Mobile Technology in the Field Gets the Job Done Faster

Filed in Committees and Councils, Membership, Technology by on May 20, 2016 1 Comment

David Campbell, a custom home builder from Sydney, Australia, gives glowing reviews of the NAHB 20 Clubs program. Becoming a member, he said, made him concentrate more on his business, the result of which has been great success, with more than doubling his annual turnover.

The NAHB 20 Clubs is a networking program for residential construction chief executives officers that provides members with opportunities to learn from each other through shared best practices, successes and failures.

Campbell credits part of his recent success to membership in the club, but he also gives credence to a couple of mobile apps he created to make jobsite administrative tasks easier, more efficient and less costly.

“The apps are designed to save builders and tradesmen time and money. It keeps them from having to return to the office each day to fill out paperwork, which means they stay onsite longer and get the job done faster,” he said.tradies-page-logo

One of these apps—Tradies—makes it possible to create, edit and distribute quotes, estimates, change orders, invoices, backcharge notices, purchase orders, bid requests and other materials directly from a smartphone or tablet.

The app is free to download, but email or preview without a watermark, the user is required to either purchase the app, or purchase access to the documents they need at the moment.

site-boss-page-logoAlternatively, for a one-time fee, users can purchase Site Boss, which is designed more for the onsite supervisor. It generates the same documents as Tradies, except invoices, quotes, estimates and subcontract agreements.

Campbell said the idea for Tradies popped up and came alive six years ago, around the time Apple released the iPhone 4.

“All the construction sites had computers on them but these iPhones…this was something new that everyone was starting to have on them too,” he said.

After talking over the idea with another 20 Clubs member, Campbell ran with it. Today, based on user reviews, builders and contractors around the world have found the resource to be a big help in managing their business.

Campbell said the access he gets to other builders and their knowledge and insight through the 20 Clubs has been invaluable to him as a business owner. Other members have agreed. For one, the return on investment is significant. Statistics show that club members consistently double their net profits in their third year of membership.

For now, Campbell is the only 20 Clubs member who resides and does business outside of North America. He travels at least twice a year, making a 28-hour round-trip flight to attend his club meeting here in the U.S., and often makes a third trip to attend the International Builders’ Show as well.

That’s how valuable the membership is to him.

He laughs off the travel as just part of the package. Besides, it comes with some perks, he said. As a platinum member of his frequent flyer club, he now has enough miles to take his whole family to Florida for the holidays.

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