Helpful Tool And Resources
Resources We Use
Here are the resources that we use in our business.
We all have our own set of tools that we use I our trades and if you don't then I suggest that you start building a list of resources for yourself. These resources have help me speed up my processes and helped me to create system that I use in my personal life and in my business.
I thought it would be helpful to share this with you, so here we go!
These are the resources that have helped me my business the most. If you're just looking for some links to get you started quickly then these are the resources you need to know about.
The resources I recommend most will appear in my emails on my website and in my articles, why? Because I believe in them and I know that they will make your life a lot easier. I'm sure that these resources will help you like they've helped me.
Planswift: I use Planswift to speed up my estimating process. This software is an Estimating Software that comes with a built-in Digitizer. I Recommend This Software because it allows me to simply point and click on my PDF drawings to generate quantities for my estimate that I can export into Microsoft Excel. Plus, they have real Estimators when you call customer service.
Bluebeam Revu: A lot of Estimators still use Microsoft Excel to do their Estimating. Here's the perfect solution for using your current Excel Spreadsheet with a stand-alone digitizer that you can use to export into .CSV format. (Microsoft Excel)
Microsoft Excel: Even though I use Planswift to do my estimates I still need to use Microsoft Excel on a daily basis. This is an essential tool for all estimators even if you use specialized Estimating Software.
Construction Templates: We all need templates of some sort in our business. You can access this site to get templates that you can download instead of creating the template from scratch. This will save you a lot of time and they have a wide variety of templates to get you started.
Dropbox: Need to access files on the go? Dropbox is the best way to keep your files in the cloud so that you can access them from anywhere at any time. You can use Dropbox to host your project files and invite your subs or whoever to view and download all the files in the folder.
Evernote: This is actually an app that I use on my phone to keep notes, pictures and audio recordings. It's similar to Dropbox in the sense that you can access your files from the cloud. If you are familiar with notepad then this is a notepad on steroids. Download this app for your phone today.
Here are some more resources that I use, some are free and some are paid sources, take the time to review them and see which ones will be beneficial to you. I will update these resources from time to time because I am always reviewing new products that can help me improve my systems.
PROJECT LEAD SITES:
You will have no problem finding and accessing project leads if you sign up for one of these sites. These are my favourite sites, each for a different reason. Click the links and review the sites below each one will have its own advantages, see which one fits your objectives the most.
The Daily Commercial News (Subscription/Public Library Archives)
Invitely Prime (Free)
Mcgraw Hill Dodge (Subscription)
WEBSITE HOSTING & STUFF
Here is a list of the link that I use on my websites. If your thinking about starting a website then feel free to send me an email, I'll provide you with a solution to your needs.
Email is one of the most used forms of communication today. A lot of companies use emails as a form of marketing and advertising. These are the companies that I use in my email marketing. If you plan to advertise or market your business via email then I suggest that you register with one of these platforms.
I hope that these resources can help you to improve your systems and make your work a little easier to manage. Having access to the right tools always makes the job easier so grab the tools you need to get that head start!