A new project management app for web and smartphones has been launched by London-based start-up 24onoff.
The app aims to digitise everyday tasks often carried out on paper, such as creating timesheets and invoices, as well as tracking man hours and managing documents.
According to the consulting firm McKinsey, the construction industry is the least digitisedindustry in Europe. One of the largest reasons for the industry’s lack of digitalisation is that it still relies mainly on paper to plan and manage its projects.
Every day billable hours get lost in small paper-based construction companies. Incorrect invoices are sent, losing the business money while also creating disputes between clients and contractors.
“24onoff removes the paper trail with a easy-to-use, ‘field friendly’ web and smartphone app for construction workers of all ages,” said Sondre Blaasmo, CEO of the growing start-up.
The software enables workers in the field to track man-hours, share progress on projects, upload blueprints and record deviations. While people in the office get an easy overview, helping with both invoicing, project management and quality and safety.
The software is now used daily by more than 5,000 construction workers in northern Europe, mainly in Norway, Sweden and Denmark.
“We realised we needed to make a unique and customised software for all the small builders in the UK. We’ve now created a product that has helped companies reduce the time spent on paperwork and administration by an average of 50 %,” said Ole Jørgen Næss, head of product development.
The company undertook trials with more than 50 small builders, plumbers, electricians and property maintenance companies around the UK. Sondre and Ole explain that the majority of the companies involved in the testing phase have now purchased the software.
“Our employees have been very good at using the app on their phones, so I get a clear picture of their hours during the week. Having this better overview means I can get invoices out quicker,”said John Mayo, director of Mayo Electrical and one of 24onoff´s customers.
To kick-off the launch of the new app, the company is offering teams of up to three employees to use the software totally for free, with no hidden fees.
“We offer free use of the entire software to small companies because we believe it’s important to help craftsmanship around the UK. The construction industry is such an embedded part of society. If the builders are doing well, it makes business sense for us to do this, as we grow together,” said Sondre.
Find out more about 24onoff and sign up for a free trial here.