Some of a successful contractor's
best tools have no handles, triggers,
electrical cords, or batteries.
In fact, these business "tools" are the
ones you should grab first, long before
work begins on site.
The set of business tools I use most
have to do with project management. I
call them "job controls," and I put
them to use the moment our company
begins negotiating with a prospective
client. Once we start using the job controls,
we never stop — not even after a
project is completed — because they
create a management history that
becomes the basis to estimate and
manage future projects.
All of our successful job controls have
passed the KISS test: Keep It Simple,