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How Contractor Management Software Could Improve Your Business

If you manage a contracting business, the last thing you want at the end of your day is to find out that projects that should have been completed aren’t, or that the laborers you hired didn’t know where to go or simply didn’t show up. Efficiency has a strong relationship with the dollar amount you […]


How Capacity Planning Could Help Your Business

To understand capacity planning in a nutshell, and how it can help your business, you need to know what it means when the term refers to “capacity.” Simply put, the capacity of your business is its ability to perform a service. This encompasses all of the resources involved in providing the service, including: Parts and […]


Tips for Choosing the Perfect Field Management Software

Growth has always been—on some level—equivalent to adding complexity, even risk, to your business. More clients and/or a higher retention rate means success in many ways, of course. But it also means more names, more numbers, more scheduling; in the end, it means managing your business becomes harder and harder, which quickly leads to inefficient […]


PRESS RELEASE: 360e’s Efficient Field Management Software Helps Prevent the “5 Money Pits” of Contracting

Designed by contractors, for  contractors,” 360e’s easy-to-use quoting, scheduling, tracking, and billing capabilities help boost the bottom line. (Portland, OR – May 21st, 2019) – In today’s challenging contracting industry, firms with less efficient workflow management processes will be at a competitive disadvantage. Thanks to 360 Enterprises LLC and its easy-to-use “360e” field management software, […]


How to Grow Your Electrical Business

Regardless of what success looks like to your electrical contractor business, growth and stability are the metrics you’ll use most often to determine the quality of your company overall. In both these regards, it is only natural to find a point where you hit a wall. Typically, a business will stagnate when it simply doesn’t […]


Electricians: 5 Reasons You Need Job Management Software

You’ve likely heard a fair bit about service management software at this point. And maybe, as an electrical contractor, your interest is piqued. But in the end, choosing to take advantage of new tech always boils down to the why. Why should you use management software for electricians? The following are five strong reasons. Take […]


How to Measure Success for Your Home Services Company

Plenty of home services companies are highly adept at maintaining a solid status quo in terms of current business. Enabling your business to grow and evolve, however … that can be a good deal tougher. How do you determine the best ways to grow? How do you know where you need to bolster your efforts? […]


Time Tracking Software: Why It’s Important for Contractors

The job market just keeps getting more competitive. Wouldn’t you like to have an easy-to-use software solution to keep your competitive edge sharp? In today’s marketplace, it’s more difficult for a contractor to stay on top of all the job specifics without the right service contractor software. From scheduling to accounting and project management, contractor […]


Top Reasons You Need Job Tracking Software for Your Contracting Business

Whether you’re running an electrical company or another home services business, how you deal with your day-to-day job management issues will have a huge impact on your overall success. Don’t make the mistake of trying to juggle all of the changes that plague job schedules on a daily basis! With the right job tracking software, […]


PRESS RELEASE: 360e Offers Efficient New Approach to Field Management Software

(Portland, OR – March 5 th , 2019) – 360 Enterprises LLC (“360e”) is helping to usher in a new era in field management with its easy-to-use quoting, scheduling, tracking, and billing software expressly designed by contractors, for contractors. Powerful, user-friendly, and uniquely designed to remedy contractors’ most pressing and costly pain points, 360e field […]


Essential Software Tools for Contractors in 2019

Do you find that general business management software falls short and fails to meet the needs of your service company? The truth is, most software isn’t programmed to meet the unique industry needs of home service contractors. If you want to upgrade to better contractor software, you need to know what to look out for […]


Successful Project Management Tips for Electricians

Do you need tips as a first-time project manager in your industry? Project management is a big part of an electrical contractor’s job. It’s also a difficult job. Project management is so vital to every business’ success that some individuals earn certifications and advanced degrees in the subject. The good news is that you don’t […]


Property Management Companies, An Attractive Niche for the Small Contractor

Property Management Contracts Can Fuel Profitable Growth for Small Contracting Businesses. Tenant property construction is booming all over the nation. The combined surge of new construction as well as the renovation and re-purposing of older structures has properties owners on the hunt for reliable construction and maintenance crews in almost every area of contracting. All […]


Growth Planning, A Must for the Modern Contracting Business

Growth Planning is Critical for the Modern Contracting Business.  Last week we lost a customer. While customer churn comes with the industry, losing a customer for any reason always hurts. But this was the kind of loss that hurts the most. The customer went out of business. As the owner of a company that helps […]


