19th December, 2016
Tradies are all about getting the right tool for the right job, but when it comes to their businesses finding the right tool isn’t always that easy.
Are you struggling with paperwork? Don’t know where your staff are on a given day? Don’t know how much money you’ve made?
They’re concerns raised by many tradies, and for a long time there were very few ways for a bustling tradie to keep on top of things.
Luckily now there are an increasing number of tech solutions coming to the rescue of the paperwork-averse tradie.
Tech tools can help you do things like keep track of your staff, see what jobs you have booked in and make sure things are running as smoothly as possible no matter how many jobs you have for the day.
We’ve picked out four tools that can help you get on with the job by taking the hassle out of the day-to-day running of your business.
Note, these aren’t one size fits all and you need to figure out what you need from the tools before you whack them onto the belt.
Tradify is a fully mobile (iOS and Android), all in one solution which helps you to manage all your jobs online and stay on top of your workflow from kick off all the way to the end
It allows real-time reporting so you can see how much money each job is making you as you quote and invoice it.
With GPS Location Tracking on your mobile or device you can see where everybody is working and re-assign workers to new jobs with ease.
ServiceM8 is ideal for mobile workforces needing job management on the go and in the office.
Mobile quoting, invoicing and payments are easily handled and getting started is easy. This solution is great for business with fewer than 20 staff but can also work for larger outfits such as city councils.
The app is iOS (Apple only) and has been certified as an ‘Apple Mobility Partner’
AroFlo is a full featured and flexible, web based application that encompasses a range of job management capabilities.
Field technicians can complete audit and risk assessment checklists on their phone and allows a higher level of inventory management and customised reporting.
This one is ideal for business with complex needs with more advanced features.
Adfile allows you to allocate tasks and jobs and receive in-app alerts, deadline and progress reports.
This is perfect for small to medium builders, sparkies and plumbers and are also used by professional services, design studios, web companies and architects.
One cool feature is that the app is designed for tradie hands and fingers, big and easy to use fields and icons, easy navigation, in app stock ordering, and task management, plus in-app alerts.
The thing is that we’ve featured just four of the tools we think can really help a tradie take care of business.
MYOB, however, has over 230 add-on solutions which can help solve all sorts of frustrations businesses face.
These range from job management and staff management, through to point of sale and helping them get deeper insight into their business.
As software development gets more and more sophisticated, new tools are coming out all the time to help tradies and others get on with the job.
You can learn more about what add-ons are and explore our full range here.