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Old 10-29-2009, 05:36 PM   #41
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I run into general contractors who tell me what great schedulers they are. I laugh right in their face. A general contractor is no more in control of a job than a cowboy is in control of a bucking bronco. The GC should just hang on for the entire ride and hope he's alive at the end.
I hate to be the one to break it to you, but only the weather can throw me a curve. In this day and age, you either watch it happen, or you make it happen. I make it happen.
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Old 10-29-2009, 05:42 PM   #42
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I hate to be the one to break it to you, but only the weather can throw me a curve. In this day and age, you either watch it happen, or you make it happen. I make it happen.
There's always extras, changes, delays, unforeseen things... When you start a job and you have it all scheduled out on your computer, that is never the way it actually goes down.
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I run into general contractors who tell me what great schedulers they are. I laugh right in their face. A general contractor is no more in control of a job than a cowboy is in control of a bucking bronco. The GC should just hang on for the entire ride and hope he's alive at the end.
Plenty of truth in that. To many people claim to be in copntrol of things that can't be controlled. Maybe they've just been lucky so far, or have a different view of what 'control' means

Anything that involves other people is subject to forces that are outside of any one person's control. There are excellent examples throughout history.
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Old 11-21-2009, 12:16 AM   #44
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There's always extras, changes, delays, unforeseen things... When you start a job and you have it all scheduled out on your computer, that is never the way it actually goes down.
Yes this is all true but a schedule is always being updated and evolving, if you don't schedule, the subs will walk all over you and take as much time as you give them to complete their job, (which is forever if you don't have a schedule)
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Yes this is all true but a schedule is always being updated and evolving, if you don't schedule, the subs will walk all over you and take as much time as you give them to complete their job, (which is forever if you don't have a schedule)
The faster I complete my work the faster I get paid the more jobs per year I do the more money I make. The only thing that slows me down are General Contractors. They have 100 ways to slow down my productivity.
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The faster I complete my work the faster I get paid the more jobs per year I do the more money I make. The only thing that slows me down are General Contractors. They have 100 ways to slow down my productivity.
And they are your source of work, you do the math.
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And they are your source of work, you do the math.
I don't understand your point. Are you saying it's OK for the customer to sabotage my efforts at completing their job in a timely fashion?
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I don't understand your point. Are you saying it's OK for the customer to sabotage my efforts at completing their job in a timely fashion?
No just the opposite if there is a schedule in place the job will be ready as scheduled.
The only way the job will be ready for you is through schedule.
What good would it do you if the GC didn't schedule?
When would you show up?
My earlier point was that schedules aren't perfect and evolve as the job progresses it just what happens.
But having any schedule is way better than not I can't even imagine a job without one!
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No just the opposite if there is a schedule in place the job will be ready as scheduled.
The only way the job will be ready for you is through schedule.
What good would it do you if the GC didn't schedule?
When would you show up?
My earlier point was that schedules aren't perfect and evolve as the job progresses it just what happens.
But having any schedule is way better than not I can't even imagine a job without one!
Got it!
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Fellow in same shows,
I myself find myself in these shoes currently. The one employee I have at the moment is very experienced. I completely trust his work ethic and experience to take care of the job when I am not around. This is when delegation of responsibility plays it role. Now I know when I have to be elsewhere, Darrell can line out a helper to get most anything we need done. Make a 'job-profile' sheet in which all the pertinent contact/job specific is filled out and left on site at your 'office' for your help to reference at anytime.
The goal is to develope your help's capabiliy to play the job management role, fluidly coupled with the mechanics of the tradeswork.
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I'm impressed with everyones response and the original post is very effecient. I've gone up and down with my business and I find communication is definetly key. I've ran 42 employees, I've ran dozens of subs, and had as many as 15-20 jobs going at once. When I'm focused at all times I'll call meetings every 2 weeks and hand out agendas for everyone to follow changing agendas every meeting and sometimes recirculating the same. Everytime I've compiled a great work ethic when I stay consistant. I've currently downsized and got back out into the field working with guys and it seems to go so much smoother. Even though you have a great superviser there seems to still be a lack of control when it really comes down to it, heck I've even found myself overlooking things that should'nt be overlooked. Someone in the post had a great idea about training young and unexpierenced employees and what you find with that is they move on to run thier own business. With luck and lots of dedication a profitable company can be accomplished, but expect all your time and effort to be exercised.
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Old 04-06-2010, 12:22 PM   #52
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Its very easy to make sure Subs do what you want them too. Its called a contract, make them sign one, and be very specific as to what is expected and by when and what the consequences will be for failure. I had the opportunity to work for a GC, in the electrical dept. We self-performed, but did take electrical sub numbers, if they beat us, we used them. But only under a stringent contract separate the Job Bob's Inc. from the rest.
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Old 05-17-2010, 08:03 PM   #53
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Most processes/businesses are built around "enough to do the job". Understandable.

But, hardly the kind of philosophy that permits growth.

My dad used to say "Get as much as you can out of what you got - BEFORE you buy something new to solve your problem."

But my son says: "Move into the 21st Century - Dad - Invest in sound technology FIRST and THEN expand!"

Both are true. I saw a study done with mid sized Commercial Construction. They implemented some technology where there had been none like it before: ePlan Rooms, automated communications routines to keep everybody on the same page for changers and schedules, etc.

The results?? They were more than impressive: Improvements in worker productivity: 30.1%
Reduced operating costs: 14.1%
Increased sales/revenues: 13.6%


The solutions they used looked SIMILAR to those on a new company's site: AdvantageBids.com

... difference being -

AdvantageBids.com is for residential builders mostly.

I am trying to find out about them before I start calling them directly, you know?

Anybody have any comments about these kinds of technology companies?
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It is not an easy thing to balance multiple projects.

