Blogs & News


Keep up to date with Squeegee news in our newsletters and read our blogs, mainly on stuff we think are cool or might help you in your business

Keep up to date with Squeegee news in our newsletters and read our blogs, mainly on stuff we think are cool or might help you in your business.

Autumn offer to legacy users

Squeegee plans are changing...

Autumn offer to legacy users

As per our recent newsletter, you'll know that Squeegee plans are changing to incorporate more features on our most basic plan so everyone has access to these. 

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What's new from Squeegee

There's a lot to update you on since our last newsletter and since we've resumed normal development after covid-19

What's new from Squeegee

Hello from everyone here at Squeegee HQ. We've just reopened the office after working from home for the last couple of months and thought we'd get in touch with you all to tell you what we'd been up to!

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Squeegee Support Update

What to expect in terms of Squeegee support during the covid19 response - how we're minimising disruption for our users. 

Squeegee Support Update

Just a quick update to all of our users. 

Squeegee are following government guidance to work from home where possible and to isolate if anyone has suspected symptoms or has been in contact with anyone who has the virus. Additionally, with all schools and nurseries closing next week, we are making some slight changes to the support provided by the Squeegee team. 

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App of the Day Interview

We were approached by the editor of DownloadAstro who wanted to feature Squeegee as their 'App of the day'. They interviewed one of the development team and recommended Squeegee to their readers. Read on to see the full inteWe were approached by the editor of DownloadAstro who wanted to feature Squeegee as their 'App of the day'. They interviewed one of the development team and recommended Squeegee to their readers. 

View the full article at https://appoftheday.downloadastro.com/app/squeegee-work-planning-invoicing-payments/

Squeegee – Work Planning, Invoicing & Payments - Interview with the developer of a fantastic app

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September news

September news

Sorry it's been a while since some of you have heard anything from us - rest assured, this isn't because there hasn't been much going on here - as usual, just the opposite in fact!
 
If you're a user of the app, you'll have seen lots and lots of new stuff and improvements of late - read on to see the highlights. 

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Why can I now only use Squeegee SMS?

why we have had to remove support for device enabled SMS

Why can I now only use Squeegee SMS?

Unfortunately due to changes in permissions, we no longer support sms enabled devices.  Apple and Google have made it impossible to send messages in bulk, despite our best efforts to find a work around.  

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Squeegee - what's it all about?

Squeegee - what's it all about?

What is Squeegee?


Squeegee is an established scheduling system that is fast becoming the market lead among SMEs wanting to optimise efficiency in their business. The reasons for such fast growth and popularity? Quite simply the quality of the product and service which is recognised universally among its users.

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Apple lit a fire...

Apple lit a fire...

A few months ago, some of our users on iOS devices starting experiencing issues with data not writing. This initially manifested itself as several issues in Squeegee:

  • Data reverting on local device (although still syncing if there was a connection).
  • Invoice duplication (caused by user redoing changes that had partially be done).
  • Replan’s causing duplicate appointments.
  • Error when returning to the app from backgrounding.
  • Data being completely lost.
  • Sign in error and app not loading at all
  • App spontaneously reloading / crashing.

After much research we discovered the underlying issue was caused by an iOS 12 update (likely iOS 12.2) and has been raised with Apple for many weeks now without any official acknowledgement of it or indeed that it will be fixed. As such this issue does not just impact Squeegee but 1000’s of frameworks and apps that rely on this technology!

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Mid October Magic

Mid October Magic

Squeegee has now transformed thousands of businesses by adding automation and reducing admin time by a reported average of up to an hour a working day. This works out as a huge 30 working days across a whole year, which is essentially an entire month!

You don't have to be a 'tech wiz' to use Squeegee, the idea is that the automation helps even the least technical minded business owners and workers leaving them to do the jobs they do best. 

 

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Paper worksheets - the big debate

Paper worksheets - the big debate

At Squeegee HQ, we have often discussed the hot topic of paper worksheets for mobile service providers and having been a teacher, I have in the past, been one that has sworn by a paper diary and shelves filled with neatly labelled lever arch folders (that were mostly never reopened). 

