Archive for the 'How to Estimate Jobs' Category

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 [...]

Why should you bag grass clippings?

Some lawn care customers can be real picky about what they want. That can translate into more work for you. If you find yourself spending a lot of time bagging grass clippings, take a moment and think why you are doing it. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear the [...]

Should you bid a lawn care job lower to get other work?

Have you ever been called to submit a lawn care bid on a property where the property owner promised more work later if the initial bid was low? This temptation can be used as an inducement to gain a lower bid. Once that bid is secured, the property owner can then put out for bid [...]

Should I take on a 16″ tall lawn mowing job?

It’s tough to turn away lawn care work when you are looking to grow your mowing business. Sometimes jobs will come along that are just too big or require larger equipment that you don’t have. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we look at what you should do when presented with [...]

Gas station lawn care bid help.

You have to fuel up your trucks and equipment multiple times throughout the week. While you are at the gas station, have you ever inquired to find out when they accept bids for caring for their property? It wouldn’t hurt to ask. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from [...]

How to trim overgrown Daylilies?

If you ever get a phone call from a customer asking you to trim some of their landscaping, it is important to do a little research on the type of plant before you just go ahead and break out your hedge trimmers. Sometimes there is a better way to handle things than by simply hacking [...]

Lessons learned from an underbid large shrub trimming job.

When trying to learn how to properly estimate hedge trimming jobs, it is quite useful to review what others have done. How they bid on different hedge trimming jobs. What they charged and how much time the job took. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum we hear some great insight on [...]