APRIL JLC 1999
Acontractor's livelihood depends on the
accuracy of cost estimates. Bid high and
you'll have no work; bid low and you'll
have plenty of work, but no money. It's no
wonder that every year,
thousands of contractors
trade hard-earned cash
for estimating software, hoping to find that magic
button they can push to spit out the perfect bid.
Estimating software will help you estimate faster
and more accurately, but there's no magic involved.
In fact, just the opposite is true. Software is not a substitute
for careful estimating work habits and detailed
knowledge about the project at hand. Nor will software
simplify your life — at least not at first. Even the