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New Updates for LMN Time (Mar 2015)

Update Released Tonight for LMN’s Timetracking Software

Tonight we went live with a small improvement update to LMN Time.  Here, we’ve implemented some of the most frequent user suggestions over the last quarter.

 

New Screen:  Job History (Jobs Menu)

If you need a really quick way to view, real time, a history of work done, crew notes, supervisor and more for any of your sites, then check out the new Job History screen under the Jobs menu.

  • Search for a specific job, task or by a specific job group
  • Select a date range
  • Choose the job and task you want to view
  • Get date-by-date information of exactly who was there, when they were there, what they did, and what notes they entered

live time history for jobs

 

 

Improvement: Added Ability to Track Qty for Activities, but charge a Fixed Amount

We added a new billing type for job Activities.  There are 2 ways to bill a per-application charge.

Per App (Fixed Price):  will bill a fixed charge for the activity, no matter what the foremen enters as the quantity.  The billing will always be for a fixed amount.

Per App (Variable Price):  LMN Time will use the quantity to dictate how much to bill… this way, you can have a per application price, but charge for half an application or 2 applications in one visit.

Track materials for billing

 

 

Improvement: Apply a Custom Sort Order to Job Activities

We had a few users ask to be able to put activities in a specific order for crews (most often used activities first, least often used activities towards the bottom).  Now, you can use the up and down arrows to the right of each activity name to set a custom order for the ways a job’s activities will show up on crew timesheets.

ActivitySortOrder

 

 

New Feature: Deactivate Job Activities

Another popular request was the ability to deactivate activities so that activities that are completed no longer show up on crew timesheets. We’ve added the ability to deactivate activities on jobs. Deactivated activities will no longer show up as available options on timesheets, but will still continue to show up on all reports for tracking, billing, etc.

deactivate timesheet activity

 

 

New Feature: Crew Crew Schedule (Daily Whiteboard)

We just made changes to the Daily Whiteboard far easier with the new Clear Crew button. You’ll find this button in the bottom ‘action’ bar on the Daily Whiteboard screen. Using this button, you can select a specific crew and do any of the following:

  • Clear their schedule  (this will delete any/all scheduled visits for that day)
  • Move their schedule (pick a new date and all scheduled visits will move to the new date)
  • Move to unassigned (move a crew’s daily schedule to the Unassigned column for reassignment later)

 

clear crew schedule

 

 

New Feature: Jobsite History

A live, real-time history of every visit for jobsite tasks, including start time, supervisor who did the work, crew notes, and billable activities performed is now active on the job screen.  To view this information, go to Jobs, then click History in the task sidebar.  Click the INFO button beside the task activity you wish to view.

jobsite activity history

 

 

Improvement: Job Review Screen – Total Hours

Previously, the job review screen showed a live report of estimated vs. actual hours for each task on a job, but not the job totals.  We added total job progress at the top of this report, now showing total estimated vs. actual hours as well.

JobReviewTotals

 

Improvement: Latest Activity – Own Screen and Added Search Capability

The Latest Activity screen, added in the last update to LMN Time, shows live, real-time clock in and out events as they happen.  To make this activity more readable, we created its own screen for it, and we added a search capability so you can filter results by foreman, by job, or by task name.   You can find this screen under the Timesheets section and using the Latest Activity tab on the left side.

timesheet activity

 

 

New Addition:  More Reports Added!

 

Activity Report (Billing Summary)

This new  report  shows a summarized history of all the billable activities by job, by date.  You can use the report options to hide unbillable activities, hide quantities for unbillable activities, or summarize a total number of activities by date.   [Shown under the Billing reports]

Activity-BillingSummary

 

Job Summary (Tasks and Activities) – Added ability to show total pricing.

Added the ability to show pricing on the Job Summary (Tasks + Activities) report for any date range.

timesheet billing

 

Change Audit Report (by Supervisor)

Run a report showing a complete history of every changed clock in/clock out time for your supervisors.  [Found under the Payroll reports, Supervisor Edit – Audit]

audit timesheets

 

 

New Screen:  Unscheduled Work  (Schedule Menu)

The Unscheduled Jobs screen gives you an instant view of all:

  • Unscheduled Jobs – shows all jobs where no hours have been scheduled for ANY of the job’s tasks
  • Unscheduled Tasks – shows a list of any/all jobs and tasks with no work scheduled

unscheduled tasks

 

 

