Business or bust
Javier Enciso Jr. was in high school when he drafted a business plan for his construction company. Without having any prior experience, he already had the passion and drive to run the best construction business in Chicago.
After getting his first job as a handyman and spending years learning the trade, Enciso founded ENC Construction and Development. Since that fateful decision in high school to pursue construction as a career, he has built ENC into a local construction and development icon.
Building a building company
“I underpriced the s--- out of my first job,” said Enciso. “At the time, I thought I had priced it fairly, but I still had a lot to learn.”
After several new clients and more on-the-job experience, Enciso was ready to break out and found his company.
“It has been a learning process,” said Enciso. “From learning how to price and markup correctly to reading floor plans to knowing the difference between rehabbing a house built in 1867 versus one from 1945.”
With his newfound knowledge, he built his team and started taking clients. They began erecting new homes, renovating developments, and rebuilding entire areas of Chicago.
But, as the ENC team started to grow, Enciso began to notice a few problems. Starting with his employees and their ongoing projects.
Did someone actually show up at the site?
A problem with any on-site job is that it’s hard to know when your people are actually working.
While Enciso trusts his team, there was still a lot of back and forth when it came to payroll and time cards.
He really had no way of knowing whether or not his crew actually showed up when they said they did. Even if they were telling the truth, he didn’t know precisely what job site they were at.
This made it complicated when it was time to figure out payroll for his hourly team.
Problems budgeting current and future jobs
Knowing how much he was spending on labor was extremely important to Enciso.
“It tells me how much I spend on any given task,” Enciso said. This was the only way he could adequately build budgets and estimate future jobs.
With paper time cards and payroll being tracked in a spreadsheet, he was uneasy that all his information was inaccurate.
It was also cumbersome to keep track of manually.
Hubstaff was the answer
“I started searching online for something to track employee time, with a GPS-enabled service,” Enciso said.
He knew that if ENC was going to have extremely accurate books, he’d need the technology to back it up.
“I wanted workers to clock in daily and on each job site, as my time had slowly become more limited so I could no longer do it manually.”
Thankfully, he found Hubstaff.