Blog: Stone Fabrication Software and Business Articles

Why Taking Photos of Your Finished Jobs Should Be Part of Your Process

One of the best ways to advertise your business is by showing proof of your craftsmanship. Posting photos of your finished jobs on social media and website is a great way to show new prospects what kind of work you’re capable of. Images can also save you from ornery customers who call about issues that might not have any merit.

Taking great photos isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Who should take the pictures – the installers, a photographer, or the customer? How do you motivate your team to take great photos? What kind of equipment should you provide, if any? And lastly, how do you make sure it happens every time.

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Creating a Work-Life Balance at a Countertop Shop

We talk to many shop owners and managers, and unfortunately, it’s more common than not to be totally and utterly burnt out.

Mental exhaustion. Emotionally drained. Never-ending stress.

It’s no way to live, but it’s the norm in our low-margin, high-speed industry. While it’s easier than not to be discouraged and keep your head down, it’s very possible to have an excellent quality of life with a little life-changing strategic thinking.

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Avoid Getting Burnt Out During the Holiday Rush

The holidays are a beautiful time of joy, family time, and relaxation. Well… for about 10% of us.

For more than half of us, the holidays are a breeding ground for stress. It shouldn’t be that way, but here we are.

According to a study, there are three main culprits for holiday stress:

  1. Lack of money
  2. Lack of time
  3. The general focus on commercialism and spending money

For many fabricators, this is all happening at home and the workplace. Your customers are in a mad rush to get their homes ready for company, and you’re to blame if things don’t go according to plan.

Here’s some advice for handling the holiday countertop rush like a pro.

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Sell Professionally: The Ideal Timeframe for Delivering a Countertop Quote

Getting out quotes fast is definitely a huge value-add for any fabrication business. But how fast is too fast? 

We love that our quoting software, CounterGo, empowers you to create a quote in just three minutes. However, many countertop businesses like to take the information back to the office to make sure every detail is perfect.

In this article, we want to explore the ideal timeframe for countertop quoting. The answer isn’t one-size-fits-all, and it might be different in your own shop depending on the complexity of the job.

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Streamline Your Process: How to Better Manage Shop Scheduling

What words come to mind when you think about your scheduling process? For a lot of fabricators – especially those with smaller operations – it’s chaos. 

Striking the right balance of supply and demand is what scheduling is all about, but when everyone at your shop is adding jobs, removing them, and making changes, that delicate balance gets thrown off.

Overbooking, underbooking, last-minute additions, and forgetting about holidays are incredibly common, especially when there’s no defined process in place for scheduling.

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Enhance Your Countertop Software Experience with Moraware Integrations

We think CounterGo, our estimating software, and Systemize, our scheduling software, are pretty amazing. But sometimes, you need more. More time. More money. More coffee.

But seriously, you might need more features and options than our software currently provides. And that’s where integrations come in.

Maybe you need help assessing the health of your business or you need Slabsmith to connect to Systemize. Integrations can enhance your software experience and connect all the important tools you use. You may not need any of these integrations just yet, but if the time comes, it can simplify your setup and increase functionality.

Without further ado, here are 4 killer integrations you may not know about that can really enhance your Moraware experience. These are in no particular order – they’re all awesome!

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