With today’s technology all information can be on a Dropbox drive so instructions from your customers can be placed in their folders so it is instantly available on the trades phones, tablets or laptops. It’s simply a drag and drop exercise.

The trades are part of a group like structural and finishing. The email is sent by Dropbox so there’s no need to email the subby as Dropbox does that. Another thing you no longer have to concern yourself with.

Before we start make sure you have an idea for or a business name and a valid ABN which we will need in order to create or have access to  a Google My Business Account. We will also create an email admin@your-name.com.au so you will have a Google Drive where all the files that were used in creating your website will be placed.
The use of WordPress and the Divi theme (on screen editing like a Word Document) is so you can take control of the Admin of the site after, when everything is tested and working fine.Change wording or pictures of more recent work or just add another email address without being dependant on anyone else.

Your ID and why it’s so Important

Many people won’t deal with a business with a hotmail or gmail type account as they appear “Fly by night” and they want someone who’s going to be around should the need arise.

It’s a lot more serious when there’s contracts and building permits involved. The Building Act 2011 and HBCA 1991 have a strict code to follow. You may also wish to make a claim for a progress payment under the CCA 2004 (Construction Contracts Act) and your progress claims must be in accordance with that Act. (Fairly simple if done at the right time)

As a small trader undertaking work on a “Do and Charge” basis is not a concern but with a building contract it’s different. If someone is investing $200K+ in their dream home it’s a totally different ball game. The rules are different and you’ll have to play by them.

As a newly registered builder embarking on a new venture make sure you don’t trip over at 1st base. Like your accounting record keeping, make sure your contract administration is in accordance with the contract. If there’s a VO or EOT make sure you claim it at the right time and not at the final account stage. (That’s the hardest payment to get)

The next thing we do is Google My Business for SEO, Console, Analytics and your own YouTube channel and not a hosting company’s.

And of course you’ll want to be identified on Google maps so people can get directions on their phone. It’s a real confidence builder for a customer to see your business on the Google Map even if they never visit and all meetings are conducted on site. (The usual)

Also having administered dozens of sites (Building Industry), 3 pages that appeared on everyone’s were:

About Us, FAQ’s and a Gallery page.

All of which (Google Analytics) were seldom viewed and if they were it was briefly for a couple of seconds. On Gallery pages the average time was 7 seconds viewed by 9% of visitors. The same images on a Youtube clip were viewed for over 90 seconds hence:

YouTube video

Remember we are only a phone call away..,

If you’re out and about this way we can meet for a coffee at my head office McDonalds Maylands.

If you have any specific ideas of websites you like we can take a look and discuss.

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