It’s fair to ask how a team of software developers ended up being so knowledgeable about how landscapers and other contractors work. To tell someone you can help them do their job more easily and efficiently is a bold claim, so we’d like to justify that a little more.
Firstly, our team is made up of several people who have worked on estimating software for decades. Our developers were involved with some of the earliest software on the market, long before on-screen take-off technology was possible, and even long before Windows computers.
Over the years, it became clear to us that using software was definitely the way to speed up the take-off/quoting/estimating/bidding process for all kinds of contractors. Regardless of industry, most of the same principles can be applied. Using digital tools, and automation wherever possible, makes light work of things that used to take many more hours.
We’ve seen this in almost every profession over the last 20 or 30 years, but contractors have been some of the slowest people to adapt. We realised that was because a really intuitive, user-friendly platform just didn’t exist yet, and so we developed RapidBid.
Of course, we didn’t just rely on what we thought contractors wanted in the software. Throughout the process of building RapidBid, it has been extensively tested on real users. We even reached out and worked with academics at a leading university in the USA to run an independent study, looking at the impact the software had on our users in our target market.
What we found from the study was that almost everyone who used the software was able to complete their work in a significantly shorter amount of time (typically 70% or 80% faster). That led to considerable increases in productivity, and therefore allowed them to make more money without working harder. That’s an ideal result for most small businesses, especially when you’re never sure what projects are on the horizon.