I do a veritable crapload of construction management. A couple of years ago, when I lived in a larger city it was more straight forward. The guys with “insert service here” in their company name did “insert service here”.
Here in the middle of nowhere it’s harder. First of all the companies are multi generation family companys that have been known forever, so they’re all just someone’s name and sons. Secondly, they might be well known for removing trees, but they also do asphalt, dig basements, backsplash tile and wedding planning.
I need a better “roladex” as it were. A way to populate a giant list of local contractors that I can assign tags to so that I can click “asphalt” and get all the tile guys, electricians, and wedding planners that also do asphalt and not have to dig through my excel sheets special notes section.
Bonus points go to programs that have apps.
Not opposed to paying for the right program as it would save my brain and effectively speed up the construction management portion of my life.
I don’t know if it is overkill, but I have been using FileMaker Pro for all my “database” work from listing the books in my library to contact lists to family tree. It doesn’t require programming skills. I have an old version that can also create standalone Windows and Mac runtimes, I understand the current one has the app capacity too.