Landscape accounting software to run a green industry business successfully. Do you need it?
To have or have not... Landscape accounting software. It’s a question that many green business owners struggle with. On the one hand, all businesses need accounting in one form or another. On the other, most non-accountants find accounting software intimidating, and prefer to hire a dedicated specialist to take care of them.
But if you’re a smaller business, sometimes this isn’t an option. Especially early on, you may find yourself having to do billing and invoicing yourself. This can be challenging--especially if you’re not yet using landscape accounting software to simplify it.
Whether you “DIY” your books or have an accountant do them for you, Arborgold offers a number of excellent features to simplify your bookkeeping. From built-in invoicing to Quickbooks integration and more, Arborgold has everything you need to manage the most basic business accounting tasks.
In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the ways Arborgold’s landscape accounting software can help you run your business. We’ll explore how you can dramatically simplify invoicing. We’ll look at how you can increase your invoice payment rate using automated invoice software. We’ll explore how batch invoicing can reduce the time spent on invoices. Finally, we’ll show you how you can integrate your landscape accounting software with Quickbooks to easily manage invoice data
But first, let’s take a closer look at the main topic of this article.
Billing and Invoicing With Landscape Accounting Software
We all have a love-hate relationship with billing. On the one hand, it’s how we get paid! On the other hand, too often, we struggle with:
- Clients who pay late.
- Clients who don’t pay at all.
- Keeping track of hourly work.
- Creating and sending invoices.
- Accounting tasks associated with billing and invoicing.
As a green industry business, these are the last things you want keeping you up at night. You’d much rather spend your time building green solutions that make the world a better place. But billing and invoicing is crucial to getting paid. Especially if you’re a small business and can’t afford an accountant, it can feel like these tasks are eating up all your time and energy.
That’s what makes landscape accounting software so powerful. By streamlining and automating accounting, it reduces the time you spend on these tasks. If you leverage the power of landscape accounting software to its maximum potential, it’s like having your own online accounting team.
When you do it the usual way, invoicing is a chore. To create one simple invoice, you have to complete a number of tasks, including:
- Calculating what the client owes you.
- Filling out data on the invoice (date, amount owing, tax info etc).
- Sending the invoice.
- And in some cases, chasing the client to ensure the invoice gets paid!
Arborgold landscape accounting software changes all that. With Arborgold, you can collect all the invoicing information from the billing software, calculate taxes and fill in all key data in one click. Essentially, the invoices are created for you. Since all the billing is done in Arborgold, the data can be exported automatically to your invoice.
Another great feature of Arborgold’s landscape accounting software is batch invoicing. Batch invoicing collects data from billable jobs automatically, and sends invoices instantly when the date and time comes. This feature creates all your invoices for you using the billing data available in the system. In just a few clicks, you can send dozens of invoices at once.
Billing and invoicing go hand-in-hand. How you manage your billing determines how you manage your invoices. You use billing data to calculate the cost of a job, and you put your invoice together based on that. So if you want to simplify invoicing, you need to simplify billing.
One of the best ways to manage billing is to convert itemized jobs into recurring projects. By doing so, you generate recurring revenue, and simplify the billing process.
Using Arborgold’s landscape accounting software, you can convert any itemized job into a billable contract. From the dashboard, simply click on the customer/client profile, set the contract value, billing date, and the number of payments. From that point on you can enter your billing data for any given month (or bill period of your choosing) and have the invoices created for you automatically.
Arborgold’s landscape accounting software integrates seamlessly with Quickbooks. Any time you want to export data to Quickbooks, simply click on ‘Quickbooks’ from the AR tab in the Arborgold dashboard. From there, you can see all your invoices, and select which ones you want to export. After that, all your data is synced to Quickbooks and ready for bookkeeping.
Quickbooks is one of the most powerful accounting tools on the planet. Offering features like tax filing, reporting, bookkeeping, payroll and more, it’s like a an online accounting department in one app. If you’re already using Quickbooks, you’ll love how Arborgold syncs automatically with the service. And if you’re not using it yet, Arborgold provides a great entry point into the system, streamlining the billing and invoicing processes that tend to be complicated using Quickbooks on its own.
Arborgold’s landscape accounting software comes with tons of great features for green industry businesses. From the dashboard, you can easily manage billing, create and sync invoices, and instantly send all your data to Quickbooks.
But the story doesn’t end there. Because Arborgold is much more than just an invoicing product. As a full-fledged CRM for landscaping, tree care and green industry businesses, it comes with all the online tools you need to run your business:
- Contact management.
- Email marketing.
- Crew management.
- Job costing.
- Proposals and estimates.
- Job scheduling.
- Job routing.
- Landscape design.
- And so much more.
As a green industry business, you have an important role to play in making the world a greener, cleaner place. With Arborgold, you can streamline and even automate the backend processes at your business so you can focus more on your true calling.
To learn more about how Arborgold can help streamline your accounting, billing and invoicing, click here.