It is understandable that you would want to save as much money as possible when running your business. We get that running a business is all about making money, and not spending it. But, we want to caution you about using free construction management software. While it sounds great, because it’s free and offers so many options, there are some issues that can cost you more in the end.
Here are 4 hidden costs that you may not realize when you use free construction management software:
- Maintenance and Customization: Okay, so your construction management software was free. Now, you have to maintain it and customize it. On…your…own… Here comes the money part…. Only in this scenario, it is time because you have to figure it out all on your own. There is no handy customer support button that you can push for help.
- Customer Support: As mentioned above, there is no customer support. But, it needs to be mentioned again, because there is no email, phone number, or chat box; only hundreds of forums that you will need to scroll through and read until you hopefully find the answer that you need. Until, you have another question, and then it’s back to the forums, again…
- Not Really Free: Have you ever heard that free really isn’t free? Well, in this case, that is the truth. Your free construction management software is not really free. You have a few basic features, but all those helpful features that you actually need and can use, are not part of the free package and will cost you money. That free version isn’t looking so good anymore.
- Problems with Productivity: Since you will not have customer support or training with this free software, you will lose out on a lot of productivity. That means that you will lose even more money from this free software program.
Time is Money and Your Time is Worth More than Free
In the world of business, time is money, and you will be losing a lot of both if you use free construction management software. While it sounds like a perfect solution at first, the hidden costs can actually cost you more than paying for a program would. Make sure to choose construction management software that performs all of the major functionality that you need.
Our construction project management professionals use software that has proven time and time again to be efficient and help increase productivity while keeping us on track. Give us a call at 407-316-8544 to discuss project management software or to request the services of one of our construction project managers.