The Wall Street Journal Recently ran a story claiming that U.S. Job openings have reached 6.7 million with only 6.3 million people unemployed. Although this may be great news for the economy, and even better news for those 6.3 million unemployed people, it is sobering news for small business owners. It is particularly bad news for a Landscaping Company.
Typical Landscaping Companies staff up in season, and lay off in the off season. Because of this, many Landscaping Companies are looking for staff right now, and they are not finding them. Landscaping is a difficult job. The constant exposure to the elements makes it so. In addition, the struggle to keep competitive pricing and competitive wages can often lead to slim margins for Landscaping Companies.
For years now we have been hearing people warn that the day was coming when technology would take our jobs. Well, when we don’t have enough people to fill the positions, maybe it is time to hand over some jobs to technology. Or, at least, start using technology to make our jobs easier, so that we can get more done with less staff.
Tech Toys For Landscapers
These days, we have tools and apps for almost everything you need as a Landscaper. There are tools to monitor the Ph levels, moisture and salinity levels of soil, there are tools to tell you how much sunlight any one particular spot is getting, and there are digital rain gauges. All these tools can help you make better informed decisions on how to manage your clients landscaping with less actual work from your crew.
There Is An App For That
There are a lot of apps that can be of enormous use to Landscapers. These apps can save you time, money and headaches allowing you to have more time to do more work.
The Planimeter app allows you to make accurate estimate of the size of a clients lawn using google maps. You don’t even need to leave your office. You can do remote site surveys and save loads of time.
Landscape and Garden Calculator app can help you determine the quantity of materials, such as fertilizer and mulch, needed for an area you input. This handy app can also help you determine fence lengths, and spaces between objects
SoilWeb app allows the landscaper to determine their location and figure out what soil type is there.
Obex Billing is so much more then just an app. Obex allows landscapers to forget about the hassle of billing their clients. You just enter your clients info, and recurring services and Obex generates and sends out your bills for you, automatically, every month. If you do extra work, you can input from your phone, while you are doing the work.
Obex also allows you to have complete access to your clients billing account from any device. This allows you to review your customers account with them from the job site using only your smartphone.
All of these services allow Landscapers to do more with their day, and get more done with less staff. Something that is needed as the amount of available workers continues to decline.