Successful contractors make a point of never being at the mercy of their subcontractors. When the subcontractor’s delays, overruns, and poor work can pull you and your reputation down, you need to know what you are doing.
Quality construction management software can solve those problems.
But, first consider whether you need to bring a subcontractor into the project. TechRepulic recommends, “Regardless of whether you think you will need a subcontractor, always write up your contract with the client in a way that allows you to use the services of a subcontractor if necessary.”
If possible, it is better to bring the subcontractor onboard early, so there are no surprises for the client. Basically, you need support if you cannot accomplish the work as scheduled and if you just don’t have a certain skill to pull it off.
Subcontractors are readily available through your business network or on popular job boards if you need one fast, but you may prefer to work through an agency where you can count on some professionalism and quality assurance.
Contractors always have a long list of demands and expectations when recruiting a subcontractor. They are looking for performance that is reliable, stable, experienced, organized, attentive, and willing to follow instructions.
However, contractors increasingly look for subcontractors who are familiar with contemporary technology. According to Wendy Rogers, founder of eSUB construction project management software, “this particular industry that has been undeserved and deserves to have the same tools that general contractors have had for years.”
How does construction project management software help the subcontractor?
Quality software standardizes work flow and documentation. It lets the subcontractor enter data, work site and workforce information, material costs and task status into a web-based data center.
Built-in best practices in project management and accounting integrate with reports available to the contractor for real time assessment.
Easy to use, error free, and secure, time cards feed back office staff to prepare and process payroll.
Forepersons, Project Engineers, Purchasing Agents, Project Managers, and Accounting all have access to the same records pool. This allows them and corporate management real-time status on costs, resources, and profits.
Employee and material resources are located in one database location where all users can create and alter schedules. It helps users assign resources, equipment, and workers.
This real-time information connects corporate management, general contractor, and subcontractor reducing travel, phone calls, and meetings.
Digital photos, project files, plans and specs, drawings and RFIs are all stored, transmitted, and accessible to authorized users.
And, the data coordinates critical path scheduling to keep all parties informed and updated.
Why the contractor needs in a subcontractor
Pawel Brodzinski writes about the pros and cons of dealing with subcontractors:
Ability: You can’t do it all. If you’re running your own business, you have moved away from hands-on work. Maybe carpentry is your craft or electricity or plumbing. But, there is away some challenge in a project you need from the outside.
Access: You can bring on a subcontractor faster than you can hire new workers. In addition, the subcontractor brings along skilled workers that you also don’t need to hire.
Agility: The bigger your business gets, the less agile it becomes. It becomes structure and responsiveness slows. Subcontractors can correct that by making that response its high priority. Working with quality dependable subcontractors relieves your schedule and workload.
Why subcontractor software makes a better relationship
When your subcontractor brings specialized tools and equipment to the job, you save money, time, and energy.
When their project management software works with yours, everyone winds up on the same project, plan, and performance schedule.