It may not feel like it but the spring madness is getting ready to slow down but it is. And that’s a perfect time to iron out your systems and focus on your profits as the season rolls on. Knowing your employee efficiency, man hour ratings, and revenue reports can […]
I know that even though it’s March, a lot of you still have snow, and it’s probably starting to feel like Spring will never come. However, you should view the snow as a blessing, because you’ll have a little extra time to get your records in order and manage the […]
Considering the pros and cons of surcharges; yes, you make more money, especially with something like fuel. It’s obvious, it’s public, people drive past the gas station, and they see the price. It’s an understandable expense that you could probably get away with adding to a bill.
On the other hand, creating customer loyalty can’t be undervalued. Creating a nice, even, and boring business has a lot to be said for it.
You’ve probably noticed if you’ve been using CLIP that everything in CLIP is based on man-hours. Here’s how to use CLIP to pay with Piecework.
Last week we introduced you to Piecework, or if you’ve been around a while, refreshed your memory. This week we’re going to talk about how CLIP helps you pay with Piecework. You’ve probably noticed if you’ve been using CLIP that everything in CLIP is based on man-hours. You have a […]
If you’re like most landscape companies, especially this year, labor is hard to find. And motivating your employees to do that labor is even harder sometimes. Piecework can help make motivation a non-issue. We wrote a book on piecework and all of this information and a lot more it’s in […]
Which lawn service customers should I raise prices for? A Tale Of Two Customers Let’s say you have a customer called Maryland Institute for Education. They’re a bit of a commercial customer. When you do the job costing report in CLIP, you find out that you’re making $65 per man, […]
You have a full schedule each day — managing operations, running your crews, making your customers happy, handling emergencies, etc. This likely leaves you with little time for other things that come up. Something you likely don’t have time for is collections. Collections Collections are necessary for any business and managing the process […]
Last year we entered a new stage of our partnership with BluePay and we’re incredibly excited to point out that you may accept ACH payments, via BluePay, from your customers. As you dig into your season, it may be a good time to see how you can automate parts of […]
McDonald’s, Starbucks, and other franchises can have locations all over the world and offer a similar experience no matter which one you visit. They’re able to do this because they have systems in place that can be used by the average person when they’re hired.
Do you know which customers make you the most revenue? When you know who your most profitable customers are, you can make your other customers profitable as well. This post is the third post in our series “4 Secrets To Extreme Profit”. You can go back and check out “The Perfect […]
Do You Have Trouble Motivating Your Team? Last week we discussed the first secret to extreme profit — The Perfect Customer. This week we’ll tackle the next step; motivate your employees to strive towards excellence by using piecework. 2nd Secret To Extreme Profit — Motivation Here at CLIP, we get calls all the […]
Who is your perfect customer? It’s the offseason, and that can be the perfect time to take a step back and reevaluate your business. Dave Tucker has been in the Green Industry for decades and seen lawn companies of all shapes and sizes thrive and fail. In his research of […]
These days it feels like we should be able to handle all of our communication via apps, text message, and email, but you still need to set up and manage a business phone system. 5 Reasons Why You Still Need A Business Phone In 2017 1. Likely 20% or more […]
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 offseason 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 per man hour for the previous year, and forecasting your hourly costs for next year. As you grow you need something to […]
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, […]
How much do you pay yourself in salary as an owner of your company? Do you take a percentage of the revenues? Do you have a set salary with a raise every few years based on profits? Alternatively, even worse, do you share the business account with your personal account and […]
Dave 2 goes over reporting and how to keep your reports clean and informative. GIGO means Garbage in, Garbage out. Make sure that you are recording the correct information (employee times, payroll information, # of times done, etc) so that you can get good information on your reports. Garbage In, […]
What reports should you prepare, how can you get ready for this year? Some of the CLIP staff help you figure out what to focus on. Does Quality matter the most to you? Should you focus on lowering your Price, or make sure that your phones are manned 100% of […]