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Autodesk Construction Cloud brings together best-of-breed solutions to unite office and field teams from design to planning, construction to operations to help make construction more predictable, safe and sustainable. No aspect of... Read more
Recent recommendations: 545 recommendations
Procore manages your projects, resources and financials from project planning to closeout. The platform connects every project contributor with the owner and general or specialty contractor. The centralized dashboard allows managers... Read more
Recent recommendations: 76 recommendations
Contractor Foreman is an integrated cloud-based project management and estimation solution that caters to businesses in the construction industry. Key features include financials and accounting, scheduling and planning, contact management... Read more
Recent recommendations: 57 recommendations
BuildTools is a cloud-based construction project management software for custom home builders and remodelers. The solution helps users organize the chaos of building projects, providing one spot for scheduling, budgeting, purchasing,... Read more
Recent recommendations: 42 recommendations
Acumatica Construction Edition is true cloud construction and accounting software that provides office and field teams real-time data including job costing, change orders, project management, dashboards and more. With field and office... Read more
Recent recommendations: 40 recommendations
RedTeam is a project management, construction financials and document control solution suited for midsize commercial general contractors. It is a cloud-based application developed by contractors to manage pre-construction, construction... Read more
Recent recommendations: 34 recommendations
Deltek, together with ComputerEase, provides cutting edge, integrated construction accounting and project management software. This innovative, user-friendly product not only improves the way contractors run their business, but it... Read more
Recent recommendations: 33 recommendations
Sage 100 Contractor, formerly known as Sage Master Builder, focuses on the needs of small to midsize construction companies, including general contractors, service or specialty contractors, and home builders. A great fit for construction... Read more
Recent recommendations: 32 recommendations
Spectrum (formerly Dexter + Cheney) is a cloud-based construction ERP solution for small, midsize and large enterprises. Primary features include accounting, document management, job cost, project management, equipment management,... Read more
Recent recommendations: 23 recommendations
Jonas Enterprise is an intuitive, integrated solution for contractors that has been present in construction and service management for over 25 years. The application offers service, accounting, and operations project management capabilities... Read more
Recent recommendations: 20 recommendations
For over 30 years, CMiC has delivered state-of-the-art software solutions, purpose-built for the construction industry. Since its inception, CMiC has maintained a laser focus on automating essential back-office functions – such as... Read more
Recent recommendations: 19 recommendations
Jobber is a cloud-based field service management software solution that allows small and midsize service businesses to manage field staff, provide customer support, and expand business operations either through a mobile app or a desktop... Read more
Recent recommendations: 15 recommendations
FOUNDATION is a job cost accounting, project management and scheduling solution available as traditional installed software or on the cloud. Plus, fully integrated apps like FOUNDATION mobile and Service Dispatch mobile sync remotely... Read more
Recent recommendations: 15 recommendations
Premier Construction Software is a true cloud, all in one accounting, job cost, project, document and drawing management solution, specifically designed to meet the needs of General Contractors, Land Developers, and Homebuilders. The... Read more
Recent recommendations: 10 recommendations
Eclipse by Explorer is a cloud-based construction accounting and project management solution designed for contractor businesses. It caters to medium to large construction companies belonging to different construction businesses, such... Read more
Recent recommendations: 7 recommendations
Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate, formerly Sage Timberline Office, provides contractors, developers, and property managers with the most complete solution for managing the entire project or property lifecycle with confidence,... Read more
Recent recommendations: 6 recommendations
Maestro Technologies has been delivering information management solutions to the Canadian construction industry for over 30 years. Made in Canada with over 10,000 users across the country, maestro ERP is a complete bid-to-bill solution... Read more
Recent recommendations: 5 recommendations
JobView by A-Systems is a software solution for the construction industry, specializing in construction accounting. It is available for on-premise deployment. Key features of JobView include job costing, payroll, a general ledger,... Read more
Recent recommendations: 4 recommendations
Abio is enterprise construction management software with complete Canadian payroll management and full union support. Built specifically for the construction industry, Abio’s cloud ERP software and mobile app are easy to navigate,... Read more
Recent recommendations: 4 recommendations
JOBPOWER is an integrated construction accounting management system. JOBPOWER includes accounting, detailed job costing, construction oriented billing, payroll by job, and many additional features designed for contractors. JOBPOWER... Read more
Recent recommendations: 3 recommendations
Sitting at the top of the mountain, general contractors have the difficult responsibility of continuously monitoring a ton of moving parts. Every task at every job site, every subcontractor and all their proposals, all of it funnels through the general contractor in some capacity or another. Talk about a headache.
