Learn the ABCs of activity-based costing

Your latest project might be running on budget, but how can you determine whether your work in progress is really boosting profits or hurting the bottom line? Or, if a job is exceeding forecasted costs, how do you break it down to identify the problem? Many construction companies have addressed such issues by measuring the […]

Could a CRM system help me win more jobs?

My construction company recently celebrated its 15th year in operation and, even better, business is really heating up. My concern is that, with this lengthy history and sizable client list, so much information seems to be falling through the cracks. We try to track everything through a shared spreadsheet, but it’s kind of a mess. […]

3 tips for achieving your mission more cost-effectively

Do you want to control costs and improve delivery of your nonprofit’s programs and services? It may not be as difficult as you think. Several simple initiatives can make a big difference in how efficiently your organization operates. Here are three: Tip #1: Monitor measures that matter First, you need to know how much of […]

Using your financial statements to recalibrate your estimates

Offering a fair price for quality workmanship lies at the heart of every contractor’s long-term success. Finding this critical balance begins with the estimating process. Over time, however, even the most sound approach to estimating can slip a little bit and require recalibration. The good news is that the tools for the job lie right […]

Data analytics provides solutions to many nonprofit challenges

If your nonprofit wants to improve budgeting, forecasting, fundraising or other functions but is having a hard time identifying both problems and solutions, data analytics can help. This form of business intelligence is already considered invaluable in the for-profit world. But it can be just as useful to nonprofits. Goal: informed decision making Data analytics […]

3 traits of growth-oriented nonprofits

What does it take to grow a nonprofit from a concept to a $2 million-plus revenue organization? A November 2016 study attempted to answer this question by surveying 200 social entrepreneurs funded by impact investing portfolios such as the Skoll Foundation and Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund. Even if your organization’s growth goals are relatively […]

Three cash flow boosters for your company

Like every contractor, you want to have a good 2017. And this objective should be eminently doable as long as you stay within your strengths, manage your financials carefully and do good work. But why settle for a good year when it could be great? The key, always, is cash flow. The more working dollars […]

What Your Lender Really Wants to Hear

What does every contractor’s lender want to hear? Why, “The check is in the mail!” of course. But, seriously, lenders — much like sureties — expect construction companies to operate in a manner that assures both timely payments and the feasibility of future loans. Here are a few choice quotes to lay on your lender […]