Let’s be honest, our smartphones are always with us. They’ve been integrated into many areas of our life, changing the way we communicate and socialize. But did you know that it can also be one of the best tools in your toolbox when it comes to your contracting business? If you haven’t already, it’s time to start using your phone to help your business grow.
It’s likely you have some apps on your phone already that make your life easier. From weather forecasts to connecting on social media, there is truly an app for everything, including different aspects of your business. See what apps are important for your business and what can make your life easier as a contractor.
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What Contractor Apps Are Best?
There are many apps you have to choose from and new ones appear every day. In the Apple App Store alone, there are over 2.2 million apps available for download. So how do you sort through it all to find the best? Here’s what we recommend for contractors:
- CraftJack Pro App
- PhotoShop Express
- Square Invoices
- Red Cross First Aid
1) CraftJack Pro App
Available exclusively for those who sign up for CraftJack, the pro app has all the tools you need to generate and manage leads. Contractors can contact their leads directly through the app and earn the Speed-to-Call discount. They can also manage their public portfolio, ask homeowners for reviews, and get in contact with their dedicated account manager. On top of lead management, the app also comes with nifty resources that can help you succeed in other areas of business. This app is a must for anyone who wants to see their business grow.
Are you looking to easily create accurate estimates? JobFlex is an app that can help you do just that! It will help you create an estimate for your customers quickly so you can get to work. You can also send invoices directly from the app. While there is a free plan, it’s fairly limited, so you may want to budget for this app.
3) PhotoShop Express
Taking quality photos of your work is important. However, as we discuss in other articles, you don’t need fancy equipment to make your photos look great. Adobe’s PhotoShop Express is a free app that has all the tools you need to make your photos look professional and presentable. You can add effects, crop and auto-fix instantly. It’s great to have if you’re trying to boost your social media presence or improve your job portfolio.
Are you a note taker? Keep everything easily in one place on your phone with Evernote. This app is the best way to store and organize notes on your phone. It can create notes based on your preferred format and can sync to other devices, like your desktop computer. If you’re taking notes when evaluating a job site, planning out your week, or simply sketching out a project, this is an app you’ll want to have on your phone.
5) Square Invoices
An easy way to collect payment after a job is with the invoicing app, Square Invoices. By signing up, you’ll also receive a reader, so you can accept payments in person as well. Simply enter the information and the customer will be delivered an invoice that they can pay online through email. You can even keep track of payments and send reminders for payments that are overdue.
6) Red Cross First Aid
Though no pro ever wants it to happen, you should always be prepared for injuries on the job site. Carrying a first aid kit is beneficial, but take the extra step and download the Red Cross First Aid app. It’s great to have in a non-emergency situation where you may not know exactly what to do. You can also use it to prepare further by taking their quizzes.
Contracts are important in any line of business. Because they are legally binding documents, they give customers the peace of mind that you’ll deliver on the projects. They also give you the assurance that you’ll get paid at the end of a project. DocuSign is an online service that allows you to securely send, sign, and organize contracts that you make with clients, subcontractors, and more. The app makes it easy for you to send and sign contracts, no matter where you are.
Contractors are constantly on the go, so apps can really help make managing your business easier. Try a few of the apps above and discover how they can help you take your business to the next level.
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