Why you don’t necessarily need a Full Time Employee

There is a lot of “need” for companies to hire full-time employees. Do you actually need one? Not always.

Contract or freelance workers offer the best of both worlds. You get a person to help you accomplish tasks and projects without having all of the costs and overhead of a full time employee. You only pay them for the hours they work without all of the benefits costs, 401K, etc. The contract employee is an expense thus lowering your bottom line.

There are many people out there that own a small business and are looking for contract work. The typical mindset of those that only “want” full time employees is that they think that most every job is a 40 hour a week job. Most contract workers can accomplish the tasks given in far less time than 40 hours.

Since starting out I’ve had a few different clients that have come and gone. Others I’ve retained throughout the past few years that give me work regularly. I’m always looking for additional clients with a need.

Do you think you’ve got a need for a contract employee? COntact me and I can help you figure that out.


Estimating Software

Finally, I found takeoff software that actually works and is affordable. The best part about it is that it is really easy to use.
You don’t have to be a computer guru to learn PlanSwift. On top of that the support staff at PlanSwift will train you on their software for free before you buy. I was a little skeptical at first but now it is like a dream come true. If you can do a takeoff by hand, you can do it in PlanSwift.

You can download PlanSwift here: Download a Free 14 Day Trial of PlanSwift
Let’s face it, the construction industry is going digital and the days of doing bids with paper plans are coming to an end. Thanks to PlanSwift, I now support this change. I do all of my takeoffs on a computer and it saves me time and money and it will do the same for you. I am able to do more takeoffs in less time and my accuracy is astounding. I have taken steps to move away from paper plans and no long have to chase plans all over town. With PlanSwift, we can easily communicate back and forth by e-mailing our plans and changes right in the software.

If you’d like to experience this for yourself, I recommend trying the free 14-day trial that includes a free one-hour training session with an experienced estimator. That way you can decide for yourself if this program works as well for you as it does for me. If you click on the link below, you can try PlanSwift Professional for free for two weeks. Then we can move into the digital age together.

I’ve been using this software for nearly 2 years now and it’s fantastic.  It’s also one of the more affordable on screen takeoff programs out there and it still does just as good a job as Timberline or other OST programs.


Hello, you’ve found us!  I’m Desiree, the face behind DMS Design & Consulting, LLC.

I offer a variety of services including architectural design services, consulting services, shop drawing production, cost estimating, project management, owner’s representative, construction management, back office project management and much more.