Running a contracting business is an extremely difficult operation we are dealing with construction jobs that are each one totally different from the next there is not one job that is the same. We are dealing with the user of the product while we are building the product. Just imagine what it would be like to manufacturer a car with the customer in the plant testing and asking to make adjustments as we are building it. Sitting in the car as it goes down the assembly line saying “could you change the vinyl seats to leather?” or “could you make it an automatic?” or can you add a sunroof?” or “I was thinking of a bit darker blue”. If a car was built under those conditions the manufacturer would have to charge 10 times the amount just to stay in business. But those are the conditions all contractors are dealing with. And if there is not some type of assembly line or system to allow them to control their “manufacturing plant” it will a difficult road ahead.
The other element involved is the human element and dealing with employees that have their own problems and issues and in our industry don’t speak English well which adds yet another barriers.
Contractors have come up with a couple basic solutions to this:
First one is they stay small and only have one or two crews that they can control. This of course limits the number of jobs that they can do and in itself is not a complete solution as the owner will never get out of the field.
The second is just to sub-contract most of not all the aspects of the constructions process. The liability here is dealing with contractors that you cannot control and in many instances they cut corners on the jab and with their payrolls and woker’s compensation.
Here at POL we have taken the plunge and put together a complete team of designers, sales people our own in-house crews and the needed administrative staff and field supervisors we keep a viable operation running.
The Steps shown here is our “assembly line” that covers all aspects and results in you getting a great product.