Although I used to write development plans about 'working smarter, not harder' I used to spend a huge amount of time duplicating information to tick all the boxes and jump through all the hoops that I had simply become accustomed to. 

 

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Sunk cost theory

Sunk cost theory

What is Sunk Cost theory?

Sunk cost in monetary terms is a cost that has already been paid and cannot be recovered. 

We've all had that feeling that we've paid for something, so should use it (even when it's not very useful, we don't want to, or don't even like it) - let me illustrate with a few examples. 

 

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Evidence based cleaning

Evidence based cleaning

So many places of work still rely on outdated systems using paper schedules that can easily lead to mistakes and at the very least, duplication of work. The reality is that in the present day, or very soon in the future for some businesses, a revolution is around the corner making work much sleeker. 

"Evidence-based cleaning enables janitors to chronicle what they do in real-time throughout a shift using an app on a smartphone. The process begins when a janitor checks his or her smartphone before work to see what tasks they’ve been assigned — a refreshing change from an outdated process that required workers to go into a central office to check schedules and duties." 

Tracking Janitor Productivity With Apps
Contracting Profits Magazine

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Getting customers using Direct Debit

Getting customers using Direct Debit

GoCardless have compiled a bank of resources to guide you through the process of getting more customers paying using Direct Debit. 

Taking Direct Debit payments automatically on job completion is secure, fast and couldn't be easier. You reduce your time collecting and chasing payments, and your customers don't have to spend time searching for cash or remember to send a payment on time. 

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Mobile apps are the future says Apple

Mobile apps are the future says Apple

When Apple gave it's first preview of MacOS 10.14 Mojave the other week, it revealed just how much desktop use has changed over the last ten years with the huge rise of mobile apps connecting desktops to devices. Back in 2008 when the app store was first born with just 500 apps on offer, whilst the number and popularity of apps in general grew, the status of them remained somewhat below their desktop relatives. 

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Small businesses get tech-savvy

Small businesses get tech-savvy

Getting more work done in less time is the goal of any forward thinking business, with small businesses getting to grips with going digital in the current trend. Apps, automation and cloud sharing are enabling businesses to reduce their hours or simply fit more work in to the day. 

There can a be a level of fear attached to moving to a more digital work place. Many employees worry that technology is a means to replace human labour, when in fact, recent data suggests that small businesses are actually looking to boost headcount, even when paying for the systems to streamline efficiency. According to the National Federation of Independent Business Research Center, 36 percent of small companies were not able to fill open positions in June, matching the survey's record high from November 2000. For smaller firms, one method being used to attract new workers is with shorter or remote work hours.

 

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7 release September!

7 release September!

September saw a record seven releases packed with over fifty new features and even more improvements. As always, the new features, tweaks and improvements come from a partnership with our extremely valued users who constantly provide insightful feedback and 'wish lists' of new things they'd like to see, for which we are extremely grateful. 

Since the last newsletter, the headline new features include financial reports that can be exported to csv for accounting purposes and the ability to schedule by rounds and locations, as well as a host of other smaller features that make the user experience even better. 

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Apple vans seen in huge update!

Apple vans seen in huge update!

Apple is reported to be gathering data for a completely revamped version of apple maps from the ground up. The new mapping service, which is the most frequently used app on its iOS phones, will use data gathered by its fleet of vans that are kitted out with the latest sensor equipment and 360 degree cameras, as well as data provided by iPhone users who have opted into helping the service. 

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New features in Squeegee this autumn

New features in Squeegee this autumn

So far, September has been one of our busiest months to date in terms of successive new releases. With an average monthly release rate of over two per month, we are heading into the fourth release currently and may have a fifth before the month end! 

With new releases there are always a number of new features as well as bug fixes from the previous version. This month has seen one new feature that has helped create a timeline of how Squeegee has grown over time, which is a list of historic release notes with dates. This can be found on the about screen and new release notes will always now pop up the first time you open the app after an update. 

