Digitization in the skilled crafts sector: making tradition fit for the future

Digitization is not a craft trade. The wide-ranging trade of craftsmen is focused on making. Without their expertise, no houses would be built, no chimneys would smoke and no rolls would be baked. Without craftsmanship, many things would not exist and yet many businesses are accompanied by fears for the future. Many industries lack skilled workers, junior staff and a successor to take over the business.

Full order books face the time-consuming procurement of missing material. Time that could be productively converted into precisely the tasks that are the reasons someone learned the trade. The solution lies in the digitization of work processes. From the receipt of an order to the ordering of materials to the first hand on the customer's premises, suitable software for craftsmen creates all the necessary documents and makes bookkeeping a breeze.

Understanding requirements and converting them into digital processes

The demands placed on craftsmen are diverse. However, a basic structure emerges for many industries. After the order inquiry, the calculation begins. What material is available or needs to be ordered? When will it be delivered and what are the costs? After a successful job, labor hours and costs must be sent to the customer as an invoice.

A copy of the invoice for tax purposes must be sorted into the appropriate folder. In many craft businesses, these activities are done after the actual end of the working day. It is not uncommon for invoices to sit for a few days and payment for the job is delayed. The tax documents are sorted only shortly before the deadline and basically every business would like to have more structure. A suitable software takes over every single one of these work steps.

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From the receipt of the order to the sending of the documents to the tax office, the craft business becomes a paperless showcase company with perfectly organized accounting. The craftsman can concentrate on the actual tasks and the office work almost takes care of itself. Accounting can't be any clearer, more timely or more efficient.

Picking up the next generation

Do young people really not want to work in the skilled trades anymore? Many traditional professions have lost none of their appeal to this day. It is probably the future perspective that is not visible at first glance. In direct comparison to technical professions, the skilled trades lack innovation and future-oriented development. The competition between traditional crafts and advanced digitization is making itself felt. The current generation is challenged to break down barriers and send a signal that craftsmanship and modern technology are not mutually exclusive.

From the first loom to today, it has always been technical developments that have made people's work easier and increased productivity. The next step is the arrival of digitalization in all areas of work. An efficient accounting structure prevents liquidity bottlenecks, creates a customer-friendly image, an excellent reputation and frees up space for hand movements that are really important.

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