As a business owner, you’re always looking for that extra edge to grow your client base, cut costs or get one over your competitor. We have reached the age where even if your day to day business activity is offline, you must have at least some element of digital presence. As a result, that’s why ClockWork aims to provide you with the digital tools that will assist you in growing your business. There are many dimensions to running a functioning company, but fortunately enough there are also many tools out there. Hence, we have deconstructed the different success areas within the construction industry and compiled a list of the top construction apps at your disposal. Let’s hope that by engaging with such tools, you can improve your bottom line.
Top Construction Apps and Resources
Type: Online shop
Cost: Dependent on purchases
Hilti is South Africa’s most popular online platform for finding all your physical products to ensure your projects are running smoothly. From power tools to measuring tools and scanners, they offer a large range of products at highly competitive prices. In addition, a range of services are offered such as health and safety training and industry related webinars. Simply add to your shopping cart and order to an address of your choice – much easier than taking a daily trip to a hardware store!
It is no coincidence that in the last five years Wave has grown from 1 million users to over 3.5 million users. This free and easy software provides a streamlined way to manage the financial side of your business. Unlike other free programs, there are no artificial limits on invoicing, contacts, items or other necessary features. Furthermore, with its recent fresh new look and feel, Wave has become the sexy way to do all your accounting (oxymoron alert).
Category: Industry news
Type: Online magazine
There are numerous reasons why keeping up with industry news is important. There may be legal regulations that you need to keep track of, new public works programs you can get involved in, or news about the latest industry events. Creamer Media provides all this information in a timely and accurate manner. From both a macro and micro standpoint, you can access quality content from industry leaders ensuring you always keep up to date with everything going on in your industry.
Cost: Free versions with premium payment plans
Managing a project often causes logistical challenges. I’m sure you often find yourself jotting things down on paper at the last minute, forgetting to reply to messages or struggling to stay on top of timelines. Hubspot provides an automated marketing, sales and service hub, currently owning 41.6% market share of the business automation software market. In addition, it is by far the leading automated software tool in the space, and for that reason we simply can’t ignore it. If used properly it could save you ZARs on your business. However, don’t take the premium pricing lightly. If you do decide to fork out the money for premium plans, ensure you use it effectively to get a good return on your investment.
Cost: Annual Members Fee
There are many benefits of having affiliation to an industry body or trade organisation. We have managed to list 8 major benefits:
- Training and Education
- Best practices
- Exchange of ideas
- Business relationships
The Master Builders South Africa is no exception to the rule. They promise to represent their members on national bodies and lobbies national government on legislative and other policy issues. Furthermore, you will gain access to the annual congress, which brings together the Master Builders Association members and other related industry entities.
Type: Mobile App
Cost: Dependent on Hires
If you are in the construction industry, chances are your business fluctuates throughout the year and you need to hire people on a contract basis. ClockWork has revolutionised this process by providing technology which streamlines the journey of finding, managing and paying staff. Simply post a job, choose from a shortlist of local, vetted and reliable tradesmen, connect with them and pay them instantly upon job completion. Need to hire at short notice? No problem, we have you covered. You can post in the evening and have workers on site by the morning. No need to carry large amounts of cash on site either. Our automated in-app payments platform ensures wages are distributed to all your jobseekers by the end of the day.
Cost: Free as delegate, +- R50k for exhibit
Its never easy to find a day in the year where representatives and industry experts all congregate in one place. However, the Totally Concrete Construction Expo provides exactly that for the construction industry. Connect with over 9,000 industry representatives, check out the new products available, find clients and win some great prizes. We have sent representatives to the expo for the last 3 years. Although you don’t have to go there for both days of the event to get around all the exhibits, its often a good idea to maximise your chances of connecting with stakeholders.
Category: Staff Management
Type: Mobile App/Web Platform
Cost: Dependent on number of staff
Timesheets made simple. Many companies explore complex solutions to timesheets which often prove complicated and unnecessary. However, ClockInstant utilises Bluetooth technology that connects staff mobile phones to a pocket-sized beacon. All information collected is fed through to a web based dashboard, where data can be exported and used for payroll. If you are currently exhausting time and effort working with paper to manage your staff’s time and attendance, then ClockInstant is certainly for you.
So, there you have it. Try to incorporate all these useful tools into your business. You will see your productivity sky rocket, revenues grow and ultimately improve your bottom line. It is a competitive business world out there, and these construction apps could assist you with differentiating yourself in the industry.