To keep on top of new releases, follow us one one (or all) of our social media channels as we always publish a post informing our followers when you can update to the latest version. 

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Back to School

Back to School

Are you ready for the new term? New beginnings aren't just for children moving up to the next class in their crisp new uniform, it's for you in your business too! Time to implement changes to your business, and time for us to continue developing yet more new features. 

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5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and Launch! V1 is LIVE

5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and Launch! V1 is LIVE

Squeegee is the ever evolving, ultimately customisable solution for your business. Manage customers, time, tracking, billing and dispatch in real time using an elegant blend of modern cloud and mobile technology. 

Read on to see the 
FIVE of the new features that have been added to the brand new Standard and Premium plans. 

 

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How much?

How much?

Do you really know what your business is paying out in bank charges and time spent collecting? 

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What's new? 30th June 2018

What's new? 30th June 2018

What's new in Squeegee?

With weekly releases including updates to existing features, new features and minor bug fixes, Squeegee is always driving improvement in making systems and processes sleeker and quicker.  

 

 

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Innovation

Innovation

Our experience at Interclean 2018 in terms of innovation and what the future holds in a nutshell...

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Moerman Ultimate Squeegees

Moerman Ultimate Squeegees

What’s the hype about?

As a large number of our customers are window cleaning companies, we have heard a fair number of rave reviews about Moerman tools. So when the opportunity arose to go and meet some of the team and have a close up inspection ourselves, we just had to see what the fuss was about!

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Monzo - The REAL TIME banking solution

Monzo - The REAL TIME banking solution

Have you ever used a banking app, completed a transaction whilst it was open and had to go through the rigmarole of logging out and logging back in again a few minutes later to see the change to your account? Us too. It's frustrating, slow and unnecessary. 

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Online Payments in the Pipeline

Online Payments in the Pipeline

Squeegee® has been fully up and running with the pro version for a month now - and what a busy month it has been! You have been busy scheduling jobs and managing your customers, and we have been busy updating and perfecting current features as well as creating new ones to meet your needs!

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UhUb A Training Revolution

UhUb A Training Revolution

Calling all cleaning companies!

Take a look at this great solution for keeping your staff enthused...yes you did see that correctly...ENTHUSED about training!

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The Manchester Cleaning Show

The Manchester Cleaning Show

On the 11th and 12th April, a couple of the Squeegee team attended the Manchester Cleaning show as visitors, to get the vibes, see what products were about for our customers and enjoy the experience.

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Reap the rewards of great training

Reap the rewards of great training

We love an innovative way of delivering training, especially using a kinaesthetic approach which in our opinion, is by far the most effective method of learning. Teaching muscle memory takes time and practise, and what better way to learn an action that is needed for using a specific tool than to have a teacher right there in front of you for you to mirror!

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Oxygen-Powered

Oxygen-Powered

A wave of lovely scents that don’t overpower your nostrils and are solvent free

We came across the lovely team at Oxygen-Pro nose first and were immediately impressed with the subtle fragrances that are a world apart from traditional air fresheners. There was no chemical tone in the fragrance, just lovely fresh scents.

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GDPR - make sure you know what you need

GDPR - make sure you know what you need

We know it's not the most exciting thing you'll read this month, but it is hot topic and necessary in line with the new regulations. Click through to the article to view a statement for customers of Squeegee users and some information on your responsibilities with the data of other people. 

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EcoFoam

EcoFoam

It cleans almost anything without harm or chemical smell …

Do you, like us, put off cleaning your oven because it a) takes a long time and a lot of effort and b) leaves a terrible smell that takes days to be rid of? Look no further - this revolutionary product is the one you’re looking for.

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Squeegee Pro is Go!

Squeegee Pro is Go!

The highly anticipated Squeegee Pro subscription is here! Pro is an extension of the free version and is fully compatible so you can upgrade or downgrade at anytime. We have designed the features around the feedback from our users and testers - our goal being that Squeegee becomes the only App you need to run your service business.

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