How can trades businesses become more efficient?

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Do you work in the Trades? Do you want to reduce the amount of time you spent scheduling work, invoicing and other admin tasks? Then read this blog to find out how you can improve the efficiency of your business.

It is likely that you have a cloud based accounting system in place. These include systems such as Xero, Quickbook, FreeAgent or MYOB, just to name a few. However, are you utilising this software to its full potential? These systems can often automatically chase outstanding invoices, leaving you with time to deal with other important business tasks. So now we’ve resolved invoice chasing, here are a few other issues you may face that can be resolved by utilising intelligent software solutions.

Issues you may face as a business owner in the Trades:

  • Job information being on different platforms and communicating with your teams through various channels such as text and whatsapp. This can make finding the right information time consuming and irritating.
  • Quoting and scheduling of jobs as they are often done in business owners heads, sometimes resulting in customers querying costs.
  • Tight profit margins due to miscalculations of how much a job will cost.
  • The list could go on and on, but instead we’ve got some solutions for you.

By streamlining your business operations with software, you can remove the majority of admin tasks that you don’t like doing!

Imagine a world where a customer makes an enquiry, you can look and see when the person with the right skills is available and instantly book the customer in there and then. The system will tell you how much the job will cost (right down to labour cost), and ensure that the price you quote has the right amount of profit you want to make. You can see when a worker is travelling to site, arriving onsite and leaving the site. Pictures of the relevant stages of a job are taken and instantly available to the office – recorded against the job and easily found whenever you want. On those occasions when additional materials are required, these are instantly visible and shown how much profit remains on the job at that point. When the job is completed, you can invoice the job at a click of a button, and a chaser to be sent to customers when that invoice remains unpaid on its due date.

In addition, imagine a solution that without making a phone call, markets additional services or sends a notification to make a follow- up call at the right time to a customer – resulting in more work, easily.

This is exactly the type of thing that is available, plus more. A solution that will mean a trades business can do less of the admin, more of the work they enjoy and get them more work.

To find out how we can help you streamline your business, get in touch with us.