How Field Management Software Workflows Can Increase Efficiency

Every minute wasted of your company’s day-to-day operations can affect your bottom line. Even seemingly insignificant inefficiencies can hurt your companies revenue. While established processes can improve workplace productivity, an electronic workflow, designed for electrical businesses, will further streamline your operations, improve communication, boost efficiency and help you save money. Rather than exhaust multiple resources […]


Why Small Businesses Should Avoid Traditional CRM Companies


The Elephant Theory: How Avoiding Shared Solutions Can Help Maximize Business Development

A typical electrical contractor CRM system is designed to be built once and shared by as many users as possible. If the system were an elephant, you would find thousands of individuals riding it. When this happens with CRM for electrical company workers, the elephant could slow down or even crash for long periods, which […]


How to Use 360e’s Personalized Reporting to Improve Your Quote-to-Job Ratio

360e is robust software that facilitates project management for electricians. In addition to making it simple to schedule workers, track expenses, manage invoices and check on the progress of jobs, the app also creates reports that help you identify ways to improve quote conversion rates. Knowing how to take advantage of 360e’s intuitive features and […]


Why More Millennials Should Become Skilled Trade Workers

Without electricity, the life you know would not exist. Electricity is an essential facet in many aspects of daily life, and economists are urging young people to learn a trade. Before considering how to become an electrician, it’s important to know why the vocation is necessary and important. Electricians install, maintain and repair lighting, electrical […]


How to Explain Outdoor Lighting to Your Customers

Outdoor lighting can increase a property’s safety and curb appeal when installed correctly. While the low-voltage systems may be less expensive to install and have less stringent electrical code standards, there are several factors to consider, such as aesthetics, hardware, damage prevention, and waterproofing. By being familiar with the National Electrical Code and the lighting […]


What You Need to Know About Starting an Electrician Company

As long as civilizations use electricity, there will always be a demand for electricians. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of electricians through 2024 will grow by 14 percent, which is much faster than average for all occupations thanks to increased construction rates, clean energy advancements and the number of people expected […]


Deductions that Save Electricians Major Cash

Tax season doesn’t have to seem like a nightmare to your bottom line. Part of setting your small business up for success is maintaining good bookkeeping records that track all your expenses. Simple items that you may not have considered could count as electrician tax deductions that reduce the blow when you pay Uncle Sam. […]


Deductions that Save Electricians Major Cash

Tax season doesn’t have to seem like a nightmare to your electrical company’s bottom line. Part of setting your small business up for success is maintaining good bookkeeping records that track all your expenses. Simple items that you may not have considered could count as electrician tax deductions that reduce the blow when you pay […]


Don’t Lose Your Electrical Leads—Best Practices for Success

When you completed training to become an electrician, you learned the ins and out of electrical leads. Misplacing one meant losing the ability to use devices. When you own or help run an electrical company, you must manage a different type of lead—electrical business leads. One of the most difficult parts of making a sale […]


Coal-Mining Electricians—History & Safety

Electricians are a vital part of coal mining operations, as they install and maintain the electrical systems in mines. More importantly, their specialized skills are essential to keeping mining sites safe. Over the decades, the mining industry has gained a better understanding of electrical hazards by examining and improving upon past system designs and practices. […]


Joe Squires

I’m a year into using 360e. What a difference! I commend your company not only for the software you have developed but for your outstanding customer service. When I look back at where my company was a year ago, and where we are today, it’s like night and day….


Matt Hammerquist

“Well played 360! This software is a power punch to business headaches. My quotes go out faster, my jobs are organized and getting invoices out is easy because everything is tracked and in its place. More imortantly, you guys answer the phone when I call and that has helped me dig into your system all […]


Keeping Good Job Notes Can Save You Big Bucks

Using a shared source for daily progress updates, job notes and other feedback can save big bucks.  From daily service call histories to small change orders, using a shared feedback system can put thousands of dollars back in your company’s pocket.  The ability to post and share information in real-time keeps work moving without interruption, […]


Change Orders: Keeping Work Moving & Everyone Informed

From 20-minute side jobs to multi-thousand dollar scope changes, change orders share a simple common denominator – keep work moving, track the information somewhere and establish a clear proper protocol for approvals. Here are some of the most common scenarios that we witness on a regular basis. SCENARIO ONE – “WHILE YOU ARE HERE” A […]


Invoicing & Collecting From The Field. Does It Pay Off?

Healthy cashflow is something we all want for our business, but should you utilize your billable workforce to do your billing and collections?  This is one of the top questions for growing electrical contracting businesses.  At first glance this is a no-brainer, especially for companies who do a lot of T&M work.  After all, who […]


Where’s The Money? Do You Know What Your Real Overhead Is?

