From XU Magazine, 
Issue 32

Thinking outside of the box

Why construction software might be the answer you are looking for

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Creating and maintaining a tech stack to suit your client’s needs has never been more challenging than it is today. With so many applications available that integrate, automate and streamline business administration, accountants and business advisers now have the perfect opportunity to look outside of the box to help solve your clients pain points.

Fundamentally, the ever-changing nature of the construction industry has meant that project and job management software must be designed with flexibility in mind. Historically construction software has been used to solve problems associated with capturing and reporting price and job variations, progress claims, irregular work patterns, manage remote teams and report requirements that differ from job to job.

Post pandemic these problems have expanded to the professional services, hospitality and manufacturing sectors. So, perhaps the time is right to look to the flexibility and functionality of construction applications like QicWorks.

Ability to set Markup

As more businesses move to a cost-plus pricing model to combat price increases, construction applications that set markup at account, job or purchase order level will help increase gross profit.

Workforce Management

It’s no secret that the building and construction industry has one of the most complex payroll and onboarding requirements of any sector. QicWorks uses free form pay rules to help navigate and remove the complexity of multiple enterprise agreements, industry awards and site allowances, as well as remove data touch points and reduce costly payroll errors.

Workforce scheduling is an integral component of job management and managing your team’s locations can be time consuming with constant changes to job durations, priorities, resource availability or missed milestones.

Construction software reduces scheduling rework through automation, use of drag and drop technologies and integrated job scheduling, roster and leave management tools.

Cost to Complete

Tracking job profitability at any stage gives financial stakeholders the confidence they need to make key business decisions. QicWorks automatically calculate costs to complete, compare actual to estimate, calculate work in progress at any time and can invoice progress claims.

Never lose track of Billable Time

Having the ability to capture and record your time data the way you want is certainly a key aspect of software selection. This is because your time data is used to not only calculate your job costings, but also ensure your staff are paid correctly for hours worked, ensuring you never lose track of billable hours again.

As more businesses investigate ways to increase their profit margins while trying to navigate supplier price increases, the challenges of managing remote teams and substantiating claims for lost billable hours, now is the perfect time to investigate the flexibility and functionality of construction applications like QicWorks.

You never know. It might just be the answer you and your clients have been searching for.

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