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RazorSync Mobile Field Service Management software, www.razorsync.com, for small to medium sized field service businesses, is a cloud-based desktop and mobile software solution that facilitates business management and interaction among team members in the office, field technicians and customers.
Tool and vehicle tracking software can help a contractor gain control over valuable assets, large and small, by keeping track of where assets are and who is accountable for them. Here are three tool tracking solutions for the office and the field that can maximize tool and equipment availability and minimize hoarding, misallocation or theft. Solutions hosted in the cloud reduce reliance on a contractor's IT resources and allow users access from anywhere, anytime.
PlanGrid 2.0, www.plangrid.com, a cloud-based service available both as an iPad and an iPhone app, is a blueprint viewer that enables users to maintain one master set of blueprints in the cloud (on the web) and publish them to a team, keeping all members in the field up to date.
FreshBooks, www.freshbooks.com, is an online cloud-based solution that can create one-time and recurring invoices and accept payments in return. The service, which is cloud-based, is designed for small service-based companies that invoice their customers for time and material, or time plus materials projects.
When well matched to a company's needs, estimating software may save time, increase accuracy, and increase the level of professionalism a bid conveys. Here are some popular options from a few of the major software developers targeting HVAC and plumbing contractors.
Mobile devices are becoming essential tools for running a service-based contracting business. Here are two solutions that take advantage of iPhones and Androids. The first is service management software aiming to help streamline and oversee daily operations. The second is a compilation of niche applications HVAC contractors can use to boost efficiency and accuracy when calculating for several important niche tasks.