It is getting very hard to run any form of construction business without some form of software to help you get the job done. Unfortunately most of us don’t have the experience to know what construction software is right for us. Worse than that, we don’t even know what is available. Managing your company as it grows means you need to get the job done while you try and come to terms with changing structural needs in your company. Many construction businesses cannot grow because they don’t have the tools, from simple accounting software, to complicated solutions with ERP software (Enterprise Resource Planning). Here is a look at some of the common mistakes we make when arranging our software needs for a growing construction business.
- Avoidance. If someone is going to implement new software and changes in the way they do things, it will probably mean they will need to get a considerable amount of education. Learning on the fly is often not an option. Many business owners will feel the task of acquainting themselves with new technology will drain their resources and take up too of their much time. Avoiding the change will actually make the situation worse. If your business is growing, and if it is growing particularly well, no matter what area you are experienced in, there will be areas that you just have to learn. Investing in understanding and learning about potential software benefits to your business is often necessary for many modern businesses. Simply put, you will have to face this issue, sooner or later.
- Not Looking Ahead. If any of your software is to be truly useful, it will need to have the ability to grow with your business. Buying business software that cannot expand and grow with your business is a very common mistake. If you are buying business software, you should understand you need to be getting your software from a company that has clients in your peer group. This means they have experience with your type of business and how it will potentially grow. It is only their experience that allows them to make provisions for the future in their software packages. An excellent way to grow and adapt can start with an accounting software package that can grow to include many other areas of your business. As your understanding improves, and you become more comfortable with using it, you can add more modules to encompass other areas of your operations. Another way to help stream line the performance of the different areas of your business is to utilize a third-party logistics company. This can significantly increase the efficiency of your company which in turn could help your business become more lean.
- Not Trying Before You Buy. If you are going to commit to the financial investment of your software, you need to truly understand what it will do for your business. This cannot happen during a small demonstration. You need to use that software for some time. 30 days is considered a normal period for anyone to understand the value of any software package. Don’t believe all of that sales hype. Try before you buy.
- Listening to Sales and not Consultants. There is a big difference between sales people and consultants. Consultants will look at your situation and give you recommendations. A sales person has a specific task, and that is to sell you something. If you are in construction business, it is worth getting the help of a construction business consultant who is independent, and can advise on what direction you can take with your IT and business support. Consultation for your business, in particular, is always the most important. A good consultant will have a huge range of options, and have previous client testimonies, to back up their reputation. A good software supplier will have a range of compatible software, of which the right components, can be chosen for you.
Never jump into getting construction software for your business, and at the same time, never neglect to understand what it can do for you. Converting your business over, to one that operates more efficiently and effectively, will take some time. Your first steps include developing your own understanding and cultivating the right consultant relationships that work with your business. Implementation without a good understanding will not work.