In this day and age, technology can be the make or break for a lot of businesses. It is no exception for the trades. Although there may not be as many available plumbing apps as other trades, there are a few that steal the show.
But why is technology so powerful? Or better yet: HOW is it so powerful?
Here are the top ways to use technology and how it elevates plumbing businesses:
- Photo documentation—with the right software and apps, documentation (and then storing the materials) is easy-peasy. Never lose a photo again!
Record keeping—the days of paper + pen in an old file in the back cabinet are over!
Calculator—we get that you mastered your times tables in primary school, but there’s no need to show off anymore!
Invoice templates—saves time and energy? Yes, please.
Marketing—within the digital age, marketing looks different than it did in the past. Apps for plumbers can help speed up the marketing process.
CompanyCam: photo documentation
We can speed through this one since we’re stating the OBVIOUS here. CompanyCam is THE tool for plumbers looking to streamline their communication between crews, admin, clients, and more. Capture, store, sync, and share all documentation all in one place! Say goodbye to messy text chains and long-lost email threads.
QuickBooks: record keeping
Managing your expenses, payroll, and invoices has never been easier! QuickBooks enhances the plumbing business experience. Collect information on customers and job estimation details all in one place! Learn how to price your plumbing jobs with an easy formula to create fast estimates.
Pipe Trades Pro: calculator
Pipe Trades Pro is an iOS app that answers all the pipe layout and design questions you may have! This includes rolling offsets, weight/volume conversation, pressures, flow rates, parallel pipeline offsets, etc.
Copper Tube Handbook: references
Copper Tube Handbook outlines the industry standard for the design and installation of copper pipes. Read through the downloadable PDF for insights on understanding copper tubes, working with them, and all the technical data in between.
Jobber: invoice templates
Jobber has many functionalities, one of which is automating your invoicing. Create professional, easy-to-make, easy-to-digest invoices with Jobber invoice templates. All you have to do is add in your company and client details, pricing, and services, and Voila! Download the PDF, and it’s ready for your clients.
NiceJob: marketing + reviews
NiceJob comes in handy when gathering client reviews and establishing business branding. When you’re already taking photos and videos, elevating your marketing is easy with NiceJob. NiceJob integrates with CompanyCam, so win-win.
FleetSharp: tracking routes
FleetSharp keeps track of the efficiency of your routes — to minimize business fuel costs. The live view tracks crew locations and can assign last-minute jobs to the nearest technician. It’s free for iPhones and Androids.
All in all, if you haven’t looked into plumbing software or apps for plumbing yet…
PLEASE START NOW!
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