Question about building a system

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by exmarkking, Jun 10, 2013.

  1. exmarkking

    exmarkking LawnSite Bronze Member
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    So I have some bad habits I'm trying to work out so that my business runs more smoothly. I use gopher for scheduling and quickbooks for billing,estimates, ect. My problems are as follows.

    -ways to collect info to provide accurate estimates.
    -ways to sale my services better.
    - ways to keep up with additional services throughout the month
    Right now I meet with customers and then go back to the office and prepare an estimate to email thru quickbooks. I'm trying to avoid this additional step and some how give the estimate while I meet with the customer. Also I right down extra things I do throughout the month on my daily printout work sheets and by the time it's time to bill I have forgotten where and what I wrote, so I end up billing it wrong or not at all. Please help system line my system
    Thabks
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  2. conceptsketch

    conceptsketch LawnSite Member
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    A system is a series of events or procedures to produce a desire result.
    Start with the end in mind and work backwards , but it sounds like you need some operating software . There are plenty to choose from but pick one that you can attend yearly seminars if not more to pick up good ideas
     
  3. exmarkking

    exmarkking LawnSite Bronze Member
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    what would you suggest other than the software we are already running?
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  4. conceptsketch

    conceptsketch LawnSite Member
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    sorry i didnt see you used gopher , Buy the book The E Myth Landscapers , Or hire a consultant but basically If you write down every step it takes to produce a desired result then sequence them
     
  5. exmarkking

    exmarkking LawnSite Bronze Member
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    E myth landscaper? What is it and is it worth it? Where to get it?
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  6. conceptsketch

    conceptsketch LawnSite Member
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    Use google to find it?
     
  7. exmarkking

    exmarkking LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yes, i will I'm sorry.
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  8. conceptsketch

    conceptsketch LawnSite Member
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    No sorry bro but you gonna have to work hard to build good systems it gets better as long as you constantly work at it , tony bass helped michael gerber write the version of e myth i was suggesting
     
  9. exmarkking

    exmarkking LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I just looked it up on amazon. Ill prob get it if you think it's worth it. We don't have a problem with anything other than "running the business". But that is like 90% of the business.
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  10. conceptsketch

    conceptsketch LawnSite Member
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    The systems run the business thats why you have problemsyou have no systems ( procedures) you job is to follow or run the system , Thats only if you got one, otherwise its chaos
     

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