Electrical Estimating Review
In this review of power measurement software we will look at the potential benefits, free verses paid for versions, which we should be aware of, and the economic downturn at the right time to purchase the system.
Personally, I have been involved in power measurement software since 1983 and have gone through two major economies through these programs.
The over-the-top question you should ask is “Will this type of program help my business and be expensive?” To answer this we must consider the following key points. Good timing.
The importance of accurate costs in your business.
Number of tender technology submissions.
Other corresponding value benefits.
Weaknesses and future investment income.
The wisdom of investing in software to balance electricity in the economy.
If you can’t afford the price of your work after a pack of cigarettes, this type of software will probably not help you. Likewise, if you work within the agreed limits, it may well be very helpful to you. If you think you can do it, let’s consider three key areas that rate software companies as the biggest benefits.
Time Saving is always the first place to sell. They promise that once you have purchased the program you will spend the afternoon at the golf course or on long weekends and the family will not sweat because of the papers. For large projects it is worth considering that you will probably save time. For how long? Reported savings are up to 75%. Keywords here “until”. I don’t disagree with this figure, I actually know it’s possible, but in reality it depends on the type of work you do with the prices and settings of your particular program. In an economic sense, however, saving time may not be a priority for you.
That means it can give you a chance to be in a position to submit more tenders, which should increase your chances of winning more work. Excessive pricing is the second biggest selling point. o any decision you make will not be a matter of prayer, but an informed and wise decision. Cost control ability remains very important and most important with strong marks.
Thirdly the promise of Professional Presentation may not have seemed so important to you during the boom years but it did matter during the economic downturn. Why? Because your customers have a lot of options and will not only look at the price. In the economic downturn there were many contractors who started projects but did not complete them.
This will be a deliberation for your possible clienteles. Inevitably they will make a mistake in recognizing and relying on a tender that they feel was professionally called and delivered. So, if you decide that the above benefits will benefit your business, then you will need to decide if your plan could cost you your money and if so what is the best time to bring that person to the board. The cost of emergency electrician software can vary from free to thousands of pounds.
The smallest in the business world is truly free and the free system may have limitations, be it in terms of capacity, services offered such as support, or products within the data and price review of a common product.
If you are able to work within the limits of the free program, then you are very lucky and do not need to pay for the program. If, however, you need accurate pricing, width and depth, flexibility, good adjustment and support then you will find that you need to invest in other paid systems. There are many ways we can calculate whether you can invest and most companies that sell these programs will have their own formula for cost adjustment and flexible payment methods. The tip here would be to check exactly what you are signing up for. Continuous costs can vary greatly and hidden costs may return in the future.
There are several factors to consider here. Obviously it’s a cost, but don’t forget that these companies also need a business, see if you can find the costs spread over a good time, ask for free interest-free payments on contract purchases – You may find that now is a good time to negotiate more. Time is another consideration. We all know that when we are busy we don’t have time to look at a newspaper, let alone find new software for speculation. The silver lining of the economic downturn may be that you actually have time to invest in learning the right plan for the busiest times. Ultimately, you should determine that the combined benefits of durability, more accurate prices and the introduction of technology will help deliver what you need to survive the recession and most importantly be ready to grow where we come from.
The next challenge is to decide which company and plan to go with. Look beyond the marketing scenario, you may not need to buy the most expensive program on the market to get what you need. Just because an app is advertised in all glossies, or the go-ahead for google for paid marketing does not mean the best program for you. This only tells you that the company pays for the product awareness so that consumers can think about it when they need that product.
When looking for a program make sure the app has a natural flow in tender production. You want to be capable to familiarize the package to your needs as you work and plan easily finished projects. Most programs come with installation times, so check if there is an option not to use the provided installation times. This may sound like an unusual consideration to anyone new to electronic measuring software, but here’s why. Often when contractors start looking for a rating system, some hope it will do all the work for them, or think they will get one of the office workers to work for them. I’m afraid you won’t and you won’t – well not if you want to stay in business.
Like any other equipment you have, it is a tool, no more, or less. It is as accurate as the information in it – “Trash inside, trash out”. The more you put in the program in the beginning, the bigger your rewards will be – and it will reflect your “costs” more accurately. Let me ask you, who knows best how long it will take you or your boys to install building materials?
You do that, so if you are investing in a program, why not put your future into some “industry trends” that may not be in line with your career plans or career paths? In my view, the apparent short-term gains are a false economy. If you are going to take the time and cost of investing in one of these programs, then do yourself a favor and set up your own business. Think about this. Most contractors have stock products that they use to measure.
