“There’s an app for that…”, maybe an advertising line that was a little bit ahead of its time but now if you can think of it, there’s probably an app out there that can do it! The past few years have seen an explosion of apps to help small businesses streamline and manage the admin that comes with being a business owner, and allowing you to save time and focus on growing your trade business. In the last few years, tradesmen and contractors have really begun to benefit from the growth in apps and technologies that make their business easier began adopting new technologies that make their business easier. So, whether you’re a builder, roofer or tiler who wants a little help organising their business on the go through their smartphone, of a painter, landscaper or general contractor who wants to quickly send great-looking branded invoices to clients, and manage accounts on the go. Well, there’s an app for that. Or if you’re a bricklayer, cleaner or electrician who is tired of spending evenings and weekends replying to texts and emails, and wants a better way of communicating? guess what…
As a tradesman or contractor, you are probably using some specific trade apps to save you time,  help make you more efficient, organised and allow you to work from anywhere. If you’re a contractor or tradesman looking for the right app to help you grow your business, organize your time, or manage paperwork but doesn’t want to blow the budget here is a list of free apps which you may not be aware of, for you to try:
Free Apps To Help Grow Your Trades Business
Small PDF  Small PDF app has made PDF very easy, not only for reading but, to convert PDF to a Word, Excel, PowerPoint document. SmallPDF app allows you to view, edit, delete pages and rotate PDF files related to your work. Are you worried about the security of your work? Small PDF allows you to protect and unlock PDF files. Paper  Use the Paper tradesman app to document diagrams, images, sketches, and general notes. Paper has a checklist function for merchants who need to set up quick reminders with customers. Also, it allows you to highlight design inspirations in photos. InvoiceNinja Do you find invoicing tedious as a small business owner? Download InvoiceNinja and create professional invoices easily. This app offers many customizable invoice templates you can edit easily. Some of the great features of InvoiceNinja allow you get to send invoices faster and track your invoice open rates, pending payments, mark unpaid, overdue and paid amounts from anywhere. So, while you have a few minutes on-site you can keep an eye on the finances.
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iHandy Carpenter If you’re a Joiner, Carpenter, Contractor or Handyman, you probably know iHandy Carpenter is one of the best carpenter toolkit available online; this app has great features including: •    The plumb bob level helps you confirm walls and verticals lines •    The ruler helps you take measurements in centimetres or inches •    The bubble and surface-level make sure you work on a level and flat plane •    The protractor is used for measuring angles of up to 180 degrees. ILovePDF This app is designed for small businesses that work with PDFs often and cannot get some advanced features with a regular PDF reader, well without spending more of your hard-earned money. ILovePDF allows you to read, split, compress and merge PDF files. Also, if you need to quickly convert PDF files to Word, Powerpoint, Excel or add numbers and watermarks to the PDF files you want to send off, this is the app for you! Wave Wave incorporates invoicing, accounting and receipt scanning in this free app. This app is ideal for small businesses; Wave app invoicing and accounting are simple to use and understand. Create professional tradesman invoices, estimates and receipts easily for your clients and work more efficiently with Wave app. Also, you can monitor your expenses, scan receipts and pay your employees from anywhere. There are various integrations depending on your trades business location, but for a free invoicing tool, that has recently undergone a re-design it is a great piece of kit! ESignly  ESignly is an app for contractors which enables you to electronically sign documents and securely collect signatures from customers and contractors. This app saves you the hassle, lack of security and cost when printing, scanning or faxing documents. We all know the hassle that comes with chasing payment, and having something signed, dated and stored in the cloud definitely helps avoid disagreements and delays at the end of the job!
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TinyScanner As a tradesman, do you scan documents often? TinyScanner is the scanner app that converts your Android phone into a portable scanner. This app allows you to scan images, PDF files, photos, reports, receipts and much more. TinyScanner is very fast and designed for tablets and phones. SmartTrade The SmartTrade app for Android and iPhone encourages cashless policy and allows tradesmen to receive payment anywhere. The app uses your iPhone or Android camera to scan credit and debit cards safely. It makes use of military-grade encryption to protect you and your clients. Hence, it’s 100% safe and will save you a lot of stress.  Get the free trial and see how it can help your trades business.
Billy Do you want to track your expenses and keep your numbers in one place? Then, Billy is the app for you, whether you’re a small business owner or a sole trader contractor. Easily link your credit card or bank account with Billy and leave the rest to the app. Work like a professional and make informed decisions like a boss that you are. TSheets TSheets is an amazing time tracking app with mobile time cards for field and construction workers. Save up to 2% on your payroll cost as a contractor with this app. Fixington Calendar The Fixington Calendar helps businesspeople track their appointments and jobs. However, this app allows you to easily create an invoice and forward it to your clients via iMessage, Facebook, email, and any other messaging app. Send estimates easily with Fixington Calendar and track your payments and previous charges. Tradebot Yes, we are biased but we have built this app to help every tradesman and contractor who has a website and gets job leads online. If your small business has a website, you obviously know the stress and time involved in replying to messages, emails, and texts. And when you are on the go or on the site, who replies to your client’s messages? No one I guess. Tradebot is a simple digital marketing tool that can automatically chat with your website visitors – it keeps them engaged and helps convert them to valuable customers. Spend less time replying to​ messages, gets more work done online and filters out timewasters! Finally, Tradebot is mobile-friendly, simple to set-up and user-friendly. Don’t keep your customer’s waiting while you work on another project. Try Tradebot free for 30 days – get more work done online, and spend less time every evening replying to emails and text messages.

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