Technology is giving tradies more time for family
FAMILY time is just a click away for Rockhampton's Darren Moore.
Thanks to technology, the principal of building company DR Moore Constructions says he is able to spend more time at home with his wife and 18-month-old son Oliver.
"It means you can get out of the office and get back a sense of normality," he said.
A recent survey conducted by Totally Workwear (TWW) revealed tradies are becoming increasingly teched up, heading out into the field armed with laptops, Smart phones and tablet devices such as the iPad.
The survey found saving and making money, saving and managing time more effectively on the job and reducing the need for paperwork and admin were some of the reasons behind the rise of the new generation of T.ERDs (tradie nerds).
Darren said he used to have to set up phone lines and fax machines on site, carry rolls of plans and always make sure he had a note pad and pen at the ready.
Now, all he needs is his iPhone and iPad.
Darren said he used the devices to send emails and text messages, take photos and send them to engineers or sub-contractors and to mark dates in his calendar. He said he was also trialling a new program, PDF Expert, which allowed him to draw and type straight onto plans.
"The main benefit is that you save a lot of time," he said. "The industry is changing and you need to be able to keep up."
Darren said there was a need for more professional development within the industry and embracing technology was one way to add legitimacy to your business.
TWW national sales manager Judy Ackerman said TWW had responded to the growing need for technology by developing a new mobile shopping site.
Ms Ackerman said it was important for businesses servicing the tradie industry to be convenient, accessible and easy to use.
"If you're not, they'll just go somewhere else," she said.
"We hope we're helping tradies."
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