You might have the latest cutting-edge equipment for your construction or trade business. You might even be considering further investment to make sure your work is right up there with the best.
But back in the office, if you’re still working with pen, paper and calculator, your business is always going to be held back.
You may not be aware that there is just as much cutting-edge technology out there to help you digitally as there is to keep you in the game practically.
If you have the ability to automate more of your business behind the scenes, you can just get on with the job in hand and even turn your attention to growing the business instead of spending all your time on staying on top of paperwork and finances.
Here, we have given a brief outline of just five of the apps that are available to help boost efficiency and profitability. Choose the right one and it might be that bit of extra support you need to help to move your business to the next level.
This job management app features cloud-based software for trade contractors and service businesses like plumbers, electricians, locksmiths and cleaners. It can be valuable for any business that manages staff in the field, from sole operators to those with up to 20 staff members. It streamlines the processes of dealing with any job, from the first client call through quoting, invoicing and payment. It integrates with Xero.
Tradify is hailed as an all-in-one tool for the trades, handling everything from quotes and invoices to time sheets and job tracking and scheduling. It can be used from a desktop or even from a phone. Also integrates with Xero.
Powered Now helps you keep track of knowing who owes you money, what projects you need to work on and where your team need to be and when. It works both on and offline and enables you to keep in touch with staff and customers while on the road. This also includes common forms and certificates including Gas Safe, Electrical and many others.
Quotient helps you create professional-looking quotes, You can specify optional sections, so your customers can pick and choose and the total will update automatically. Customers can ask questions directly and the app keeps you updated with follow-up reminders and analytics. Suited to one-man bands and small to medium-sized teams.
Jobsheet promises to give you a simple way to create, manage and invoice jobs. Functions include being able to create a job, set a completion date, assign staff, create invoice and send it to Xero. It can also offer a host of admin functions.
LiveCosts.com will let you know exactly where you have made or lost money on projects. It collects key financial data from all areas of the business and can update you in the current status of the project in real time.
If any of these sound like they may be of use to you, it may be worth digging a bit deeper. If you’d like to talk to us, feel free to get in touch, and we can guide you through the pros and cons of each option.