You’ve just made an investment in estimating software but can’t find time in your hectic schedule for the appropriate training needed to take advantage of the software’s full capabilities. As a result, you still find yourself running up against tight deadlines and working on estimates late into the night. Unfortunately, this is the case for many contractors.
Proper training will reduce frustration and hours of non-productive time staring at a screen. Devoting time to training allows you to stay focused on learning specific features and tips that relate to your business’ day to day tasks and goals ensuring that the tool is being used to its full potential and you experience fewer user errors.
The work day has become so busy for most us that many times we learn bits and pieces from co-workers to get by. Be careful as this can result in bad practices becoming the standard for your company. Sometimes you can arrive at the same result but with less efficiency. Without a formal structure, it’s hard to be certain your estimators are using the software properly to improve their skills and benefit your business. Training is only effective when you give your estimators the chance to use and absorb what they’ve learned. Your whole company will benefit in the long run.
Formal training will save your company from hours of trial and error so that every project is completed on time and a complete and comprehensive estimate is produced, providing assurance that you are confident when submitting your bid. Having estimators and project managers who know how to use the software correctly will make your estimates accurate and more efficient by streamlining your processes and ultimately produce more winning bids.