Remember that scheduling software you have (but nobody uses)? Or those new features that came as part of your last estimating software upgrade (the ones you don’t know what to do with)?

Lots of companies – electrical contractors included – make investments in software platforms that are never put to good use.

In fact, many of the industry professionals we talk to say they have an estimating software of some kind. They may not know what it is (or how it works), but they know they do have it. The reason they don’t use it? It’s too complicated and time consuming.

That’s an unfortunate reality for many of today’s estimating or job-costing software systems. Ironically, it also misses the point of having software in the first place! Why would anyone use software if it didn’t make life easier and simpler?

But looking for an easy-to-use software is only half the battle. Once you find it, you also have to make sure it has the features you need. (Sometimes, “easy to use” may translate to “not enough features.”)

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