Running a landscape or lawn service business can be a challenge—there are plenty of balls to keep in the air. You need all the tools you can get to make running your business a little easier.
You can benefit the most from software and resources specifically designed to help landscapers and lawn service professionals. Plus, we’ve found a few resources designed for any small business that is also very valuable in your particular business.
Here are our top five online resources for landscapers and lawn service.
Arborgold is a free or paid business management service that is specifically designed for landscape professionals.
It allows you to schedule your work, invoice customers, communicate with customers, manage your supply line, and even create 2D landscape models for customers.
While this software is valuable for large landscaping businesses, even the smallest one-person operation will get a lot of use from it.
Sometimes, the hardest part about landscaping and lawn services is connecting with customers. LawnStarter makes it simpler to get more customers and more serious customers who want recurring work.
Homeowners can log into the LawnStarter app and directly compare lawn care companies in their area.
You get direct access to customers who are already along your existing route, and you don’t have to worry about invoicing because all payments are made online. It’s like Uber for lawn care.
Another (slower) way to expand your customer base is to invest in social media marketing and content marketing. To that end, HootSuite is an amazing tool. It helps you schedule and post across your various social media accounts.
That may mean that you can manage more accounts in less time, which can help make your overall strategy more successful.
The software also offers analytics, so you can keep track of exactly how well your marketing campaigns are performing, which is absolutely necessary if you’re investing in the fast-paced world of social media.
When you start getting new customers, you may need to hire more staff. And, with more staff comes more payroll and time-tracking issues.
Workday can help keep your human resources on track. This software can help you recruit, track each employee’s time, and handle payroll. Whether you have one employee or dozens, Workday will scale to your needs, so companies that expect to grow won’t be disappointed.
Those who don’t work in an office often don’t consider Trello for their task management, but that is a big mistake.
This free tool allows you to keep careful track of every task that has to be done. You can assign cards to employees to indicate responsibility. There’s room for staff to leave important notes you might need to know about each job.
And, if you organize your columns to indicate your workflow, you can visually see what jobs have been completed and which have yet to be started. Access Trello through your phone, and you can check up on your workflow no matter where you are.