Editor's Corner: Tools and Tech
With my recent promotion to managing editor of RJ 2.0, I have realized the importance of having the proper tools to do your job. As I was purchasing and updating my supplies, I thought about how something essential to my job may be useless to someone else’s. I don’t need a tape measure — something a plumber is never too far away from — but I bring my tablet with me everywhere I go.
I asked a number of our readers to name a few tools that are a plumber’s best friend and should never be far from reach. Listed are a few responses: Cordless drill, cordless sawzall, level, pressure gauge, four-in-one screwdriver, tubing cutter, pipe wrench/channel wrench, tape measure, flashlight, high-volume pump and a sewer camera.
I also asked what they look for in a tool and noticed one similarity in a plumber’s list and mine. Technology. From tools to tablets, technology has made a big impact on many businesses. But how can we determine the difference between what tools we need and what would just be “nice to have?”
A need is something your business must have for survival — good tools, reliable vehicles, etc. Something such as a tablet for your techs would be nice to have, but may not be crucial.
One thing you could always use more of is advice. And this issue has plenty of that. In this issue, you will find advice on outsourcing your accounting needs, as well as, the benefits of flat-rate pricing.