Long hours spent on the road and at different work sites can make running a trade or construction business a challenge. There are work schedules to organise, invoices to chase, accounts to be managed – all while you’re on the move. But, as a tradie, you understand better than most the value of having the right tools for the job – and we’re not just referring to the tools in your toolbox. Investing in the right software and apps is no different, and there are plenty of apps out there designed specifically for tradespeople. Here are five of the best.
This nifty job management app gives you a complete overview of your workload – from the initial quote through to the job’s completion. Suitable for even the least tech savvy, you can log in, check the status of a job, prioritise tasks, check team availability, and update staff and contractor schedules straight from the app. The handy time tracker lets you monitor staff time on site and, when the job’s done, send an invoice for the exact hours worked. Take it for a test drive with a 14-day free trial.
2. QuickBooks Online
QuickBooks Online is accounting software perfect for on-the-go tradies. Because it’s cloud-based, you can view customer details, generate quotes, send invoices, record expenses, and log your mileage from your mobile or desktop – and your accounts will update in real-time. With all your financial data in one place, tracking and preparing your business activity statement (BAS) come tax time is easy. Plans for multiple users start from $7.50 per month, or download the mobile app for sole traders for just $4.99 per month
3. QuickBooks Time (formerly TSheets) Time Tracking
The mobile timesheet app, QuickBooks Time (formerly TSheets) has an in-built time tracker which uses GPS location stamping to give you complete visibility over your staff and contractors on the road or working across multiple sites. Employees can easily clock in and out, and track time to specific job codes or clients, so you know exactly how long a project took and you’re invoicing clients accurately. The ‘Who’s Working’ board – which shows you where your team are at any point – keeps them accountable to work schedules and helps to improve overall productivity. QuickBooks Time offers a 30-day free trial.
4. Square point of sale
Square point of sale lets you turn your smartphone into a mobile payment device, so your customers can pay onsite with their credit or debit card. This means you’ll see deposits in your business’s bank account the next day and spend less time chasing late payments. And when you’ve packed up for the day, sign into your Square Dashboard to see all your teams’ customer payments for the day. You can even compare sales data over time to work out how to avoid late payments in the long term. The Square app is free to download, but you’ll need to buy the card reader upfront for around $19. Each tapped, swiped, or inserted payment after that incurs a 1.9% fee.
Marketing may not be your strong point, but that’s where apps like Houzz come in. Houzz connects home owners with home professionals like architects, designers, and construction pros like yourself. Create a free profile to showcase your business to over 40 million active home owners, reach new clients, and expand your professional networks. Just create an account and wait for all the quality leads to roll in. If you’re running a construction business, apps can save you time, money and effort, so you can spend more time actually growing your business.