It was in 2011 Scott Aldridge decided to go it alone as a Sole Trader electrician. Around the same time, Christchurch had begun rebuilding the city following that tragic earthquake that left so much devastation. Work for the trade services was plentiful. In the following months, there was no shortage of work when the growth of Red Electrical began.
‘There are just not enough hours in the day!’ you cry with a desperation rivalling Tom Hanks’ Wilson-I’m-Sorry and fall to your knees in despair.
Okay, maybe that’s a little dramatic. But if you’re a business owner, I’m sure that sentiment or something like it has at least crossed your mind before. Maybe more than once.
And when you’re working crazy hours six or seven days a week just to get everything done, sometimes a deserted island with only a volleyball for company doesn’t actually sound so bad...
Paul Christie, our original Journey-goer joined the simPRO sales team in the United States back in May – but that didn’t mean he had to leave his electrical business in Australia behind.
Clarksons Electrical is a family owned company based in Albany, New Zealand, now managed by 2nd generation David Clarkson.
Five years ago, David set his sights on growing Clarksons nationally – and that he’s done. In the five years David has been in the General Manager’s chair, the company’s opened five offices across the country and grown to more than a hundred staff.
Meet Michelle. She and her husband have had multiple businesses over the years. Their two current businesses are housed under the one roof. One of which, ABC Embroidery, is running on simPRO. It’s a small operation that may otherwise be deemed too small for a beast like simPRO Enterprise but Michelle has found the software to be a perfect fit for her workflow.
Dropping in to see these Journey goers, you never know what news awaits.
Matt Harriden for instance has changed his business name (more on that in an upcoming update), Adam Bell was last seen getting back on the tools, now Boz from BLUi Security has evolved his own model of service delivery brought about by necessity after a string of unexpected events.
In the early days
Stimson Plumbing are a family owned business based in Dalby, QLD. They've been around for years, becoming Stimson Plumbing as it's known today back in 2003. They service the entire Surat Basin, currently with a team of ten.
When Jody and Damian Stimson joined their father Greg, just like most other trade businesses not too long ago, all the company work and data was being managed with paper.
Last year we were approached by Laser Group looking for a solution to a pressing problem. In a rapidly expanding franchise network of plumbing and electrical companies in Australia and New Zealand, Laser found themselves asking “what is the best possible management tool we can offer these companies that will help them achieve the long term success we strive for? ” Laser Plumbing & Electrical recently featured on several episodes of Better Homes & Gardens.
Heat Pump Energy Centre operates from Christchurch and have been in business for more than 25 years. We speak to Rachel about simPRO Enterprise and the family owned business which constitutes 35 full time employees and ten sub contractors.
In their industry, time and material tracking is essential for monitoring costs, ensuring invoices are submitted and checking profitability for each job as they are processed.
Rachel explains that they were using a job management system prior to Enterprise, however the system had become redundant and exorbitant on their resources. The benefits of cloud computing was also a major factor for upgrading.