First things first it completely depends on the size of your company. A multinational company will have entirely different needs and budget than your small residential builder. Licenses for some of these can cost thousands of dollars per year per user.
Another major factor is who will be using the software? Will it be a professional estimator who has completed a degree in estimating or a painter by trade looking to price a local job?
Let’s be honest as tradies, quoting for jobs probably isn’t exactly what you’d love to be doing, but it’s obviously a must. On the upside if you’re good at creating successful quotes, and win more jobs, you can spend less time quoting and more time out on site. In order to give yourself an edge over competitors here’s a couple of hot tips.
Leading on from my challenges, we’ve recently launched a new Takeoff service at ConX, making it easier for builders and subbies to get their quantities done for them. I know the pain, I’ve felt it first hand and I am passionate about making it accessible for others through a reliable, cost effective service.
Should you get a drone? Drones are everywhere now and have become affordable with high quality cameras. They are amazing fun to take videos and photos of your favourite sports and hobbies, here is a quick look at a few ways to utilise them for your construction business.
The construction industry has long been seen as a macho industry with such habits as wolf whistling at girls, eating pies, being dirty/scruffy and beer is generally a close association too. In recent years we have taken huge steps forwards with our professional manner and the introduction of the internet and social media has encouraged companies to broadcast a better ‘image’ of their business to make them stand out from the crowd. If you feel that you could do a little bit more for your businesses image here are a few tips to get you started.
Are you just starting out as a builder? Transitioning from the tools to managing a whole project from start to finish is a big leap and a daunting process.
Most guys starting out as builders have been successful as carpenters or another qualified trade, so they are familiar and confident in the build process, but it’s the admin and paperwork that bogs everyone down. It doesn’t have to be the way...