Yepic, a new photo-based app for tradespeople, has made life easier and simpler for the UK’s 2.5m tradespeople.
Now available in app stores, Yepic uses your work photos taken on your smartphones to record and manage jobs and has been designed for all trades, including electricians, plumbers, builders, decorators and joiners.
Rapidly gaining momentum within the construction trades sector since its full launch in May this year on mobile and desktop, Yepic and its new pay-for upgrade, Yepic+ has a user-friendly, intuitive interface designed to empower the country’s tradespeople.
Leeds-based, it is the brainchild of former electrical contractor and tech entrepreneur, Sam Overment from East Yorkshire, who has been backed in his vision by a multimillion-pound investment from Labora, the parent company of City Electrical Factors’ (CEF).
“Yepic is so easy to get started – all tradespeople need is a phone number and the app downloaded,” says Sam.
“When you take a photo on your phone, the app captures the exact location and creates a ‘job’ in the app. You can add a caption like a customer’s name and include notes and tasks to help manage the job, while choosing to have every visit you make and every photo you take automatically added using GPS, accurately recording addresses, eliminating time-consuming manual data entry.”
Automatically finding all job photos on your phone, Yepic allows tradespeople to quickly sort and categorise thousands of images into job albums, tracking hours spent at each job capturing precise arrival and departure times.
The Yepic app is free and has so far been downloaded by more than 12,000 tradespeople with a target of 50,000 downloads by the end of the year in what is one of the UK’s largest sectors by employment, including 800,000 self-employed tradespeople among the 2.5m people employed across the country’s construction trades industry.
“It’s a massive market and every tradesperson has the problem of needing to record their work movements and jobs with many relying on their memory alone, adding stress to their workday,” adds Sam, who brings industry expertise and a deep understanding of tradespeople’s needs having spent years as a time-served electrician.
“Yepic’s real USP is about putting tradespeople at the centre of everything we do. It enhances tradespeople and has no real barriers to allowing people to use it.”
The proof is in the pudding, and Yepic has certainly struck a chord with users.
Successes like these have encouraged Sam and his team of Leeds-based app developers and designers to launch new, advanced features which are now available in the pay-for upgrade to the app, Yepic+.
Yepic+ has additional functionality and advanced features that include job sharing, videos, timesheets and job reports and is available on either a monthly or annual paid subscription.
Yepic’s App Tester, Ash Winter, says, “The Yepic+ job reports function has something for loads of different Yepic+ subscribers. If you are a sole trader looking to showcase work or working on a big site and you need to export your time. Even for students with assignments to pull together.
“We have built it to be flexible, so you can access time on the job, photos, notes and tasks. It’s something you can use for your needs, rather than what we think your needs are.”