Small Business Owner Spotlight: Steve Taylor Excavation Gains Over 50% Cost Savings by Utilizing The Right Fleet Tracking Technology

Steve Taylor Excavation is a California-based excavation construction company and is based out of Cloverdale. The company has 40 employees, with 88% of them employed as the mobile workforce, and owns over 50 vehicles. The company is jointly owned by Steve and Sage Taylor and has been in business for over 13 years. We had the opportunity to talk with Steve Taylor, Co-Owner/ CFO, Steve Taylor Excavation.

Small Business Owner Spotlight: Jamar Power Systems Achieves 66% Cost Savings by Leveraging Telematics Technology

Jamar Power Systems (JPS) is a California based company that performs solar power installations, general electrical wiring and electrical integration. They are headquartered in San Diego, and have 50-60 employees. With about 20 vehicles, and more being added each month, they are a fast growing company. We had the opportunity to talk to Desmon Edwards, Vice President at Jamar Power Systems.

The Connected Car: Time to embrace IoT in your fleet management

The automotive industry is characterized by constant change. Vehicle manufactures must keep up with changing safety regulations, ensure their vehicles meet evolving environmental standards and continuously improve their models and features to meet customer demand and stay ahead of the competition. With the ongoing emergence of the Internet of Things, automakers have another factor to address – the growing demand and expectation for connected technology.

#IoT Empowering Accounting Professionals and their Clients

Businesses across the world are riding the learning curve of Internet of Things and fleet telematics. Internet of Things (IoT) is not just a buzz word but already having incredible impact on consumers and businesses. From smart devices enabling you to control your thermostat from your mobile device despite being miles away, to helping businesses be more productive with fleet management, IoT is a wave that has just started rising. So, how is it empowering accounting professionals and their clients? There are some great resouces at the end of the article but see how one use case of IoT -- fleet telematics is changing the game for businesses.

Small Business Owner Spotlight: Elevation Solar

Elevation Solar is on a mission to provide innovative energy solutions that add value to homes and businesses. They have 75 employees and about 50% of the workforce are mobile. We had the opportunity to talk to Rob Jones, Vice President of Strategic Initiative at Elevation Solar.

Achieving the Gold Standard in Fleet Management

While the 2016 Summer Olympic games may have ended, many top-performing small business owners remain locked in a battle to effectively manage their fleets. Taking care of their vehicles has become a chore, using up precious time and brainpower they need to run the company. Like athletes who aren’t on top of their game, they’re not competition-ready. Fortunately, you don’t need to hire a coach to get you into shape and train for weeks on end to see results. A world-class fleet telematics solution can get the job done quickly—and help you set the gold standard for the life of your business. If you want to optimize your performance and get to the front of the pack, here’s what to look for in a solution:

Automile Celebrates Businesses - Austin Window Fashions

We have started an initiative 'Celebrating Businesses with Workforce-on-Wheels' to capture challenges and best practices from business owners, operations managers, and fleet leaders to share with the broader community. Interested businesses can send us a note at We will then reach out to schedule a 30-minute interview and spotlight their organization with a complimentary article on Automile's blog and recognition on its social media channels.  We had a chance to talk to Lee McKissick who is the production leader at Austin Window Fashions.

SaaStr Fund’s Jason Lemkin Leads $6.2M Investment in IoT Company Automile

Internet of Things company, Automile, which helps companies increase productivity in their fleets, announced today that it has raised $6.2 million to further accelerate its growth. Jason Lemkin and his new SaaStr Fund led the round, with support from existing investors Dawn Capital and Christoph Janz, an early-stage investor in Zendesk, and his Point Nine Capital fund. New investors in the round include Twitch founder, Justin Kan, along with Skype founder, Niklas Zennström, and Pingdom founder, Sam Nurmi.

5 Important Tips for Field Services Businesses to Grow Your Client Base

The day-in and day-out work of field service professionals is all about ensuring—let’s face it, exceeding—customer satisfaction. You’ve got to get the job done dependably, quickly, affordably (and the list goes on)—and continually meet your clients’ ever-rising expectations if you want to keep their business. And when it comes to signing on new customers, well…you’ve got to woo and wow them, too. Here are some best practices for doing just that: