I’m looking at using Markate for the Christmas light company since it’s only $225 for the year if you pay annually.
I’ve been looking at Housecall Pro, which I absolutely love, but I think I got caught up in the Superpro thing and I’m paying for stuff I don’t really care about like Instapay and the email system which I can set up better and cheaper with Mailchimp.
I think I’m going to drop my HCP back since I’m paying $123/month and no longer really care for their online booking system and Instapay. I don’t need to pay 1% to get paid right away when I can wait 1 or 2 days.
Instapay cost me an additional $1400 this year (last year it would’ve cost $1800) and they’ve also been promising a credit line option based on deposits which has never come to fruition. So this next year I’m going to use Square since they offer a credit line based on deposits.
I spent this weekend looking at my monthly budget and areas where things aren’t really earning their keep.
Sadly… my shop rent is breaking even overall with the calls I get from the sign and my house is 2 blocks away so if I left the shop I could save around $20k annually after utilities and not really lose anything from my map listing.
In 2019, I’m a lot more interested in investing in one of my trucks, employees, and marketing than I am the shop which is kinda heartbreaking because I love having the shop space, but with 2 employees working 2/3rds as hard as I do that could reasonably bring another $200k as long as the marketing keeps up.
Another $200k means next year I could buy a plot of land and build a shop with cash and pay less in taxes on the $200k.
Long story short, looking at cost control, if Markate works as good or better than HCP and I can find a better way to book online and take payment through Square in a streamlined way I’ll leave HCP and with the combined savings I get from other cost controlling I’ll build a shop in a year.
Oh and I’ll buy a bucket truck.
Thanks for the feedback on Markate. I’ve been looking at it recently, just haven’t had the time to test it.