Free construction estimating software, and my son, got me a great new construction job

By John

Monday, October 08, 2007

I’ve worked in the trades for 20 years, the last 15 at a masonry company in Chicago. In the last 15 years, my company has gone through well over 30 construction estimators. Construction estimating requires strong math skills, attention to detail, and a thorough understanding of many aspects of the construction business in general. As most construction estimators are either the business owner at small companies, or new kids at the big firms, suffice to say that a lot of jobs get bid badly.

 

I like the owner of the company and went to him with free construction estimating software that my teenage son found online. Though no computer expert, the underground construction estimating software showed promise on the first job we applied it to. After kicking the tires on the demo version of the construction estimating software, the owner bought a complete package of software, my son picks up a couple bucks a week helping me and the owner inputting data, and I get to spend two or three days a week inside as the new construction estimator. The bidding software has allowed us to pitch for more work, and do it with confidence that we can make money.