Blogs are usually about information geared toward the industry, how to help folks who may be struggling with new concepts, or ways of doing business. But when I think of all the ways to assist my clients or prospective clients, I can’t help but take a step back and look at the earlier history of my own construction story. It may even resemble a part of your own journey in this business.
Our family business started in the 1900’s, as you can probably tell by that really old fashioned black & white photo in my website! Back then, business was up front and personal, your word was your bond… and clients knew exactly what you were going to build and how you would build it. Your reputation depended upon how well you completed the job. Your business was on the line because ‘word of mouth’ spread quickly through your community and town.
I continued that construction business tradition in the mid- 1970’s. How good your business was, was still deeply rooted in your ‘word’ and reputation. As technology started taking hold of many aspects of running a prosperous business, with advertising, etc., word of mouth moved a lot faster. Now, well you know where I’m going with that…
As always changes in operations means investments in new technology to run a successful business. Any company that wants to stay alive in the future must change with the times. Doing so is not always as easy as it sounds. It Costs, and costs BIG!
From a long history and true understanding of construction, Chianelli Estimating was created in order to help the companies that found it was not that easy to make the transition to computer estimating systems and that the cost was purely out of reach.
Today outsource estimating services for the construction industry can save a smaller company from drowning in the day-to-day management and overwhelming tasks of being in the field and the office every day. Large companies struggle to keep the flow of bidding projects steady, even when they have an estimating department of their own. Having and outsource estimator on hand is like having a silent partner when you need them, and they are in your corner, helping you get the job done!
Looking back, who knew that this industry would evolve to what it is today and that technology, would play such a crucial part of its future. When I bought my first computer in1978, there were directions on how to plug it in!!