These are some of the factors that help us:

1.) I believe in organization. Good organization can help to eliminate potential problems from even happening, in the first place. I keep separate folders, for separate jobs. Everything is in that folder (in a ballistic computer type bag for the road), not spread out, all over the place.
2.) Fore-thought, and fore-planning are essential to any construction project. Even more so, if running multiple jobs. Regularly, review all facets of each current job, beginning to end. Make the time to do it. This is what separates the "wannabees", from the "ares".
3.) Find the right subs, and the right workers. The right sub contractors are the ones that you do not have to babysit. They are the ones that communicate. They are the ones, that have the ability to make good onsite-decisions and "calls".
The same can be said for workers.
No job can run on automatic-pilot. There are times that you should be there, there are times that you should not have to be there. Train your help to work the way you need them to work, in order to be 99% self-sufficient, equip them to be as well.
Train your subs (without letting them realize it) to the way you need them to work, when on your jobs.
4.) Personal scheduling: Work out a proper schedule to take care of all aspects of your business. Example: I do all my phone calls, with a hands free set on the road. It's down time = use it to your advantage.
5.) Mobile office: You need a "form" of one, if you are going to run, more than one job...period.
6.) C-O-M-M-U-N-I-C-A-T-I-O-N.
7.) All workers and subs are required to check in every morning, and every day's end....period.
8.) Note pads = always have one and a pen.
9.) Get up a little earlier in the morning. If you are used to the 8-5, it's time to change your schedule. Get up earlier, and you'd be surprised at how much more you can get done and how much more organized you will be.
10.) Develop a good list of suppliers and reps. If you have specific sales people, or reps, that you can do business with, on a regular basis, they can do alot of the extra work, and phone calls for you. They can even run materials and supplies out to your jobsites for you.
11.) Always be "networking". You will be able to find resources that can help you.
12.) Have a good office, or home office. Sometimes, you just need a nice big table to spread out the paperwork, until you can catch up to it.
13.) Keep track of your project expenses.
14.) It's a fact, more jobs = more driving. Be prepared for more gas use, and more wear on your vehicle.
15.) If you have a business partner, think about what his/her strong points are, think about what your strong points are. Delegate business matters accordingly. You will get more done.
16.) Always develop a system for everything. It will create efficiency.
17.) MANAGEMENT SKILLS: Good communication, written lists, forms, follow ups, inspecting, co-ordination, fore-thought, planning, all of the above....
To successfully run multiple projects, your are a manager first, and a carpenter, GC, or whatever.... second.
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I am lucky, I run a construction company with my two brothers. Between the three of us, we are able to attack the main areas that often fall short. A good general contractor knows how to manage their labor resources efficiently, liaise with the client and designers, and work the business end of things with regards to running the company. Usually a guy is really good at one of these things. It tends to be the actual work as that is how most of us get involved. This being said, usually the other areas of business tend to suffer. We are fortunate; one brother works well with employees and subs, keeping morale up on the job, production high, and conflicts to a minimum. This brother sets the pace and the standards that are expected on our job sites. One brother deals with the details and the schmoozing with the clients and designers. This brother also coordinates the scheduling, ordering of materials and the general overseeing of the job sites. And then the last thing, I deal with all the rest of the business. I work at coding all of the invoices, tracking labor and material costs, doing up the payroll, billing, and dealing with the government agencies with regard to workers compensation, submitting tax, and all the rest of the bureaucratic paperwork that goes with permits, developing, variances, etc….all the behind the scenes stuff that has to do with construction. I know how difficult it is to keep all aspects of our jobs under control. I don’t know how I would do it without my two brothers as partners. I can tell you one thing though; we have a crew of about 45 employees and I have found that organization is the key. One of the main organizational tools that we use which I would recommend to any construction contractor is an online timesheet system. I used to spend hours trying to track labor on projects broken down by tasks so that we could track the overall costs of the job. This was an absolute nightmare. I was reentering the guys’ timesheets into an elaborate excel spreadsheet and then from there do up the payroll and billing. I found an online timesheet system through MSCTIME that allows all my employees to log in online and maintain their timesheets. I can export all of that information directly to an excel spreadsheet and it is instantly ready for payroll or billing. If I can offer one tidbit of advice, if you want to get more organized, use an automated timesheet system of some sort. I know there are a lot out there. The one that I use is specifically designed for construction contractors and I have found it to be simple to use and even my employees enjoy using it. Some of my guys had never used a computer until they started keeping their timesheets online. I would highly recommend msctime.com. I can at least offer that advice. We have been in the business now for over 10 years. The only other thing I can suggest is that you get two good brothers to pull up your slack like I do....

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There's always extras, changes, delays, unforeseen things... When you start a job and you have it all scheduled out on your computer, that is never the way it actually goes down.
F**king A! Why can't we get architects to understand this???!!! lol.
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Atlantic WB summed it up perfectly!
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Tao Rider: I completely agree. A good way to build a company culture that build leaders is to offer project based rewards. They don't have to be big, you just have to recognize the talent that went into a project. Now I know that most contractors feel at unease by doing this, but letting your contractor know that they are doing a good job could increase retention rates. This in turn could help you get more than one project at one time.


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If you want to run multiple crews, your company’s culture has to be one that builds leaders. Piece work is a great way to do it. We run three teams and here is how we do it....
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Hi, I'm looking for professional contractors, or construction companies to work in Saudi Arabia for long term contracts with the government. The pay is progress payment paid by the gov. There are many contracts to fulfill, all projects are direct, no chains. Projects, such as multi Towers, universities, hospitals, millitary complexes are available.. thanks
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How are the contractors paid? US Dollars or Riyals? What about a qualified local labor force?

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