Managing a landscaping business is no easy feat. Whether you have 5 employees or 500, there is quite a lot to remember and think about. From managing your crew to dealing with the challenges of having your own business, there is plenty to juggle.
Below are some key tips to try to help you better manage your landscaping business.
Using a Landscaping Business Management Software is key to streamlining your business
Look into implementing a business management system
When it is just you running the business, it’s simple to track estimates, invoicing, expenses etc. on good old pen and paper. But if you are trying to expand and grow your business, this old-school way of doing things just isn’t going to cut it. If you have not already, look into implementing a business management software. Choosing the right software is key to boosting efficiency and getting your business streamlined. Scapersoft, designed by lawn care professionals for lawn care professionals, has all of the essential project and internal management functions you need to run a successful operation.
Find good help
I am sure you have heard the saying “a business is only as good as its workers”. When it comes to the landscaping business, this is even more true. More times than not, your employees will be the face of your business and the main person meeting potential customers who are looking to hire your company for a job. First impressions are everything, so you want to make sure that you are employing workers you can really trust. You want to make certain potential hires are solid, reliable people with strong references and commitment. It only takes a few bad hires to badly tarnish your brand, so make sure to properly vet candidates and consider doing a trial period in which they can prove themselves.
Make sure your crew and new hires are properly trained
An employee who is not properly trained will often not know what to do next and will end up squandering time and waiting for direction. By properly training each member of your crew, you will evade precious time lost that ends up leading to inefficiency. Basic training should consist of thorough and complete instruction on how to use equipment, how to complete on the job tasks and any landscaping knowledge (i.e. plant types) that may be necessary.
Implement preventive maintenance.
As with many service industries, the equipment you use as a landscaping business will more than likely be your biggest expense and in turn one of your biggest assets . You want to make sure you guard that investment by employing a strong preventative maintenance plan. Regularly get the oil and brakes checked on your vehicles and if your equipment shows any sign of something wrong, take it in right away. The more quickly you take care of any issues, the less impact those repairs will have to your bottom line.
GPS tracking should be installed on all of your vehicles
For landscaping companies, installing GPS tracking on work vehicles is key for many reasons. From overall greater insight to business operations to doing away with cushioned time sheets and inefficient driving routes, these awesome tools will provide you with a way to survey routes, keep track of employee time on jobs, cut down on fuel usage and improve productivity. And who couldn’t use more of that.