Have you calculated everything into your established overhead margin, including changes to the business that happen over time? Do you know what your true operating costs are? The better your understanding of this value is, the fewer surprises you will find in your balance sheet at year’s end. Before digging too deep here, this piece […]


Have You Seen My Quote? 3 Reasons Why Sales Opportunities Get Lost To Inefficiency

Are your quotes kept where everyone (authorized) can find them?  How do you track revisions? How quick do you get your quotes out? An efficient and reliable quoting process will keep you on the competitive front edge, win more bids and improve job profitability. Inefficient and unreliable quoting systems are top of the pain list […]


The Evolving Years of an Electrician Company

The electrical industry is in a constant state of change as technologies continue to advance. As the industry evolves, so do the tools that contractors use to manage their businesses. These tools have not only simplified operations, they’ve also increased their efficiencies. In addition to voltmeters, screwdrivers and wires, modern day electrical companies have added […]


What Makes 360e’s Field Service Management Software Different

All field service management software does the same thing, right? While this might be true for some software programs, 360e field service management software is different. It has all the features you wish this type of software included and none of the ones you don’t need. This is because our developers are contractors themselves. We […]


Electrical Apprenticeship Programs Create a Solid Career Path

Working as an electrician is a rewarding career in which you possess a specialized set of skills and knowledge. Without electricians, the lights would not turn on, the internet wouldn’t exist and life would be much different. The work that we do truly makes a difference in the world. Incidentally, the U.S. Bureau of Labor […]


Achieve Superior Customer Management: Essential Tips for Electricians

Customer relationship management is about more than returning phone calls and being polite to your clients. It’s about fostering the customer experience and the relationship with your brand throughout all interactions to exceed expectations and increase satisfaction and loyalty. On your own, this is a big undertaking. Thankfully, using field service software designed for electricians […]


Dustin O’Rear

This software is a game changer. Quoting and scheduling have never been so easy and I love the way it connects the field to the office. Being able to customize our 360 system makes it even better.


Business Process Development Services for Electricians

As an electrical contractor, you have a lot on your plate: you own a business, manage employees, create marketing strategies, work on projects, provide customer service, and much more. When you spend so much time immersed in the details of your operations, it might be easy to overlook opportunities that may help your business improve […]


Tips to Win More Jobs with Field Service Software

As a contractor providing essential services, you can have comfort in the fact that your trade will always be in demand. When you aren’t the only contractor in your area, you have to get the word out about your business to increase leads. Field service software is the perfect companion to your marketing efforts. A […]


All Skilled Trades Deserve the Best in Field Management Software

Whether you’re an electrician, plumber, HVAC expert or any type of skilled worker, managing a contracting based business may seem as if you’re juggling multiple balls. If one ball drops, your entire business suffers. To keep these balls in the air, more contractors look to all-in-one field service management software, like 360e.  This software does […]


How Expensive Are You? Reducing Your Electrical Business Costs

When you have an electrical contracting business, inefficiencies in the workplace do more than waste time—they waste money. When a business wastes money, operating expenses increase and profits decrease. To reduce small business expenses, you must take a hard, honest look at your operations to identify inefficient processes and implement corrective actions, such as the […]


Managing Electricians in the Field – Tools to Help Them Succeed [Infographic]

To do a job effectively and efficiently, technicians need the right tools. While multimeters, pliers and other manual tools are essential; field management tools should also include software that simplifies job functions, communication, time and inventory tracking and documentation. 360e’s custom field management software makes every area of an electrical contracting business more efficient, allowing […]


Prepping Your Electrical Team for the Heat of Summer

The warm months are some of the busiest for contractors as residential and commercial customers take advantage of good weather for remodeling and improvement projects. When the jobs start pouring in, electrical scheduling software is the key to staying on top of your customers’ needs and providing quality services. Preparing your workers for the extra […]


Avoid Billing Oversights with Field Management Software

Billing is one of an electrical contracting business’ most vital tasks, as you depend on client payments to fulfill employee wages and other overhead costs. The problem with traditional invoices is that they involve human error. By knowing the most common billing pitfalls, you can take measures to ensure accuracy and timeliness. Billing Mistakes that […]


Field Management Software Eliminates Lost Document Frustrations

Losing or misplacing a document will cost your business more than you might think. In fact, in a survey that Brother International Corporation conducted in 2010, the company discovered this type of disorganization costs up to $177 billion per year. This comes out to about 38 hours, or one workweek, per full-time employee. This and […]


Let Your Field Management Software Track Vital Permit Documentation

Obtaining permits is a crucial part of an electrical contracting business, as most electrical work needs a permit. States and municipalities require permits for electrical work to ensure the work that a technician completes follows current safety codes. When you work with multiple customers at a time, keeping track of permits may seem like a […]


Create Fast & Efficient Estimates for your Electrical Customers

Estimates are one of the first interactions that you have with customers. Creating them may seem like a daunting task because one wrong entry can result in financial losses. At the same time, an estimate that’s too high because you’re playing it safe can backfire. Creating estimates that are accurate and timely are critical to […]


Should Your Electrical CRM Software be Mobile?

