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Houzz Pro

Houzz Pro is a lead and project management solution that streamlines processes for businesses of all sizes by centralizing all needs into one place. Key features include project management, lead management with client dashboards, ...Read more

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212 recommendations

Buildertrend

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

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167 recommendations

Buildxact

Buildxact is an easy-to-use construction management software uniquely designed for residential builders & trades, helping them easily and smoothly manage projects. Transform your business - one system from first takeoff to final i...Read more

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114 recommendations

CoConstruct

CoConstruct is a construction project management software that provides custom home builders and remodelers with tools for managing projects, financials and clients. It allows users to sync data from estimates, specifications, sel...Read more

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113 recommendations

Contractor Foreman

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

4.45 (292 reviews)

82 recommendations

Procore

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

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80 recommendations

PlanSwift

PlanSwift is the #1 Takeoff & Estimating software in the world! PlanSwift software is designed for Commercial, Industrial, Institutional and Residential GCs and Subcontractors in almost every construction trade. With PlanSwifts...Read more

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75 recommendations

Knowify

Knowify is a cloud-based construction management solution that is designed for residential contractors and small to midsize commercial subcontractors. It is suitable for trades, including Landscaping, roofing and masonry. Kno...Read more

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54 recommendations

McCormick Electrical Estimating

McCormick Systems has been providing electrical estimating software since 1979 and offers a comprehensive solution for commercial, industrial, residential, low voltage, solar and other specialty contractors. McCormick boasts sever...Read more

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49 recommendations

ConstructionOnline

UDA Technologies’ ConstructionOnline offers a web-based, integrated approach to project management, project scheduling, and customer management. Designed for emerging construction businesses in the homebuilding and remodeling indu...Read more

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46 recommendations

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Subscription models

  • Per employee/per month: This model allows you to pay a monthly fee for each of your employees.
  • Per user/per month: Users pay a monthly fee for users—normally administrative users—rather than all employees.

Perpetual license

  • This involves paying an upfront sum for the license to own the software and use it indefinitely.
  • This is the more traditional model and is most common with on-premise applications and with larger businesses.

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Jobber

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 d...Read more

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43 recommendations

WinEst Essentials

Wherever you are in the estimating process – from initial conceptual budgeting to specialty execution – WinEst Essentials provides the tools you need to confidently make profitable decisions based on real-world data, all in one va...Read more

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37 recommendations

RSMeans Data Online

RSMeans Data Online is cloud-based access to a comprehensive database of construction costs in North America. The application details costs for materials, equipment, labor and productivity at the unit, assembly and square foot lev...Read more

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36 recommendations

JobNimbus

JobNimbus is a CRM and project management software wrapped up in one application. The platform is an end-to-end solution designed to help contractors (roofing and construction professionals) streamline their communication and bett...Read more

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35 recommendations

TurboBid Estimating

TurboBid is an on-premise estimating software solution for small and midsize contractors designed to help them complete project estimations, regardless of the type of work, whether it's new residential, light commercial, remodelin...Read more

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31 recommendations

Electrical Bid Manager

Electrical Bid Manager Enterprise is the offering of Vision InfoSoft that serves the bid management needs of commercial and residential electrical contractors. The software provides features such as conversion calculators, on-scre...Read more

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25 recommendations

Trimble Accubid Anywhere

Flexible estimating tool to quickly and accurately create estimates, Trimble’s Accubid Estimating is a full-featured estimating solution. Available in multiple configurations, Accubid provides a flexible solution for contractors o...Read more

3.70 (68 reviews)

21 recommendations

Electric Ease

Accurately prepare and update estimates to reduce costly errors. Efficiently manage projects, contracts, orders, and overruns to ensure optimum productivity and profitability. Provide multiple employees access to powerful cloud-b...Read more

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17 recommendations

FOUNDATION

Since 1985, FOUNDATION has been a trusted name in construction accounting, project management and payroll processing. With powerful job cost accounting and features built specifically for the construction industry, FOUNDATION has...Read more

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15 recommendations

paskr

paskr is a simple, end-to-end construction project management software designed to optimize your business for a better day, every day. Minimize Stress - All Your Data in One Place - Automatic Reminders - Bids Convert Into Contrac...Read more

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14 recommendations

Buyers Guide

Last Updated: July 05, 2022

Subcontractors that stand above their competition and routinely manage to secure lucrative contracts have the following things in common:

  • Reputation for on-time delivery of services/goods and high quality of work.
  • Knack for producing detailed job quotes, which includes project schedules, staff capabilities, task timelines and cost estimation reports.
  • Impeccable record-keeping with up-to-date compliance certificates, financial statements and licenses.

It's a challenge to realize all of these traits, so many businesses use subcontractor software to manage the relevant processes. This type of software comes with specialized features to help subcontractors automate project planning, task tracking, cost reporting and document management.

