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New & Improved: Email Estimates, Quotes, and Invoices To Your Customers

12th February 2010

Email estimate, quotation, or invoice paperwork directly from YourTradeBaseWe hope our latest new & improved feature for YourTradeBase really helps set you apart from your competitors, and helps you in winning more work: You can now email quotes, estimates, and invoices directly to your customers from within your YourTradeBase account.

We’ve had a lot of requests for this new feature, so we’re really pleased to be announcing it. We’ve focused on making sending emails to your customers as easy as possible – In just a few clicks you’ll be sending the paperwork you create from YourTradeBase.

How does it Work?

Why Email My Paperwork To Customers?

Tradesmen - Email Your Customers

15 years ago, if you were a tradesmen and your customer asked you to email them with a quote, I bet most would have been met with a blank stare. “Email, uh?” Well, today your customers are far more likely to request that quotes or estimates are sent to them via email. Now, it’s quick and easy to say ‘Email, yep!”.

Even if they don’t request it, being able to offer to send quotations or estimates to your customer using email will add to the professional image you work hard to build. Your customers may take comfort from the fact they can respond to your costings (with questions, comments, or inquiries) via email and be happier with your speedy reply. You probably don’t get too many customers posting you letters in response to your posted estimates, and those that can’t be bothered to pick up the phone may also be happier to engage with you over email. Engaging customers can be one way to help build a good relationship with them, so if your customers prefer getting their questions answered via email, that’s what you need to offer.

Email is obviously faster then the unpredictable ‘snail’ mail, so your estimate or quote might just reach your cusotmer that much quicker than the competitors – what a great start to winning that project!

A large percentage of your potential customers are probably on email anyway – whether at home or at work – probably a lot more than write letters. Why not offer them both an emailed quote and a written quote in the post? An email now to get them started and let them know that a copy is also in the post to them.

How Do I Start Sending Emails?

We’ve made sending emails of your quotes and invoices as easy as possible:

1. Verify your email address

Before you start sending emails from within YourTradeBase, we need to make sure you have access to the email account you will be sending from.

To verify your email address, you can either:

2. Create your paperwork and click ‘Email Quote/Estimate/Invoice’

Email quote tab in YourTradeBaseOnce you create the paperwork you want to email, click the ‘Email’ button on the right-hand side. This will open a box for you to enter your customers email address, a subject for your email, and the message to send.

The paperwork you’re sending will be automatically attached to the email.

Send Email Button in YourTradeBaseOnce you’ve completed your message, Click ‘Send’, wait a few seconds, and we’ll confirm it’s been sent. A copy will be sent to your email as well. Job Done.

More New & Improved To Come

We’re always working on improving YourTradeBase for you, and we share these improvements with you via this blog, our newsletter, and in our forums. If you’d like to stay in the loop, you can subscribe to our RSS feed, or sign-up for email messages of these posts, or Subscribe to our email newsletter (just enter your email at the bottom of this page).

If there is a particular feature you’d like to see or think would improve YourTradeBase, please leave a comment here or in our forum.


About the author

Adam Austin is the CEO & Co-founder of YourTradeBase.com - The easy way for service businesses to save hours on admin and paperwork.


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