The New Year is almost upon us and as we look forward to the coming year and the 2018 season, many of us are wondering what you can do to upgrade your landscaping business.
Increasing productivity and revenue should be every businesses New Years resolution, and we have several tips on things you can do to make your landscaping business run smoother, be more productive and more profitable.
Update Your Tools
As many communities start to enact noise ordinances, landscaping equipment like leaf blowers and edgers become the target of those ordinances. Fortunately, the rise in efficiency and the drop in price for electric powered equipment gives landscapers the opportunity to have quite tools. Switching to these quiet, electric tools gives you a great sales point to promote your landscaping business as a quieter alternative to your competition.
In addition, electric tools can drastically reduce fuel costs. As the saying goes, a penny saved is a penny earned. With the opportunity to bring in more clients, and reduce operating costs, electric landscaping tools become a very attractive way to upgrade your landscaping business.
Outsource Your Billing
The more time you spend behind a desk, the less time you spend in the field working. Outsourcing your billing to a service like Obex Billing frees up time to bring in more clients, or spend more time with your family.
Obex Billing allows you to access all of your client accounts from any device, any where. This gives you the opportunity to make changes to a clients account while you are talking to them.
Obex Billing then generates invoices for you and sends them out to the clients. The clients pay you by either sending their payment directly to you, or paying online through Obex’s system. Either way, the money goes directly to your account.
Track Your Trucks
Just take a look at the news around the country and it seems that every day someone, somewhere is stealing landscaping equipment. A simple way to protect your equipment investment is to install GPS trackers on your trucks and trailers. You may not be able to stop the thieves from taking your gear, but at least you can inform the police exactly where your stolen equipment is.
In addition to theft protection, GPS tracking also allows you to see where you crews are loosing time due to traffic problems or poor scheduling. Being able to adjust client schedules to lower travel time is a great way to increase productivity and upgrade your landscaping business.
Starting 2018 On The Right Foot
In a world that is becoming increasingly environmental conscious, Landscaping is an industry that has always been “green”. And with a year that has seen natural disasters from one side of the country to the other, the need for defensive landscaping is becoming more and more apparent to the average building owner. Whether your landscaping design is focused on increasing the curb appeal, deterring fires, or protecting against flooding, Landscaping can do so much for a property. Let 2018 be the year that you offer increased value, and need for your services.
Happy New Year!