• How do you track your snow leads?

    Imagine that you are out in your truck plowing a site and your phone rings, its a potential customer looking for a quote on their property for snow and ice services. You whip out your address book and write ...

    Megan Macaulay
  • Prep for the snow season - build a budget.

    Budgeting for snow sales can be tough, especially because snow is highly unpredictable. You actually have   no idea on how much profit you might make in a given snow season as it is all dependable on the wea...

    Megan Macaulay
  • Snow Service Verification Made Easy

    The snow and ice industry is a risky industry to be in as you become liable for everything that happens on a site during the winter months. It is very important that you track and document pre-site inspectio...

    Megan Macaulay
  • Preparing Snow Season Operations

    Every snow season comes with a list of things that need to be done before the season even starts. Maybe some of these ring a bell: Organizing jobs into routes Assembling snow binders - site maps, inspection...

    Megan Macaulay
  • Looking to Build Your Snow Business?

    Starting a new business or trying to build a business comes with its challenges, especially when it comes to building processes. Where do you even start? How do you document all of your processes? As a busin...

    Megan Macaulay
  • Are your salt trucks having trouble tracking plow trucks?

    If you have separate snow trucks and salt trucks, you know that it can be difficult to keep track of where an operator is. You try calling them and get no answer. It is a constant battle to figure out where ...

    Megan Macaulay
  • Do you know where your staff are?

    The snow season can be a busy one and staying on top of everything to run your business can be hard. Typically the operations manager needs to ensure... Every property is getting the right service (differen...

    Megan Macaulay
  • How to prove to customers that you serviced their snow sites

    Its the first snow storm of the season and your operators are out plowing and salting all night long. Your also awake trying to make sure that every contracted site is serviced and completed properly. You fi...

    Megan Macaulay
  • How do you route your staff for snow?

    As we all know, snow is very unpredictable which makes it very difficult to schedule. Not to mention, you still have to figure out your snow routes before you can even determine any type of staff organizatio...

    Megan Macaulay
  • Are your subcontractors living up to their commitments?

    If you work with subcontractors, you know its hard to track exactly what they are doing on your sites. You might not know whether they have actually serviced a site or not and you have to go off of what they...

    Megan Macaulay
  • How do you analyze your data after a snow event?

    Gone are the days where you have to collect hand-written time cards from your snow crews and decipher if thats the right information to bill your customer or pay your employees.  LMN Time offers many differe...

    Megan Macaulay
  • Make Less Mistakes & Spend Less Time Estimating

    Work area templates are one tool that can save you an enormous amount of time and mistakes when estimating.  They can store: A checklist of labor, equipment, materials for estimating tasks Snow Production r...

    Megan Macaulay
  • 5 Benefits of Timely Feedback

    Using technology in your snow business gives you the ability to see what is happening within your company from anywhere at anytime so that you can provide feedback immediately to your crews. The 7 Benefits o...

    Megan Macaulay
  • 7 Benefits of Using Technology This Snow Season

    Long story short...technology makes it simpler. It also saves money by reducing problems. 7 Benefits of Using Technology: 1. It validates information as-you-go which eliminates and reduces mistakes. 2. Auto...

    Megan Macaulay
  • Common Estimating Methods that Kill Good Jobcosting

    Many snow contractors determine their pricing by: 1. Area Pricing - installs or serviced based on a price per square foot. 2. Guesstimating - pricing based on past projects, or off the cuff estimates. Both o...

    Megan Macaulay
  • 6 Reasons Why Every Snow Company Should Jobcost

    Know What Makes Money - learn what to focus on, what to avoid, and what you should fix. Company Culture - Not keeping score shows your staff that the score is not important. Better Estimating - Jobcosting i...

    Megan Macaulay
  • Do you have the right equipment for snow maintenance?

    Here are the pros and cons of using snow plow trucks verses equipment: What are you going to use this season? Overall, using machines will result in less costs over the snow season even though they are more...

    Megan Macaulay
  • Bullet Proof Billing for Snow

    Keeping track of what needs to be billed during a snow season can be a nightmare if you don't have the proper systems in place.  We all know what can happen... Lost Billing: Lost paperwork Services not docu...

    Megan Macaulay
  • Should you hire a driver who costs $5/hr more, but is 15% more productive?

    Fact: More expensive staff can be cheaper. Its actually more expensive to hire cheap - take a look at the chart below: Plow/Salt Revenue: The experienced operator can produce 3K more in revenue than the ine...

    Megan Macaulay
  • How to Make Sure Your Snow Operators are Efficient and Effective This Snow Season

    Fact: A good plow operator can save 30% of time vs. untrained operators. This returns a better profit for you at the end of your snow season. One way to turn your plow operators into good plow operators is b...

    Megan Macaulay
  • Is Unbillable Time Sapping Your Potential Snow Revenue?

    On average, snow staff produce $120/hr in revenue per man hr. This includes labor rate, materials, equipment charges, overhead & profit. Below is just an example of how unbillable time equals unbillable ...

    Megan Macaulay
  • Do you know how to Calibrate your Salters?

    Fact: Most sites are over-salted every single year. Over salting results in time wasted, money lost and most of all, it hurts your bottom line. The key is to determine how much salt is spun out of your salte...

    Megan Macaulay
  • Tired of Collecting Paper Timesheets? Us too.

    Doing snow maintenance in the field is just the beginning of the work...the paperwork that has to be dealt with after the snow event is just as as critical.  Post-Event Operations: Collect hand-written shee...

    Megan Macaulay
  • Ready to Eliminate Snow Binders this Season?

    Lets all face the facts, snow binders suck. You not only need to have a binder for each operator that includes their route but each binder needs to include other operators routes just incase one operator nee...

    Megan Macaulay
  • Want Great Customer Service this Snow Season?

    The snow season can be hard, especially when we have to deal with unhappy customers. We all get the calls from customers - "when are you getting here? You haven't been here/what time were you at our lot...

    Megan Macaulay
  • Do you know what your production rates are?

    Pricing snow jobs year after year can be difficult when you don't have a consistent pricing method. Using LMN Time's Production Rate Calculator gives you the ability to enter your production rates and use th...

    Megan Macaulay
  • Planning for Snow with Unscheduled Routes

    Obviously you can't schedule snow and ice work ahead of time... you have no idea when its going to snow. LMN Scheduling lets you build what's called an Unscheduled Route.  Unscheduled routes are lists of job...

    Megan Macaulay
  • Real-Time Tracking for Snow Jobs

    It's 3am and its snowing... and you need to quickly see what sites have been hit, and which ones are still waiting.   With the new Live Map screen, now you can view the statuses of all your jobs on a map, l...

    Megan Macaulay
  • Measure Snow Sites from your Desk!

    Quoting snow work can take a huge amount of time out of your day when you have to travel to each site to measure your sites. Why not do it electronically using Google Earth and LMN? LMN has introduced a meas...

    Megan Macaulay
  • LMN Basic - Go Paperless with Electronic Snow Binders

    Tired of setting up snow binders every single snow season? Tired of handing out snow binders just to have to collect them all back to make changes? Why don't you try something new this year and make your sno...

    Megan Macaulay