The simPRO Blog

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How to have those difficult conversations with your team members

This is a guest post from Tony Fraser-Jones, Director at Profitable Tradie.

As your business grows, you’ll likely hire more tradespeople and office staff. It’s an exciting time full of possibilities; however, after a few months, the niggles set in.

Someone turns up late. Or maybe it’s a bad attitude, a bad mistake, or a disregard for the systems and processes you've put in place...

But what do you do? Most people do nothing. It's just a minor blip, after all, and it'll sort itself out, right? So you sweep it under the carpet.

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Augmented reality, robotics, and drone technology in field services?

It’s the sort of stuff you’d expect to see in your favourite sci-fi film – but soon you could expect to see it on your job sites, too.

Robotics, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and like technologies are closer to becoming all in a day’s work for tradespeople around the world than we all might realise.

Because in Brisbane, Australia, in a hub of technological innovation and sparkling among other explosive Australian tech startups, lives RADlabs.

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The future of field service with the Internet of Things

Isn’t it funny how quickly science fiction can become reality in today’s world?

In 1966, Star Trek first showed us the ‘communicator’, then, in 1973, Martin Cooper made the first phone call on a portable cell phone. In 1870, Captain Nemo travelled on the Nautilus, a submarine, in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and in the 1960s, The Jetsons used robotic vacuum cleaners.

We first started talking about the idea of smart devices in 1982; the first internet-connected device was a modified coke machine. How many internet-connected devices have you got within a five-meter radius of you now?

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Latest simPRO update: catalogue maintenance made easy

In our latest update to simPRO rolling out from May 14, we’ve got two new features requested by users in our Ideas Portal, designed to save you time adding catalogue items and help you keep your supplier invoice dates straight.

There’s also a new option for catalogue item tax codes, and other great improvements. Head to our release notes for step-by-step videos, or read on for more info!

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Latest simPRO update: more automation on Asset Record forms

In our latest update to simPRO rolling out from May 1, our requested new feature saves you even more time by automatically adding technician signatures to your Asset Record forms.

There’s also a new exchange rate feature for our UK clients, along with some additional fixes and changes to help keep simPRO running smoothly. Head to our release notes for step-by-step videos, or read on for more info!

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Key management skills to grow your business

Many small business owners start out with a good business idea but little concept of what it takes to manage and grow a business.

The good news is that you can definitely learn and improve your management skills as your business grows.

And while there isn’t a definitive list of skills, the ones we’ve listed below could help you to build your initial vision and develop your business to its full potential.

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