Last Updated Sep 14, 2018 · Written by Philippa Land
The modern tradie doesn’t need an office – because most of your admin work is done on-the-go and from a phone! With quotes, invoices and sketches filling up a lot of your week, it’s important to have the best apps on your phone so that you can fully optimise your work day. With everything from Tradify and Invoice2Go to iHandy Carpenter and the hipages app, you'll have everything a tradie needs, (minus the actual tools,) right there on your phone.
Let’s start with the basics – the less you carry around the better, so why not make your flashlight and phone become one? The Super-Bright LED Flashlight app turns your device into a strong LED flashlight and it’s completely free. Say goodbye to fumbling around with a torch! Find the app here.
Let’s face it – usually the idea of having a desk and computer to help you keep track of your invoices is unrealistic. As a busy tradie, you’re usually working on the go, on your phone and in your car. If you’re often misplacing invoices and struggling to keep track of who’s paid you, then downloading Invoice2go on your phone might help solve your problems. The aim of the app is to make things easier, as it lets you create and send invoices with just a few taps. It also keeps track of your payments, so you can see your list of payables and receivables with a quick glance. Create an account here.
This is by far one of the most popular apps for tradies. It’s an all in one job management tool, specifically designed for small tradie businesses. The app handles everything from quotes, invoices, timesheets and field service management to purchase orders, scheduling and job reporting. It also offers customisable templates for different customers and a comparison feature for job costs.
Touted as “The Most Beautiful App,” iHandy Carpenter is stunningly designed and looks like something out of a vintage shop, but has some modern techy features you’ll love. It’s perfect if you need more tools than you thought for a big job, or if you’re on the go and don’t have your whole kit with you. There’s a Plumb Bob feature – a super easy way for you to verify the verticality of lines or walls. There’s also a surface level tool, as well as a steel protractor and steel ruler. Get it on your iOS device here.
When it comes to home renovation, inspiration is key. Tradies are being asked more and more to chip in with their thoughts on interior design or home function before the renovation job is signed off. If creating the “wow-factor” is your weak spot, then try looking into the Houzz app. There, you can share home design ideas, get advice on design dilemmas and even find interior designers to help you out. Find out more here.
Sketch, draw and write notes – Paper is a great tool for drawing and note-taking, especially when you’re moving around throughout the day. Honestly – whoever goes more than a week without losing a notepad? Show clients your vision for a project or capture ideas as they come to you easily with the app’s diverse tools. Get it on your iOS device here.
Of course, hipages is a must-have app! It’s specially designed for all of our signed-up tradies so that you can easily manage all your leads in one place. You can also connect with hipages customers with the message centre, keep the details of each job in one place and give quotes on the go! Find the hipages app here.
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