Improvement: Added Crew Notes to Payroll Export (Excel)

Several users had requested that the Payroll Export to Excel (detailed version) includes the Crew Notes entered for each task.  Now each time record in the Excel export contains the task notes for the crew.

timesheet app export excel

 

 

New Feature: Added support for ADP Payroll Export file(Excel)

Some versions of ADP payroll support importing time records from .csv files (import files). LMN can now export time records in a format that’s supported by ADP. Go to the Reports menu, then choose Export and then select the ADP Export option.

timesheet export to adp
 

 

Improvement:  Performance on Where Are They? screen

We eliminated clocked-out employees from the Where Are They screen to improve page speed and performance.

Update Released for LMN’s Estimating Software

Update Released Tonight for LMN’s Landscape Estimating Software

Tonight we went live with a minor/major update to LMN’s Estimating Software.  It’s minor in that there aren’t a lot of changes, but it’s major in that you’ll see a significant difference in the look and feel of the estimating screens.  We had to release these changes in light of some bugs that cropped up after an update to Google Chrome.  So we fixed the issues and added some tweaks and improvements.

You will notice a significant change to the screen, but don’t panic.  It’s not that different.

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Watch the New Help Videos

Click here to watch the playlist containing the new help videos

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Improvement: Collapsible Headers

Now you can click the headers for the Client Information, Estimate Summary, and Work Summary sections to expand/collapse them as you need them.  Makes it easier to focus on the section that you’re working on, especially with large estimates.

landscape estimate

 

Improvement: Easier Edit Work Areas

You don’t have to go in/out of work areas anymore.  They will expand and collapse on screen, so you can still easily see the work area that you’re working on.  It’s also easier/faster to move between different work areas.  All you need to do is click the EDIT button to expand a work area to edit the details.  When finished, you can click the CLOSE button, or just click EDIT on another work area and your changes to the current work area will save and close.

Edit Estimate

 

Improvement: Better Visibility of Pricing Adjustments

On the new estimating screen, price adjustments will be far more clear.  Click the GREEN PENCIL BUTTON beside any item’s price to override the budget price and set a custom price.  Click the GREEN PENCIL BUTTON beside any item’s profit margin to override your budget’s default profit margin.  To revert back to budget pricing, all you need to do is click the BLUE ARROW BUTTON.

custom estimate price or profit

 

Improvement: Faster Editing and Changes to Costs, Quantities and Prices

You’ll also find changes to the item names, descriptions, quantities, units, costs and more are much faster.  It now only saves after you’ve completed the work area, instead of saving after every change.

 

Improvement: Less Scrolling Left and Right.  New ACTION button added.

We condensed the buttons to make for faster changes, easier learning, and much less scrolling left and right.  We got rid of the individual buttons for CLIENT NOTES, CREW NOTES, etc. and replaced those buttons with one single ACTION button.  The ACTION button will drop down and give you all the same options you’re used to, but in one handy location instead of making you scroll over to the right to find and adjust these settings.

ActionButton

 

 

Improvement: Better, Faster Re-Ordering of Estimate Line Items.

Use the ORDER field on the estimate line items to put your line items in a specific order.  We like to put our costs in the order of operations so it makes sense to the crew doing the work.  Adjust your ORDER of line items and you’ll be able to instantly re-organize the order in which the line items are displayed.

ordering estimate items

 

 

Improvement: Gross Profit % Shown In Estimate Summary Section

The Cost of Goods, Breakeven and Net Profit were always shown in the Estimate Summary section, but the Gross Profit margin wasn’t shown specifically.  The Gross Profit Margin has been added to the new estimate screen.

gross profit margin

 

Watch

Watch the New Help Videos

Click here to watch the playlist containing the new help videos

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NOTICE: LMN Minor Update Tonight

Starting at 9pm EST LMN will be down for approximately 5 minutes. If you will be working on LMN during this time make sure to save your work! You will lose connection for up to 5 minutes due to this minor update.

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Upcoming LMN Time Webinars – Feb 26th and 27th

Due to popular demand we have added two more LMN Time + Scheduling Webinars!

Thursday February 26th – 3PM EST
Friday February 27th – 11AM EST

Register below!

Our LMN Time Webinar covers LMN Time + Scheduling in detail including setting up jobs, creating timesheets, staff, settings, reports and of course our brand new scheduling feature. This is a great opportunity if you are brand new to the time tracking and thinking about adding it for your company or if you are a current LMN Time subscriber and just want more detail about some of the functionality available in the software.

