Tradies know that it pays to work smarter, not just harder. But actually putting that into practice is easier said than done.

Luckily these days there are heaps of apps you can use to save time and cut down on boring admin, so you have more time to spend doing the things that you enjoy. We’ve rounded up a few of our favourites right here.

Tradify

Tradify was created by someone who knew the problems faced by most tradies, because he was one himself. Curtis Bailey, like many tradespeople, liked his job but hated the admin that went with it. Keeping track of invoices, time spent on jobs, costs and bills were all sapping his motivation to keep working. And he knew from talking to mates that plenty of others were facing the same situation.

Tradify is now used by a few thousand users to simplify work management and job tracking from quote to invoice.

www.tradifyhq.com

Slack

Slack is one of the fastest growing startups, because it works. Slack users report having substantially less emails and more productivity. It’s a free project management tool that anyone can use to organise their jobs, and it works equally well on a phone or a computer. We use it here at goodwork HQ, but we’ve also heard from tradies that it works for them too.

A really clever feature is “channels”, which allows you to create a different thread for each job and then chat and share notes, documents and photos with the relevant people, all in the one spot. 

www.slack.com

Goodwork

We understand that as tradie, every day is different. Finding people you can trust to get the job done (and done right) can be tough.

So we’re proud to be Australia’s fastest growing network for tradies.

Our app allows you to create a digital profile where you can list your business details, skills or credentials. Show off your skills by posting photos of your projects and work. You can connect with other tradies to keep them in your pocket or tee up more work, and chat with them using in-app messaging.  And post jobs or find work in our jobs section.

And best of all? It’s free! Download and create your profile in just a few minutes, and then you’re ready to get goodwork-ing.

www.good.work

Square

In an ideal world, it would be possible to get paid immediately after a job was completed. Square is a company which enables that by offering an easy to use card reader that can accept credit and debit card payments right there on the job site. The tech is the same as what you see in coffee shops and restaurants everywhere, so there is no unfamiliarity for first-time users to get over.

www.squareup.com/au

Xero

Xero has grown from a few thousand users in New Zealand to well over a million users in Australia, New Zealand, and the UK. The majority of these users are small businesses or sole traders.

Xero lets you do all the basic things really well and it even ties in to your bank account, so all your financial data is in one place. And it’s all stored securely in the cloud, so there’s no chance of a spilt coffee over your laptop destroying all of your data.

www.xero.com/au/

Houzz

The renovations and extensions market is booming. But it’s still fairly common to find a homeowner or office owner who wants a “new modern look” but has no concrete ideas beyond that. And the average renovator is not likely to be hiring an interior decorator or designer. That means that tradies are often asked for opinions or suggestions. Having a visual resource like Houzz helps get those ideas in front of renovators so both parties can be clear on what style and results they want before starting to make any expensive changes

www.houzz.com

Waze

A maps app might seem basic, but it’s essential. Waze has spoken directions, as well as the ability to re-route you to avoid traffic and accidents, means that this app will save you plenty of hours throughout the year compared to just taking the route you always take.

www.waze.com

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