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Best apps for Trade businesses

17 April 2023

With so many different kinds of apps out there, how do you know which ones are best for your trade business?

From finance tracking and document sharing to job management tools, there are a variety of helpful apps designed to make running a trade business easier.

In this article, our partner Powered Now, looks at some of the top apps that can help trade businesses manage their operations more efficiently and effectively.



Xero is accounting software for small businesses, accountants and bookkeepers. With Xero, you can run your business accounts online. You can automate tasks like invoicing and reporting, get full financial reports of your business, and make tax returns easily.

They have 3 pricing plans:

  • Starter £7
  • Standard £14
  • Premium £18

Powered Now

Powered Now is an all-in-one app especially designed for tradespeople in the UK. If you are looking for more revenue, less effort and digitising your trade business, this app is the right choice for you.

Powered Now easily create and send invoices and quotes, schedule your jobs and teams, create, sign and send unlimited professional forms and certificates and submit your VAT returns.

This means that the days of using one app for invoicing and another one for certificates are over, with Powered Now, it’s all in one place!

The good news? Trade Direct Insurance customers get two months free!

Find out more about Powered Now.


Stripe helps small and large companies accept web and mobile payments. It is available on iPhone and Android. Stripe allows businesses to accept and send payments easily and manage their businesses online. They don’t charge any hidden fees and accept payment without errors or delay.

  • 1.5% + 20p for standard UK cards
  • 2.5% + 20p for EU cards


If you need to make web calls to your staff or customers, Zoom is ideal. It has a web version and it’s also available on iPhone and Android. You can communicate easily with anyone, schedule a video meeting and join with a single click, place and accept calls, send SMS, and more!


Makita Mobile Tools is an application to aid tradesmen and other professionals in everyday tasks. The app features include Spirit Level, Levelling Instrument, Sound Level Meter, Flash Light and more.


LinkedIn is a great networking tool. You can use LinkedIn to connect with other trades, find the right person to join your business, follow your favourite brands and grow your community.


Wrapping up

There are a number of apps available that can help businesses in the Trade industry.

Choosing the right app depends on the specific needs of your business.

The best way to find out which app is right for your business is to test them, try their free trials, check reviews and talk to other business owners. With so many options available, there’s sure to be an app that can help your business run more smoothly and efficiently.

Trade Direct is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. The company is a leading UK independent broker providing a wide range of policies to tradesmen and construction workers.

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