Are you a landscaper? Know a landscaper? Starting a landscaping business? The most recent development collaboration between Strive, myself, and Brad Maryott is the (in my humble opinion) best landscaping app on the market, LeafCompass.
Some of the things this app does:
- Contracts & Estimates
- Billing & Invoicing
- Scheduling & Crews
- Lead Generation
Contracts & Estimates
The app is built on top of a sophisticated, yet simple-to-use algorithm that calculates everything about a landscaping project: man hours, material costs, holidays, equipment rentals, discounts, you name it.
The beauty of the algorithm is that at the end of the form it produces a rock-solid estimate, a great looking contract (of which you can edit the contract terms), and a material list to take to your material supplier.
Contract terms, grace periods, installment rates and more can be edited and included as part of the contract. A contract stays pending until you and the client have agreed, at which point you mark a contract “complete” and your project is ready to go.
Billing & Invoicing
Because everything has been pre-estimated, it makes billing and invoicing extremely easy. Invoices can be split into pre- and post-work payments, installments after delivery, and much more. All invoices are tracked and of course, everything is exportable to PDF for your (and your clients!) printing and viewing pleasure.
Scheduling & Crews
The scheduling algorithms of LeafCompass allow you to book your entire season of landscaping work without worrying about overlaps. The system knows when you’re about to overlap, and will either let you put projects on hold, or push back projects so you don’t wind up in an awkward situation with a client. And of course, all projects can be manually managed, allowing you to overlap to your heart’s content!
Also, manage crews, job titles, employees, and when each individual member of the crew works, when they take holidays, and their hourly rate.
On the front-end, LeafCompass is the best place to find landscapers for you projects. The homeowners feature allows the user to search for landscapers in their area, with featured landscapers showing at the top of the list (those landscapers who are using LeafCompass). Once a homeowner fills in the form, the lead is automatically generated for the account of the landscapers, enabling a much faster lead-to-client rollover.
Last but not least…
And finally, the whole site should work quite well on your iPhone or iPad, but stay tuned, as we have further development in the wings that will allow you to do even more amazing stuff while you’re on-the-go.