Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Business > General Business Discussions

General Business Discussions A place to talk about general business discussions.

Paperless...good idea?


General Business Discussions

A place to talk about general business discussions.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 02-09-2007, 09:33 AM
tiedeman
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Is it a good idea to take your business totally paperless? *And by paperless I mean billing, scheduling, payment, etc.

Is it better to have a paper backup in case your computer crashes? *Or is that what external drive back ups are for?

Weigh in with the pros and cons and whether you have any experience with this.



Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 02-09-2007, 09:40 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 38,038
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
You know this is a very good question. It made me immediately think of the 2000 presidential elections how messed up things got and how sometimes having a paper trail is a good thing. I think there may always be need for some sort of a paper trail. Especially when multiple people have access to financial data.

Some of the other things I think about: You still get a paper receipt when you purchase something at a store even if you purchase with a credit card. I don't know if we will see that change either.
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-09-2007, 09:58 AM
tiedeman
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

I know what you mean. It would be great to do it. Not have to worry about storing all of the documents, being environmental sound, saving money on paper and ink supplies, and perhaps even saving time
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-14-2007, 06:40 PM
S.P.Martin Lawn Care
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

We had that paperless mantra at my former place of employment. Even after more than 10 years of trying to reach that goal, its not happening. The recieving end is the problem. Incompatable or missing software for word processing, e-mail, fax, and so on screws it all up. Some legal rules of evidence and discovery didn't help either.

I've acquired a laptop, a small printer, and an inverter so that I can bring my office with me. I'm on a small enough scale I should be able to do scheduling for my per diems, print invoices, estimates, enter payments, maybe credit card sales, etc, all from my truck. Won't be totally paperless, but pretty close as a few of my older customers refuse to own, use, or are just not comfortable with computers enough to pull it off.

To prevent loss of data, daily back ups will have to be done. Can't forget data security either. Wireless needs to be encripted, at home and the air card if used, and passwords to get into the programs changed regularly.

A progress report will follow later in the season with pros and cons. I'm optimistic knowing the limitations I face.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-14-2007, 07:16 PM
tiedeman
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

About years and years ago when I was in college, they put in a system of where everything was paperless, it was manditory too, not a option. Grades, parking permit registration, payment of tuition, etc. was alll done online. No paper involved at all. It was pretty dramatic and took a lot of people by surprise, but people finally conformed to it.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-14-2007, 07:33 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 38,038
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

One of the big problems with paperless I think is that most of the times, data just isnt backed up and systems crash.

I think this happens more often than you would ever have any type of problem that would destroy your paper receipts.

The more we rely on computers, the more we need to get into the habit of backing up data.
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Review of our lawn care...
Lawnline
07-12-2016 06:40 PM
Yesterday 10:58 AM
by Lawnline
6 1,798
Start My Own Business?
mowandblow1980
01-12-2016 07:43 PM
08-25-2016 12:55 PM
by Steve
19 2,127
fliers
joshp
08-19-2016 03:23 PM
08-25-2016 07:16 AM
by Chilehead
6 328
Looking for new host
Just for Cuts
11-26-2015 06:58 AM
08-24-2016 09:05 PM
by Stephen Alberts
10 1,901
Facebook advertising
Just for Cuts
12-13-2015 07:49 AM
08-24-2016 08:59 PM
by Stephen Alberts
14 13,086
Landscaper taking on odd...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
08-07-2016 06:57 PM
08-24-2016 10:27 AM
by Steve
6 537
Breaking into commercial...
SGL1
08-19-2016 07:02 AM
08-24-2016 10:12 AM
by mowandblow1980
7 340
Snow Plow
acrajchel
08-17-2016 10:21 AM
08-22-2016 11:21 AM
by Steve
5 322
Quarter Acre Woodland...
ew411
08-16-2016 06:50 AM
08-18-2016 12:25 PM
by Steve
4 310
Bidding Bushhogging
acrajchel
08-15-2016 11:52 AM
08-17-2016 05:32 PM
by acrajchel
4 304
Hello From the Florida...
KevinShuman
08-15-2016 08:57 PM
08-16-2016 01:52 PM
by SC93
2 299
I'm making stupid money...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
08-07-2016 07:07 PM
08-16-2016 12:42 AM
by SC93
5 592
A quick Intro
BLE
08-14-2016 05:17 PM
08-15-2016 10:54 AM
by acrajchel
2 298
New Customer - Gettting...
acrajchel
08-05-2016 05:00 PM
08-15-2016 10:52 AM
by acrajchel
4 565
helping out a friend set...
Doug D
08-13-2016 11:33 AM
08-15-2016 09:45 AM
by Steve
1 310
Small bed job
Bradcook21
08-09-2016 09:52 PM
08-10-2016 03:51 PM
by Steve
1 428
Hello from NoVa
jtwlawn
08-03-2016 11:20 AM
08-09-2016 10:45 AM
by jtwlawn
4 562
How much to charge for...
jymie
03-31-2013 05:59 PM
08-08-2016 04:33 PM
by Steve
27 6,638
Needing a website built
burtle
06-17-2015 09:02 AM
08-07-2016 10:21 AM
by Just for Cuts
18 19,805
New Site Hows it look
Infinitelawn
03-16-2015 10:32 AM
08-07-2016 08:37 AM
by Lawnline
8 11,276
Hey guys! Greetings from...
thegardener
08-05-2016 05:45 AM
08-05-2016 03:26 PM
by Steve
1 474
First Time Bidding-Need...
capitallawncrew
08-01-2016 08:30 AM
08-03-2016 09:52 AM
by Steve
3 606
Show us your stripes
Just for Cuts
05-21-2015 03:07 PM
08-01-2016 08:28 PM
by ExclusiveLawns
7 3,785
String trim BEFORE mow...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 08:13 AM
07-31-2016 10:36 AM
by joshp
13 5,929
» Popular Tags
apartment become an entrepreneur best mower be your own boss bidding break business business education business help business management complex contractor hacks contracts deck lift dethatcher edging entrepreneur entrepreneur education estimate estimates fuel problems fuel pump half moon blade intro introduction jjandm lawncare l.t.rich landscape landscape design landscaping landscaping design company landscaping richmond va landscping lawn lawncare lawnservice lowering grade marketing mulch planting raising grade residential lawn care richmond va richmond virginia lawn care safety scag snowblower snow plowing snow shovel sprayer start a business start a lawn care business start business start up toro timecutter townhome tree tree service video web design websites what to charge work from home z-max z-spray
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:33 AM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:33 AM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy