would rather bang
nails than peck away at
a computer keyboard. Yet few tools
can improve a contractor's business operations — in the office and in
the field — as much as a computer and a good set of software applications.
While most contractors are familiar with or use word processors
and checkbook-based bookkeeping systems, it's the estimating,
job-costing, and scheduling functions that cause the most frustration
when moving from a manual system for creating and maintaining
records to a computer-driven system.
Our expectations for these software applications are high: They must
be able to run right out of the box, with a minimal learning curve, and
they shouldn't cost an