The advantages of business systems for contractors

Businesses are not strong until their people and their systems are strong - they depend on both.

People are key - but need to be managed, have bad days, get sick, take vacations, quit, and move on. Systems don't, they stay with the business and build lasting value.

Business systems are the same magic ingredient that makes franchises and nation wide stores dominate in many markets.

Research shows that businesses that put good systems in place dramatically outperform their competition.

The advantages of using systems in your contracting business:

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

Systems make things work

The world is full of systems. The economy, governments, military, environment, and our bodies are all systems.

Big systems are made up of smaller systems - which are made of even smaller systems.

For example our bodies are made up of digestive systems, respiratory systems, circulatory systems, nervous systems (a business owners favorite), and many more. Each system is made up of cellular systems. For our bodies to work properly, so must all it's sub systems.

Our economic system is made up of businesses which are also made of systems - accounting systems, management information systems, estimating systems, inventory systems, customer management systems, project management systems, communication systems, etc. For businesses to function properly, so must all their systems.

The problem is, independent small and mid size businesses don't leverage the true power of systems. Owners and a few key people usually act as super glue that hold them together. If they stop, then so does the business - kaput - game over.

More on the different types of contractor business systems...

More on the advantages of business systems for contractors...

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

BuildIT Software Update - working days calculator / tech notes (Feb 2007)

Dear BuildIT User,

New features just added to the system:

1. Working Days Calculator

Need some help creating schedule templates? Help has arrived! Want to know how many "work days" exist between two dates (if you subtract weekends and holidays)? Or... what if you start a task next Wednesday that will takes 13 work days to complete, but there's a holiday and a couple weekends during that time? This handy new calculator will tell you which calendar date the task ends on, or how many work days are between any two dates. To access your new Working Days Calculator simply click "tasks", then click "do it" at the top right, then choose "Calculate Working Days" and up pops your calculator. Bonus: you can even print out a schedule that shows calendar days, work and non-work days. Use this handy printout to plan or schedule jobs, crews, or projects.

2. Technical Notes

Anyone who has been on the system for a while has seen new features and upgrades released … now you can check out the new "technical notes" if you want to know more. Click on the "msg ctr" button at the upper right of any screen, then in the left margin, click on "tech notes" and see in plain English what we've released, and what new features are coming.

Best regards,

The BuildIT Team
1 866 585 5050 x1
www.builditsystems.com

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