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Other stories by Joe Stoddard

  • Putting Social Media to Work for a Construction Business

    Do you really need a “blog” for every house you start or a “Twitter feed” telling your prospects what you had for lunch? You just got your Web site up and running last year — isn’t that good enough?

  • Faster, Smaller, and More Connected Than Ever

    Four technology trends that will change how you build and remodel.

  • Connecting All Contractors

    A retrospective on 25 years of builder technology: How did we get here, and where are we going next?

  • Builder CAD For Less Than $1,000

    Two old-school and two new-school approaches to 2-D and 3-D design.

  • Let BuildWorks Basic and Quicken Show You the Money

    Compared with Timberline or Great Plains, Intuit's QuickBooks Pro is a simple entry-level accounting system. But "simple" is a relative term. For a small contractor who just needs a way to replace the checkbook in his back pocket, even QuickBooks can be overwhelming.

  • Computers

    Hooking up remotely; easy project collaboration with SharePoint

  • The First True Digital Clipboard

    Tablet PC system for builders

  • A Builder's Guide to Computer Hardware

    When buying IT equipment, bigger and faster are not always better. Our technology expert tells how to get the most bang for your buck.

  • Scheduling Software 101

    Computer schedulers show you where the job stands and help predict where it's headed. We compare packages and describe the key features to look for.

  • Document Management With ACT!

    You might think of ACT! as a contact manager or a task scheduler — and it does both of those things as well as or better than any other CRM (customer relations management) package on the market. But in construction, you can't manage customers without managing tons of documents and correspondence...