Archive for the 'How to Estimate Jobs' Category

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 [...]

Additional services my commercial lawn care client suggested I offer.

If you are looking to expand but don’t know which direction to go, sometimes the answers are right in front of you. Simply asking your current clients what other services they are needing or being on the look out for services you could offer them can help you test out different possibilities. In this discussion [...]

I need help with this commercial lawn bid.

Judging how long it will take to mow a commercial property can be difficult. Unless you are used to bidding a certain sized property, you can easily underestimate it. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one member is looking to find out if his estimated time is within the ball park [...]

Should I be looking to expand into tree removal services?

There are plenty of services you can experiment with as a lawn care business owner. Some of them are easier to get into and offer than others. Some have a low financial barrier of entry while others have a higher one. Some have a low technical skill requirement while others require years of training. Which [...]

How I got into home preservation and foreclosure work.

There is no free lunch and this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum reaffirms that. If you are just getting your mowing business started and looking to get busy fast, sure you can sign up and do preservation work on foreclosed properties but as we will see, there are down sides to it. [...]

Dealing with grass clumps on bi-weekly customers.

There are lawn care customer that will call you when they feel their grass needs mowing, in order to save a few dollars. If you take such customers on, you will probably find these lawns require a lot more of your time and end up looking bad when you are finished with them, no matter [...]

Leaf cleanup services. Mulching or removal?

There are a whole bunch of leaf removal services you can offer as we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. The one(s) you choose really come down to what kind of equipment you have. Different equipment opens you up to offer different services. Some are easier and more profitable [...]

My first lawn care customer is the worst one!

Any lawn care customer you can get initially feels like a gift. Regardless of how badly you bid their property, you feel like no matter what, you have taken a positive step. Sometimes though, those early customers end up being your worst customers for many reasons as we will see from this discussion on the [...]

Is your lawn care business growing too fast?

It’s every new lawn care business owner’s dream to have all the growth they could ever want and then some. If a little is good then more is better right? Well that is not the case as we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. There is a healthy growth [...]

Getting back at a former employer.

We all have crazy situations we find ourselves in from time to time. Here is a great example of that from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum where one member discusses how he wants to take his revenge on a former employer by stealing his accounts. Should you ever do this? Should it ever be [...]