Tools for trades, old and new

For many trade workers, a career in skilled work starts way before adulthood – it starts in their home garage where a tool collection grows over time. Tools might be passed down by family or acquired for specific projects. The details matter, too. The brand, the colors, the place they are bought from. Tools are part of a hardworking, problem solving identity that trade workers are proud to own.

At Rivet, we believe all workers need the right tools to be successful on the job. We also believe digital tools can be as critical as timeless mechanical tools like pliers, screwdrivers and tape measures. Now more than ever, workers are mobile, remote and social distancing, in need of software tools to stay connected.

Before COVID, a skilled labor shortage already existed, making qualified workers harder to find. Since COVID, projects have more potential to be stalled, shut down or change on a moments notice.

With the Rivet platform, our workforce management tool, we help trade workers get to work, get updates on work and communicate on the job, while helping contracting businesses find and deploy good workers.

Workforce management is not a new idea. In fact, we’re inspired by the century-old union halls that accept job calls from contractors and dispatch qualified workers. We’ve observed much of this is done in an old-school way, without digital platforms. We aim to modernize this for the broader labor market.

Here’s a round-up of our teams’ favorite tools, old and new, offline and online.

What is it: A physical notebook transformed into a note-taking app.

How Ryan uses it: For all of his meetings and to prepare for meetings. At home, he uses it for projects and grocery lists.

Why he loves it: For it’s simplicity, and how it takes an otherwise offline process and brings it online to make it accessible from anywhere. It embodies the simplicity we want when helping contractors bring their jobs online with Rivet.

What is it: A tool kit with 64-screwdriver bit to service all of your tech.

How Ryan uses it: To work on his computers, phones, game consoles and other electronics.

Why he loves it: He has the right tools to fix his home electronics.

What is it: An art studio transformed into a suite of apps.

How Alison uses it: For all Rivet marketing. She uses InDesign to make collateral, Photoshop to for images and animations, and Illustrator for graphics.

Why she loves it: She can start with a hand-written paper concept and transform it into digital assets that work for print, web and social.

What is it: Diagnostics, specialty tools and equipment for professional automotive technicians.

How Alison uses it: She uses this hammer for demo day on home projects, like knocking down old decks and fences.

Why she loves it: Alison led the marketing team at OTC, a Bosch brand, before leaving to build emerging companies. She loves the essence of the Midwest working-class brand and the hardworking people who build the tools in Owatonna, MN.

What is it: An open source, encrypted password storage app.

How Andy uses it: He saves his passwords for everything in the app.

Why he loves it: He only has to remember one password and can access passwords for everything from any device.

What is it: A single-bevel compound miter saw powered by a 15 amp motor to drive 4,000 RPM.

How Andy uses it: On home projects, like a DIY horizontal cedar fence this past summer.

Why he loves it: It’s formed a closer bond between Andy and his dad, who is a life-long woodworker.

What is it: A Kanban-style task management digital board.

How Louis uses it: For sprint planning at Rivet.

Why he loves it: Contracting businesses use Kanban views to manage their jobs, too. As a result, Rivet is launching a Jobs pipeline feature this week.

What is it: A device for establishing a horizontal plane.

How Louis uses it: To ensure the things he builds are in the right place and can stay there for a long time.

Why he loves it: it adds precision and confidence to home projects.

What is it: A running coach transformed into a wearables app.

How Cedric uses it: Using his apple watch, the Nike app tracks Cedric’s running distance and includes guided runs.

Why he loves it: A coach keeps him on pace and provides advice along the way.

What is it: Social media for business professionals.

How Cedric uses it: To connect with industry experts.

Why he loves it: The relationships Cedric has started on LinkedIn have given him insight and value that has helped with his career development and connections that have led to sales.

What is it: An app for finding dog sitters.

How Cedric uses it: To find trusted people to take care of his dogs so he can travel or leave home for an extended period of time.

Why he loves it: The pet sitters send updates and photos during their visit.

Trying Rivet for your business is free

We’re looking for contracting businesses willing to pilot our free-trial of the Rivet platform, to give feedback so we can ensure it creates real, measurable value. We’ll make it easy for you to manage your workforce and jobs.

    I represent a contractor business with multiple workers and job sites.