I’m a handyman. I LOVE tools. I can never have enough tools. My iphone is without a doubt my favorite, and most powerful tool for my handyman business. Almost every part of my customer interactions are handled though my iphone including scheduling, taking notes, billing, and tracking payments. I’m also always on the lookout for that new app that is going to make my life even easier. In my quest to find the best iphone apps for a handyman business, here are the top 5 that I’ve managed to uncover.
#1 Service Call
This iphone app is the hub of my business. I use it to store all of my clients information such as name, phone number, e-mail, address, and notes about jobs I’ve completed in the past.
Another thing that makes this app great is the ability to quote and invoice customers. By simply uploading your handyman logo and adding some information about your business, the app creates a professional invoice template. You can then fill in line items for the job you are quoting or billing and it automatically populates the template. Once you’ve completed filling out the customer and job info, the app allows you to easily e-mail the invoice or quote to your customer.
Service Call also has the ability to sync with the native calender app on your iphone so you can schedule through Service Call.
Square is an app that gives you the ability to take credit cards through your iphone. Upon signing up for the service (free, by the way), Square sends you a free card scanner. This thing is pretty freakin sweet, too.
The card reader actually plugs into the headphone jack on your phone and a gives you the ability to swipe a credit card. Once you’ve swiped the card, a screen pops up and the customer uses their finger to sign their signiture. Square then directely deposits the money into the your account minus their fee. Done.
Forget your card reader? No problem. Just enter the numbers on the card and your good to go.
Square doesn’t charge for to sign up for the service and instead takes a percentage of each transaction made using the app. As I write this, the rate is 2.75% for swiped transactions, and a little higher for non-swiped transactions.
If you aren’t currently taking credit cards with your handyman business, go set it up now. It only takes 5 minutes.
Evernote is essentialy a notepad on steroids. It gives you the ability to take notes on your iphone and have them automatically sync with any PC or mobile device that you choose. There are several other features built in that you may or may not use, but definetely check this one out.
How I use it:
I primarily use Evernote for taking down job information such as dimmensions, lists of materials needed for a jobs, and any other information needed for my business. Instead of having to carry around a notepad when consulting with a customer, I simply use Evernote so I can have access to my notes on my phone or computer later. This is really helpful when I need to look into past jobs because I have all of my business info at my fingertips.
I also keep all of my craigslist posts in Evernote. This way, whenever I need to repost something I can simply copy and paste directly from Evernote. I can then make notes on which posts where successful to help track which strategies are working. It saves me a ton of time and keeps me on top of tasks.
#4 Dragon Dictation
You’re probably wondering why I would ever want to type in Evernote while trying to note dimmensions or job info. Well, this is app is why I use Evernote instead of a notepad.
Dragon gives you the ability to simply speak into your phone and have whatever you say accurately transcribed into text on your phone. Whenever I’m taking down notes as I plan for a job, I’ll just say the dimmensions as I measure them. Once I’m finished, I simply copy and paste the information into Evernote for safe storage and easy access later.
I didn’t realize how awesome this was until I tried it. It reduces the time required to produce text by at least 80%. Highly recommended.
#5 Native Calender App
I use this calender for scheduling my entire life. Everything from when I go to the gym to when I need to work for my customers. With so much stuff going on – running the blog, my handyman business, and just life in general – this app ensures I get my shit done.
Tip: To help keep different tasks organized, it helps to set up different calenders with designated colors. I have a different calender for customer schedule, marketing schedule, personal life, and blog. This way I can easily take a look at my week and have a color coded schedule laid out in front of me to see what I’m spending my time on. Good knowledge if your trying to save time.
There you have it. My favorite 5 handyman business apps. What are your favorite apps that you use with your handyman business? List them in the comments below.