What is field management software?

A field management software is a technology created with field service companies in mind. These platforms, which are usually accessible via anything from a smartphone to a laptop, have been designed to help run these businesses in a better way, the result being a more streamlined working process. 

Effective field management software has all the features that an electrical business needs to complete jobs efficiently and effectively through one simple platform.

By using a field management software correctly, you can increase your businesses productivity and job completion rates by 50%, elevating your business’ success!

Problems faced by electrical businesses A man using field management software

  • Time wasted completing admin tasks
  • Reduced access to information in the field
  • Multiple platforms that don't speak to each other
  • Reduced productivity due to inefficient scheduling
  • Lack in communication between the office and field

 

How field management software can help 

Less admin - A complete field management system is an all-in-one solution for your business’ management. As such, all the information relating to invoices, quotes and signed documents is processed through it. What’s more, these platforms are created to make the job of electrical workers easier, so a field management software will use the information it already has access to self-populate forms. This is a task which would usually fall to admin staff. Using an effective field management software means that they have more time to complete other jobs, such as checking in with customers.

Easy access - A big problem for a lot of field workers, including electricians, is accessing the information they need when out on the job. This is something made much easier if workers have access to documents like invoices, contracts and more when out on the job. That’s why good field management software operates using cloud. By using a cloud-based software, your electricians will be able to access everything they need to get the job done anywhere and at any time. What’s more, with a cloud based system, any edited information is automatically updated. This means that everyone, from the staff in the office to the workers in the field, are always kept in the loop.

Better scheduling - With employees always out in the field, there’s a lot to account for when planning. Sometimes jobs get done faster or slower than expected, and it’s in these situations that you need a field management system. With a professional field management software, you’ll be able to reschedule your teams’ tasks accordingly through a simple yet effective scheduling system. What’s more, because many field management systems are cloud-based, they’ll get these updates instantly. 

GPS Tracking - With a team who’re always out on the job, you and your office staff can be left in the dark when a customer calls asking where your electrician is! With GPS tracking through a field management software, you’ll be able to communicate ETA’s with your customers accurately, and plan your routes according to traffic hold ups and diversions.

Why invest in field management software

As you can see, there’s a lot that field management software can do to help the day-to-day running of your electrical business. But this does come at an additional cost, and one you might think you can manage without. 

But rather that seeing the cost of a field management software as just another outgoing, it should be seen as an investment. Although there is a small cost involved with software of this kind, the increased productivity that you achieve as a result means that it could even end up saving you money!

You might be thinking that this is all well and good but your team won’t use the software to its full potential. However, field management platforms have been designed with this in mind. Their features are intuitive and user-friendly, so anyone can get to grips with them in a matter of minutes.

Try it out!

There’s bound to be at least one or two of the few features mentioned here that your electrical team could benefit from. If you’re not 100% convinced, then why not sign up for a free trial? 

A lot of field management software providers offer non-obligatory free trials so that you and your team can try out the platform for yourself. Once the trial’s up, you can either take out a contract or cut your ties. 

So, whether you think your team would love a new approach or are sceptical about how much they’d use it, there’s no excuses not to give it a try!

For more information about Field Management Software please contact Lauren Smithson who is part of the product development team at  Workforce.FM, a field service management software designed for electricians and other field service providers.

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