Besides your nailer, your phone is one of the most important tools on a jobsite — it connects you to your clients, it helps you keep track of your employees’ whereabouts and status, and it can even provide a calculator in a pinch.
But there are a ton of apps out there to make your life even easier at every jobsite.
You bring your phone with you everywhere, so why not load it up with apps that can help you out at work?
Here are some must-have phone apps for hardwood floor contractors and construction managers or anyone involved in running a construction business:
Handy Construction Calculator — Provides 70+ calculators related to nearly everything related to carpentry and construction, such as an area and volume calculator, a radius function, a cost estimator, and more. This app is cheap at just $2.99 for Androids. (Unfortunately, there is no version for iPhones.) These calculators will eliminate mathematical guesswork on the job once and for all.
Construction Manager — Tailored specifically for the trades, this app allows you to keep all business-related information in the same place. Keep track of daily reports; monitor materials, labor, and equipment; track project status; collect important signatures, and more. The app stores all of your information locally on your device, enabling you to work both online and offline. Available for free on Androids and iPhones.
17hats — General business management software. Rolls a bunch of features such as contacts, invoices, estimates, contracts, time tracking, and credit card processing into one handy app so you can access everything in one place. All of this convenience comes at a small cost — 17hats plans start at $13 per month.
Procore — Manage nearly all aspects of your projects from Procore — from emails to drawings to contracts. For added convenience, Procore allows you to collaborate with others to update and add project information. And since the software is cloud-based, you can access all of your information from anywhere. Procore is not free, but its numerous features certainly warrant the price tag. The Procore phone app is compatible with both Androids and iPhones.
iHandy Carpenter — If you need a surface leveling tool, protractor, or even a ruler in a pinch, this should be a go-to app to have on your phone. Also includes a plumb bob level and a bubble level bar. Available for $1.99 on both Androids and iPhones.
Your phone comes with you to each and every jobsite. You might as well make sure that it can serve all of your needs by downloading some or all of these handy apps.