I just talked to my mechanic today. I was dropping off my minivan to get the struts repaired ($1000.00 job. I’ve done the work before but don’t enjoy that job). He had some business insights that we can learn a lot from in our industry! Working harder, not smarter He […]
The off season is the perfect time to evaluate what you did last year, and plan for the next year. For CLIP Lawn care that means calculating our costs for last year, and forecasting or hourly costs for next year. As you grow you need something to measure your productivity […]
I remember distinctly working on a tree house with my Dad on a bright sunny day (one where you squint your eyes because the sun is so bright). That day he taught me an important lesson about anticipating need. He was framing the walls for the tree house (think 10′ […]
Reviews have a large effect on your local (think searching maps) search engine optimization efforts. Here are some tips for getting your local search engine optimization started for your lawn care business. If you search for “Lawn care Frederick, MD” you’ll see that the top results have reviews filled out. […]
As we start 2017 I want to go over some of the features that we added to CLIPitc over the past year. We have a lot planned for 2017, and have much better processes in place internally!! Additional Charges Additional charges are one of the things that we added. Use additional charges if […]
We just finished up the next installment in our business video series. This one is about Piecework, hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it! If you missed the first one, click here to view it!
Equipment purchases when your starting out I have seen lots of business owners get into the business and immediately start purchasing equipment. This can set you up to fail before you even start. I’ve also seen the other side, where the owner is mowing 6 days a week 10 hour […]
The Benefits of Using Account Updater for Your Recurring Billing Customers As a lawn care or field service business owner, it’s not uncommon to put your regular customers on a recurring billing schedule. Doing so allows you to easily accept payments in the future — without requiring your customers to […]
There is an exception for certain types of workers (managers, administrators, etc.) that makes it so that you don’t have to pay overtime if they are paid salary over a certain amount. The government is changing the salary cap for the exemption from $23,600 per year to $47,476 (see the […]
As we get to the end of the year business owners and individuals start thinking about how to lower their tax bills! One way that your customers can do that is by installing solar. They’ll get the benefit of renewable energy, and possible lower electrical costs, and a large Federal […]
Is Piecework Legal? The short answer is yes. The long answer is; it’s complicated. With more employment laws changing it seems like this is a great time to cover the legal aspects of piecework. I am not a legal professional, and can’t give you direct legal advice. I can, however, […]
With a landscaping business you need to stay in touch with your workers! Google just made it a little bit more affordable to do that. I’ve been using googles phone plan Project Fi personally for about 6 months. It seems to work pretty well for what I need, and I […]
Some small business owners that I have talked to have a hard time telling the difference between profit and salary. Owners take a draw from the company, so they don’t really understand how much they made until the end of the year. But for accounting purposes, you should always include […]
What does swinging a kettlebell have to do with business? I read The Four Hour Body by Tim Ferris. In the book, he introduced a really important concept called the “Minimum Effective Dose”. If you use this concept in business it can help you focus on the things that really […]
How do you setup customers that pay monthly? What about customers that split out payment over 8 months? Mowing contracts, or snow contracts, CLIPxe has a way!! Dave shows you how to setup those jobs in CLIPxe. CLIP Has Tools to Make Data Better Running a business can be time […]
Dave goes over Lawn conditions in CLIPxe. Lawn conditions function can be used to upsell services to customers, notify customers about issues with their lawns, and record problems that are unrelated to the service that you provide.
Stephen goes over how to use CLIP2go with CLIPxe to speed up your recording process and get better more accurate information from your crew in the field.
Dave Tucker goes over the basics of using QuickBooks with CLIPxe
How do you setup Chemical application jobs? How do you keep track of weather conditions, quantities of chemicals applied, etc?
How do you motivate your employees? Dave Sr. goes over the 2nd secret to making your lawn care company more profitable and more manageable at the same time. For more info on motivating employees see this article