Flooring Takeoffs

Fire Yourself From Takeoffs

Imagine it’s career day, and the first person starts off with, “Who here likes to do puzzles?”

All the hands in the class go up.

“Well, flooring takeoffs are a lot like solving puzzles, only some of the boxes have pieces missing and every few months the puzzle gets re-released and the design is totally different. Doesn’t that sound like fun?”

Fewer hands are raised now.

“And sometimes you’ll have to guess what the puzzle is supposed to look like AND make your own puzzle pieces just to finish it. So you’ll get together with other people that have worked on the same puzzle and then the actual puzzle maker will let you know which one is correct.”

The kids are now looking around at each other wondering how this person got invited in the first place.

3 Reasons To Outsource Your Flooring Takeoffs

1. Takeoffs Aren’t For Everyone

The presenter above is your estimator, and the kids slowly lowering their hands are the people that would be great project managers for you but they hate doing takeoffs. Sure, they should know how to do them, and at first, they should probably do all their jobs from start to finish. However, it’s a waste of an employee who is good at sales or managing jobs to keep them shackled behind a computer clicking their life away. 

Don’t keep your top performers stuck at a desk.

Some days, that is exactly what doing takeoffs feels like. Trust us.

So, instead of losing a good employee, let us focus on the takeoffs and let them focus on the parts of the job that they actually enjoy. People switch jobs more than ever these days, so give them a reason to stay instead of a reason to leave.

2. Ability To Scale

The hiring process sucks. There, we said it. It’s costly, time-consuming, and nobody enjoys any part of it. That actually sounds more like golf than hiring, but maybe that’s just me. 

Let’s say you have a great job coming down the pipeline, and it’s a shoo-in for your company. You specified the products, locked down pricing, and it’s just a technicality that the GC needs to get more than your bid. The bid invite comes out, and you go to assign the job to an estimator, only to find that one of them is on vacation that week and the other will be busy managing an out of town install. That just leaves you one estimator left, and she’ll be buried picking up the slack for the other two. What to do?

Before going to your boss in a panic, you remember getting a card from the charming gentleman at Flooring Takeoffs, so you send the job to them. It gets done ahead of time and you’re able to rearrange the bid calendar to accommodate everyone. The company throws you a party, and you get a new parking spot with your name on it to celebrate your quick thinking. Actually, nobody mentions anything and business goes on as usual, but we’re ok with being your secret weapon. 

Success can come in a hurry, but hiring good people takes time. When you’re in a crunch, outsourcing is the most time and cost effective way to scale, even if it’s just temporary.

3. No More Math

What, do you need more explanation than that?

Ok, no more math might be a bit of an exaggeration, but with a company with Flooring Takeoffs, the amount of time you have to spend in Excel Hellscape ™ will be greatly reduced. Gone are the days of building formulas and macros and pecking at the keyboard to enter rows of numbers. Flooring specific software, like Measure Square, can do all of that work for you. 

Most of us started doing takeoffs with an architect’s ruler, measuring out rooms, drawing out seams, and then doing our math in the margins. Then you had to bring your giant plan set over to your desk and practice origami until it sat at the perfect angle that let you see your math and use your keyboard. We don’t have to live like that anymore, though!

Nobody does takeoffs by hand anymore, and you shouldn’t have to spend hours entering numbers into Excel, either. 

4. Practice Managing

Yeah, I know this was supposed to be 3, but we’ll call this one a bonus. 

This one might sound strange, but if you’ve made it this far, I think you’ll cut me some slack as I explain. A lot of companies probably aren’t big enough for you to have anyone reporting directly to you. Managing is something you need experience to get better at. If there’s no one for you to manage, how exactly is that ever going to happen? Here are a few options:

  1. Stick around at your current job and see what happens.
  2. Go find a new job and hope they give you the chance to get some experience.
  3. Hire an outsourced team and get your reps in that way.

Just think about it: you get to practice delegating tasks, communicating, problem-solving, implementing new procedures, time-management, decision-making, etc. It’s one thing to read books about these topics, or imagine in your head how you would handle certain situations. It’s another thing entirely to address them in the real world when there is money on the line. Even better, managing remotely will be a valuable skill set going forward, and it’s one that not everyone is suited for. 

So there you go, we’ll improve your takeoffs and your career prospects. We’ll even let you pretend to fire us.

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