If you’ve been a contractor for even a short period of time you’ve no doubt noticed that technology is changing the game…..and fast.
There are technologies and softwares purpose-built to help you with nearly every aspect of your business. From lead gen to estimating, Bookkeeping to HR, inventory management to time tracking. No matter what the task is, there is some platform out there to help you with it.
And if there isn’t yet there will be soon.
Now, to be clear, I’m not saying randomly buying software subscriptions is going to fix everything. In fact, if you don't know how to navigate this world you can actually do more harm than good - and we’ll talk about how to avoid that mistake in the episode. But for evolved contractors planning to play this game for a while yet, the slow and methodical implementation of your tech stack is no longer optional.
This is why we brought Piers Dormeyer to the show today. Piers is the president of Construction and Utilities at EagleView. If you’ve not heard of EagleView yet, let me give a great example of how tech is changing the game. They’re a geospatial software designed to help take estimating and project planning to another level.
Let me explain: Eagleview owns and operates a fleet of over 100 aircraft that are constantly flying over the towns and cities of North America, taking high-resolution aerial photos of buildings and properties. These photos then get turned into hyper-precise diagrams accurate to a 10th of a foot.
Think about it… you could drive to the customer’s house with a tape measure and a ladder, to spend an hour painstakingly measuring and estimating. Or you could order an EagleView Report and have all that data (images, 3d models, measurements) in seconds. No human error, no drive time, and way better information to build your pricing and project plan around.
That’s probably why over 54,000 contractors ordered an EV report last year.
Anyway, Piers’ background, before joining EagleView, which we’ll let him explain in a second gives him a super unique perspective on technology's influence on the contracting industry.
In this episode with Piers we unpack:
- How the contracting tech space has changed in the last 15 years
- The specific tech stack that Piers would recommend if he were starting a contracting company from scratch
- The difference in mindset between ‘early’ adopters and ‘late’ adopters and where each path leads
- The process you should be using to both select and integrate new software into your business
- How Covid has permanently altered the way contractors use technology
- Where Piers sees technology evolving in the contracting space in the next 10 years