Learn how to do variable scheduling with CLIPxe scheduling options. Do you need advanced scheduling options?
CLIP gives you the power to setup job schedules that get you to your lawn maintenance customers jobs even in complicated situations.
Tips In Using the Days Between Option
Scheduling can be a daunting task. CLIP software can make it easy for your company. To begin with today, let’s go over the differences between the variable scheduling options in CLIP.
Most jobs will be set up as automatic. These jobs will continue to reschedule themselves based on the rules that you set.
As a rule, we suggest using the at least — days between jobs option when you’re dealing with regularly scheduled jobs. This will help you keep things on track.
If you’re scheduling a job once per week, then using four days between jobs seems to work best.
For example, what happens when you run into a rain delay? Using this option will allow you to keep a good schedule going forward. As a result, you’ll keep your customers happy and avoid cutting too often.
Using the variable scheduling option can give you even more detail for each customer. For example, you can set the basic mowing schedule as described above. Then, using variable scheduling, you can add that after October you want to use 10 days between mowing because the grass isn’t growing as fast.
Setting up jobs this way, coupled with choosing best days of the week for customers, can help prevent scheduling issues in the future.
Get Your Scheduling In The Zone
The type of scheduling we discussed earlier is more of an automatic scheduling. What can you do when you have less frequent jobs to schedule?
Zone scheduling is the most effective way to do this. For example, use this type when you’re planning snow plowing.
You can easily assign zoning jobs when the need arises. Using our previous example of snow plowing, just a few clicks gets your jobs active. Click on daily routines and then activate zone jobs.
You have a few options to choose from, but using zone scheduling can save you a lot of time.
The Third Type of Scheduling Is Static
While you’ll primarily use automatic scheduling, sometimes you might use static if you’re just adding a single, one-time job.
For example, a customer has requested that you trim their bushes. They’ve decided that they would like this done once in the spring and then again in the fall. You can set a static schedule and manually pick the days to schedule this.
Another example would be scheduling for chemical sprays. These jobs don’t get repeated often enough to use automatic scheduling.
Tying It All Together With Variable Scheduling
Every area has different work seasons. Cutting grass in December in most places makes no sense. Therefore, using a few other tools in CLIP can help fix these issues.
Firstly, using Start/Stop Schedule is an easy fix for the issue. This will allow you to input date ranges that you don’t want the automatic system to schedule the job.
You could also set a timer for how many times the job should be done per contract, automatically putting the job on hold at the end.
Putting all of these scheduling options together in CLIP will be sure to make scheduling for your company a breeze.