Mpls Regional Chamber
Directory Search


Login | Not a member? Join the chamber.

Useful Software for Your Contractor Business

You might not think that computers and contracting have much to do with each other. These days, though, contractors actually use many kinds of software and apps to support them in their business, and there are several options you may want to consider using. Read on to learn about some of these.

Estimating Software

Providing accurate job estimates is tricky, as you certainly know. Customers demand estimates they can trust and you want to maximize your profits, so reliable estimates are a must for the stability of your business. To improve your estimates, you might experiment with estimating software to help you calculate more effectively. Such a program helps you figure measurements and areas, plug in local costs, and email professional estimates right to your customer, complete with your company's logo. This kind of software can save you plenty of time and headaches.

Blueprint Software

You might also turn to software to help you create blueprints. You can actually develop complex and meticulous designs right on your computer screen these days. The software allows you to draw detailed plans and calculate dimensions with ease. You can then print, save, and share these with customers and employees.

Scan-to-PDF App

There are all kinds of documents contractors need to access and share when they’re out in the field. Of course, carrying hard copies of client contracts, project plans, and employee schedules isn’t ideal. Not only is it easy to lose track of them, but you have no way to forward important information to your clients and crew.

Instead, utilize this PDF scanner to ensure you have PDF copies of everything you need to do your job well. Simply take a photo of the document you want to digitize, and it will automatically upload as a PDF you can download and send securely. For instance, after getting a signature on a contract from a client, use the scanner to snap a photo of it so you can send a signed PDF to them on the spot.

Project Management Software

Project management software may be yet another good option to help you stay organized and keep track of multiple jobs at the same time. You'll be able to create schedules, mark appointments, write up detailed notes, and log to-do lists and accomplishments for several projects in one place right on your computer or smartphone. This can help reduce your stress levels by no longer needing to keep track of everything in your mind.

Accounting Software

As a business owner, you know how important it is to keep close watch on your finances. Accounting software helps you do that. Look for a program that allows you to enter income, track expenses, and run detailed reports. Some software even assists you with tax preparation and payroll. It might take some time to set up and get used to these programs, but they can help you manage your business's finances much more effectively.

Invoicing Software

Using invoicing software for your contracting business can make a world of difference in how efficient and organized your operations are. One advantage is being able to process payments faster and more accurately, as this type of software helps streamline the billing process. 

For example, software for HVAC invoicing will mean fewer administrative burdens to manage so you can focus more on your core business activities. Furthermore, invoicing software allows you to deliver bills electronically, reducing the amount of paper used for processing and providing convenience for both clients and contractors.

Employee Management Software

You must also manage your employees, of course, and you can turn to software to help with that as well. These programs allow you to keep track of employees' personal information, hours worked, their performance reviews, and scheduling. You can provide access for your employees, too, so they can make notes and easily see their hours and their current tasks.

Marketing Software

Finally, your contracting business can benefit from a range of marketing software. This might include everything from graphic design software to website development programs. Don't hesitate to check out online options for creating logos, business cards, posters, flyers, postcards, and website banners. These can all save you time and effort as you reach out to your customers and promote your business.

Software for Contractors

Being a contractor means keeping track of a lot of people and projects. Fortunately, there are many kinds of software available that might be of use to you in your contracting business. Try some of them, and enjoy the convenience.

Join the MPLS Regional Chamber to get access to events, partnerships, and resources that will give your business a boost in our community!