Your chosen system should allow you to choose to use archived data as you embark on your journey. So, actually by the time you estimate the twenty percent of your major projects you will have set your working hours on the many things you will use and most importantly – you will know that these times are right for your business. In difficult economic times, biodiversity is important. Make sure the app allows you to explore different marking situations, apply different mark-ups in different categories, and display detailed results of this immediately on screen. It is just as important as the ability to bury initial costs invisibly in selected parts of the project, or in selected items such as the actual costs or personnel costs of the project.
Easy use and flexibility are essential. When it comes to reports, don’t be satisfied that they look better than the old ones you hit in the spreadsheet when you started the business. See system-generated reports. Does it cover all the options you need? Do you provide the first Quotation Report covering the areas of your cover book, tender summary and terms and conditions? After successful submission of your tender summary, your client may request a detailed pricing schedule. The point to keep in mind is that some local authorities, among other organizations, may request that these unit standards be divided into personnel and material components, so make sure your system provides all the variations you may need to compete. Remember that this program should save you time and give your company a smooth, professional image.
You should be able to add your company logo or character graphics to customize standard reports and give them that professional look. The introduction of expertise is one of the benefits we have found to be very important during the economic downturn and requires little effort on your behalf so make sure the system meets the expectations. Most reports are emailed in PDF format these days, so make sure your quote report includes the right cover letter as usual. This should support your digital signature, and the professional who looks like you need to incorporate that personal touch – you won’t get a second chance to make that first impression. Product information should include the product ranges you need. There are many ways this can be done e.g. on disk (for dinosaurs!), via email or with an automated background application.
Training can be a thorny issue. Costs vary and there are doubts as to how much one person can take on board during the day’s training, up to 20% of the standard consensus match. You may find that the best companies offer critical training videos to look for where you need them.
If training is a thorny problem, then technical support is worth the price. Costs and guidelines connecting to technical provision diverge extensively contingent on the firm.
I cannot stress enough how important it is to ask if you need to pay more for this, whether it involves you or whether there is free funding provided. I believe that any ethics company should stand behind its software. If they have wiretaps, they must not suppose you to wage for these maintenances. If the software is professional and stable you should not really need technical support – upgrades can be purchased whenever you need them.
Think about it, if the company looks for more than just training fees and support to increase their revenue, will they give you everything you need in advance to make the system work? Check out how you are getting ahead in the process of free ongoing training and support. This should give you a good benchmark of who they are looking for and how much they want you to succeed without having to pay extra once you have purchased their product. All the things that I think about where I stand in the whole question of estimating the decline of the system or the economic downturn? You can’t avoid the future and you shouldn’t want to.
“Customer is king”
If you want your current customers to come back to you and wish to attract more customers to your business, you should develop a system of belief in your company and among your employees that encourages those employees to keep your valued customers in the heart of everything you do. Something I help some of my clients do, is to develop a Mission Statement or Company Ethos, which is not only distributed to employees but also posted in workstations, kitchens and bathrooms in addition to washing dishes. Whatever your company’s statement is, there should be a customer service that is its centre and it is important to encourage all employees to develop this belief system as a team. Involve your staff and encourage them to offer ideas and solutions
Listen to Your Customers!
If the customer is a master, then as a business you should learn to pay close attention to what your customers tell you, and often, what they do not tell you. By this, I mean that if you lose customers and the recovery is reduced, this does not always happen due to economic problems or changes in customer behavior, but can often be an indication that something is not working within your business and you need to take action to put it right. As business owners, it can be a great challenge to come up with new strategies, new products and new ways to keep our customers and customers happy but we have to be completely flexible and adapt to what our customers need and want if we are to be successful. Case Study
There is a restaurant near my home that has long served as a great place to get beef-burger and fridge, a fried sandwich, omelette or a delicious Irish breakfast. The place was always crowded and on Saturdays and Sundays during lunchtime there were usually people waiting in line at the door.
The service was good, the waiters were polite and the food was good. Then a few months ago they decided to turn it into a restaurant. They changed their brands and launched a completely new menu aimed at customers who enjoy cuisine and Asian-Fusion cuisine. It doesn’t work.
Every time I passed, the place was empty. Overnight from one of the best restaurants in the village to an empty restaurant with no customers. Thankfully the owners of the restaurant, having tried something new and different, quickly realized that they had made a mistake and changed the restaurant back to the old one … within two weeks the place is back to normal.