If my 13 year old can do it...

My daughter is doing an online course for school. She had to submit her assignment by email.

Problem: she had to email 2 large files - both were over 10 MB (megabytes).

For you non-techies, a MB is big, 10 MB is very big.

Try sending emails with attachments that are 5 MB or higher, and you usually run into problems - your recipient doesn't get your email, or get's the email body, but without the attachment.

So I suggested she use the file sharing system in BuildIT. She did, and it was a piece of cake.

Here's how:

1) She launched a free test drive, then 2) uploaded the files to BuildIT, then 3) sent her teacher a "sharing link" to the files.

The cool thing is, she can even see now IF and WHEN her teacher downloads the file to view the assignment.

(Sometimes, a little BIG BROTHER can work in your favor - like seeing if one of your subcontractors or vendors has viewed the contract drawings you sent them in order for them to provide a price.)

I was amazed at how easy it was for her, not only to create the test drive, but to do the steps to upload the large files, then send the sharing links. Within minutes, the task was done... and I wondered if I should hire her to do customer support for BuildIT full time !!

So if you have any hesitation about launching a BuildIT test drive, and you don't have a teenager handy, give me a call, and I'll walk you through the setup. I'll even help you get your contact details and logo uploaded, and your first job and schedule polished off. You'll have lots of time to "play with the system" later, but for now, let's both get the job done, so you can be on your way.

C'mon, if a 13 year old can do it, you certainly can too !

Cheers!

 Scott Hutchinson (a proud father of one clever daughter !)
 scott@builditsystems.com
 1 866 585 5050 ext 1

Put up to $8000 in your customer's wallet (USA)

It's a tough slug out there right now.

You need to take advantage of all the tools out there, not only to make $$ and improve efficiency, but tools to help YOUR clients buy YOUR product.

Check out the new Federal tax credit - up to $8000 for qualified first time home buyers.

http://www.federalhousingtaxcredit.com/

I've only seen a link to this on one customer's website. I would suggest that homebuilders make this prominent on their home page... today. It just may help you unload some inventory.

$8,000 Home Buyer Tax Credit at a Glance

:: The tax credit is for first-time home buyers only.
:: The tax credit does not have to be repaid.
:: The tax credit is equal to 10 percent of the home’s purchase price up to a maximum of $8,000.
:: The credit is available for homes purchased on or after January 1, 2009 and before December 1, 2009.
:: Single taxpayers with incomes up to $75,000 and married couples with incomes up to $150,000 qualify for the full tax credit.

For more information:

http://www.federalhousingtaxcredit.com/

 Scott Hutchinson
 scott@builditsystems.com
 1 866 585 5050 ext 1

Asbestos Removal Key for Safe Construction Practices

(This article has been reprinted as a service to BuildIT customers involved in renovations, and to the those in the construction industry who deal in renovations of older structures - for more information on safe asbestos removal, contact the author below.)

Asbestos is a toxic component of many building products used in millions of homes and buildings built prior to 1980. Unfortunately, construction workers are being exposed to asbestos during remodeling and demolition, often without protection, and often without the knowledge of its hazards to health.

Asbestos was used in old fireproofing, roofing, vinyl flooring, pipe and boiler insulation, and some roads and cement pipe and cement sheet products. When high levels of asbestos are inhaled over time, exposure can become a major health concern, causing lung ailments such as malignant mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma takes the lives of thousands of people each year and has limited treatment. It has lead to a variety of mesothelioma lawyers advocating citizen and workers rights throughout the country. Manufacturers of asbestos materials knew about the harmful effects and continued manufacturing the product anyways.

Before you disturb asbestos, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that you must have special training. Removal of asbestos in public facilities, homes and workplaces must be performed by licensed abatement contractors as long as the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) are not violated. Once the removal is complete, green insulation options should be given serious consideration, such as: Cellulose, Cotton Fiber and Icynene.

With a steady increase in public awareness and technology, there is now a large list of green insulation alternatives which replace the need for asbestos. The United Nations Environmental Program states that the use of recycled building materials such as cotton fiber insulation can reduce energy use by 25 to 35 percent. The numbers continue to improve as more eco-friendly options become available. These asbestos alternatives will not only reduce energy costs, but allow for a clean, healthy home, free of health damaging materials.

For more information, contact:

Jesse Herman
Mesothelioma Cancer Center
jesse@asbestos.com

 Scott Hutchinson
 scott@builditsystems.com
 1 866 585 5050 ext 1