This Guest paper was submitted for publication in May 2021
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Published here July 2021

Editor's Foreword | Author's Introduction
The Benefits of Managing Your Business with Plumbing Software 
How to Choose a Plumbing Project Management Program
Most Popular Plumbing Software Programs | Final Thoughts

The Benefits of Managing Your Business with Plumbing Software

Plumbing software has been engineered to handle and resolve plumbing-related tasks using artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotic process automation, and other technological systems. The primary purpose of these programs is to automate day-to-day tasks that would usually use dozens of valuable manpower hours if completed manually. Here are just a few ways the right plumbing software can optimize your business processes and streamline your and your employees' workloads.

1. Improved Management Processes

The best project management software for plumbers will have a wide range of features that can be used to streamline your management processes. Plumbing project management software is capable of scheduling new jobs, digitally dispatching work orders, tracking assets and equipment, and monitoring your mobile technicians' performances while they are on the job. You can also use these solutions to build a cloud-based client database and manage virtually every other part of your business in an intuitive and automated way.

Many software solutions have staff planning modules, which give you control over your staff and their work timelines. You can use plumbing software to schedule and manage every type of project or job, appoint plumbers to tasks, and add it to a planner to keep track of your appointments. Your mobile technicians can access job scheduling apps to check their job schedules, fill out certificates and forms on the job, and keep in touch with you and your customers through instant messaging features.

Other programs even have recurring jobs modules, which you can use to create and schedule jobs that need to be performed weekly, monthly, quarterly or yearly. You only need to set up a recurring appointment once, and the software will automatically add the jobs to your planner based on the parameters you specified. This allows you to easily plan and schedule regular services on your customers' properties without having to manually check up on dates and work timelines.

2. Ability to Keep Track of Plumbers on the Job

Plumbing business managers of the past had no way of keeping track of their plumbers while they were out on jobs, unless they accompanied them in person. Plumbing project management software has changed the game. Now, you can use route-planning software to assign specific jobs and locations to your employees according to their skill sets and availability. An intuitive system will automatically find workers who can handle jobs quickly and efficiently. This creates more cost-effective appointment strategies, reduces traveling costs, and ensures that jobs are always completed as soon as possible.

Such systems offer features like vehicle tracking software and live mobile tracking to help you keep track of your team while they're out on the field. These features enable you to see your mobile plumbers' current positions and receive automated updates on the statuses of each of their projects as they are completed.

3. Less Paperwork

Paperwork is an eternal headache for all kinds of businesses. Plumbing software can significantly reduce the amount of paperwork you have to deal with. Integrated invoicing software will enable your organization to digitally track and manage its invoices without losing any in the process. Automated systems can track the statuses of every invoice your business sends and receives in the cloud, storing them for effortless access in the future.

Plumbing project management software also allows you to customize your invoices according to your business's branding. You can use pre-existing invoice templates or design your own. The software manages client invoices, reporting invoices from suppliers, and unpaid or overdue invoice notifications without the need for human intervention.

To help you track your expenses in real-time, most programs offer expense management software. You can use this data to generate billable and non-billable expense reports, ensuring that you have comprehensive cost records for every job you undertake. Automated solutions will even integrate with popular accounting programs like Sage, Pastel, QuickBooks, and Xero to reduce your paperwork trail and move your data into the cloud.

4. Enhanced communication

Plumbing project management software will help you to streamline and effectively manage your communications with your workforce while they work remotely. This is especially important, as most of a plumbing business's team is mobile, as are tasks like booking appointments with customers and following up with clients once jobs have been completed.

GPS monitoring and instant messaging services can be used to keep your team in touch with each other in real-time, facilitating rapid, clear, and concise communication. Essentially, plumbing software can keep every member of your team on the same page, all while enhancing customer management and client loyalty.

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