If you ever want your business to outgrow your self then you need to ensure that you have systems in place to allow works to be delegated. To many building professionals count on one system and one tool. Themselves and their body. Both of which 1. Wont last forever and 2. Cannot be sold or passed on at the end to cash in. The main reasons for this is simple and every builder will tell you the same ones.
- Good help is hard to find
- If you want it done right you need to do it yourself.
- Hiring People comes with endless hassles.
What Building business really need are systems that can be put in place so anyone can assist in running their business.
Systems can replace the major concern for business, the belief that you can only hire talented people to undertake your work. And if you lose them you are back to square one. Having an adequate system in place can dramatically reduce the training and reskilling of staff.
Work systems can be delegated so that everyone and anyone can undertake them. Meaning your business is less reliant on you, and you don’t need to be there 24/7 every waking minute.
You could then hire youth and mould them into employee’s that can replace you as well as training future youth to replace them. As it has been said a thousand times, most of us can make a better hamburger than McDonald’s. But yet they have a better business and dominate the world? Why? The main reason for this is they have a simplified system.
A system that can be run by school kids. Imagine if your business had a system where if you had 120 points of IQ you could leave 100 a home, meaning there was no need to hire highly skilled (and expensive staff). Or the major goal! A system or business that can run on autopilot. All this is heading towards an area where we Builders greatly fail.The ability to sell our business at the end. To many builders spend a lifetime building a brand and a name for their business, giving all they have to their creation…….then what? They shut it down and sell the old tools and equipment for a fraction of what they are worth.
Imagine if the sale of the business could provide one final (hopefully biggest) payday?
Technology is the greatest system of them all. Business needs to utilize these systems to increase productivity as well as allow less skilled or new staff to do more. The problem i see for the building industry is that the builders that don’t utilise and leverage these technologies will simply not be able to compete and go the way of McDonalds (sure you will build a better hamburger (read house), but can you build a better business for you and your family).
Here are some of the system that can be employed to take your business to the next level.
Cloud based technologies sounds complex but i assure you it isn’t. Cloud in its simplest term means off site storage. Simply instead of storing them on your own computer they are stored off site in large data factories. The beauty of this is 3 fold. 1.You can access them from anywhere/anytime. 2. If you gear is lost or stolen you can simply log back in and there is all your data. 3. They can be logged into by multiple staff meaning staff can access them onsite as well as in the office at the same time. Drop box www.dropbox.com is a technology i use to store all my site photos, reciepts, documents and all other data i need to run my business.
Project Management Sofware: Builder trend www.buildertrend.com is a web based tool that has several cool features such as 1. Client interaction and scheduling. 2. Lead generation and capturing. 3. Cost and budgeting applications. 4.Project management. All of these make the hard tasks easy and as it is web based you can access it everywhere. It simply take care of all the things client have come to expect, and it does it with ease.
CAD, BIM and Estimation software: PlusSpec. PlusSpec really is the first of its kind. A Building information modelling(BIM) CAD program that quantifies as you draw. The beauty of this is that estimation of plans and taking hours to a quote are a thing of the past. And the winner is that you draw, design and model you do so in real products. Something you never knew you wanted but once you see the benefits you will never knew how you did without. Sort of like the horse and cart vs the car. This is so much more than a simple CAD program.
-Want to draw your own plans,
-estimate of existing plans (in a fraction of the time),
show your clients there house in 3D,
Allow them to choose real products from a virtual showroom,
The path of the sun on there home,
PlusSpec CAN DO IT ALL!!! And free training webinars are held twice a month (yes they also train you for free) this really is a no brainer software for your building business.
visit www.constructionsoftwareaustralia.com.au for more information.