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Buildertrend provides pre-sale tools including a built-in customer relationship management (CRM) system, bid requests, project proposals, plus more. Project management tools include scheduling, budgeting, timesheets, and more. Cus...Read more
NOW: Starting @ $49/m for the WHOLE company, Contractor Foreman is the most affordable all-in-one solution for small and medium trade and general contractors who want a better way to manage their projects. *FREE Trial + 100 Day Gu...Read more
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 manag...Read more
Striven is a cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution suitable for many industries and organizations of all sizes. It offers features for accounting, inventory management, human resources, customer relationship mana...Read more
Jonas Enterprise is an award-winning, paperless construction management system that contains features for bid-management, estimating, accounting, and more, all with Jonas's impressive 24-hour support. ...Read more
eSUB is a mobile application and cloud-based project management solution that helps commercial subcontractors across various trades to manage day-to-day operations. eSUB offers tools to connect field workers with office managers a...Read more
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. ...Read more
JOBPROGRESS is a cloud-based construction management solution for residential remodeling contractors. The solution works with small businesses and can be customized as per the needs of an organization. It offers estimating, projec...Read more
simPRO is a powerful job management software solution created by trade contractors, for trade contractors. If your business struggles with quoting multi-stage projects, managing inventory, communicating with technicians, or any ot...Read more
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, constru...Read more
Raken allows project managers to maintain daily work logs, schedule and assign jobs to employees, send updates to field agents, generate and share snapshots of a project's progress. The solution also helps businesses keep track of...Read more
ConDoc is a construction management solution that helps businesses organize and share construction documentation and bid sets with internal teams. It allows general contractors, subcontractors and building owners to manage operati...Read more
eCMS offers a comprehensive suite of software applications that help commercial contractors manage all aspects of their financials and operations. eCMS is specifically built for the construction industry delivering users business ...Read more
Kahua helps you manage processes, documents and cost on your construction programs and projects from inception to closeout. Purpose-built solutions for owners, program managers, general contractors and subcontractors help you mini...Read more
monday.com, an award-winning collaboration and project management platform, helps teams plan together efficiently and execute complex projects to deliver results on time. monday.com team management and task management tool allows ...Read more
Ventus is a service and construction ERP solution that incorporates CRM, takeoff estimating, job costing, project management, service management, service dispatch, product distribution, inventory control, payroll and accounting in...Read more
Owner Insite is a nationally recognized construction project & facility management software company. The company was founded in 2009 in Austin, Texas.
Owner Insite’s software-as-a-service (SaaS) empowers key personnel and leaders...Read more
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.
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STACK Estimating is a cloud-based on-screen takeoff and estimating tool for professional contractors of all business sizes and all trades. STACK users can quickly and easily upload digital plans and complete takeoffs using the sof...Read more
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.
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.
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?