Control costs in your construction business with technology

Control costs in your construction business with technology

December 2, 2020
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Controlling overhead costs is critical for all small businesses, but those in the construction and trades it is even more critical. With increased competition, increased material cost, and slim profit margins, it has forced many businesses to take a good hard look at overhead cost management.

Budgeting and variance analysis

Technology has made budgeting systems, control strategies, and planning available to contractors, both large and small. Budgeting allows you to evaluate and assess current operations, future costs, and provide a proactive approach to controlling overhead.

Your overhead will be either variable or fixed. Owners and managers can use these price relationships along with historical developments to potentially forecast costs. Keeping a flexible budget can then be used to evaluate significant variances between actual costs incurred and projected amounts. This will also help you in highlighting weaknesses and potential problems in your organizational structure.

Merely setting a budget, you will help you and can act as an action plan. It can help you change employee behavior and assist you in the decision-making processes. By prompting managers to emphasize cost control and extend planning, employees and staff will often adopt your values. They will also develop a cost-conscious attitude that will start to permeate the company.


The global pandemic has thrust the adoption of technology and online communication faster than anyone could have predicted. These advances have also increased the availability of access to the internet wither in the office or in the field. This, in turn, has allowed contractors to join meet with owners, architects, financiers, and subcontractors faster and work through all aspects of a project. Cooperation has the potential to virtually eliminate several of the problems that previously plagued a project. 

Job planning and management

Software is now available that helps builders manage and plan jobs more efficiently. For example, contractors can accurately plan crew sizes, production schedules, manage material deliveries, and schedule subcontractors with the help of technology. These programs allow you to make better decisions, ensuring that your jobs are completed with fewer problems and within budget.

Technology saves time and money

While technology has helped many people, it does come at a cost. You must weigh the benefits of the cost and your time. Ultimately, you must decide if this is going to help or hurt you? Often, the initial sting of technology costs hurt, but the rewards of time gained back is worth every penny.

Just like your website should help answer searchers’ questions so that you or your staff doesn’t have to take time out of their day to answer it. This isn’t to say you should always direct them to your website for an answer, but it does help to have the most common questions answered there as if one person is asking it, chances are there are more with a similar question.

If you are a contractor who needs help with making your website work harder, then reach out to us. We specialize in helping contractors and small businesses grow by simply making their website answer people’s questions, which increases leads and sales.

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Chad Treadway

Written by:  |  December 2, 2020

Chad is a Partner and our Chief Smarketing Officer. He will help you survey your small business needs, educating you on your options before suggesting any solution. Chad is passionate about rural marketing in the United States and North Carolina. He also has several certifications through HubSpot to better assist you with your internet and inbound marketing.

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