The eco-friendly wave has taken businesses by storm. These days it isn’t just Whole Foods and even Walmart hopping on the “loving the earth” bandwagon, but small businesses as well. Service businesses of all shapes and sizes are promoting eco-friendly products, disposal methods and more. It may not have occurred to you that you can make your landscape and lawn care business more environmentally friendly (after all you work in the environment day in and day out, what more is there to it), but you can! Here are two ways that you can go eco-friendly, all while streamlining your business and saving you some of the other kind of green, so you can toot your own horn.
Route Optimization with Google Maps
With fuel costs rising, saving gas is the economic thing to do for your business. But it is environmentally friendly too, because it reduces your emissions. Having a scheduling application with built in routing allows your dispatch team to send your personnel to job sites the quickest and shortest route, every time. The routing functionality will allow you to put a little green back in your business pockets while doing your bit for the green outside.
Reduce Your Paper Trail
Do your foremen and personnel have to get paper work orders from the office? Do you print out time sheets for your personnel to fill out in the field? Save a tree with an online work order management system, or better yet, and entire service management program that schedules, creates work orders, pushes those work orders to mobile devices, and does billing all in one place. You will no longer get lost in a sea of paper files, sticky notes, and more, saving you time and the environment as well. Imagine this: a landscape or lawn care company that is virtually paperless. That is something you can brag about.
Next time you see a service vehicle advertising that their company is “green,” make sure that you can smile knowing your business is GREENER. Implement a workforce management system for your green industry business that saves you money while you save face.