Construction Estimating: 4 Tips to Speed up the Process

Construction Estimating: 4 Tips to Speed up the Process

Creating estimates is often a necessary part of the job as a contractor or construction company, and this process can take time. If you write out a custom list for each job you could spend hours of time researching the cost of materials, figuring out labor costs, and formatting your estimate so that it looks…

Software Solutions for Smaller Contractors

Software Solutions for Smaller Contractors

Did you know that the world’s most widely used business software, Microsoft Excel, is 30 years old? Though Excel is a relatively old dog in this digital world, it is still very popular in the construction industry for estimating, scheduling, and other project management activities. Spreadsheet pros and cons. Excel spreadsheets are familiar, easy to use and…

How Smaller Contractors Can Improve Year-Over-Year Profits

How Smaller Contractors Can Improve Year-Over-Year Profits

Smaller contractors rarely have the resources to set off a major overhaul in a short time. But, in an industry so tied to overall economic health (and therefore volatile) as construction, it’s not uncommon for contractors to run into unexpectedly tight finances. In these situations, contractors have to figure out ways to improve year-over-year profits…

5 Tips for Accurate Construction Job Costing

5 Tips for Accurate Construction Job Costing

A construction business is like a three-legged stool. One leg is the ability to build the structures that customers are looking for, the second leg is customer service and marketing, and the third leg is accounting. No business can run successfully without accurate accounting but for construction, where the costs of a project can vary based…

5 Reasons a Paperless Accounts Payable System is Good for Your Construction Business

5 Reasons a Paperless Accounts Payable System is Good for Your Construction Business

The overall financial outlook for construction in 2018 is consistent and stable. Commercial construction is expected to see a 12.4 percent increase in starts, while residential projects will see growth at six to nine percent. While the industry, in general, has seen a resurgence since the recession, individual companies are facing challenges to profitability. Analysts…

The Rise of Net-Zero Housing Construction (Part 1)

The Rise of Net-Zero Housing Construction (Part 1)

The summer onslaught of hurricanes that ravaged our southeastern coast left a large number of people completely uprooted. Many homes were destroyed or damaged beyond repair and even for families who successfully stayed in place or returned, Among those areas that were hit the hardest, mobile homes and trailer parks took a disproportionate amount of…