Using a Simple Timecard to Collect Labor History

While HomeTech’s 25 phase categories were useful as a way to organize an estimating database, they were impractical when adopted for a timecard. Carpenters and other field personnel either filled them out inaccurately or not at all, and office staff never found time to enter the data.

The new, improved timecard reduces the number of job phases from 25 to just six. This makes it less of a chore for field personnel to fill out every day and makes it easier for office staff to input and analyze the data.

The author drew inspiration for his estimating system from the various combinations of tools that would fit at one time in a small car.

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