Since beginning the process of developing an iPhone application for documenting construction field time sheets, I began regularly discussing, with fellow contractors, how they record time on the jobsite. I get varied responses ranging from scattered notes in legal pads to sophisticated ID and Chip swiping systems. Some have actually told me that they do not keep or record time at all. Most recently another erector told me that he uses one of the key systems whereby the employees scan their key into a reader at the jobsite and all their payroll hours are remotely collected with time and location data.
It is a tempting proposition. Assemble an army of drones, slap a GPS chip on them, send them out daily and start billing your customers for their time. Every business minded tradesman’s dream. Continue reading Swiping Your Cash
Just released, now available on iTunes, you can download a free version of CrewKeeper. CrewKeeper Intro has all the features and functionality of the full version. Intro is completely usable as your timesheet and daily construction log manager. It is available now completely free. Continue reading Try Before You Buy
Field documentation of a construction crew is a daunting challenge. Every contractor I’ve ever discussed this with has had the same defeatist attitude. They’ll shake their heads, throw up their arms and say it’s a lost cause. Worse are those that don’t even give it much thought, not worth the trouble I suppose is what they believe. Continue reading Harder than it should be
It is Alive!
I uploaded and Apple has now approved for sale the first release version of the CrewKeeper iPhone app.
Just about two years ago, I had the idea that I could make an app to improve the field documentation for my own company and others with construction crews like mine. I started from scratch, had never used a Mac or made anything of this sort. I had done some database and applications development on Windows PC’s so I did have a basis to believe that I could learn to do it. I bought a stack of very large books and a Macbook Pro.
Using my own crews as a test bed, I have been trying out many iterations and working out the full feature set for the past year. I know that others will find it useful as it has become an invaluable tool for my operation.
You can find the CrewKeeper App for iPhone on the App Store here.
CrewKeeper has been approved and ready for sale in the App Store.
I have not released it for public sale as yet. I have some refinements and additional features yet to complete. Stay tuned.
Celebratory dinner is in order.