Drones for Construction Businesses: An Awesome Opportunity 

Most people think that drones are only for teenagers and adults who want to experience the thrill of flying. But it has its practical applications, too.

For example, these flying aircrafts have been used for delivering various items. In Wise County, Virginia, a drone was used to carry medical supplies from an airfield to a clinic. The delivery was approved by the Federal AviationAdministration,  which regulates the use of drones.

Of course, online retailer Amazon.com has made public its plan to use drones for delivering packages right into the doorsteps of its customers.

Say hello to Amazon’s new Prime Air drone.

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Professional sports leagues like the National Football League have also been allowed to use drones for filming. However, the league can only fly the drones when the stadiums are empty which means the NFL can’t send unmanned aircrafts a lot during actual games.

Builders are also realizing that they can use drones for their construction jobs.  These unmanned aircrafts can provide engineers and project managers a bird’s eye view of their projects without using a helicopter.

Here are some practical applications of drones for the construction business:

  1. Surveying

Drones can be used to quickly survey a job site and build maps. Instead of using heavy machinery and expensive surveying tools, drones can get the job faster. Plus, drones are cheaper compared to traditional surveying tools.

  1. Showing Progress of a Project

Clients who can’t afford to come to the site will appreciate being apprised of the progress of the project by being presented with pictures or video captured by a drone.  Clients don’t even have to see the project manager to be updated of the project, as the photos or videos can be e-mailed to them.

  1. Monitoring

Drones can be used for monitoring job sites. These aircrafts can be a manna from heaven for project managers who have to shuttle between multiple job sites, as they can use a drone to monitor the progress of a construction project. Using a drone can save them a lot of time, energy, and money.

With the following benefits of using a drone for a construction project, it is not surprising that many engineers are considering the application of an unmanned aircraft for their projects.


The Top 4 CRMs for Local Contractors 

Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software has become a very important tool for local contractors. It can help them maintain relationships with their existing clientele, and build partnerships with prospective clients. CRM software has also evolved into a powerful tool for managing sales, marketing, accounting, and other kinds of operational data.

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There are lots of CRM programs that local contractors can find in the market. However, four CRMs stand out for being reasonably priced, accessible anywhere, and very easy to use. These are:

  1. InfusionSoft

InfusionSoft has an online sales and marketing solution that is tailored perfectly for local contractors. It has lead generation tools, email and social media tools for engaging and converting leads, and marketing automation. It also provides personalized coacing services for novice users.

Nelson Fernandes of Transfer Electric, a leading father-and-son electrical contracting firm based in Toronto as well as Richmond Hill, says this program has helped his business a lot by enabling him to retain and convert more clients.

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  1. Sales Force

A leading CRM software for all business sizes, Sales Force offers a good starter package worth $25 a month. This may sound a bit too pricey for local contractors, but it is worth the price given its excellent features like lead generation, sales forecasting, contact and opportunity management, and workflow automation, among others.

  1. Insightly

This is a simple yet feature-packed CRM software that works well for local contractors. It has the basic features that small businesses need, but it can also offer more advanced capabilities should the business grow. It even has a free version which is excellent for local contractors who are hesitant on paying a monthly fee. Paid plans start at $12 a month, which is not a bad deal considering all the features it has.

  1. Zoho

Local contractors who don’t want to pay anything at all for a CRM may want to check out Zoho. It has basic features like contact management, analytics, lead gathering, and workflow automation. However, its features are not scalable meaning you can’t add functionalities which your business needs should it grow its operation in the future.


Should You Invest in Video or Camera Equipment for Your Service Business?

If you’re in the business of creating service business blogs for clients, you don’t have to invest money in buying expensive professional-grade or film-industry-grade camera equipment to create great video content. You don’t even have to own a pricey DSLR camera for that matter. Once you’ve figured out what type of video you want to make, according to London, Ontario video production firm Memory Tree London, you’d be surprised at how ‘low-tech’ some of the necessary video equipment might be.

For video shoots you can upload to YouTube and other social sharing sites, your smartphone will do just fine. Most iOS and Android smartphones already shoot HD video by default as well as the standard digital cameras.

Moreover, there are now several free apps for both Android and iOS for creating brilliant movies with your phone’s camera. For instance, there is the free stop-motion app called ‘iMotion HD’ for the iPhone. Just make sure that your phone stays steady on a flat surface, better still, on a tripod, to prevent any wobbling. The more smartphone on hand, the better for your purpose. Place them at different angles to get different perspectives. Later during editing, they can be interlaced together.

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Video files can eat up your hard drive very quickly so having multiple memory cards for your smartphone or digital camera will come in handy for a prolonged shoot. If you only have one memory card, you’ll be spending far more time transfering files to your computer than you would shooting. An external hard drives also come in handy, allowing you to save data to a large portable drive instead of a single computer’s hard drive.

Aside from a digital camera, or your smartphone for that matter, you may need to buy a microphone. While your smartphone or digital camera has its own built-in mic, it doesn’t cost much to invest in a separate microphone so that you can be assured of the quality of your audio. There are two types of microphones to look for with different uses for each: an omnidirectional microphone which can pick up sounds in all directions and a directional microphone which is used for recording sound in just one direction. Additionally, you may want to buy some proper lighting equipment to achieve the best video quality.


If you need audio to be recorded in the video, make sure you will also have a handsfree kit available for the shoot.