We have officially launched version 1.0 of our Software as a Service (SaaS) platform formerly known to insiders as, “Project Vega”. Just kidding, it was never called Project Vega; however, that would have been a pretty cool code name for an application of this magnitude.
So, what exactly is My Field Manager? And, why would you ever consider handing over your hard-earned cash to use it? At its core, My Field Manager (henceforth known to this blog as MFM for the sake of brevity) is a project management system that was literally (yes, literally) designed from the ground up with the sole intention of helping a friend manage his home flipping/renovation business. Every tool included in MFM was designed to tackle real everyday problems that his business would run into.
The list of problems we solved together was extensive, but here are a few highlights that should tickle the hair on the back of every flipping/renovation business owners’ neck.
- Why are my material expenses so high on this project compared to other similar ones? (hint: you’re probably mismanaging it, or your employees are stealing) MFM will also track labor this way.
- Where in the world did my scope of work go for this project? It’s probably buried somewhere in one of my 6 inboxes and I’ll hopefully find it before the client fires me.
- If I take on this project for this client based on real historical performance data, how long on average does it take for me to get paid after we start it?
- Who still owes me money, and how much money do they owe me? I saw that you made your final payment for this project, but I noticed that you’re $157 short. Yesterday I didn’t know that, because I wasn’t tracking it.
- How do I share project info with my field managers to make sure they know what to do, while also keeping track of what they’ve done? Now I have real-time data of a project’s progress from my beachfront cabana.
- How much do I still owe “Vendor X” for that workorder?
The list goes on and on, but suffice it to say, your business will never be the same again after you plug it into MFM. And it just gets better, because as we develop new features, they are always included in your subscription price. We don’t believe in restricting your access to features based on how much you are willing to pay. Our payment tiers are more about how many users, bandwidth, and space your company will ultimately fill up and how responsive our support technicians need to be if you run into problems.
One of the core objectives behind developing MFM was to provide the tools you need, at prices that anyone can afford, and not to “dazzle” you with piles of complicated (and did I mention expensive?) features that you’ll never use. And to that point, we are ALWAYS interested in user feedback on what we have already built and how it can be better. And of course, we are also interested in knowing about features that our users need that we don’t have.
Here’s how I see it (and trust me, I’ve been known to be wrong at times). The more feedback we get from you, the better the product becomes. The better the product becomes, the more money you ultimately save through efficiencies and tracking. And the beautiful part about it, is that the more money you save, the more subscribers that will eventually wander in and help make our platform even better. It’s a beautiful thing for everyone.
So, to launch this product, we have built up two primary pricing tiers that we think will server 90% of the users we want to attract to our platform. The Starter tier is designed for smaller companies that need features which expand far beyond what can be done with a simple project management spreadsheet. Spreadsheets work very well as long as a business stays small and limits the number of projects they take on, but they do not scale well and become a serious bottleneck when the business attempts to grow.
The PRO tier was designed for the business that handles a larger volume of projects each month and needs to keep a tight handle on their production operations. Not only does the PRO tier add additional users and storage capacity, but it also introduces a feature for importing customers and vendors from QuickBooks Online, as well as exporting some transaction data to alleviate duplication of effort when adding expenses to QBO.
In closing, I’m glad you stuck around this long to read through this post. It’s unheard of these days for people to spend more than 18 seconds (citation needed?) on a webpage, so you just blew that statistic out of the water. Thank you for your interest in what we are doing, and if you have any questions or comments, feel free to hit me up!