Date: 22nd June 2015
Apparently over half of construction industry businesses are still using pen and paper or time consuming spreadsheets for job management. If your construction business in this situation it may be time to take things to the next level. As your business grows and you take on larger scale projects, manual methods are going to become inefficient and ineffectual. Consider a job management system to improve efficiency, reduce costs and increase profitability.
When Andy Bean joined Christchurch earthworks contracting business, Polcon, he had a fair bit of groundwork to do himself to get the business finances under control. The company had a huge workload and was very profitable – but he had no way of seeing where it was that the business was actually making money.
The owners were a husband and wife team who were doing everything themselves and were completely overwhelmed. “The owner is entrepreneurial and has an instinct for numbers, but it was all in his head. The business didn’t have any job-specific reporting, so nothing was being accurately measured”.
“We needed to be able to back-cost jobs, because I didn’t know whether projects were profitable and I didn’t know costs apportioned across a range of jobs. I wanted to get more granular on how much time we spent labour-wise and then how much we spent on materials.”
“Now with WorkflowMax, in just the click of a button I can bring up a job profit report, job lists, a whole bunch of data. It generates the information in real time, which is fantastic. I can look at a job and say, ‘Actually, we made 5% profit, or we lost 5%’ – and we never had that visibility before.”