Today’s world is more mobile than ever. In fact, Cisco predicts that the number of mobile devices that individuals own will exceed the world’s population 1.5 times by 2020, representing an eightfold growth in just five years. With mobile devices being a crucial component of an electrical contractor’s business, shouldn’t CRM systems for electricians be […]


Field Service Management Software: Stop Inefficiencies & Wasted Time in the Workplace [Infographic]

Your employees waste time at work…every day. It’s not always intentional. The culprit is most often inefficient processes, such as losing a document, recording information twice or getting lost while en route to a job site. While inefficiencies might seem minor, they add up to 20 to 30 percent of a business’ revenue each year. […]


How to Roll-out Field Service Management Software Successfully

Stories of high failure rates related to using new field service management software are enough to make some contractors stick to ineffective routines. These failures often occur because businesses expect the software to work as expected from the start. The reality is that software for field workers is just like purchasing any new tool; you […]


An Electrical Business Before and After CRM Software

Humans, by nature, thrive on routine. When you have a way of doing things that works well, you’re inclined to repeat the behavior. The mentality follows the logic of if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. In the contracting field, professionals are used to employing manual methods for several tasks—from testing receptacles to scheduling appointments […]


Are You Losing Money on Inefficiencies in Your Business?

There is always room for improvement when running your own business. Inefficiencies and unnecessary redundancies in an electrical contracting business lead to productivity losses that might seem minor on their own, but add up with time. Think about the last time the office lost a document—an invoice, contract, receipt, or note scribbled on a piece […]


Mastering National Electrical Code

The National Electric Code (NEC) is part of the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) codes and standards. NFPA code 70, which all 50 U.S. states have adopted, is the standard for safe electrical design, installation and inspection. At the time of publication, the latest edition is the 2014 NEC. The NFPA will release the next […]


Embracing Mobile Technology for Your Electrical Business

The most successful businesses are those that plan for change—to adapt to evolving technologies. For electrical contractors with field service workers, this means giving employees the ability to stay connected, work from any location and remain productive while away from the office. Mobile technology and the use of industry-specific software, such as electrical contractors’ software, […]


Benefits of Employee Time Tracking Software [Infographic]

Accurate employee time tracking is an incredibly important tool for business owners to implement, for numerous reasons. Not only does it help provide more accurate pricing for their services; it also improves employee productivity  by making employees accountable for what their time is spent on. Payroll processing time can also be sped up by no […]


The Top 5 Client Service Mistakes to Avoid

While securing new business is crucial to any type of contracting business, repeat customers are what will ensure long-term success. The key driver of customer retention is customer service. When you examine industry leaders, you’ll find one constant: the most trusted and successful contractors take customer service seriously. Since customer service involves human-to-human interaction, mistakes […]


Industry Leaders that Solved a Problem in the Marketplace

Top companies around the world have two particular qualities: they effectively provide relevant solutions to consumer problems, and they do it better than anyone else. As an electrical contractor, you’re in an industry that has an advantage. Nearly every industry requires the use of electricity. The need to power homes, buildings, roadways, signs, light bulbs, […]


Customer Reviews: The Lifeblood of Your Company

In today’s technology-driven world, word-of-mouth referrals have a new face as online customer reviews. Big and small companies alike rely heavily on the quality and quantity of customer reviews to demonstrate the effectiveness of their product or service. The same is true for electrical contractors. In a 2013 survey by Dimensional Research, 90 percent of […]


Top 6 Reasons to Buy Web-Based Software for Field Service Management

Web-based field service management software is more than a convenience tool. It’s a comprehensive solution that works for you, as it allows you to manage your company’s operations from a single platform. Good web-based electrical contractor management software isn’t just attractive or convenient, it resolves pain points that your company may experience. Benefits of Web-Based […]


The Single Most Important Tool for Field Electricians

Yes, you need screwdrivers, pliers, voltage testers and other manual tools to perform essential tasks as an electrician. But, to keep all the moving pieces of your operation together and working smoothly, all-in-one electrical software is vital. While there are a number of CRM system available on the market, choosing field service software that meets […]


Electrical CRM Software vs Generic CRMs

Not all CRM software is created the same. When you make an investment in this type of software, maximize it by making sure that it meets all the needs of your business and improves its processes. 360e’s electrical contractor management software is designed by electricians for electricians. Get the features that you truly need in […]


360e Electrical Software Year-End Special!

