Small Business Management Tips for Construction Companies in 2018

Small construction companies have come a long way than just simply being brick-and-mortar stores (no pun intended) of old.

Now, to both survive and excel in an ever becoming internet-influenced world, they have learned to arm themselves with the good design, technology, and sensibility needed to establish their presence online and offline.

Being a small construction company doesn’t mean that you cannot employ practices that are similar to those of bigger and more successful construction companies. Starting it small and starting it right must definitely be a key cornerstone of any company, much more, one that helps people build great things.

Following that same line, we present to you a list of tips and tools to help you manage your construction company in 2018.

 

Project management software

The foundation of any company, especially starting ones, are its people. And if a foundation happens to be made up of more than one element, then all those elements have to cohesively mesh together work as one solid body.

Luckily for many companies today, there is a slew of project management tools that cater to construction companies and easy to use.

And if you’re looking for one that fits all the descriptions above, GenieBelt is absolutely the one for you.

GenieBelt gives you an overview of all your projects and even has space for drawings and communication features. Learning the software is easy as they even have a demo presentation on their website.

More importantly, GenieBelt is also available on both iOS and Android for easy projects tracking while you’re on the go.

If you’re budget still doesn’t allow it, you can work your ways around Trello, which is both visually appealing and free.

 

Internal communication

Communication is important because project deadlines are.

Sure, you can opt for Facebook Messenger, but if you’ll be using your personal accounts chances are high that most, if not all, that you will be easily distracted by notifications, posts, and whatnot.

Instead, you can use Slack or Flock where you can even create teams, post related files for each team’s projects or responsibilities, create group chats, message each other privately for tasks, etc.

 

External communication

Don’t know what to do with all those business cards from seminars you’ve attended and other potential clients you’ve met from whom could’ve been your next big deal?

First, there are now apps that make digital copies of your business cards and allow you to organize them on your computer or device. ComputerWorld has listed seven free apps (and their paid versions) and their reviews from doing their test runs of the apps.

If you don’t have a receptionist and your office space doesn’t allow it, you could hire a virtual receptionist and get a big load off your mind when it comes to arranging and entertaining your potential clients.

 

Financial

Then, if there’s anything else that needs to be closely monitored, it’s your finances. A transparent system and measures can protect not only the future of your company but also the integrity of others.

There have been many sad stories of companies falling because of an unwise management of funds, like personal and company expenses mingling or an employee gets tempted because a loophole in the system allowed them to stash money unnoticed.

If you can’t yet afford to hire an accountant in your office, but just one to routinely do your taxes and file necessary forms, then employing a good financial software is a must.

There are even hybrid software suites that seamlessly unite the people and financial management aspects of a project.

To know which one to use, you may find reviews of software accounting pieces that could be helpful to your company right here.

Take these tips home to your company, and with good principles and practices applied, take it well into 2018 and beyond.

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