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In 2018, the Dexter + Chaney blog will be merging with Surveyor, the Viewpoint Blog. The construction industry articles you've enjoyed over the years will continue to exist in Surveyor, as will our commitment to writing excellent industry content. We look forward to seeing your comments and feedback on the Surveyor blog and thank you for reading the Dexter + Chaney blog. Blog posts will continue to be available on the Dexter + Chaney website during the migration. To view the Viewpoint Surveyor blog, click here.

Gravel Truck

We’re just back from the 2017 World of Concrete trade show in Las Vegas. One of the largest construction industry shows in the world, each year World of Concrete offers its tens of thousands of attendees the latest looks at products, services, and ideas from the industry’s very best companies and professionals.

Casino Experience

Years ago when I was the editor of a national trade publication covering the business of casinos and gambling industry, I had the opportunity to speak with hundreds of marketing professionals about a variety of topics over an eight-year span. During those conversations, a common theme emerged—casinos that enjoyed the most success were the ones that excelled at selling an experience.

construction invoicing software

How much money is your construction or building services company still waiting to receive for work already done? An estimate from factoring firm Fundbox states clients owe $825 billion in unpaid invoices to U.S. small businesses alone. Per small business, that equates to $84,000 for products and services delivered, but not paid for.

Phishing Scam

Through discussions with our client base, we have heard of increasing phishing attacks in the construction industry. There are two primary vectors—one which is targeted at the customer and the other towards the contractor. The attack is similar but with one, you are able to directly mitigate the risk, while the other requires an established policy with your customer.

Job Recruitment

As a member of the Dexter + Chaney team, a millennial and a former construction worker, some of the common perceptions about construction strike a particular chord with me. My family comes from a construction background spanning several generations, so I have the unique perspective of having grown up with construction before I began working for a company that creates construction software. It’s through this window that I have noticed a severe underrepresentation of marketing for construction related careers. This may be why the current entrants aren’t looking at construction as a career:

Construction Inventory

Over the past few months, I have had some frustrating experiences surrounding goods and services, or rather, the lack of goods and satisfactory service. Here are a few examples:

When working on a home improvement project, I visited one of the big box home improvement chain stores with a list of items I needed—only to find out that the store was out of stock on half of the goods on my list. I had to drive to another branch, where it too lacked what I needed. Even a visit to a competing chain netted zero results. So my home improvement project remains on the sidelines.

10 Considerations

This is the final installment in a five-part series on how innovative technologies and software are helping project managers streamline processes to build faster, smarter projects

While many project managers today are still utilizing manual processes or working with significantly outdated software, it is becoming clear that this is less of a matter of choice.

Access Real-time Data

This is the fourth installment of a five-part series on how innovative technologies and software are helping project managers streamline processes to build faster, smarter projects

While having the best people in place, working together well and using the latest tools is critical, the construction project can still suffer if the data being tracked and reviewed is days or even weeks old. That outdated project information can make it hard to accurately gauge current job costs or work in progress.

Project Manager Dealing With Risk

More often than not, the success of a particular construction project is determined by how well project leaders deal with risks. Risks are inherent in every business—and it’s obvious that they carry a dollar value—just look at the insurance industry. Contractors who are able to understand the risk factors in their business, and can work to mitigate these risks, are in a position not unlike insurance companies. By assuming more of the risk for the projects that they are involved with, contractors can take the burden of risk off of owners or subcontractors and charge a premium for doing so. Even if this doesn't become an actual source of profit in and of itself, contractors who work actively to understand and control risk are in a position to make smarter project decisions which can lead to higher profit margins.

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