likely still trying to get our heads wrapped around last year, and looking to get an idea of how things are going now. So how do we make the most of the year to come? How do we generate new goals, plans, and habits for 2018? 7 Software has a multitude of tools that can assist with this, and we have incorporated the use of many of these into our four-step process for forward thinking.
Blog | February 22, 2018
Whoever said promises are made to be broken wasn't running a business. When you invest your time and money into providing products and services for others, you are setting out to meet the expectations of clients and to meet your own goals as a provider. You may even think of your business plan as a promise to yourself, your investors, or your employees, to grow, innovate, create, and compete.