There are many software applications and many manufacturers of construction software that you can invest in to help you sell more, generate more leads, build happier customers, estimate faster, create more accurate proposals, communicate more effectively with vendors and software programs that can help you make more money.
The cost of software will depend mostly on the benefits it offers to you, the end-user of the product. Typically, the more features and benefits the greater the investment. For example: A stand alone estimating program that just estimates will cost less than a fully integrated estimating program that generates proposals/specifications and/or an estimating package that also creates purchase orders, work orders and subcontract agreements. Fully integrated packages that incorporate CRM, Estimating, Proposal Writing, Project Management and Job Cost Accounting will typically cost more than software programs that are stand alone from different manufacturers.
Once you invest in any software solution that meets your needs you still need to invest the time and money in implementing the software successfully to fully maximize the benefit of owning. The typical budget for implementing should be 1-2 times the cost of the software. Now, you can struggle and try to learn the software on your own but many companies believe investing in training from companies with experienced staff saves builders and contractors thousands of dollars in lost revenue. The quicker you can get a software solution up and running the quicker you can start benefiting from the use of the software.
Many companies like McDonald Remodeling agree. McDonald Remodeling is a successful remodeling company in Inver Grove Heights, MN and in 2008 they invested in fully integrated A-Z software solution from Contractors Software Group. According to Jeff Heikkinen, President of McDonald Remodeling.” Having a good company to help with the implementation, training and ongoing support is the key to a successful installation. To have an experienced staff from a company like J. Knutson & Associates, Inc. to help with the implementation saved us hours of time in mistakes and frustration. When we invested in Contractors Software Group’s fully integrated A-Z solution we were also bringing some new proven processes and procedures, the same processes and procedures that are used by thousands of successful builders to streamline their business. With the help of J. Knutson & Associates, Inc’s experienced staff they helped us understand and implement those successful processes and procedures along with the software.”
Another issue with technology is that it is constantly changing and due to these changes software can soon become extinct or obsolete. Once you’re up and running and invested thousands of dollars in time and money you surely don’t want to have to start over again. The solution for this dilemma is many software developers offer yearly maintenance agreements. These yearly maintenance agreements cover updates and enhancements to the product so they don’t become obsolete. They are like an insurance policy so you always should have state of the art software.
Again, software can help your construction business sell more, generate more leads, build happier customers, estimate faster, create more accurate proposals, communicate more effectively with vendors and help streamline your business so you can make more money. The key is that they need to be used correctly for this to happen. When you invest in software you should be looking for software that meets your needs, a company to assist in the implementation and a company that provides ongoing support and maintenance. All of this should be considered when you’re investing in software for your construction business.