The LMN Time Webinar typically runs for 1 hour. If you are interested in signing up you can register through the link below or email if you have any questions.

LEARN MORE

Want to know a little bit more about LMN Time? Click the WATCH VIDEO button below to watch a quick YouTube video.

WATCH VIDEO

ASK QUESTIONS

Have any questions before or after the webinar? Click the button below to email us and we will answer your questions promptly.

EMAIL US

Click the button below to register Feb 26th 3PMSpace is limited, Reserve your seat today.

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Click the button below to register Feb 27th 11AMSpace is limited, Reserve your seat today.

landscape estimating

LMN Time Webinar – February 25th – 3PM

Our LMN Time Webinar covers LMN Time + Scheduling in detail including setting up jobs, creating timesheets, staff, settings, reports and of course our brand new scheduling feature. This is a great opportunity if you are brand new to the time tracking and thinking about adding it for your company or if you are a current LMN Time subscriber and just want more detail about some of the functionality available in the software.

The LMN Time Webinar typically runs for 1 hour. If you are interested in signing up you can register through the link below or email if you have any questions.

LEARN MORE

Want to know a little bit more about LMN Time? Click the WATCH VIDEO button below to watch a quick YouTube video.

WATCH VIDEO

ASK QUESTIONS

Have any questions before or after the webinar? Click the button below to email us and we will answer your questions promptly.

EMAIL US

Click the button below to register.Space is limited, Reserve your seat today.

landscape estimating

LMN SALES AND SUPPORT CLOSED FOR FAMILY DAY

Landscape Management Network’s Sales and Support and Live Chat will be closed on Monday Feb 16th for Family Day! If you have any questions or need support feel free to send an email to support@golmn.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

We will be back open again at 8am EST on Tuesday Feb 17th!

How to Be Everywhere All At Once… Managing a Landscape Company

 

January 27, 2015 @ 10:30am – 11:20 am

How to Be Everywhere All At Once – Managing a Landscape Company

Mike Lysecki, COO of the Landscape Management Network

Everyone wants a growing, thriving, profitable landscape company… until you inherit the problems that come along with more people, more jobs, and less time to manage it all! Mike Lysecki from TBG Landscape will share their story and the systems that kept them sane while they grew from a backyard startup to one of North America’s top 100 landscape contractors. See for yourself the systems that help the company flow – from spring hiring to final jobcosting – and everything in between.

ALSO stop by and visit Mike at the LMN booth at the GLTE 2015 tradeshow  (Booth #330) to see our landscape estimating, scheduling, and timetracking software.

Download

Download Mike’s GLTE Presentation

Click here to download a .pdf of Mike Lysecki’s powerpoint presentation:  How to Be Everwhere All At Once.

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Download Mike’s Standard Wage and Job Description Sample

Click here to download a Word Doc of the roles, wage chart, and criteria for advancing through the positions.   Note that all wages have been edited for the confidentiality of our staff.

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Can’t get to Congress? Download Mark Bradley’s Presentations

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January 7, 2015 @ 10:45 am – 11:45 am

How to Run A Job Like Your Competition Can’t…

Mark Bradley, President, TBG Landscape and the Landscape Management Network

If you are tired of facing competition that works too cheap, then learn some proven ways to beat them at their own game. Reduce prices without sacrificing profit; join Mark Bradley of TBG Landscape, with an in-depth overview of how he trains staff to plan, organize, and supervise a jobsite, from mobilization to final punchlist.
Attendees will learn:

– How to value-engineer construction before it starts, to deliver the most value for the most profit
– How to set up trucks and trailers for industry leading productivity
– How to plan order of operations and work techniques
– How to decide when to use labour or equipment, and the significant impact this can have on profits
– How to eliminate waste to improve efficiency and profits
– … and how important it is to teach and communicate with others, so that all your team can do the same.

ALSO join LMN at their booth (#2502) for more information or to demo our systems and our Mobile Timetracking Solution.

