How we can get through this crisis by building together
The past couple of weeks have hit everyone hard, not the least of which being construction professionals. As you may know, my co-founder (and brother), Ryan, is a custom home builder in Greensboro, GA. So like you, we’ve had a front-row seat to the impact COVID-19 has had on small construction companies.
There are already several parts of the country issuing mandates to stop work and stay off job sites, and it is reasonable to expect this to continue for the foreseeable future. The overall uncertainty is also driving consumers to pause projects they had been planning - at least for a little while, but it is all still largely unclear.
The pinch this is putting on construction companies of all kinds - and in all markets - is likely going to be felt for a long time. This is a unique and unprecedented kind of disruption.
As we’ve watched these events unfold, we’ve been assessing what this all means for us as a young startup company. We’ve also been thinking about what we can do to help.
So, starting today, we’re offering a program called, Build Better Together, that will provide access to our software as well as some other services at no cost to any construction business that has been negatively impacted by the current disruption caused by COVID-19.
Here’s what the program entails:
Free use of BuildBook for any construction business in need
One of the biggest ways that we can help during this time is to remove the monthly cost of using BuildBook for any construction business that needs it.
At our core, we are a communication platform. We have worked hard to create a product that helps everyone involved in the construction process communicate easier - from early sales conversations through to the final punchlist. With BuildBook, you have everything in a single place and with a simple, intuitive interface that doesn’t require any training to use.
We believe now - more than ever - that clear and proactive communication is crucial. With new projects being paused, schedules up in the air, finances in limbo, clients and teams asking questions - BuildBook can play an important role in keeping everyone in the loop all at once.
And for those of you that have had to already stop working entirely, this may be an opportune time to work on putting the tools and systems in place for when business resumes. Here are 3 ways to use BuildBook to get ahead now:
- Setup and organize photo portfolios to showcase your past work to potential clients
- Engage with your potential clients during the sales process to carefully plan new jobs
- Manage all of the day to day flow of communication for existing projects
We encourage you to use this free offer to your advantage — in fact, we’ll even help you set up your account if you’d like.
While as a young startup we can’t afford to offer our software for free indefinitely, we do plan to keep it going for as long as it’s needed. We’ll continue to keep tabs on this situation over the next 90 days and reevaluate as things improve.
There are no strings attached — we just know how much this sucks, and we want to do what we can to make it a little easier.
If you’d like to take us up on this offer, simply click here. Also, if you know of any other small businesses - in construction or otherwise - that might benefit from this, please pass it along to them.
If you’re a current customer, we are also offering to extend existing subscriptions by 90 days at no charge. If this will help your business navigate through this - just shoot us a note and let us know.
Free tools to help you plan, grow and improve your business
We have produced a few free spreadsheet tools over the past several months, including a Gantt chart template and a construction cost estimating template. We have several more that are in the works - including a project budget tracker.
However, in light of the broader situation, there are probably more mission-critical tools we could build to help support you through uncertain times. One idea is a tool to help model payroll and other expenses under various revenue scenarios.
If you have an idea for other tools - spreadsheet, etc - that would help you - please send us an email here and we’ll evaluate it and prioritize it. For each idea we tackle, we’ll build a custom tool for your needs but will also publish a public template for anyone to use.
If you’d like to download one of our existing free tools, you can find them listed on our program page.
Free online community for builders, remodelers and construction industry professionals
We've created a free community for builders and remodelers on Facebook to help us all connect, communicate and support each other.
While communication with your team, partners and clients is extremely critical right now, so is communication between your peers.
We’re all going through this together and the more that we can stay connected, share what we’re experiencing and support one another, the easier it will be for everyone.
This is a community that we’ve built exclusively for builders, remodelers and construction professionals to discuss the business of construction. Not just during this time of uncertainty, but also for the months and years ahead.
This isn’t a group for BuildBook, it’s a group for all of you. But, we’re going to be a part of it as well — with the majority of our team bringing 20+ years of experience in a variety of fields - including business consulting, technology, marketing, sales, and of course - construction.
If you’d like to join us in the community, you can follow this link.
In light of all of this, we remain incredibly bullish on the future. We have a bunch of new big features and multiple new product initiatives underway - and we can’t wait to unveil them in the coming months.
This is an industry that has and will find a way through - no matter how tough things get. Our mission is to ensure that BuildBook continues to support your business in the wake of it all.
We would like to do this in partnership with you, so if there are any additional ways that we can help you or if you have a product or service you’d like to add to the program, please get in touch here.
We are all better when we build together.
- Carson Miller
CEO and Co-Founder, BuildBook