It’s something of a tradition in baseball to put your hat on backward and maybe inside out when your team is behind and needing a rally to win. It’s called the rally cap.
The November election changes everything. The question is: should you expect more upside or downside? If you believe like I do—expect more upside and invest in the coming “rally” for your landscape business.
So where do you invest in your landscape business?
Trucks? Equipment? People? Yes, of course… but these are required investments necessary to operate a landscape business.
- Trucks and equipment are a depreciating investment, with short life spans, high maintenance costs, and ultimately they have be to retired and repurchased.
- People are an expense that have a relatively short lifespan (people come and go easily) and they are expensive.
Landscape business software should do more than help you operate
What you really want is an investment that does more than help you operate, but helps you manage. Because it is management we lack… and most need.
What is that investment? ERP software.
ERP software is a high ROI investment that helps you manage your landscape company
It appreciates in value, has a long life, low maintenance costs—and, if you choose the right ERP partner—it eliminates retirement and future repurchase.
New technologies have made ERP cloud and mobility affordable for anyone in the green Industry.
At the same time it provides real-time information, embeds best practices in the software, and puts it all on a smartphone or tablet so anyone can use it from anywhere—from the owner to the crew leader).
What Is ERP?
ERP: Enterprise Resource Planning is the integrated management of business processes, often in real time, using software and technology.
For landscape companies, these business processes include: marketing, sales, landscape estimating, scheduling, purchasing, time, payroll, invoicing, job costing, and accounting in a seamless, end-to-end flow.
Where before these processes operated independently of one another (think many spreadsheets and redundant data entry), ERP brings them together.
How Your ERP Software Investment Pays Off
The result is greater personal productivity and better customer service, while reducing the cost of doing business. Just ask those who have made the ERP investment how much more productive people and equipment become when they are “managed”—not just “operated”—efficiently.
The green industry is entering into a new era where management is the real game changer. Yes—it’s time to put on the rally cap.
Every week from now on I will be publishing a blog discussing (1) what it is, (2) HOW TO BUY IT, (3) how to use it, and (4) how to avoid making mistakes and get the best ROI from your investment.
Be sure to tune in for my next post on the tactical benefits you can expect to realize when you invest in landscape business management software.