Archive for the 'How to Estimate Jobs' Category

Help bidding lawn mowing on multiple realtor properties.

Small lawn care companies, at times, may come upon large bidding opportunities through social connections they have or have made. Such opportunities can be a blessing or a curse. If you improperly bid the jobs, you could lose money on them and end up paying to work. If you bid too high, you risk losing [...]

Underbid my first lawn mowing bid.

There are a few things most new lawn care business owners do when they get started that really negatively impact their bottom line. The first thing they do is they underestimate the amount of time they will need to complete a job and follow up by underestimating the amount of money they need to charge [...]

Installing mulch beds and lawn mowing.

It’s not an easy step to take going from simply lawn mowing to providing landscaping services. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from multiple business owners on how they handle the difficulty of scheduling landscaping jobs around their weekly mowing customers. With the right time management strategy, you can [...]

How I underbid a hedge removal job.

It doesn’t take the average start up lawn care business to figure out how much to charge to mow the average size lawn in their area. Once you start to branch out and begin to offer landscape services, properly estimating times and fees can become more difficult to do. In this discussion from the Gopher [...]

1.5 acre commercial lawn care bid.

It can be difficult to scale up your lawn care estimating ability from working on smaller postage stamp size residential properties to larger acreage commercial properties. In this discussion, from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who is trying to figure out how much time it will take him to [...]

I use google earth to bid lawn care jobs.

We ll try to save time in all the processes we do throughout the day. How can we schedule our mowing routes to make distances shorter between customers. What equipment can we get to speed our mowing times. What lawn care software can we use to improve our billing speeds. Then when it comes to [...]

I need help with a huge hedge trimming bid.

The lure of a few hundred dollars can at times tempt the newer lawn care business owner into jobs that they may not have the ability to perform. So before you take on a larger job that is outside your normal scope of operation consider this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum where [...]

Pulling money out of the ground with aeration.

Anytime you are thinking about buying more lawn care equipment, you need to ask yourself if you can justify the cost. Will you make your money back from the machine and then some? Or will it sit there in your garage and barely ever be used? That is the discussion we had on the Gopher [...]

Scheduled my first mowing customer!

There is a lot of prep work and planning that goes into getting a lawn care business started. It can take quite a bit of time and money to be ready for your first mowing customer. Then all of a sudden, with the proper mixture of preparedness, know how, and equipment, you land your first [...]

Some mowing customer just suck the life out of me.

Some new callers will really put you to the test. They will try your patience and press every button you have. Some of your current customer base will do this too from time to time. How you handle it can make the difference between making money from them or not as we will see from [...]

Incoming Call Sheet for Lawn Care Estimates and Jobs.

It’s easier in the early stages of your lawn care business to not have to keep detailed records. Sure you might remember your mowing schedule in your head. Keep a listing of a few phone numbers in your phone and run everything else on post it notes as new calls come in. At some point, [...]

Why don’t callers leave their address?

Do you have pet peeves about the different things new customers do when they call you? What about when they call and ask for an estimate but don’t tell you their address? Such callers can set into motion a chain of events that involves multiple phone calls back and forth until an address can be [...]

Should I take on mowing jobs 45 minutes away?

Pricing jobs accurately is tough to do. But when you live outside your service area and you need to make a long drive into town to service properties, your estimate prices can go through the roof. So, how should an entrepreneur handle these situations? Should you take on jobs that are out of the way? [...]

What you forget when bidding a lawn in the cool weather.

Have you ever looked at the prices you give customers for lawn mowing and checked to see if you bid jobs higher on warmer days than cooler days? One entrepreneur shared with us his experience on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, on how the difficult jobs seem to become when they are done in [...]

How far should you go to win a commercial lawn care bid?

There is a big difference between gross income and net income. All too often when a new lawn care company is bidding on a property, they look at the gross income they will make on the job and disregard the actual amount they are going to be profiting. As we will see in this discussion [...]

How to write out my first commercial lawn care bid.

That first time you bid on a commercial property can really throw you for a loop if you are used to only working on residential properties. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one entrepreneur is trying to figure out how to include services like adding mulch to an annual lawn care [...]

I got my first lawn mowing job, now what?

There is this desire early in your business path to try and offer as many services as you can to experiment with and see what catches. The down side to this is different services require different skill sets and different equipment. Try taking on some jobs that you don’t know how to perform with the [...]

I need help breaking the per hour barrier.

Charging lawn care customers by the hour sounds great when you are new. With that pricing strategy you can guarantee you will get paid an agreed upon rate for every hour you are on the job site. There is a big downside to it though and it’s the reason why almost none of the companies [...]

I need help on a sod job.

Your lawn care customers are going to ask you to perform a variety of services. Sometimes you will be comfortable in bidding and performing them. Other times you will have no idea how to go about it. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one entrepreneur decided to take on a sod [...]

Should you offer one time mowings?

Can one time lawn mowings turn into regular lawn mowing customers? Sure they can, but it seems that doesn’t happen too often. With that said, should you offer one time lawn mowings? That is what one business owner was interested in knowing when he asked his question on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. As [...]

Reflections on the first week running my lawn care business.

If you get your lawn care business started up later in the season, your first obstacle may be accurately bidding leaf removal jobs. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, such jobs can really catch you off guard and require a lot more time than you may initially [...]

How would you handle this fall cleanup situation?

Have you ever run into a situation where you have already provided a fall yard cleanup only to have that same customer call you back a week later asking when you are going to be there to pick up the rest of the leaves? That is what is going on in this discussion from the [...]

I need to bid on cutting down a jungle!

When you are working on commercial properties or even large residential properties, you may at times be called upon to clear brush out of part of the yard. If you have never done such work before, coming up with a price for the job can be tough. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care [...]

Tree removal prices can really vary!

If you thought lawn mowing prices vary, you’d be shocked to see how varied bid prices are for tree removal. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from a group of business owners who all share their thoughts on how much they would charge to remove a 150′ ft pine [...]

Lawn pricing and bi-weekly mowing.

If you are just getting your business started and a customer either wants bi-weekly lawn mowing or none at all, most will take the bi-weekly job. However as you grow, you are going to want to either transition those customers to weekly lawn service or drop them from your route. As we will see here [...]

Offering free leaf cleanups in the fall?

Marketing is always an experimental process. Altering different variables and testing those marketing elements is the only way for sure to know what is working and what isn’t. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who promoted free leaf cleanups and how he made out at the [...]

Efficient leaf removal techniques.

Sometimes what seems like a simple straight forwards task, take for instance leaf cleanups, can actually be performed in many ways. Some ways will be faster than others which translates into less time spent on site and more money in your pocket. Here is a great example of that from the Gopher Lawn Care Business [...]

Got my first lawn care customers from word of mouth.

Having a large local social network can be a real asset when it comes to starting up a new business. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, a new entrepreneur was pleasantly surprised when his first few customers came to him through word of mouth, even before he [...]

I am getting more gutter cleaning calls.

There are some services your landscaping business might be asked to offer, which you haven’t offered yet. One of those services is gutter cleaning. If you aren’t afraid to get a little dirty and work on a ladder, there is some good money to be made when your mowing jobs are slow. In this discussion [...]

Lawn mowing and snow removal start up tips.

When you are new to the lawn care business, you think you can come up with a few angles to get yourself started that no one ever thought of before. Chances are though, it has been thought of, tried, and the results have been noted. So before you experiment with any new strategies, it would [...]