When I started my company 12 years ago, I wanted to have every edge possible over the competition. One area I focused on was producing estimates as quickly as possible. In my vehicle, I kept a laptop and printer on which I would produce and print an estimate for most jobs at the very first visit. This proved to be a valuable tactic, as it allowed me to close most jobs immediately.

Flash forward to post-recession 2015—I do the same thing, except with an app on my phone in a paperless fashion. I’ve been using Invoice2go, the third app I tried, for a few years now. It allows me to instantly email estimates, invoices, and work orders. And I no longer need to lug around a laptop.

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