113: Don’t Call Them Hacks – Tips for Pre-Construction, Billable Time, and Productivity

What tools and apps can help me with time tracking and invoicing? How do I organize my notes and stay organized? Is an iPad worth it for work? How can it be used effectively? Tune in as we share some of our tried-and-true methods for staying organized and productive. With some small adjustments to your processes, these small methods can make a big difference for your business. Just don’t call them hacks!

In this episode, Rebecca and Shaun discuss:

  • Tools and apps that can help with time tracking – Harvest app, GoodNotes 
  • Tips for using technology effectively during meetings
  • Value of iPads for work
  • Using Canvas to take measurements during home consultations
  • How to determine if a remodel makes financial sense
  • Useful tools for site visits and consultations
  • Strategies for note-taking, file sharing, and collaborating on projects remotely
  • When should a contractor be brought in – during initial consultations or after the design process
  • Getting early cost estimates and feasibility studies from contractors before fully developing design plans
  • How to work with clients to establish a realistic budget and avoid cost overruns


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Harvest App: Time Tracking Software With Invoicing | Harvest

Good Notes app: Goodnotes | Notes Reimagined | Note-Taking App

Canvas app for home measurements: The easiest way to get as-builts | Canvas

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Cost vs. value remodeling guide: Cost vs. Value 2023 | National

Rebecca’s Upwork Freelancer for Chief Architect: https://www.upwork.com/freelancers/~012a205720d9c6bb42

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