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
 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

PS: Do you work with anyone that needs to be more organized? Click here to let them know about BuildIT and get a free Starbucks card when they sign up.





The human cost of problems (and why it's an opportunity in disguise)

Working in construction means surviving in a world of forces that push and pull - it takes its toll.

The industry can keep people close to the edge - and has driven its share over it. Why?

  • Countless details to manage
  • Changing schedules (that affect your life)
  • Changing specifications
  • Trades that don't show
  • Suppliers that don't deliver
  • Employees that don't show
  • Jobs that can go sideways
  • Unfair competition
  • Too much or too little work
  • Slow paying customers
  • The domino effect of bankruptcy
  • And more...

Most people in construction:

  • wear many hats
  • are constantly pulled in different directions
  • often go to bed at night with the gears turning
  • live with more than their fair share of stress

Most people blindly accept that the endless stream of things to manage are just part of the business - nothing can be done about it - that's just the way it is. But does it have to be that way?

Competitors face the same challenges as you. So what sets some businesses apart?

It comes down to deciding to do things differently and then making changes.

Business systems are the ONLY real way to better manage, organize, schedule, and communicate.

Why systems make things work...

More about business systems for contractors...

 Scott Hutchinson
 1 866 585 5050 ext 1