As a business owner, oversight and management of your company is your paramount concern. When you're out of the office, relying on email updates and phone calls doesn't provide the perspective needed to effectively manage your business. Access to real time updates, reports, and status is required to make informed decisions.
In a 2017 report, the Washington State Auditor found that employers in the skilled trades are having difficulty finding enough workers. According to the?Associated General Contractors of America, 70% of construction companies are having difficulty finding workers for their jobs.
The current workforce shortage is making it more and more difficult for construction companies to find skilled workers to fill vacant positions. Learn what you can do to attract the right talent!
All through the skilled trades industry, organizations are still using manual scheduling for their employees. It might be a whiteboard, or a master appointment book, or occasionally something as advanced as a shared Google calendar or even excel, but for most skilled trades businesses, there's still someone manually tracking jobs and hours worked.
The construction industry has been a bit behind when it comes to adapting to innovative technologies. Studies show that 80% of skilled trades and construction companies are still operating their businesses using primarily manual methods. At least a part of the reluctance to update existing processes is due to a lack of knowledge; not knowing what is available, and what is right for your business. With so many types of software available, it can be overwhelming.
What does “improving efficiency” mean? You are sitting in your office thinking “this isn’t working” or “there has to be an easier way”. You can see the gaps or bottlenecks in your business process and you recognize there is an issue, but you are struggling to find a solution. You aren’t alone. While every business owner knows what improving efficiency means, not many know how to adapt their process to actually improve their efficiency.
Ok, that title might be a bit dramatic but hear me out! If you're currently running a construction company, chances are you are using QuickBooks. QuickBooks controls over 70% of the small business accounting space across North America, this is huge! So what's the problem? Well, for one, the world has changed a lot since QuickBooks was first developed.