Subcontractors relying on manual methods alone, such as Excel, will invariably create inaccurate project schedules and cost estimates. This will result in project delays and budget overruns, which will tarnish their reputation and hinder their chances of securing future contracts.

We created this Buyer's Guide to help small businesses understand the software market landscape and select a solution that meets their requirements. It lists the common features, key considerations and chief concerns of subcontractor software buyers. It is intended to help both first-time buyers and those looking to switch their existing software.

Here's what we'll cover:

What Is Subcontractor Software?
Common Features of Subcontractor Software
What Type of Buyer Are You?
Key Considerations

What Is Subcontractor Software?

Subcontractor software is designed for contractors that offer specialized services such as plumbing, electrical work and roofing.

It helps you create proposals with cost estimates (materials and labor costs) when your business is bidding for a contract. After you win the contract, it helps you track the daily tasks of your employees to ensure that the project is progressing as expected and is on schedule.

eSUB project summary dashboard

Tracking projects in eSUB (Source)

Subcontractor software helps you manage both pre- and post-contract activities. We'll look into the details of the features offered in the next section.

 

Common Features of Subcontractor Software

Subcontractor software is a specialized type of software that falls into the larger ecosystem of construction management software. These tools help you with task scheduling, equipment tracking, document management and cost estimating.

Let's take a closer look at the common features of these solutions:

Document management Build a central repository to track different versions of documents such as construction plans, RFIs, change orders, submittals and compliance certificates.
Project tracking Assign and track the people, resources and equipment involved in a project.
Project scheduling Track a job's progress and ensure that the project stays on track, with regard to the budget and timeline.
Equipment tracking Track which employees have signed out specific equipment. Also, keep a detailed account of the equipment maintenance history.
Proposal generator Review your cost estimates and create an accurate and professional-looking bid proposal.
Job costing reports Track actual project costs compared with the initial estimates, create and send purchase orders, execute change orders, schedule and track payments/invoices as well as submit and approve time sheets.
API integration Integrate third-party tools and API extensions such as accounting software and customer relationship management (CRM) solutions.

What Type of Buyer Are You?

Subcontractor software has different capabilities, from managing project proposals to tracking on-site crew activities. However, having the most features doesn't necessarily make a tool the best one—for your business.

The software must offer adequate functionality to automate existing manual (and often error-prone) processes. But you also need to ensure that you don't overpay for features that you won't use.

Below, we've broken down the three most common buyer types, their chief concerns and the main functionality they should seek in subcontractor software:

Large subcontractors. These buyers (businesses with more than $100 million in annual revenue) typically want solutions that offer all the common features listed above and integrations with their existing accounting and CRM software. They typically require built-in project management functionality with planning and scheduling capabilities, such as Gantt charts, to chart a project's critical path.

Small and midsize subcontractors. These buyers (businesses with $100 million or less in annual revenue) are primarily concerned with the solution's price and ease of use. Such buyers seek cloud-based tools with monthly and annual subscription plans. They also need an intuitive system with features such as a drag-and-drop interface, so they don't have to spend a long time learning how to use the tool.

Best-of-breed buyers. With the many available construction management systems, there has been a rise in stand-alone systems. These tools can be a good option if you're trying to automate a specific business process. For instance, if you're an electrical or flooring contractor struggling to calculate the costs of material and labor, you need an electrical estimating software or flooring estimating software, respectively.

To learn more about such best-of-breed solutions, read our Buyer's Guide on construction management solutions. You can also call us at (844) 847-3290 for a no-obligation and free consultation with a software advisor.

Key Considerations

When purchasing subcontractor software, businesses should also consider factors such as total software ownership costs, deployment and mobile accessibility. Doing so will help them thoroughly analyze the software's suitability to their needs.

Let's look at some of these considerations more closely.

Depth of functionality. Subcontractors need to closely examine the features that a vendor offers. For instance, the ability to upload and edit images on a mobile device is a key need for many construction teams.

In this case, the ideal solution would be a cloud-based one, as real-time document sharing isn't possible with on-premise tools. Likewise, check to see if the tool offers native mobile apps for both iOS and Android devices, so that users don't face any device compatibility challenges.

Another example of a capability to look for is task tracking. This can be as simple as listing which employee is doing what on a spreadsheet. But, if you have large teams, tracking can quickly get out of hand. In such cases, you need detailed tracking with automated reminders, and maybe even time tracking functionality.

Total costs. The cost of software depends largely on its deployment model—whether it's cloud-based or on-premise. A cloud-based solution usually has a monthly or annual subscription fee. Small businesses tend to prefer this over the on-premise model, where they have to pay a one-time license fee, data backup costs and maintenance charges.

However, software costs are not so cut and dry. Businesses should check whether cloud-based solutions charge for training and phone support (they often don't). Further, if a large part of the software functionality depends on third-party add-ons, then the total costs of implementation and customization will increase considerably.