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Hello guys. It's been a while and I need some help from those in the know. I've been in the building/remodeling business for some 37 years. During that time I have been a very small hands on contractor. Hands on meaning being in the process from initial sales call to going by every job nearly every day. I never liked a bunch of sales people out there promising things I couldn't or wouldn't be able to provide. However times are changing and I'm getting a lot older. I realized a few years ago that my ego and I made a very big mistake. We built my company around me instead of putting systems in place that anyone could walk in and learn and most likely do a better job than me. As a result our customers expect me to be around a LOT. Our clientele is high end and they expect to see me there daily. For many years that wasn't a problem but now I want to step back and be more in the background. I'm tired of being at the office at 7 and leaving at 7 or 8 in the evening. I don't want to quit because I love it most of the time. LOL. I do however want to cut back my time and not have to be in the field as much.

All this to say I am trying to put systems in place that I can duplicate and train others on. One major thing is my estimating. I have an Excel program that I put together over many years that I know well but is very hard to teach others. I am looking for something that is very user friendly, can work with multiple estimators or supers, makes attractive detailed bid proposals, change orders, purchase orders, and tracks the work progress. I know there are other bells and whistles but those are important to me. We don't have to have integrated bookkeeping but would consider it. The big thing is the more it does the longer it will take to learn and teach it costing us time and money. My learning curve gets longer by the day!

I would really like to hear from those who have had a program for a year or more and have used it extensively. even better are those who have sales staff that they have had to teach it to. I do not want to spend thousands and a system that could grow with us would be great.

HELP!

Thanks a lot guys. I'm looking forward to hearing from you.
 

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I completely understand where you are coming from, in my opinion I've found that the more complex the software is the less likely your sales staff is to use it. I would recommend the Fast Track Estimating software by Michael Stone http://www.markupandprofit.com/products/estimating-software. Its very easy to understand and it only cost $300 compared to the other software out there that can run about a few thousand dollars. The best part about it is that it was created by a man that was in the construction industry for many years. We bought this software a year ago for one of our salesmen and within hours he was creating estimates on his own. I'm sure there are other software out there that are just as good or better but I know our experience has been good with this one.

Another software to look at is Bid4Build.com we also purchased this one for myself about 2 years ago, it was pretty expensive though, I believe we ended up paying about $2000 dollars but it gets the job done.
 
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