Tradies know that it pays to work smarter, not just harder. But actually putting that into practice is easier said than done.
Luckily these days there are heaps of apps you can use to save time and cut down on boring admin, so you have more time to spend doing the things that you enjoy. We’ve rounded up a few of our favourites right here.
Job management software like Fieldpulse is specifically designed for small trade businesses. It’s your one-stop-shop for scheduling, time tracking, route planning and even invoicing. Watch our latest webinar with FieldPulse founder Gabe.
Slack is one of the fastest growing startups, because it works. Slack users report having substantially less emails and more productivity. It’s a free project management tool that anyone can use to organise their jobs, and it works equally well on a phone or a computer. We use it here at goodwork HQ, but we’ve also heard from tradies that it works for them too.
A really clever feature is “channels”, which allows you to create a different thread for each job and then chat and share notes, documents and photos with the relevant people, all in the one spot.
Sure, this is shameless plug, but we’re working hard to make your life a bit easier. We’re a professional networking app for tradies. Your downtime is perfect for setting up a shmick-looking profile, and making some new industry connections for when work picks up again.
In an ideal world, it would be possible to get paid immediately after a job was completed. Square is a company which enables that by offering an easy to use card reader that can accept credit and debit card payments right there on the job site. The tech is the same as what you see in coffee shops and restaurants everywhere, so there is no unfamiliarity for first-time users to get over.
Xero has grown from a few thousand users in New Zealand to well over a million users in Australia, New Zealand, and the UK. The majority of these users are small businesses or sole traders.
Xero lets you do all the basic things really well and it even ties in to your bank account, so all your financial data is in one place. And it’s all stored securely in the cloud, so there’s no chance of a spilt coffee over your laptop destroying all of your data.
The renovations and extensions market is booming. But it’s still fairly common to find a homeowner or office owner who wants a “new modern look” but has no concrete ideas beyond that. And the average renovator is not likely to be hiring an interior decorator or designer. That means that tradies are often asked for opinions or suggestions. Having a visual resource like Houzz helps get those ideas in front of renovators so both parties can be clear on what style and results they want before starting to make any expensive changes