It’s every franchisee plumber’s dream to one day own their own business. Just like with any other industry, running a business takes hard work and dedication. It also means having to take on multiple roles until you have the means to hire people.
Smartphone apps can help make it easier to manage all of these roles without losing your mind.
1. Google Calendar
To succeed with your plumbing business, you must schedule and organize appointments properly. Without an organized schedule, you’ll wind up overbooking and missing appointments – both of which are bad for business.
Google Calendar can help you keep customer appointments organized in an easily accessible way. The app is compatible with Androids, iOS and Windows. No matter which device you’re using – PC, smartphone or tablet – you can access the calendar and view your schedule in real-time.
If you have Gmail for your business, the Gmail app will allow you to access, organize and respond to messages while on the go.
And if you have an estimate request form, like what Mr. Rooter offers, you can access these requests through your email and respond in a timely manner.
If you don’t have Gmail, there should be an app available from your email service that will allow you to access messages on your smartphone or tablet.
The QuickBooks app provides you with a central place to keep track of your invoices, revenue and expenses. The great thing about this app is that you can access it from any device and from anywhere in the world.
The app and the desktop software offer many integration options to improve efficiency and minimize human error. Many other software programs sync with QuickBooks to ensure that your books are always accurate and up-to-date without too much manual effort.
4. Intuit GoPayment
Most people prefer to make payments with a credit or debit card, particularly for bigger expenses like plumbing services. Accepting a credit card as a plumber used to be complicated, but thanks to apps like Intuit GoPayment, you can accept credit card payments on-the-go.
The GoPayment app comes with a convenient card reader, so you can swipe customer cards using your smartphone or tablet.
The great thing about this app is that all of your payment information syncs up with QuickBooks. There’s no need to manually enter anything into QuickBooks when using this app. This helps minimize human error and ensures that your finances are accurate.
5. iFleet Mobile Workforce Software
iFleet is a workflow app that allows you to fill out paperwork in the field, track job equipment and view customer work history. The app also makes it easy to digitize forms with fillable fields, so they can easily be filled out while on the job.
There’s a convenient talk to text feature that allows you to make notes without having to type everything out. GPS integration also makes it easy to identify your next job and its location. The app will even let customers know that you’re on your way.
iFleet integrates with QuickBooks as well as the Smart Service desktop app.