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As your business grows, you'll need to develop an estimating system that does more for you than simply getting you to a price.
You need to know what functions you perform before you can make informed hiring decisions.
A look at three ways to create an estimate, with varying proportions of labor, materials, and subcontractors.
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Doing a paper-and-pencil estimates on the fly can actually serve a good purpose ... just not all the time.
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JLC contributor Bruce Greenlaw weighs up the pros and cons of this construction calculator.
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