Top 5 Apps for Contractors

Top 5 Apps for Contractors

It’s becoming increasingly common to use your smartphone, tablet or iPad for much more than gaming or online shopping. Particularly in the construction industry, devices are being used everyday as a productivity tool for on site or in the office.

Using your device for work can help in many ways, from more effective communications and collaborative work between a team, to better organisation of tasks and everyday paperwork, such as quotes and invoicing.

Below we’ve rounded up our top 5 apps for contractors and other roles within the industry, along with all the need to know information such as device compatibility and cost.

1. Joist Contractor Estimating and Invoicing Tool – FREE

1. Joist Contractor Estimating and Invoicing Tool

Available on iOS, iPad, Android & Web
www.joistapp.com
Best for: Contractors, builders, estimators & service companies
Features: Manage projects, invoices, estimates and payments all from your device.

  • Build a list of commonly used materials and services provided
  • Convert estimates to quotes and attach photos
  • Send and print quotes and invoices on the spot to clients
  • Manage customer information and track payments

Favourite feature: Customise your estimates and invoices with your company information and logo

2. Wunderlist – FREE

Wunderlist

Available on iOS, iPad, Android, Windows & Web
www.wunderlist.com
Best for: Individual Contractors or teams using devices on site
Features: Collaboratively work and share documents with everyone working on a project.

  • Share and delegate to-do lists and attachments
  • Organise all projects from your device and set reminders
  • Monthly or annual upgrade options to Wunderlist Pro

Favourite feature: Sync Wunderlist across all your devices for easy access anywhere

3. PlanGrid – FREE

Plangrid

Available on iOS, iPad & Android
www.plangrid.com/en
Best for: Contractors, owners & architects, in particular using devices on site
Features: Upload project specs and images to share with everyone involved on a project from owner to contractor.

  • Upload PDF drawings and automatically sync with your teams devices allowing everyone to always have up to project plans
  • Real-time annotations and revisions

Favourite feature: Automatically pin progress photos to your blueprints

4. Construction Master Pro – £18.99 on iTunes & £16.50 on Android

Construction Master Pro

Available on iOS, iPad & Android
www.calculated.com
Best for: Contractors, architects and anyone involved in mathematical construction
Features: Advanced construction math calculator all available from your device for dimensional math, right angle and area & volume solutions.

  • Accurately solve tough equations on the spot to save time and errors on site
  • Trigonometric keys and comprehensive building dimensions including, inch fractions, yards and decimal feet

Favourite feature: Free user’s guide available at www.calculated.com for optimum impact

5. Powered Now: Invoicing App – FREE

Powered App

Available on iOS, iPad & Android
www.powerednow.com
Best for: Contractors, small businesses & self employed professionals
Features: Produce quotes and invoices from your device, whilst also managing your team’s diaries with the in-built calendar.

  • Create and send estimates and invoices securely backed up to the cloud
  • Accept signatures and PayPal payments from your customers along with notifications of when documents are opened
  • Monthly subscriptions available for Powered Now Premium for up to 6 users

Favourite feature: Export data and send directly to your accountant

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