Brittany Auman didn’t set out to be an entrepreneur. 

Auman’s husband-to-be, Caleb, needed help with his landscaping company. Brittany Auman literally learned the business from the ground up. “I was 21 years old, and I started going out on a few job estimates,” says Auman of her start at Auman Landscape, in Carroll, Ohio. “When I got there, people weren’t expecting me. A few of them even asked to postpone the meeting until Caleb could be there. It was crazy, because one of the people was the mother of somebody I went to school with—so I knew the people, and they knew me, but there wasn’t a lot of respect for women in the industry or in that specific position.”

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The reality for many small- and mid-sized field services businesses? The increase in fuel costs and disruptions to the supply chain has made it that much harder to stay afloat. When a single lawn service crew is spending $100 per day on fuel—and adding clients usually translates into even more driving—the path to profits just gets longer. 

But with help from a fleet management tool like GPS Trackit, field service companies can learn how to cut fleet running costs and get more output from the crews they already have in the field. For less than a cup of coffee per day per truck, GPS-enabled vehicle tracking technology gives operators the real-time information they need to reduce fuel costs, build better routes and keep vehicles productive and in service. 

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One of Clauser Tree Care’s clients had a big problem. 

Namely, an enormous log was sitting in her Philadelphia-area yard. Clauser had taken down the tree earlier in the day, but the size of log meant a different truck needed to be dispatched to take it away. Hoping to get it taken care of before the weekend, she called Clauser in the late afternoon to see what could be done. 

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Two of the largest variable costs any fleet manager has to deal with are fuel and maintenance costs. One of the most effective ways to get a handle on those costs is to use a sophisticated GPS-based fleet management tool to monitor them in real-time. 

The best solutions not only provide constant monitoring but also work with an easy-to-understand dashboard that gives fleet managers the information they need to change driver behavior and schedule preventative maintenance to prolong the service life of each truck. 

GPS Trackit’s fleet management solution has fully customizable tracking parameters that let managers monitor the most important key performance indicators that relate to reducing fleet fuel and maintenance costs. Including these items on your checklist can help reduce fuel and maintenance costs by up to 40 percent, and extend the vehicle life of a medium-duty truck by more than 100,000 miles. 

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Grow Your Field Service Business with Vehicle Management Technology

For most field service businesses, growth is more complicated than simply deciding to allocate more resources for crews and vehicles. Adding clients and increasing revenue has to first come from the assets you already have in place. 

That’s where a good field service management business comes in. 

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If it feels like inflation has your field service business squeezed in a vice, you aren’t alone. With inflation projected to be nearly more than 6 percent this year and significantly higher than average in 2023, everything you’re using to send your crews into the field costs more—from fuel to truck maintenance materials to wages themselves. You can’t control the macro factors driving inflation higher, but you can take away some of the pain cost increases cause with help from field service management technology.

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