One of the challenges tradies like Justin face is that they set out to be tradies – not business owners. The business duties can come as a bit of a shock for those wanting to simply keep working on the tools.
A nugget of advice that Justin learnt early on was to set his hourly rates based on a profit margin – not from what his mates were telling him at the pub. The total profit margin percentage at the bottom of every AroFlo quote tells him whether he can afford to take a job, or whether he will lose money by doing so. It’s become his favourite AroFlo feature.
“I now quote every job based on margin. I don’t send the quote until AroFlo tells me I have hit that magical percentage. It’s the smartest way to run my business.”
Another huge benefit is AroFlo’s integration with Xero accounting software. Being cloud-based solutions, Xero and AroFlo ‘talk’ to each other in real time which supports a seamless flow of client data and financial information between both systems.
In the field, Justin uses AroFlo to schedule jobs, order materials, invoice clients and more. It means he can do once deskbound tasks on the run, using his phone.
And with a simple click of his Xero integration link in AroFlo, Justin’s client data, purchase order and invoice information get instantly updated across both systems, meaning he can stay on top of his financials at all times.
Justin’s bookkeeper reconciles his monthly bank statements in Xero, which then pushes all client payment details back into AroFlo. There’s no jumping from one program to another to get simple tasks done. And it means Justin can see in an instant if a client still owes him money before accepting a new job with them.
The biggest benefit for Justin? The savings in time.
“I’ve got four kids and they’re growing up fast – you never get that time back. Now, instead of me spending hours and hours doing bookwork every evening, it’s just an hour or so a day.”