Why contractors have resisted computers, why it's changing, and why you don't want to get left behind

During the last decade a large number of small and mid size businesses made use of software to increase efficiency and boost profits.

However, construction businesses have not adopted software technology to the same extent as other 'hands-on' businesses (including automotive shops, suppliers, restaurants, and retail stores).

The reasons have more to do with the shortcomings of computers and software than they do with contractors being resistant.

Construction has a track record of adopting technology including cordless tools, air tools, laser tools, fax machines, mobile phones, and more.

So, what has prevented contractors from using computers to the same extent as other businesses?

For one thing, it's been difficult for contractors to understand how computers can help because computers and software have been mismatched with their real needs.

Construction software that:

  • is geared to managing information by the job/project (not by the transaction)
  • can be accessed by people in different locations
  • can do a wide variety of things (without learning a dozen different packages)
  • can store information generated by other software programs
  • can fax information without printing, looking up/dialing numbers, or waiting for fax machines
  • can grow with their business
  • is easy to use with how to videos (not fat boring manuals)
  • is flexible and customizable

People have no interest in dealing with something they perceive as potentially complex unless they see the benefit. Many in construction have seen (and still see) computers as difficult and frustrating - and rightly so they have been.

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 Scott Hutchinson
 scott@builditsystems.com
 1 866 585 5050 ext 1

How software systems help construction businesses sell faster (and for more money)

Over the next 10 - 15 years, 2/3 of all private business owners will be looking to sell out and retire. These 'baby boomer' businesses have only one place to look for buyers - the next generation.

However, the next generation has fewer people - that means a lot more businesses than buyers.

Whenever supply is greater than demand, prices are forced down. That means many businesses will never sell; they'll just close - not much reward for a lifetime of work.

What ingredient will set businesses apart from the crowd? What will make them sell faster and at a higher price?

Sure they'll have customers and be profitable (but so will businesses that don't sell). The magic ingredient is that they'll have good business systems in place - which will help them sell, while competitors shut their doors and close forever.

Construction software systems help businesses sell because buyers find business with good systems very attractive. If you were buying a business, which would you rather buy? A business with organized predictable ways of doing things or one without?

Systems create lasting value because the seller has a well oiled machine to hand over to the new owner - a predictable working systematized business.

Systems are the same magic ingredient that make franchise businesses and retail chain stores dominate.

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 Scott Hutchinson
 scott@builditsystems.com
 1 866 585 5050 ext 1

Why web based construction software beats regular software

Web-based construction software is more user-friendly than conventional software.

A lot of work is done behind the scenes - and that makes it easier for you and the people you work with to use it.

Access and manage your business information from:

  • home
  • office
  • site office
  • a customers home
  • while on the road (with a wireless air card)
  • at many coffee shops and restuarants (with a wireless connection)
  • while traveling (even on vacation)
  • an interent cafe on the other side of the planet

With BuildIT's web-based system computer headaches are a thing of the past. It's like having your own team of high tech professionals taking care of your construction software systems - for a fraction of the cost.

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 Scott Hutchinson
 scott@builditsystems.com
 1 866 585 5050 ext 1