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Tracking hours

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by Ryall Landscaping, Jul 16, 2009.

  1. Ryall Landscaping

    Ryall Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 128

    I'm just curious how you guys track your hours. For example, do you consider when you leave the house until you get home when you were working (as far as keeping track of everything), including driving time, or do you just add up the time spent at any and all places you did a service that day?

    Also, those of you with employees - do you pay them including driving time and such or SOLELY what they work? My dad has a construction business and has always done it from when they arrive on the job to when they are done, and if they have to move to a separate house or anything that is considered part of their work.

    Just curious on how everyone does things..I'm sure there are different ways everyone does it. Thanks.
  2. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,220

    Both... in order to check how much money your making you need to keep track of ALL time. including talking to customers on phone, running to dealer, changing oil, everythign.
  3. nemow

    nemow LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 253

    As far as employees, they get paid when they get into the truck at the beggining of the day until they park it at the shop at night.
  4. nemow

    nemow LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 253

    But for me...Am I working right now? I do have quick books open in the background...
  5. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,899

  6. Ryall Landscaping

    Ryall Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 128

  7. Ryall Landscaping

    Ryall Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 128

    As far as productivity, it's a little different for me because we only do 2 lawns weekly, and the rest of our work is just landscaping..So we typically are on the job probably 98% of the time (just driving there and back, maybe a lunch break).

    However, yesterday we spent a few hours finishing up some trimming and stuff at a customers home, and then we proceeded to do our 2 weekly mows, and my productivity % was 78%. I guess that's a bit below average..But our 2 mowing jobs are far apart..So it's ok I guess.

    I was just curious though if most people counted driving time, etc. into their hours for the day. For example, I go on Quickbooks and log all the time we spend at jobs.. But I never included driving time...Ive been considering adding it.
  8. duranlandscaping

    duranlandscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 76

    How do you track time in quickbooks? What version do you have?
  9. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,257

    Quickbooks Pro 2007.
  10. Ryall Landscaping

    Ryall Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 128

    I have Premier 2008.

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