Here’s a really quick and easy way to find out what CivilEstimator.com Can do for your business. This Slideshare was designed to take about two minutes.
In this tough economic climate, construction companies need any edge they can get. Whether it’s through building organizational efficiency, or doing cost saving measures, it’s important to be as competitive as possible.
CivilEstimator.com Can Help Reduce Overhead Costs
When you think about the overhead that goes into putting together a bid before you’ve even hired staff, it’s pretty staggering. There’s the software cost, the cost of setting up your estimating system, training costs, and hardware expenses – all of which will likely represent $15,000 annually.
Staff Costs Can Add Up Quickly
Think of how expensive it can be to hire a full-time senior estimator.
- Base Salary: $120,000
- Truck Lease: $10,000
- Office Space: $8,000
- Benefits: $15,000
- Bonus: $5,000
- Cell: $2,000
Before you know it, you’ve spent $160,000 on hiring a person, in addition to all the hardware and set-up costs.
Hiring a Freelance Estimator Can Reduce Your Costs Dramatically
CivilEstimator.com’s costs typically represent about 2% of the revenue that it brings in for it’s clients. In other words, for every $1M worth of work, CivilEstimator.com’s fees will be about $20,000.
In today’s tough economic climate, it’s always important to keep costs down and overhead under control. Sometimes it makes sense to hire a full-time employee, other times it makes sense to outsource. Here are some important things to consider about potentially hiring a freelance Civil Estimator, or a full-time employee:
- No down-time
- State-of-the-art software
- No overhead (office, cell, truck)
- Represents about 2% of revenue
- Time is logged even without jobs to bid
- Large overhead
- Requires training
- Is likely to represent more than 2% of total revenue
With 30 years of estimating experience, CivilEstimator.com is one of the most well-known and respected freelance Civil Estimating services in Western Canada. CivilEstimator.com provides expert estimating services using highly advanced estimating software such as HCSS, QuestMX and Google Apps for Business.
Because our offices are virtual, we keep our costs low – our fees typically represent only 2% of revenues from jobs that we win for our clients. In other words, if you spend $200 in fees for our services, you’ll likely see $10,000 in increased revenue going to your company.
The companies that tend to work with us most are small-to-mid-sized excavating companies, with six to 12 pieces of heavy equipment. We work well with them for two reasons:
- They’re too small to hire a full-time estimator
- They’re too big for the owner to bid all the work
Our clients tend to be companies that can’t afford big overhead, but need sophisticated services. They’re also sometimes smaller companies with big growth plans, and need our help to bid larger jobs that they’re not used to putting numbers together for. Here’s a short list of some of the companies we’ve worked for:
Let’s face it, not everyone has the same definition of what a Civil Estimator is. To clear up any confusion, the types of projects we typically estimate are subdivisions, commercial developments, and municipal work. Each of these projects typically involve:
- Site grading
- Bulk excavation
- Underground utilities (storm & sanitary sewers, waterworks)
- Civil works for Electricity & Data Connections
- Roadworks (gravel base & sub-base, asphalt paving, concrete curbs & walks)