To try and manage all this without the help of software would be an irresponsible decision to say the least. Irresponsible because there’s a plethora of affordable and easy-to-use software options available for contractors to adopt and implement in their business.
We have over 50 general contractor construction software platforms on our site. You can read the profiles for these contractor systems and check out user reviews to get a feel for which systems seems like a good fit for your business. It’s important to realize that all these products offer a wide and differing set of capabilities. They also range in price from affordable, scaled down options up to six figure enterprise systems.
To help you understand exactly what you’re getting into, we’ve put together an in-depth general contractor software buyer’s guide. Use this to get a handle on this unique software market and come back to it when making your final selection. Hopefully our insights will make the selection process easier for you, enabling you to choose the best platform for you business.
Here’s what we'll cover:
What Is General Contractor Software?
Software for general contractors is designed to meet the demands of their unique workflow and business processes. General contractors have many roles and often oversee all phases of a building project from pre-construction to ongoing maintenance and repairs after completion. They need a system to support them through the entire contracting process and at the same time help manage their business.
With all these roles and processes, most general contractors will typically go for formal construction management software. These systems provide features for managing nearly every single aspect of the contractor job. At the highest level, some of the main capabilities you’ll find across most all general contractor software systems include:
- Task scheduler: Generate an overarching schedule for when primary tasks need to be finished. Track hours worked for payroll and balance time on site for various subs.
- Task management: Keep an eye on everything taking place on the build. Pinpoint any tasks that might hinder completing the job within the proposed finish date.
- Customer relationship management: Gather and record customer data to be easily looked up for future reference or analyzed for insights. Automate customer outreach.
- On-site management: Monitor the progress of projects and track individual employee/sub time on the clock and performance. Track use of tools and equipment.
You can see how all these beneficial features could entice most general contractors to opt for a full construction management software suite. More often than not, these systems will be more effective than other options. It is worth considering these other options though. Full software suites aren’t the only choice general contractors have.
Screenshot of Procore user interface dashboard
There are plenty of general contractor software offerings that are focused on a specialized application or role within the greater contracting/constructions space. These niche software options are referred to as “best-of-breed” or “standalone software.” They can be a great fit for contractors that only need software to take care of one or two specific capabilities.
Common Features of General Contractor Software
Contractors need most of the standard features that come with construction management software, but as you’re looking there are a few features for general contractors to consider:
|Job costing and invoicing||A critical feature of a contractor program is job costing data to improve estimating and billing efficiency and accuracy. Generic contractor accounting software systems won’t have anywhere near the same level of functionality, since they’re not usually designed to manage multiple expense streams tied to a single (large) revenue source on a project-by-project basis.|
|Link to vendors and subcontractors||A robust construction accounting and ordering program will link directly into vendor and/or subcontractor purchasing and pricing information, which makes it easier to order supplies and schedule subcontractors.|
|Advanced project management and scheduling||Critical path method is a project management algorithm that’s specifically designed to solve the kinds of scheduling challenges faced by a general contractor: performing hundreds of different tasks that each depend on another’s (but not every other’s) completion. A good construction contracting program will incorporate this type of algorithm (though it may not necessarily be called that) to maximize project efficiency and ensure on-time delivery.|
Evaluating General Contractor Systems
When choosing general contracting software, it’s important to narrow down your needs. Many organizations need contractor business software as a stand-alone project management system to track key documents. Others will need integrated construction project scheduling, accounting and job costing or bid management.
There are dozens of top-rated software for contractors, and each varies tremendously in price, features and target company size. When selecting your system, ask the following questions:
- What features are you looking for? A fully integrated suite is a very different product than a best-of-breed estimating and takeoff system.
- Where are your pain points as a company? If you can identify inefficiencies across your operation, you can be sure that your new software system is able to fully remedy or at least address these issues.
- What size is your company? Since most construction programs are geared toward companies of a very specific size-range, this should be one of the first questions to ask before delving too deep into the features.
- What size will your company be in a couple years? In other words, do you plan on scaling your business? If so, you’ll need a software system that can work for you now and also grow with your business.
- Does the system integrate with any of your existing accounting, CRM, ordering, estimating or other systems?
Your Guide to Top General Contractor Software, August 2020
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