To celebrate the end of 2015 and get your business on the right track before the New Year, 360e is offering a year-end deal on its all-in-one electrical software. When you sign up for our field service software between November 1 and December 31, 2015, you’ll receive the first month of hosting services free of […]


How Efficient Communication Can Save Your Electrical Business

Communication is one of the key elements to running an electrical contracting business and maintaining employee and customer satisfaction. As communication continues to improve throughout the industry, contractors are finding that it’s not enough to finish a job on time and within budget. Today’s leading electrical businesses use all-in-one electrical software like 360e to improve […]


3 Benefits of a Customized CRM System for Your Electrical Business

The market boasts a variety of CRM systems that work for a variety of industries. These one-size-fits-all systems, however, don’t always produce the results you seek, leading to abandoned projects, failed growth and damaged customer relationships. Using the right electrical contractor software with a customized CRM system is important and urgent, as it will make […]


Electricians, Find Your Competitive Advantage & Stand Out from the Crowd

What is your electrical business’ competitive advantage? Discovering the answer to this question will allow you to stand out among your competitors and draw in customers. In addition to being vital to determining your business strategy, finding your competitive edge can translate into profits and be your key to successfully surviving in today’s competitive market. […]


The Light Goes On With Electrician Software [Infographic]

From the invention of the light bulb in 1879 to the web-controlled lighting systems of today, the electrical industry is ever changing. And just as the electrical technology has evolved, so has the way electrical contractors run their business. Our infographic provides a detailed timeline of electricity innovations through the years. We compare how business […]


Field Management Software Increases Customer Base

The best field management software will help you acquire more work, not make you work harder. This means that the time you were previously using to manage your business’ employee time tracking, order intake process, scheduling, and billing will be freed up so that you can acquire more business opportunities as well as run a […]


Start Smart: Tips for Finding the Right Software When Starting an Electrical Business

Starting a new electrical contracting business is an exciting experience, but we know it can also be nerve-wrecking. Just as you know all the dos and don’ts of the trade—the front end of the business—it’s equally important to have a streamlined way to manage the behind-the-scenes details. By starting off with the right electrical contractor […]


3 Reasons Your Accountant Will Love 360e Electrical Contractor Software

360e’s electrical contractor software makes giving your accountant the information and records that he or she needs a breeze. The simple-to-use interface allows you to input data accurately, track costs and more. 360e intuitively organizes your information into QuickBooks Pro, allowing you to view metrics in real time and instantly share reports with your accountant. […]


Is Your Electrical Company Time Tracking Yet? If Not, Why?

Time is money. If you’re not tracking your electricians’ time, you may not have an accurate picture regarding how many hours your employees actually work, how much to bill a client, and where productivity shortcomings fall. By adding electrical time tracking software to your processes, your electrical business will be more efficient and proactive. Benefits […]


A Place for Everything, Everything in Its Place

What’s the one thing that you’ll find in abundance in an electrical contractor’s office or project site? Records in paper form. From notes to requisitions to quotes, records are essential to keeping your business on track. Even more essential, however, is how you file and organize those documents. To stay organized with minimal effort, all-in-one […]


Field Service Software to Eliminate Business Time Suckers

We understand that everything your electrical contracting company does have a cost. By evaluating its processes and the respective impacts on labor using electrical contracting business management software such as 360e, you’ll identify inefficiencies and their impact on the bottom line. The same software can also help you increase productivity so all tasks add value, […]


Electricians Understand the Importance of Efficiency

Time equals BIG money in the contracting world, making efficiency a hot buzzword. When the budget for projects are tight and all general contractors seem to care about is the bid, it may seem hard to believe that other electricians can do the same job at a cheaper price and stay afloat. Their secret is […]

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360e is field management software for service companies such as electricians, HVAC contractors, plumbers, and other home services. With 360e, you can manage all elements of payroll, employee scheduling, job management, project management, reporting, invoicing, dispatching, and more.

As a contractor software company, we want to keep you informed about everything you need to know to keep your work moving and operationally efficient year-round. Below are articles and insights to help you learn about opportunities to save while you run your company and prepare it for growth.

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