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How to Use Project Data to Improve Construction Estimates

May 19, 2021

How do you know what to charge for a project? Contractors can improve the accuracy of their estimates by using cost data from their own past projects. Most construction estimators start by determining the potential costs for performing the work, then mark them up to cover their overhead expenses and profit. The cost of the work is often based on industry averages or educated guesses. Using these figures doesn’t take into consideration the differences between companies, including their level of overhead, and differences in location, which can lead to overinflated estimates.

The Future of Infrastructure Construction in 2021

May 12, 2021

No matter which side of the aisle you’re on, there’s no denying that America’s infrastructure needs serious help right away. It appears that lawmakers are finally prioritizing investment in critical needs like transportation, water safety, utilities, and bridges. There’s legislation currently being debated that could provide a major influx of federal funds to help the nation’s aging infrastructure.

7 Great Marketing Ideas for Your Construction Contracting Business

May 5, 2021

Are you looking to expand your marketing efforts for your construction contracting business? Or have you simply run out of marketing ideas? Spreading the word about your contracting company is key to getting more work. If potential customers don’t know you exist, they can’t hire you.

Maximizing Your Website to Get More Leads

April 28, 2021

Having a website is a great way to attract customers. It can sell 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And once you get it set up, it only requires periodic updating to keep it fresh. But what should you put on your website to help you get more leads? In order to be found online, you have to satisfy both search engines and potential customers. If you don’t satisfy the search engines, customers will never discover you, and if you don’t satisfy potential customers, you won’t get any leads. We’ll take a look at the information you should have on your website to satisfy both the search engines and potential customers.

What to Look for in Construction Project Management Software

April 6, 2021

The key to selecting the right construction project management software for your company is to develop a list of “must have’s” and “like to have’s” and prioritize them. By shopping around, you can discover new features you didn’t even know were available. To help you in your search, we've gathered some key characteristics to look for in construction project management software.

What to Look for in Construction Bid Estimating Software

April 20, 2021

Shopping for bid estimating software can be difficult because there are so many programs and options to choose from. We’ve put together a list of five things you need to look for when shopping for construction estimating software. This list should help you narrow your search.

Expanding Your Digital Footprint to Get More Leads

April 13, 2021

Expanding your digital footprint by increasing the number of locations you have across the web gives you a higher probability of coming up in organic searches when your potential customers search online.

Tracking Bid Results - What to Track and Why

March 24, 2021

Tracking bid results, including wins and losses and bid amounts, can help you be more competitive with your bids. Determining key stats, such as your success rate, will help you predict your future workload so you can better plan for your business. If you don't track your bid results, you could be flying blind.

5 Reasons Why General Contractors Should Use Construction Bid Software

March 17, 2021

General contractors are looking for the best subcontractors at the best prices for their projects. Finding quality subcontractors can feel like trying to find a needle in a haystack. However, there are tools that can help general contractors quickly and easily find the subs they need. Construction bid software can help GCs find more subcontractors, centralize their bid communication, improve data security and access, and improve their communication with subs throughout the bidding process.

How to Determine if a Project is a Good Fit for Subcontractors to Bid

March 10, 2021

Finding the right construction projects for your subcontracting company requires some investigation. While no one can tell you precisely what project is right for you, there are some things you should consider before deciding to bid on a project.

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