Managing a landscaping business comes with its own array of challenges. In addition to managing operations, you have to stay ahead of inflation and keep ROI in the black.
According to Entrepreneur, 50% of small businesses fail within the first 5 years. By the 10-year mark, 70% of startups close their doors forever.
Here’s how successful landscaping businesses circumvent common small business struggles and set themselves apart from their competitors.
Many landscaping businesses start out with an idea in mind, but not a solid business plan.
To write a successful business plan, you need more than just ideas and a budget.
You need a decision-making process that’s based on data analytics. This empowers you to generate real-time insights, predict business trends, and optimize company operations.
Plus, examining historical data, competitor data, and current trends enable you to fine-tune your business and compete in today’s climate.
Unexpected regulations are an obstacle for any landscaper. Ordinances that regulate leaf pesticides, fertilizer, and the equipment you can use create a significant barrier to service. Worse, these ordinances can vary from zip code to zip code, making it challenging to stay compliant.
To combat this, many landscaping businesses join a state landscape association to stay abreast of any regulatory changes. But if you really want to get ahead of the game, you need an automated system to track government ordinances by area and notify your team of the requirements by job site.
This way, you and your team members can always be certain what the requirements are and which supplies to bring to a job.
Have you ever had days where your appointments are all over the city, racking up unnecessary travel expenses?
Or worse, has your staff turned down appointments you could’ve taken, just because they weren’t sure when you would be in the area?
Eliminate these problems with smart scheduling. Empower your team to see all of your scheduled appointments on a map and identify the best appointment times in seconds.
This way, you capture all the business you can in an efficient schedule based on location.
Imagine: your staff comes in to work each morning and opens an interactive map that displays all of your scheduled appointments. When the phone rings with a new appointment request, they plug the caller’s zip code in to Mapline and get instant appointment recommendations based on location and scheduled appointments.
If no one is available in the caller’s area, Geo Scheduling recommends the next available, efficient appointment time.
Your staff never has to question when and where your landscaping team will be. They always have real-time appointment information at their fingertips.
As soon as the appointment is scheduled, your team receives a notification and details about the government ordinances in that area. They immediately know which supplies they can use on the job, and they show up prepared.
While on-site, team members submit forms with photographs, job site information, and any necessary follow-up actions.
This information goes straight into Mapline, where all of your historical data is available at any given moment.
You have 24/7 access to maps, charts, and reports that help you see business trends and analyze competitors in the area. This way, all of your business decisions are based on real-time, up-to-date information that helps you level-up your business plan.
This is the power of an automated scheduling and analytics system. You get a robust system that streamlines all of your operations and frees up time for your team to focus on the most impactful actions.
“We are a far more efficient company because of this software… [it] has saved us so much money!” – Elizabeth D
“We’re able to pull data and copy/paste it into the program to create simple datasets that allow us to quickly and easily [make decisions]… Easy tracking and planning.” – Taylor A
“I love how simple to use Mapline is. Everything is very intuitive, and the support staff is very helpful too.” – Cameron
“The tools were easy to use but robust enough to give us great information.” – Brian
“Couldn’t be happier. Thanks very much Mapline. Your software and help functionality is fantastic!!” – Alex