Is there a difference between construction software for a small company, and one of the bigger guys?
Boy – we sure think so.
We’ve seen a lot of different software over the time we’ve been building SiteBoss, so I guess you could say we’re experts on this. We’ve seen how projects are managed, how customers are handled, how documents are tracked, and how finances are integrated (hint: they usually aren’t) – and we have some thoughts:
- Ease of use is everything. The assumption when building for larger companies is that someone will be dedicated to running this software – usually as a full time job – and will get trained to do so. We don’t make that assumption with our customers. We assume you have better things to do than learn and deal with idiosyncrasies of software NOT written for a company of your size. Small construction company software doesn’t mean less features (on the contrary – it usually means more), but it absolutely means those features have to be well designed and intuitive.
- Nobody wants to enter things twice. Forget about three or four times. We are amazed by how little finance is integrated (and no – a download from Quickbooks doesn’t count), when we just opted to build a complete financial system. Construction finance software isn’t a rare commodity – but having it integrated with your project management sure is.
- Documents are crucial. Some of the construction software (for small companies) we see lacks this completely. It’s more than getting scans of documents. It’s being able to pull them from multiple sources, and related them to anything – a customer, a project, a task, etc. It helps the small company on two fronts: it keeps you organized, and it allows for documents to be easily located, from anywhere that has an Internet connection.
- Everything on the web. Installed software is a thing of the past – it’s just not DONE anymore. Software via the web means that WE handle the servers, the backups the security, the performance, and upgrades. It means that YOU get access to every feature and all of your data, from any device, anywhere that has an Internet connection.
- Price. This is really the big one. Some companies won’t even let you TRY the software until you commit to SOME sort of contract. The prices are based on per user or per job or per job per month. We think our pricing is better. And how about a free trial?
Small construction company software SEEMS like it should be different – less features, less capability. Not true. You just have to know what counts, and look for that.