10 Best Apps For Lawn Care And Landscaping Business Owners
by Gabe Nelson, GreenPal
Owning your own business is a lot of work. Owning a business that factors in clients and their wants and needs is even more complicated. If you’re a lawn care or landscaping business owner you’ve probably spent a lot of time working with clients to make sure you’re doing exactly what they want. No one wants to be surprised with landscaping or a lawn they hate.
Lawn care and landscaping businesses have some unique needs other businesses may not. The ability to pull up a contract while in the middle of a large outdoor project, for example, could be very useful for your business. Luckily with technology and smartphone apps, there are plenty of new options out there when it comes to managing your business.
Now is the perfect time to take a minute or two to learn about the best apps for lawn care and landscaping business owners. A few extra minutes now could save you a lot of time and frustration while you’re on a job site, and you’ll never regret that.
Being able to bill for your time is an important part of any lawn care or landscaping business. Having the ability to document your time accurately and in a format easily shared with your clients is a huge asset.
iPunchclock lets you manage multiple time sheets from your phone. You can clock in and out on the app in real time, which takes the guesswork out of figuring out when you arrived and left a site when the day is over. You can even enable the location feature in the app to help it pull up the right time sheet for the right job.
When you’re ready, you can export your time sheets into several different programs including Google Docs.
This app lets you send an invoice to your customer directly from your phone to their email. It eliminates the need for extra steps involved in creating invoices on a computer. You also have the chance to invoice in real time instead of having to wait until you get back to your home or office to send something to your client.
For lawn care and landscaping business owners, where a lot of your time is spent directly on the client’s property, being able to invoice right then and there is especially useful.
A highly comprehensive guide to 26,000 different plants. If you need an app that has pictures to show your client what a specific plant looks like, this is your go-to app. There are around 21,000 reference pictures for everything from trees to perennials and anything in between.
Having a reference guide right at your fingertips to help you show your client exactly what you’re talking about will be a great addition to your landscaping business tools. You and your client will be able to be on the same page right from the start of every project from now on.
If you’ve ever met with a client and had to say, “I’m not quite sure” when they ask you what kind of tree exactly is on their property you need this app. Leafsnap lets you take a picture of the leaves on the tree in question. It then uses the same type of technology facial recognition programs use to reference thousands of pictures of trees.
The app will let you know what kind of tree you’re dealing with saving you a lot of time and research more outdated methods would require. You’ll have a fast way to answer client’s questions and help them plan out complementing plants or develop a good plan on how to properly care for their tree.
How many times have you been asked how much soil or mulch an area you’re working on will need? The Harvest Landscape Calculator puts an end to guesswork involved in these types of estimations for your clients.
You can enter the depth of the area you’re planting with the slider tool, and then tell the app the amount of area you need to cover at that depth. The calculator will give you the exact amount of soil or mulch you need to finish the project. No more rough estimates that could leave you running short of supplies in the middle of a workday.
The majority of your work involves being outside, especially in the summer months when the weather is hot. Being smart about how you’re going to handle the heat is really important to your personal health and safety.
OSHA Heat Safety Tool tells you the temperature, humidity, and even the “feels like” temperature of the weather in your area. It also includes recommendations on how often to take breaks, drink water, and even gives you a list of heat-related illness symptoms.
No one wants to need a list like that but if you find yourself in a situation where you need that information quickly you won’t have to worry about not knowing where to look.
Planimeter lets you enter in an address and then provides pictures of the property as well as measurement information. You can view all of the information before you even step foot on the property which means you can arrive prepared and ready to plan out the best landscaping or lawn care tips possible for your clients.
Lawn Buddy is an app that does a little bit of everything and it’s specifically made for your lawn care business needs. If you need help planning effective routes to get that day’s tasks done, that’s something Lawn Buddy can plan out for you.
You can also handle all kinds of behind the scenes things like scheduling your crews, creating estimates, and automated invoicing. The app will send an invoice to your client as soon as you mark a job completed, so that’s an extra step you no longer have to worry about.
Want to have all of your communications with your client stored in one app on your phone? Lawn Buddy can do that too. You won’t have to search through endless lists of texts to find conversations with your clients anymore. Keeping your business communication and your personal communication in two separate areas can be especially handy.
Much like the OSHA app, this is an imperative app to have when you’re working outside the majority of your time. You can get up to date weather information, push notifications for weather watches and warnings, and even breakdowns of what the weather will be like by the hour.
When you’re planning out what you need to get done for your clients you really can’t make the most effective plan without the best possible information on what weather to expect. The Weather Channel app takes care of any questions you might have about the upcoming weather and what you need to be ready for.
When you’re dealing with estimates and contracts you’re going to need a convenient way for your clients to view and sign documents as you go. DocuSign is an app you can keep right on your phone so your clients can see what they’re signing and ask questions while you’re still there with them.
You’ll be able to have things signed and squared away without ever having to leave the property only to later send your client a document you’ve created at home or in your office. It’s just one more way to be sure everyone is on the same page before you start a project.
If you’re looking for an app that gives you a chance to look at what homeowners in your area are offering as potential jobs GreenPal is a great option. You’ll be able to see what homeowners have submitted to the app as a job they need a lawn care pro for.
Once you’ve seen jobs that pique your interest, you’ll have the chance to bid on the job giving the homeowner a chance to choose you. This app brings customers right to your doorstep (or smartphone in this case) and lets you choose what to bid on based on your own interests.
You’ll even be able to do a set amount of bids for free each day. Once you’re done with the job, GreenPal bills the customer for you so there aren’t any delays while creating invoices and waiting for payment. It’s a great app to add to your lineup.
Managing a lawn care or landscaping business is time-consuming but it doesn’t have to be so complicated that you’re overwhelmed with tasks you can handle easily if you use the right apps. Keep these apps in mind and find what works best for you. Once you figure out the best mix of apps for your business you’ll never want to go back to anything you’ve done before.