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Reveal Your Job Cost and Maximize Job Margin

When you ask a Plumbing Contractor, Electrical Contractor or HVAC Contractor how much money they made on their last job, most can’t give you an answer. And it doesn’t matter what type of job….a service call, long-term project, bid/not to exceed, time and material job, change order, etc.

The problem is…

Contractors don’t know their costs. A plumbing contractor recently told me, “I’ve been in business 20+ years and I’ve never been able to effectively Job Cost. We tried it several times, it didn’t work, so we gave up”.

Automatic Job Costing

So why don’t specialty contractors, including Low Voltage Contractors and Mechanical Contractors make a concerted effort towards job cost?    Most don’t have the time or resources to cost out each job.  And paying people to work on spreadsheets or doing the work by hand is not efficient.  The answer is to let the software do the work for you – read more on our job cost feature.

Profit Preview

One tool in particular, Profit Preview gives the Contractor a detailed list of all costs & profits for each material, labor, sub-contractor, and direct item before a billing takes place. With Profit Preview, the contractor can easily spot forgotten items, incorrect material quantities, incorrect man hours…and make the adjustments prior to billing. And this can make all the difference between a healthy job margin and one that isn’t.

“If you aren’t job costing…

you’re operating in the dark and either charging too much (which your customer’s don’t appreciate) or too little (which lowers your profitability)”. – Deb Perry, Perry Heating, Plumbing and Electric.

Newer, custom designed job cost tools like The Profit Preview are only available in software designed exclusively for Electrical Contractors, Plumbing Contractors, HVAC Contractors, Mechanical Contractors and Low Voltage Contractors. The only question is… when will you start you using them?

Learn more about how COBRA can help your business stay on track and on top of their job cost. Email or call 1-800-466-2507.

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