Download

Download Mark Bradley’s Presentation

Download Mark Bradley’s Presentation for Congress, How to Run A Job Like Your Competition Can’t…

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January 8, 2015 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Selling High End Jobs

Mark Bradley, President, TBG Landscape and the Landscape Management Network

Mark Bradley and his company, TBG Landscape, have built some of North America’s largest residential landscape projects. He brings his experiences, and his mistakes, front and center to discuss the most important steps he took to shift his business from $5K patios to $5M residential estates. It takes less a lot less effort, and less overhead, to manage ten $50K jobs instead of fifty $10K jobs, so attend this seminar to learn:

– How to position your company to get bigger, better leads
– How to build a brand that attracts bigger business
– A proven sales process for higher end work and why most sales approaches get what they deserve
– How to position yourself as an advisor instead of a salesperson
– How to help customers establish, and increase, their landscape budget
– How to turn complaints/problems into upsells and customer satisfaction

ALSO join LMN at their booth (#2502) for more information or to demo our systems and our Mobile Timetracking Solution.

Green and Growing Presentations [Mike Lysecki]

January 7, 2015 @ 1:00 PM – 1:55 pm

The Paperless Landscape Company – And The Tools That Can Get You There

Mike Lysecki, Director, Landscape Management Network

Don’t waste another year spending hundreds of hours sorting, filing and re-entering paperwork. Your staff ’s time would be far better spent preparing and checking estimates, collecting payments, planning and preparing jobs… the real work that impacts revenue and profits. Mike Lysecki, former director of operations at TBG Landscape (one of North America’s top 100 landscape firms) gives a live overview and
demonstration of a variety of paperless solutions used in their landscape operations from sales and estimating, job management/smart phone integration, fleet management, time tracking and more. If you’re looking to streamline your operations and improve productivity this year, this is a can’t miss session.

January 7, 2015 @ 2:00 PM – 2:55 pm

The Profitable Estimate – How to Get The Right Price, and The Job Done on Time

Mike Lysecki, Director, Landscape Management Network

While most of the green industry throws a number at a job and just hopes it works, the best in the business have a real system for consistent profitability. And there are at least two parts you have to get right….You need a profitable price and you need the job to get done on time, on budget. Mike Lysecki, former director of operations at TBG Landscape (one of North America’s top 100 landscape firms) demonstrates how they estimate and manage work. So why should you attend? TBG Landscape’s revenue per full-time staff has proven, over the past few years, to be double (or more) of similar peers. Get to this seminar and fi nd out how your company can ensure that every job: Is priced to cover its costs, overhead and profit, is value-engineered for the most possible revenue/profit in the least possible man-hours, is tracked for estimated vs. actual hours live, and the results are readily available to anyone that needs it.

ALSO join LMN at their booth (#1916) for more information or to demo our systems and our Mobile Timetracking Solution.

Landscape Ontario Congress Talks [Mark Bradley]

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January 7, 2015 @ 10:45 am – 11:45 am

How to Run A Job Like Your Competition Can’t…

Mark Bradley, President, TBG Landscape and the Landscape Management Network

If you are tired of facing competition that works too cheap, then learn some proven ways to beat them at their own game. Reduce prices without sacrificing profit; join Mark Bradley of TBG Landscape, with an in-depth overview of how he trains staff to plan, organize, and supervise a jobsite, from mobilization to final punchlist.
Attendees will learn:

– How to value-engineer construction before it starts, to deliver the most value for the most profit
– How to set up trucks and trailers for industry leading productivity
– How to plan order of operations and work techniques
– How to decide when to use labour or equipment, and the significant impact this can have on profits
– How to eliminate waste to improve efficiency and profits
– … and how important it is to teach and communicate with others, so that all your team can do the same.

ALSO join LMN at their booth (#2502) for more information or to demo our systems and our Mobile Timetracking Solution.

January 8, 2015 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Selling High End Jobs

Mark Bradley, President, TBG Landscape and the Landscape Management Network

Mark Bradley and his company, TBG Landscape, have built some of North America’s largest residential landscape projects. He brings his experiences, and his mistakes, front and center to discuss the most important steps he took to shift his business from $5K patios to $5M residential estates. It takes less a lot less effort, and less overhead, to manage ten $50K jobs instead of fifty $10K jobs, so attend this seminar to learn:

– How to position your company to get bigger, better leads
– How to build a brand that attracts bigger business
– A proven sales process for higher end work and why most sales approaches get what they deserve
– How to position yourself as an advisor instead of a salesperson
– How to help customers establish, and increase, their landscape budget
– How to turn complaints/problems into upsells and customer satisfaction

ALSO join LMN at their booth (#2502) for more information or to demo our systems and our Mobile Timetracking Solution.