You wouldn’t go on-site without the right tools and in this day and age phones and apps are actually becoming essential tools of the trade. We’ve scoured the app store to compile this list of 6 apps that come up top-notch on every tradie’s list – some may even save you dollars and make you more efficient.
In 2016, 17.1% of the Australian workforce were sub-contractors[i] if you are working with subcontractors or other field technicians it is essential to communicate in the most effective way possible to increase efficiency. Microsoft Teams is a platform that provides multiple communication services, instant messaging, file sharing, HD voice calls and video conferencing. This app can be integrated with your productivity apps to review efficiency. Since Teams relies on the internet, you can save money on call rates however, you will need to ensure your site has an efficient internet connection.
Paper is a drawing and note-taking app that can be used by tradies on the go. You can create checklists, diagrams, illustrations and design templates for similar jobs. You can add multiple photos and blueprints to a single page and edit which can be especially helpful for remodelling and design projects.
iHandy brands itself as the lightest, prettiest and most handy carpenter tool kit in the world, and we agree! The app includes virtual tools such as plumb bobs, a surface level, steel protractor and steel ruler. Each tool uses a gesture-based interaction and easy to use interface.
Microsoft To-Do is a new and intelligent task manager app that makes it easier for tradies and managers to plan their day. Microsoft To-Do helps you create lists for different projects so that you can keep track of deadlines and add reminders, due dates and notes. You can access the app through different devices from your work phone to the on-site tablet, Microsoft To-Do can go wherever you go!
For tradies or managers who are always on the move, going from site to site, Waze is crucial for helping you find your way around. Waze is a free navigation app that has a sleek, minimal interface. Cleverly, the app monitors your speed and lets you know when you are going too fast, helping you to avoid points or a loss of license. If you fancy a bit of fun on your commute to work, you can even change the voice navigations to feature one of your favourite celebrities!
When it comes to inspections and audits, consistency is key. Streamline your project by designing checklist templates. Collect detailed information by taking photos of the site, track location information and type out or dictate any notes. After an inspection, you can quickly generate a report, digitally sign it and export it in various formats to be shared as needed.
If you have a trade and are open to new opportunities, contact a recruitment agency like Trojan Recruitment Group and receive advice from the experts in permanent and contract roles.