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How Much to Charge for Landscape Labor? Ask the Right Questions First

Posted by Nanette Seven, Vice President on May 22, 2017 9:49:15 AM

If you’re like a lot of landscape business owners you might decide how much to charge for labor simply by using gut instinct. You might have asked around and have a sense of what most companies in the area pay their laborers and you aim to pay your people somewhere in that same vicinity.

Then, after factoring in what you think your overhead recovery will be, you determine a price. Or maybe you take an even less systematic approach and simply take what you pay your laborers and double it.

But when it comes to something as important as your profitability, neither of these approaches are ideal. At the end of the day, you’re shooting in the dark. If you can’t immediately answer the more important question “Will this job be profitable?”, then there is a cause for concern.

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How Landscape Inventory Software Can Increase Profits & Reduce Aggravation

Posted by Nanette Seven, Vice President on May 17, 2017 2:46:16 PM

Operations is often the first place where owners or accounting departments look when profits aren’t hitting the mark. The big question is whether inventory is being managed properly and without waste. But it is an overwhelming task to keep track of hundreds or thousands of plants, yards packed with skids of hardscape materials, multiple piles of mulch and stone, and even warehouses full of materials.

Attempting to track those materials with spreadsheets and paperwork is exhausting and prone to error. That can lead to frustrated crews who can’t find the materials they need and may require them taking unplanned trips to pick up supplies. But it’s not only productivity that can take a hit. Selling is much less effective when there’s not an accurate record of available supplies for any given job.

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Matching Numbers via Green Industry Software from Estimates to Final Billing

Posted by Nanette Seven, Vice President on Apr 20, 2017 9:00:00 AM

In your landscape company, it’s a challenge trying to make the numbers match. There are many reasons why you’re losing profits. You know that your overhead costs are out of control and it’s costing you.

The company is stagnating or losing money because you’re getting inaccurate data and your people sometimes forget to enter additional purchases, and paperwork doesn’t reflect what’s truly happening.

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Using Landscape Operations Software to Schedule and Organize Materials & Equipment

Posted by Nanette Seven, Vice President on Apr 12, 2017 2:18:31 PM

As an owner or operations manager for a landscaping company, you have a tough job. You need to keep a lot balls in the air—juggling schedules, communicating with sales and the office staff, managing labor crews, and making sure the right equipment and plant materials are there for each job.

Things change quickly in your landscaping company. First, work orders change―and you’re the last one to find out because the paperwork didn’t get to you in time.

Next, you need to constantly change job information on the master whiteboard. And it can get so chaotic with moving crews around and optimizing routes that the whiteboard doesn’t even make sense anymore.

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Farewell QuickBooks: A Green Industry Accounting Software

Posted by Nanette Seven, Vice President on Mar 28, 2017 1:53:44 PM

As you know, QuickBooks was great software when your landscaping company was small. However, your company has grown over the past years. In essence, you need more from your landscaping software than what QuickBooks can provide.

Even though Quickbooks has some of the the same capabilities as landscaping software when it comes to reporting taxes, paying vendors on time as well as keeping accurate billing, you need something more.

In this article, you’ll learn about a software program designed to replace QuickBooks in your landscaping business.

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5 Steps to Effectively Implement Business Software for Your Landscaping, Lawn Care or Tree Service Company

Posted by Nanette Seven, Vice President on Mar 23, 2017 10:05:15 AM

It’s a big job to convince a landscape company (either as a consultant or as as the internal IT guru) to switch to a new software tool. Yet, it can be done.

The secret to success is to focus on the benefits of the new program and that everyone can easily learn it. There’s plenty of support; no one will be hurt by the process. And trust that in the end, that it will be worth it when everyone is happier in their jobs. There will be some grumbling, but that’s okay. Change is hard for everyone.

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How to Get Your Sales Team on the Same Page with Landscape Estimating Software

Posted by Nanette Seven, Vice President on Mar 16, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Imagine this scenario:  You’re responsible for managing the sales team of your landscaping company and the owner came to you yesterday wanting to know why the company is not growing and is also frustrated about profits being down.

Sales and profit projections and the actual results are not squaring up because each member of your sales team has their own way of estimating your services. And those varying methods sometimes equate into inaccurate numbers. Can you relate?

The old way of doing things isn’t working. Endlessly plugging in names, dates and other sales data into multiple (and differing) versions of spreadsheets needs to stop. It is difficult to manage pricing standards, and it takes your salespeople a lot of time that could be used more effectively.

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How Much Does Business Software Cost for a Landscaping Company?

Posted by Nanette Seven, Vice President on Mar 10, 2017 10:01:48 AM

You’ve had team members in your landscape company come to you suggesting that it’s time to upgrade the company’s software. You realize that your business would run smoother with specialized software that would provide more accurate estimating, better accounting and connecting functions with the various departments of your company.

You’ve heard about landscape business software and may even know of a few industry peers that use these systems. Is it really a good investment? And you wonder, “How much does business software cost for landscape companies?” You and your team work hard for your profits and if you’re going to make a transition, it has to pay off. Your business depends on it.

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Beware of Ransomware in 2017 – 10 Tips

Posted by Admin on Jan 16, 2017 3:41:00 AM

10 Tips to Protect Your Landscape Company’s Computers and Devices

Can you imagine, you turn on your Smartphone to check your email and read the news—only to get a strange message telling you that you’ve one hour to send $500 to an unfamiliar email in order to unlock your phone? And if you don’t pay up with a prepaid Visa or through Bitcoin, then your device will be rendered useless.

You just got your first cyberattack. What should you do?

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