How to choose the right construction software for your small business

Originally published on JLC Online

If you run a small to medium-sized construction firm, you understand the difficulties of keeping track of multiple projects and running a successful and profitable business. Incorporating construction management software into your business can reduce the time you spend on day-to-day tasks like estimating and project management, meaning more time for the things you love.

There are many construction management software solutions to choose from, and it can be challenging to know where to start. When subscribing to construction software to help run your business, plan for the future. Even though you only focus on estimating projects at the moment, think about where your business will be in a year’s time. Getting started with a new software platform takes time, so make sure you choose one that will support your business as it scales over time.

Ensure your investment in new software brings long-term, positive return to your bottom line, is designed to suit the size and needs of your unique business , and is easy to get started use day-to-day.

Typically, small builders and contractors find that construction software is too big or complex for their business. Construction projects are complicated enough. Streamlining your business by adding construction management software should make your job easier. These helpful tips can help you to navigate choosing the best construction management software for your business.

  1. Identify your goals – Make a list of must-haves and nice-to-have helps you understand what you need in a software solution for your business. Your nice-to-have list will likely be as long as the day is short, but your must-have list should be short and straightforward.
  2. Prioritize the features – Not all features are created equal. For example, many software solutions specialize in one or two components, like estimating and project management, and other capabilities like takeoffs sold separately can be a costly endeavor.
  3. Determine how you will use the software – Do you spend more time in the office or on the job site, or both? Software solutions are either app-, cloud- or desktop-based. Your level of mobility will help you decide. Make sure that the software works with your preferred operating system — Mac or PC or both.
  4. Options – There are software solutions built for large and small teams from simple to complex options and all-in-one to one or two features. Make sure you’re comfortable with the product design and functionality for your size of business.

Choosing the right construction management software doesn’t have to be complicated, and the software shouldn’t be challenging to use. This is what attracts a lot of builders to Buildxact. With intuitive estimating and project management tools, Buildxact enables small builders, remodelers, and contractors to grow and scale their businesses. Using the platform, you can radically reduce the time to estimate and quote and easily stay on top of your financials and profitability.

“My best resource is time,” said Ryan McDonald, owner of RYMAC Construction in Georgia. “I tried everybody’s free trial. I chose Buildxact because it’s very intuitive, especially the takeoff and final estimate. I run my own company on a day-to-day basis and sub out the construction, and Buildxact saves me time.”

Buildxact’s all-in-one estimating and project management software platform —quotes, estimates, takeoffs, project management, and cost tracking — all rolled into an easy-to-use tool that integrates with cloud accounting software like Quickbooks and Xero.

To learn more about software that can help you be more efficient and accurate in your business, book a personalized demo with Buildxact.