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Lawn care apps for scheduling and routing

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What can a scheduling app for lawn care business do for your bottom line? The answer includes an array of benefits for a business including efficient scheduling and ultimately more money in your pocket.

Scheduling jobs can be very difficult due to weather, location, and other factors. Hiring contract labor can also be challenging. The business end of lawn care involves a lot of behind-the-scenes details, such as creating estimates, booking new clients and handling payments. Scheduling and routing generates many challenges for owner/operators, but the right app can transform how you do business and enable you to handle all your clients with ease.

The Challenges of Choosing Your Route

Lawn care businesses become increasingly challenging to manage with more and more customers to build into your route and to fit into a recurring schedule.. Customers want special types of mowing, catered to preferences such as grass-height, green practices, type of grass, and season. They also typically want services within 24-48 hours of when their lawn first shows signs of needing them..

Your business relies heavily on how and where you spend your time. Having a list of customers and their address is not enough to plan your routes and take into account things like traffic, how long each job will take, and more.

Lawn Love's Provider App

Lawn Love provides the best scheduling app for lawn care businesses to handle many of the following challenges:

1. Map View

Lawn Love pro app map view

By looking at your map view within the app, you can get an idea of who is near or far from you and how your customers are distributed throughout your area. You can select jobs from within the map view that you’d like to take, allowing you to create an efficient schedule.

You can even notify your customers when you’re on the way.

2. Convenient ways to handle payment for services

The right app can take payments from your customers automatically and can help you track your total earnings.

Lawn Love pro app payment screen

Often lawn care professionals have to circle back through their route to collect checks or other forms of payment, wasting their time and accruing additional costs in fuel. Our easy, digital payment system makes it so that you do not need to interact with the customer face to face to collect your payment,

3. Handling administrative work

Most lawn care professionals choose lawn care work because they don’t like paperwork or the administrative headaches and prefer to work outdoors. The right app will allow you to handle all your office work while you’re in the field. This includes scheduling, providing quotes,collecting payments, and tracking customer reviews.

4. Improve customer management and communication

You can use our lawn care app to plan and bid on jobs, and better meet customer needs such as letting customers know when you’re on the way to a job. You can also re-quote a job in real time if you arrive at a property that is overgrown or requires a different service or additional time.

Communicating with your customers in real-time helps you schedule service efficiently and keep customers happy.

5. Reschedule jobs

Sometimes your schedule becomes too packed, or an unexpected emergency pops up making it impossible to complete the jobs you had originally set out to do that day. Life happens.

Rescheduling work should be easy and fast. Simply reschedule your job within the app to notify the customer of the new time.

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The top apps for lawn care service businesses

Some of the top app choices for managing a lawn care business include reference apps, document management apps, and turnkey apps for lawn care businesses. The following are a few examples of different types of apps that might be useful for your business:

Service Autopilot

Service Autopilot was designed exclusively for lawn care and landscaping businesses by an entrepreneur who built a multimillion dollar lawn care empire. You can use the app to manage all daily operations, including routing, scheduling, giving estimates, invoicing, and taking payments. There are predesigned templates for invoices, business forms, and even marketing.

iPunchclock

Having a mobile time clock app is incredibly beneficial in a lawn care business. Each employee or temporary worker can use the app to clock-in and clock-out. You can manage multiple time sheets right on your phone and eliminate guesswork, rough estimates and worker exaggerations with precise confirmation of the hours worked.

DocuSign

This specialty app is a perfect complement to your management app because it specializes in producing and storing documents and contracts that customers can sign when you’re on-the-go. Your clients can view what they’re signing, ask questions and expedite essential service paperwork electronically.

Harvest Landscape

This specialty app can help you estimate how much soil or mulch is needed for planting purposes, based on the depth and coverage area.

Slack

The Slack app enables everyone in your company to collaborate, send messages, plan lawn care strategies and manage special projects, such as big landscaping jobs with many moving parts. You can use the app for free in the basic plan.

Workwave

Workwave is a great turnkey app for managing a lawn care or landscaping business. The app helps to keep multiple work crews and managers connected and on-target to meet company goals. You get real-time views of field work, back office operations and vehicle locations. The app makes it easy to handle seasonal demand and off-season projects. You can run your business on-the-go - even if you’re actively participating in the work.

Turfgrass Management

This app provides information for identifying lawn pests and diseases and choosing the best treatment products, such as herbicides, fungicides, growth regulators, adjuvants, insecticides, etc.

The Landscaper’s Companion

This app is a mobile plant and gardening reference guide that your crews and managers can use in the field to identify plants, trees and shrubs and plan the best maintenance strategy. You’ll appear more knowledgeable to your clients, and your knowledge will help you land more accounts.

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