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In 1975, actor Roy Scheider delivered one of the most memorable lines in movie history when he said: “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” The phrase—first uttered by Scheider’s character, Chief Martin Brody, in Jaws—has grown a life of its own in the 40+ years since audiences first heard it. Today, its meaning spans well beyond Brody’s attempt at thwarting the man-eating shark’s thirst for carnage. It’s now a euphemism for a situation where someone is ill-equipped or unprepared to handle what’s in front of them. If you own a small business and you’re feeling overworked and understaffed, let us first congratulate you. Finding that level of success isn’t easy, and many fail before encountering the problem you have.  Also, it may cause damage to the long-term health of your business if you don’t consider when it’s time to hire a bigger team.  Here are three ways to know when it’s time for that proverbial bigger boat.

There’s a reason why you’re more likely to find an old “Yellow Pages” phonebook in an antique shop than someone’s home. Like rotary telephones, black and white televisions and typewriters before it, new technology basically left the printed directory in the dust. We all know most people now go online to gather information, but did you know 90% of American adults use the internet? And they’re not just searching for phone numbers either.

For small businesses, one of the keys to success is establishing consistent cash flow. Whether you own a three-man plumbing company or a small bakery, you need monthly revenue. Some small businesses can't afford to maintain a dedicated billing and invoicing department and as a result, the work of drawing up and sending out invoices falls to the owner, who already has a ton of other priorities to juggle. In other cases, small businesses may dedicate a specific time of the week to creating and sending invoices. Either way, the billing process can get slowed down, and maybe even delayed or overlooked altogether. Not getting those invoices out in a timely fashion can choke up cash flow and can cause stress. The latest small business software can bring major relief.

When you’re a small home service business it can feel like you have the weight of the company on your shoulders. Not only performing duties that your customers require, but you also have all the backend obligations. Wearing that hat means that you must stay plugged-in to all aspects of company operations. It can be challenging to keep track of all of these moving parts. If there is one area where you simply can’t afford to make a mistake, it’s in the handling of finances. WHERK Home Service Software is helping businesses like yours control, manage and report on their finances. Here are just a few ways showing how.

According to technology firm Insight, only 53 percent of small businesses currently have a website. In 2019, that statistic speaks to just how reluctant many small businesses are to invest in technology. Even in an era where the vast majority of people find local businesses through search engines, many entrepreneurs avoid this critical aspect. If nearly half of small businesses still don't have a website, it's probably safe to assume that even more are hesitant about business software. Small business owners worry that software solutions are too expensive and too complicated. Some feel that these platforms are exclusive to larger companies with the bandwidth to take on a major operational overhaul. Rather, it gives the impression they’re for "insiders" who can smoothly navigate a sophisticated technology landscape that’s rapidly evolving.