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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.
Two remodelers have gained productivity and won new jobs thanks to software with built-in templates and data for 12,000 parts
Whether you estimate with an off-the-shelf system or using an Excel spreadsheet, most systems today are built around a database of unit pricing items. Here are some tips to get you started.
While unit prices for labor are available from a number of sources, the best source is a company's own job history. This article uses an example of framing an exterior wall to show how to use that data to calculate unit costs for labor based on material quantities.
A recent experience got me thinking about the competitive bid process.
This automated time clock can speed payroll, improve job-costing, and help you estimate more accurately.
Take some pain out of the yearly exercise of creating your jobs budget
Here's an effective way to organize and categorize expenses and job-cost data and compare the results with your forecasts.
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