5 Reasons You Need Swimming Pool Service Software

Posted on Tue, May 24, 2016

Pool maintenance and repair businesses can be incredibly busy around this time of year. If you’re in a climate zone that doesn’t allow for pools to be open year round, your busy season winds up being book-ended by openings in the late spring and closing pools down in the fall. That leaves your business to get as much work done as possible in between.


While more and more businesses are adopting technology, there are still some companies that rely very heavily on paper. They invoice on paper, they take notes in the field on paper and their scheduling is still done within the office either on, you guessed it, paper or a whiteboard. While you might be able to get by with this, there is only so much you can grow using paper processes, it isn’t scalable. Here are five reasons you need swimming pool service software.

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Tags: Pool Service Management Software, pool services software

5 Tips for Selling Commercial Landscape Maintenance Services

Posted on Sat, May 21, 2016

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I was talking to a contractor the other day that was an efficiency expert. He’d thought of nearly everything – from the most fuel efficient truck to the way he organized parts in that truck – to make doing his jobs as efficient as possible.


If you’re just starting a green industry business or have been in business for years, selling is the lifeblood of your organization. Without new customers, your growth stalls. And commercial landscape maintenance can be a potentially lucrative proposition. A single sale can net you steady work at multiple commercial properties. 
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Tags: mobile field service software, green industry business, landscape business, landscape maintenance

Should I Hire A Green Industry Business Consultant?

Posted on Thu, May 19, 2016

Maybe you’re getting crushed by competition. Maybe you’re losing employees faster than you can hire them. Or maybe you’re just stuck in a rut and haven’t been able to grow as much as you would have liked to. All of these might bring you to ask yourself, should I hire a business consultant? Do I need outside help?


As a green industry business owner, you do have access to a help from forums like Lawnsite, you can learn from publications like Irrigation and Green Industry and Lawn and Landscape. However, you might need someone who has the experience with other businesses to take a look at your operations, see where there are inefficiencies and help you right the ship. If you’re considering bringing on a consultant, here are five questions that you should ask yourself.

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8 Questions to Ask When Shopping for Pool Service Software

Posted on Tue, May 17, 2016

If you’re shopping around for pool repair or maintenance software, you likely know how much software can benefit your business. Moving from a paper based process to a paperless process can change the way you operate for the best. Your office runs smoother, field technicians are more efficient and, as a business owner, you’re not bringing work home with you!


One problem that we have continuously encountered is the lack of information available to pool service professionals. There aren’t many resources on which kind of software to purchase, what to ask vendors that you’re considering or even what to expect after you purchase the software. Since we (think we) know a thing or two about pool services software, we figured we might be able to help out with this issue. Here are 8 questions that all pool service professionals should ask vendors when they’re shopping for software.

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Tags: pool services software

Dealing With Customers Who Don’t Pay Your Lawn Maintenance Business

Posted on Sat, May 14, 2016

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Every business runs into a tricky situation once in a while, but few situations can be as awkward as having to confront a customer who hasn't paid. In a lawn maintenance business, this problem can be particularly challenging, because-- unlike at a grocery store or restaurant-- the tab isn't always delivered immediately. Instead of feeling so uncertain about how to handle the situation that you don't do anything at all, use the following tips to get the payments your business deserves and depends upon.

 

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Tags: lawn care business, lawn care software, lawn maintenance business

Why You Need a Value Proposition for your Green Industry Business

Posted on Thu, May 12, 2016

Tom Borg, a mid-sized green industry business consultant and a regular writer for Irrigation and Green Industry Magazine, recently wrote an article called How to Win Loyal Clients by Demonstrating Your Company’s Values. The article goes into depth of how to build loyalty with your green industry clients. A unique value proposition is really an essential building block for any business.

 

Thomas J. Stanley, the late author of the ‘Millionaire Next Door’ had this to say about business:

 

“Building a business is like building a home. If the foundation rests on an unstable setting or is constructed with subpar materials, it doesn’t matter if the rest of the home is perfect. It will never be a joy to its owner.”

 

A unique value proposition is the foundation to much of what you do. Here are four reasons why you need to develop a unique value proposition.

 

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Tags: green industry, business tips

How Pool Service Professionals can Promote Water Safety with their Customers

Posted on Tue, May 10, 2016

May is National Water Safety Month and as a pool service professional, you have an opportunity to educate your customers about pool safety. Pools provide plenty of enjoyment for all ages, but there is no doubt that they can be dangerous when not equipped properly or if owners or supervisors are not attentive.

 

Make the summer more enjoyable for everyone! Here are a five tips that pool service professionals can use to help promote water safety with their customers.

 

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Tags: pool services software, Pool safety

The 5 Senses of Service Business Marketing

Posted on Sat, May 07, 2016

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We all know the five senses of our bodies: sight, sound, touch, taste and smell.  There are key things your body uses and needs to function every day. While we can certainly survive without one or more of these senses, I think we can all agree that it is nice to have them all.

 

Your service business marketing functions kind of the same way. If you can use all five senses of small business marketing, you will have much more success in gaining new and qualified customers. So how exactly are there five senses in marketing? Let’s look:

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Tags: field service business, service business marketing, small business marketing

Renting Contractors' Equipment Like Hailing an Uber?

Posted on Thu, May 05, 2016

The On-Demand Economy has changed the way many of us drive, travel, book lodging, get food delivered and so much more, but does it have a place in the green industry and other field service industries? There are service provider apps like Plowz and Mowz and even heavy hitters like Amazon that anyone can use to get their lawn mowed or their driveway plowed at anytime and all without a contract.


It hasn’t happened without a fair deal of pushback. Many contractors are upset about these types of services because they feel providers compete only on price. And since they are trying to win jobs purely on price, quality is going to be compromised.

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Tags: snow removal contractors, green industry

HindSite Releases Pool Services Software Buyer's Guide

Posted on Tue, May 03, 2016

Most industries have resources to turn to for education on products that they use in their professions. There are plenty of reviews online that folks can turn to for equipment reviews or larger investments like work vehicles. But as far as we could tell, we couldn't find much information for pool services software.

 

Since we know a thing or two about the industry, we decided to use our knowledge to put together a buyer’s guide for pool services professionals. The Pool Services Software Buyer’s Guide covers a wide array of topics, such as the components of a pool services software, questions to ask when shopping around, industry trends and also a complete side-by-side features comparison guide.

 

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Tags: Pool Service Management Software, pool services software