Construction software is not just for the construction giants! Construction software is for the little guys too! The local lawn service provider who hires summer help, and might have 20-30 customers to provide services for; or the guy who plows out residents and local businesses during winter; or the small home-improvement company with a half-dozen employees; and other similar operations, can all benefit from construction software functionality.
It is impossible to say whether or not the price of purchasing and implementing a construction software program in an operation such as those described above would be worth it in all cases since such an evaluation would require complete evaluation of the particular business model and business processes and procedures. As such, let’s just say that “automation is key” wherever it can be easily and effectively applied within an existing business model.
If the business model must be totally revamped in order to fit it to available construction software functionality (out of the box), it might not be the right time to implement. Instead, the first thing to do is to restructure the business model to incorporate the industry’s known best-practices. That way, the construction business will more likely line up with construction software.
The little guys usually manage quite well in their own ways. Perhaps they use an Excel spreadsheet, or an Access database, or maybe a small-business management software package. There are inexpensive, quite user-friendly, and even quite functional small-business software packages available; and some include specific construction-oriented functionality.
The little guys probably don’t need to think about the high-tech RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tagging of their materials or supplies; nor do they need to be too concerned about real-time communications functionality of construction software. No, the little guys manage well enough to satisfy their small business needs with some of the small business construction software available today.
The most important question a small construction company needs to answer before running out and buying a construction software package is “Will a construction software package enhance and improve my business enough to warrant the cost of purchase and implementation?” That might sound like a “no-brainer” question, but it encourages the company to look closely at current affairs; current processes, procedures, record keeping, communications, and more. And anytime business managers and owners take the time to do that is usually time well spent.
Construction software for the little guys is likely to be a welcome adjunct to the little guy construction company atmosphere, since many of those little guy construction companies operate from their homes. If they have software taking their phone calls, keeping track of customer accounts, and keeping track of expenses, their home might be more comfortable and more of a home, and they might even have more time to enjoy it, as well!