What Features Should You Focus on While Selecting a Painting Contractor Software?
Posted: Nov 22, 2020
You must have heard of painting contractor software that is specifically designed to manage the field operations and field workforce of painting businesses. But there are so many types, that it is an overwhelming task to find the right pick. To help you out, here is a list of five must-have features of a painter contractors app. This list will make the selection process easy for you.
Capacity to Manage Multiple Painting Projects
You should select a software which has the capacity to handle multiple painting projects through one common interface. This feature is fairly important for SMEs as well as large-scale companies. The software must provide you single-dashboard access to all the data related to the projects so that through one click you can view the project’s specifics and details like clients' brief, deadline, staffing requirement, budget estimates, current status, etc. Allways go for cloud-based software, so that you get more real-time features, storage capacity is never an issue, and data becomes accessible from everywhere and anywhere through valid access permissions.
- Real-Time Updates and Notifications
- Report Generation
- Real-time Monitoring of Field Workers
- Real-time Collaboration
It should facilitate on-the-go access to the data such as project details, budget estimates, job-site details, inventory requirements, workforce schedules, and shifts through automated updates and notifications. In addition, the app should have the feature to send real-time updates and notification to customers also, so that they can be kept informed through an automated mode.
Reporting and monitoring are integral to any business, including the painting business. But adhering to manual ways of report creation is draining in terms of time as well as efforts. Thus, you should select a painting contractor software that has inbuilt analytics and templates to generate automatic reports by fetching the data inputs collected through different touchpoints. Usually, the reports created by these kinds of software are visually representative and provides an easy understanding of the business trends and patterns, budget estimates and expenses, workforce performance, etc. All these provide deeper insights into the customer's expectations and thus management can make better decisions for the future.
To ensure service quality, timely service delivery, and customer satisfaction, it is necessary that you maintain a continuous tab on the activities of your field workforce. Are they reaching the job-site on time, do they carry the necessary tools and material to render the service with utmost first-visit effectiveness, are they getting the necessary assistance and support from their seniors, all much aspects that directly or indirectly affect the performance of your field workforce, need real-time monitoring. So, choose a painting contractor software that has tools like GPS tracker, time tracker, instant messenger, and virtual log-in and log-out facility.
There should be provisions for real-time collaboration with all the stakeholders involved in a particular project. So that from a centralized location, important information like service queries and quotations, staffing needs, inventory requirements, status updates, etc. can be shared among all the stakeholders.
Precisely, a painter contractors app should automate the regular and repetitive tasks related to field operations such as job scheduling, route planning, remote attendance marking, sending updates and notification, report generation and compiling, customer profiling, invoice management, and real-time data sharing, etc. It should help you in getting rid of paper-based culture and go digital as many ways as possible.
Bhupendra Choudhary is Business Head of FieldCircle - a leading field service management software company.