You could be forgiven for thinking that the small construction company is being overlooked in an industry of globalization, growth, and corporate construction giants.
In fact, you may even be finding that running your construction business with a spreadsheet and an ‘if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it’ attitude isn’t bringing the same results it used to.
There is an easy way to solve this problem.
Cloud-based project management solutions are giving stretched-to-the-limits business owners like you the systems, support, and confidence they need to continue to play ball with the big kids.
Here are some things you should know about the benefits of such a system in your company:
Software for project management simplifies construction planning
You usually start work on a building project by using a blueprint of architectural plans. Imagine what a mess this project would be if it didn’t have those blueprints.
A blueprint is essential for managing a project. Otherwise, things can get very messy. It is crucial to establish a framework and lay the foundation before you start any project.
Project management software can help you simplify the project planning phase with a consistent, straightforward process. To give you and your client a realistic understanding and plan for the project, you can create a clear breakdown and schedule of tasks, resources, deadlines, and other details.
It will reduce scope creep and minimize the possibility of disputes with suppliers, subcontractors, clients and clients about deliverables.
It lowers overheads
Project management software lets you manage all your projects from one place. It doesn’t require a physical office and allows you to expand your business’ reach.
Software providers will typically offer scalable pricing plans so that you can choose the most cost-effective option for your business. Software can grow with your business without you having to install and update expensive new hardware or software.
It helps you stay organized
One of the most difficult tasks you will face is managing multiple staff members and subcontractors that are working on different tasks at once. Unfortunately, time is not money and this is not the best place to spend your time.
Instead, project management software allows you to easily keep track of what’s important, at a glance.
The software can be used to assign tasks to employees or subcontractors, track progress on a building project, and keep you informed if it lags behind schedule. This software helps to ensure that the right people are working on the right projects in order to maximize productivity.
Most software options allow employees or subcontractors to log into the software. You can allow different permission levels, so they can update project statuses and track their progress. This empowers them to take control of the project and allows you to spend more time on the bigger picture.
It simplifies communication
You can upload files, documents, and correspondence to a cloud-based storage service. This allows you to keep all project information in one location and allow you to collaborate with colleagues on documents and plans.
Faster collaboration means faster decision making. Stakeholders can review and make changes to plans and briefs and then immediately start implementing them. This is another major benefit for keeping your project on schedule and within budget.
All customer, supplier, and lead information can be stored in a virtual database accessible via your project management software. Mobile functionality is key.