Many offices today are still filling out paper time cards. Why you ask?
- Nefarious software integration
- The learning curve
- Bugs or “features”
Almost everyone is guilty of it. Software products are designed to work with constant support resulting in monthly or yearly fees. Upgrades, server costs etc. But most people aren’t getting paid to figure out software. Many low skill employees can’t or drag their feet. They want the solution that stays the same. Not one that changes with the weather. As they sort through all the numerous buttons they passively fear that the next upgrade will change things and they will spend more time relearning. Barf.
But paper time cards suck!
Paper time cards take time to fill out. There is zero space to write. They get smudged and lost. Plus people have to hand deliver them back to the office. Someone needs to sort through them. It’s not really a great solution.
A better solution
For sale on google play store is the EASY TIME CARD APP. A compromise between the two. This app is real easy. Two buttons to operate and if the setup is too hard someone else can do it once and its done. Right is a screen shot from the main screen of the app. You can see the current day being shown as clocked in at the top.
At the bottom, when the user is ready to clock out just press the big red button.
When the user is ready to report their time they can press the button on the bottom labeled report time. This sends the time card over in an easily readable email without any work.
Here you can see the email which is automatically made after the user clicks the “Report Time” button.
It super clear and easy to read. It tracks starting and ending times as well as total work times.
As workers go from job to job they can track how much time they are spending at each location or task.
Best of all the records can be emailed to three people. So now that single time card can be reviewed and saved digitally.
Workers are still on the honor system because these time card emails can be edited manually. This is helpful is you make a mistake and forget to clock in. Simply type in a note on the email or change a start time.
Most importantly this is something 99% of people already know how to do. This app isn’t trying to change your life. Its simply the exact same paper time cards you have relied on in a digital format!
Have you ever been doing a job walk and someone asked how bright it was in here and how bright it should be?
Well, there’s an app for that.
The foot candle light meter is a really basic app on google play’s store that can determine how many foot candles of light are shining onto it.
Minimum requirements often established as safety guidelines.
However minimum, and maximum, lighting requirements are recommended for a variety of activities. These benchmarks are established to increase performance and reduce worker fatigue.
Warehouse lighting should be bright enough to read a large labels but not so bright as to needlessly waste electricity.
Workers assembling tiny parts need strong workstation lighting to see clearly.
Office workers need medium lighting to reduce eye fatigue when working long hours on a computer.
There are a lot of great light meters that perform the job of measuring light much better. Mainly because the use a large Fresnel lens to capture light from all directions.
But the reality is most people don’t carry around a light meter. But for only the fraction of the cost and with the convenience of your mobile device you can get pretty close with this application.
Maybe not good enough to certify to the ridiculous levels required by the state. But enough to make a confident decision about your lighting situation backed up by rea time measurements.
Here is a view from the main screen. This app is really simple. Open it and it start measuring the light right away. Unlike the professional light meters this unit can only measure light coming directly at it.
Lay it on the floor or work space and it will give you a great reading of the overhead lighting.
Point it towards the emergency lighting and see if you can get the 1 foot candle minimum.
This may not give you result you could report to a customer if they paid for a professional lighting investigation.
However for an electrician, building end user, architect or inspector this tool could be invaluable because it gets you 90% of the results of a professional tool at a fraction of the cost and 10x the convenience.
Foot Candle Light Meter for android phone or tablet
Most contractors don’t build a significant marketing database but they should. Email marketing is a key strategy in keeping your business relevant in the minds of customers.
The obvious first step is creating a spreadsheet with customer emails. This takes consistent effort to retain this information. I always add customer emails to the contract themselves so the information doesn’t go missing after a few months.
Emailing your customers should be done annually or semiannually. I don’t recommend snail mail or any other form of mail because most people will trash it right away. But after they see your email they will do what everyone does with email. Leave it sitting their inbox as they go back to their lives. But fortunately when they remember they need a contractor they can quickly search their inbox for you recent email.
Online marketing has quickly dominated business world as a means of reaching your customers. But for some people it’s still a mystery. Often I hear of small businesses paying upwards of $5,000.00 dollars for a website that is basically useless.
So I decided to sell a basic affordable marketing service in my products area which will include the following;
-A very affordable 5 page website
-Website promotion tools such as like buttons & news feed section
-Listing the website so potential customers can find it through directories and inbound links
-A simple 1 page guide for the business owner on how to update and promote their website
Check out the products section to order your own website
There are a wide variety of construction skills that can be learned and applied at home or on the job. Learning new skills and expanding on your existing skills is a great way to increase your earning power.
Construction skills are a mixture of two things; Knowledge & Experience.
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As a part 2 to my post on guns I want to cover the parts to make these tools effective. You can save so much TIME & MONEY. This is the ultimate cordless drill accessory guide.
There is always a debate on which tool set is the best. Considering I have tried basically everything on the market let me explain which set I think is the best and why.
Green roofs are great! They offer a great element of style to any structure and are completely practical as a way for a property owner to help the environment in their own small way.
A green roof will also save you money! It will insulate your house and roofing material for the life of the building.
Let me show you how to build a green roof with pictures!
I catch a ton of smack talk for driving a V4 toyota tacoma. But the reality is that its not the size of the vehicle its how you use it.
I’m running a business and all I care about is money. Cash rules everything around me. I need a vehicle with a low cost of ownership and high performance.
Imagine two vehicles. The first vehicle is a small reliable v4 truck. The second is a large domestic v8 utility bed. You or your employee is driving 20,000 miles annually. The cost of ownership for the small truck is .40 cents per mile and the cost of the large truck is .95 cents.
Annual cost of v4 is 20,000 miles x .40 = $8,000.00
Annual cost of v8 is 20,000 miles x .95 = $19,000.00