These 8 Apps Can Accelerate Your Handyman Business
Your handyman business may have started rather simply. Someone who knew you’re good with tools asked if you could fix a leaky faucet — or maybe mount a flat screen TV on a wall. You did a good job. They told a couple of neighbors about you, who told their friends, and so on and so forth.
Suddenly, you found yourself running a full-blown business: quoting jobs, taking credit card payments, scheduling appointments, and needing insurance.
Fortunately, we’ve compiled a list of the best apps for a handyman business that will help you manage all the key tasks you need to perform right from your smartphone.
This application gives you the ability to automate just about every aspect of your customer interactions. Breezeworks accommodates scheduling, team management, CRM functions, and financial transactions — all in one application.
You can use it to accept credit card payments, generate estimates and invoices, communicate with customers and port information to QuickBooks to manage your accounting. Monthly pricing varies depending upon the size of your business, but a free trial period is available so you can make sure it’s a good fit for your business.
2. DeWalt Mobile Pro
Measure twice and cut once is sound advice for anyone in the building trades.
With that thought in mind, DeWalt Mobile Pro gives you the ability to make all sorts of on-site calculations. The app also provides resource materials and construction information to help you find the perfect solution to any of a broad number of job site questions. Its calculator function computes area, length and volume conversions. It also does foot-inch calculations to make estimating studs, drywall, and concrete slabs as simple as tapping the screen. Frequently used calculations can be stored for future use and users can customize Mobile Pro to feel like their own thanks to hundreds of available add-ons.
There’s a reason this app features an elephant in its logo. Use it and you’ll always remember the important details you’ll need to address to complete a job. Even better, you can upload those notes to your desktop computer once you’re back at your office to keep a running file on the client.
With Evernote, you can also take job notes with pictures for illustration. You can generate a list of the supplies you’ll need for any given job and remind yourself to follow up with customers. You can also create checklists of frequently performed tasks so you can be certain each step was followed. Like that elephant, with Evernote you’ll never forget. And, best of all, it’s free.
Small business insurance doesn’t have to be costly and cumbersome; handymen no longer need to lock into annual coverage at a set price despite fluctuating work schedules.
Easily one of the best apps for streamlining the client-side logistics of a handyman business, Verifly offers General Liability insurance to cover specific jobs for a specific period of time — even if it’s only one hour. You can choose coverage based upon the policy you actually need. For some, that’s an hour. For others it’s a day, week, or month. Some businesses opt to cover themselves for a full year. But most importantly, it’s possible to acquire your policy through your smartphone.
This way, you’ll be able to demonstrate your professionalism to customers on the spot with a certificate of insurance. Plus, you’ll have peace of mind knowing your policy protects you against liability claims related to accidental bodily harm, personal injury, and property damage to third parties.
5. Handy Pro
Perhaps best thought of as Uber for the handyman profession, registering with this application will help you find more jobs. Or, more precisely said, it will help jobs find you.
Something of a clearinghouse, Handy Pro is more like an agent than an employer in that you still work for yourself. Handy just directs you to job opportunities. You’ll be screened to ensure you’re competent, bonded, and insured. In exchange for directing you to jobs, Handy takes a percentage of the fee. Payment for your services is direct deposited into your account upon completion of a job.
6. Lowe’s Mobile App
Most jobs will require the purchase of materials. The free Lowe’s mobile app lets you create a shopping list in collaboration with store personnel to ensure the products you need for the project are in stock. This saves you the trouble of driving to a store only to learn the item you need isn’t available at the closest location to your jobsite. You can scan barcodes to get more information about products, keep track of your purchase history to make tying expenses to jobs easier, and use the application to pay for items in order to expedite checkout times.
7. Google Maps
Finding customers’ homes and businesses is easy when you first start out. After all, you’re dealing with people you already know. They’re your friends and neighbors, so you’re going to places you’ve been before. However, when your client list grows, you’ll find yourself venturing farther afield.
Google Maps provides directions, traffic information and a satellite view of the area so that you can optimize your routes and work schedules. Further, it can help you find hardware stores, lunch spots, and other useful places you’ll need to keep your business humming along.
8. Gas Buddy
Traveling to job sites means you’re going to burn fuel. Burning fuel means buying more of it. The lower you can keep that cost, the more profit you’ll retain from the job. Gas Buddy helps you find the stations with the lowest prices. The app even has a rewards program through which you can earn free fuel. Updated in real time, Gas Buddy is both reliable and accurate.
These apps can accelerate your handyman business by automating many of the tasks you would otherwise have to handle manually or delegate to crew members. They can help with everything from optimizing costs to making it easier to get to a job on time. After using them for a while, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without them.