Kendall, I have not read all of the comments below, however, I have heard similar feedback and had similar gripes when I first started using Sketchup. I now look back and kick myself, yet it is a part of learning. Any task worth doing requires work. I am sure when you first started to use AC you made a mistake or 3.
Regardless let’s move on to a more positive light, Sketchup is absolutely brilliant after you get past the stage you are at now, in saying that I, like you, had to produce work for clients and that is a big call. I was employing people and I was hell-bent on using Sketchup, as my competitors were showing clients 3D models, resulting in my conversion rate lowering by 50%. Basically, I lost work.
I created a Plugin for my company that automated Sketchup so my staff could create models quickly without having to be a Sketchup Ninja. The plugin automates groups, layers, scenes and prepares your model for Layout. You do need Sketchup pro, yet I would still throw your Autodesk product in the bin as that process is old school in comparison with this plugin.
Anyway here is the link for you to find out more: https://plusspec.com/automate-sketchup-with-plusspec-2/
Try the free trial, I’m sure you will be impressed.
The attached photo is an example I received yesterday from a PlusSpec user who had never used Sketchup before. He purchased the license 3 weeks ago