The Bolt Subcontractor Blog

How Today’s Residential Construction Contractors Finish Jobs On Time

Posted by Sam Knight on Nov 25, 2019 5:11:50 PM

In the residential construction industry, the days of chasing paper, digging through file cabinets and scrolling through Rolodexes are over.

Everything necessary to schedule jobs, coordinate with other contractors and improve communication with builders now fits in the palm of your hand. With a construction management mobile app, contractors who work with homebuilders can streamline job management more efficiently and affordably.

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Tags: subcontractor, homebuilding, scheduling, planning, residential construction, labor costs, iPads, productivity, tablet

Best Practices in Residential Construction Project Management for 2020

Posted by Sam Knight on Nov 14, 2019 10:16:11 PM

The residential construction industry is currently experiencing an exponential boom, and a lack of skilled trade professionals means an overabundance of jobs. Among the fastest-growing and most-needed positions in new home construction include electricians, glass installation and repair technicians, masons, plumbers, roofers, and project managers. 

While there is high demand for these positions, demand alone won’t help your construction team continue to land jobs. To make a positive impression on builders and increase credibility within the industry, brush up on the following six best practices in construction project management. 

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Tags: subcontractor, homebuilding, software, scheduling, residential construction, productivity

BOLT Partners with JazzHR to Simplify Recruiting Skilled Contractors

Posted by Sam Knight on Nov 7, 2019 8:00:00 AM
BOLT Software is pleased to announce its strategic partnership with JazzHR, an industry-leading recruitment and applicant tracking solution for small businesses. This integration joins BOLT’s suite of tools including workload reporting and visual status tools, document management, builder system integration, accounting integration, estimating, and more.

The partnership allows JazzHR users to leverage BOLT’s time-saving construction-management solution while giving Bolt users access to JazzHR’s suite of industry-leading recruiting tools.

Specifically, it provides a new dimension to BOLT’s human resources services, which already include time tracking and crew scheduling; construction companies can now efficiently handle every aspect of workforce management from initial job posting to tax forms.
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Tags: residential construction

New Home Construction Project Over Budget? 7 Ways to Keep it Profitable

Posted by Sam Knight on Oct 29, 2019 12:23:27 PM

More often than contractors like to admit, cost overruns are a fact of life with new residential construction. Even when everything seems to be going well, unplanned expenses and delays can ambush your job, drag it behind schedule and push it over budget. 

But you can keep unnecessary costs at bay by applying the principles of Lean Construction. Let’s get into seven ways Lean Construction can help you stay on budget and in the black.

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Tags: subcontractor, software, scheduling, planning, residential construction, productivity

How to Stop Wasting Time on Paperwork During New Home Construction

Posted by Sam Knight on Oct 15, 2019 9:35:42 PM

New residential construction jobs generate oceans of paperwork. One project includes requirements, blueprints, work orders, estimates, contracts, check lists, photos, change orders and more.

All of that turns into a document management headache that’s both annoying and expensive. In fact, spending just one hour a day dealing with paperwork costs construction companies an average of $9,000 a year. [1]
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Tags: software, residential construction, productivity

The Labor Shortage: What to do?

Posted by Joshua Causey on Sep 11, 2018 9:06:59 AM

Guest Post by Joshua Causey, C&B Electric, Dallas, TX

Everyone in construction is talking about the shortage of skilled labor and we constantly are asking how we as an industry can close the gap. Many conversations mention well meaning programs like builder sponsored trade school partnerships with local community colleges, as well as how different trades might create their own school to quickly educate a non skilled employee. These are all great conversations and solutions for the future, but from a practical viewpoint, what do we do in the meantime to address the issue, today?  

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Tags: subcontractor, software, scheduling, residential construction, labor costs, iPads, productivity

Thoughts from the Sunbelt Builder Show

Posted by Sam Knight on Aug 22, 2018 3:08:19 PM

I recently had the privilege of joining the Texas Association of Builders at their annual Sunbelt Builder show at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas. Sometime during the 2-day event I made a few observations on our industry that I would like to share with you. Here are my Sunbelt takeaways:

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Tags: subcontractor, homebuilding, planning, residential construction

3 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Subcontractor Software

Posted by Sam Knight on Mar 12, 2018 3:04:24 PM


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You’re probably thinking “Its time. Time to make one of the most important decisions I will make for my company. Time to choose the software that will be at the foundation of all that we do.” So what do most people do? We start searching the internet for using search terms like “subcontractor software, construction management software, contractor software, and best contractor software.” As you have probably discovered, trying to sift through the thousands of software companies in the world is confusing and complicated and your probably now asking yourself “why on earth can’t this just be simple?” Well, your now in the right spot. Use this guide to simplify the process and pick the software best suited for your needs. If your answers to these questions raise red flags in your mind, it could be an indicator to look somewhere else. 

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Tags: subcontractor, homebuilding, software, scheduling

Top 10 Ways Subcontractors Are Using Technology to Grow Their Business

Posted by Sam Knight on Mar 1, 2018 8:45:36 AM


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1. Modern Accounting

By modern, I mean that your accounting software should easily give you job costing, and other logical reports at the click of a button. Technology that works is expected in today’s world so don’t settle for an accounting system that doesn’t. At BOLT, we recommend QUICKBOOKS for the average subcontractor. At the time of this article, they are the only software for contractors that has made the transition to the 21st century and done it the right way. All the other software you use in your company should easily integrate into QuickBooks. However, if you are a large subcontractor or have multiple shops, you may want to consider Sage 300 and Spectrum Dexter + Chaney. We have integrations with both programs. Pro Tip: if an accounting software doesn’t have API’s, run away. None of your other programs will communicate with it, and custom made integrations will be a pain to work with. 

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Tags: subcontractor, homebuilding, software, scheduling