Archive for the 'Operational Costs' Category

Buying landscaping materials wholesale.

In the early start up phase of your business, you may not be thinking about how to purchase landscape materials wholesale, but after getting just a handful of customers, you might see yourself needing more supplies at a better price than you can get at a local big box store. In this discussion from the [...]

Knowing the costs to operate your lawn care business.

What is more important to know as a new lawn care business owner? Is it more important to what your competitors are pricing jobs at or is it more important to know what your operating costs are and what you need to make per hour in order to keep growing? That is the question posed [...]

What to do with a lot of grass debris?

There can be a lot of costs involved with running a lawn care business that you may not initially consider. Take for instance this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. If you are called to clean up a property that has an overgrown lawn, you could end up with a lot of grass [...]

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? [...]

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 [...]

Lessons I learned from my previously failed business.

As a business owner, you can learn something from all sorts of industries. A little advice from here and a little from there can add up to a lot of useful day to day knowledge for successful operations. In this discussion from a member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear lessons that [...]

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 [...]

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 charge more to mow a property in a richer area?

Many of the first lawn care customers you get may be in lower to middle class neighborhoods and after dealing with a few of them, you will figure out what kind of price range they are willing to pay for lawn care. But what should you do when you start to make inroads into wealthier [...]

How to bid lawn mowing at a camp ground.

It can be tough enough trying to estimate what to charge to mow an average sized yard, but what should you do when you are called in to estimate a 15 acre camp ground? That is what this one business owner was called to do and he asked for help on the Gopher Lawn Care [...]

Starting a lawn care business only for the summer?

Two students looking to start a summer mowing company are curious to find out more what steps to take to begin. It is amazing how much regulation is involved to simply try and get a small business going for a few months. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one veteran shares [...]

Lawn care employees and the requests they have.

Having ground rules set before you hire any lawn care employees can go a long way in preventing issues from popping up later. If you aren’t sure what kind of ground rules you should set, do a quick internet search for lawn care employee handbooks to find some ideas from others who have dealt with [...]

Working for a realty agency and bidding on their lawn care jobs.

Here is a situation that not every new lawn care business owner will run into. However, the lesson learned in this story can be applied to everyone. The importance of communication and holding firm to your price of performing a job, is the cornerstone to running a successful company. As we will see from this [...]

How to price a lawn for mowing a small mobile home yard.

There are some very small lawns out there that you may be called upon to bid your mowing services on. How should you price them though? Can you price them real cheap because they are so small or do you need to have a minimum price regardless of how small a yard is, just to [...]

Charging for lawn care estimates?

If you have been in the lawn care business for a short time, you probably have had potential customers call you to their home and ask you for a bid to improve their property. Sometimes you get the job and sometimes you don’t. Have you ever gotten to the point where you are spending quite [...]

Commercial lawn care bid assistance needed.

If you are new to bidding lawn care for commercial properties, here is a look, from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, at how a few different landscapers came up with their price. Quite possibly you could compare a current job you are looking to bid on with the job discussed here and get a [...]

I have the practical skills but don’t have the lawn care business know how.

Sometimes when you get your business started, you have a little business experience from somewhere else or maybe you have a little hands on experiences from a previous job. Other times, you might get started with no experience at all! In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur [...]

Using a measuring wheel to estimate lawn mowing jobs.

If you want to improve your lawn care profits, you should invest in a surveyors measuring wheel. This simple tool can help you become consistent in your bidding prices. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, this is one of those tricks of the trade most new entrepreneurs [...]

Lawn care business improvement tips.

One may think that starting a lawn care business would be quite simple. That it is not too tough to hand out some flyers and go out and mow lawns. Once you are in the mix of things though, it doesn’t take too long to realize that not everyone is right for you and the [...]

Needing help pricing a large mulch job.

If you are used to getting small mulch jobs to bid on from time to time and then all of a sudden you get a call for a larger area than you are used to, your ability to estimate the job may be challenging. Here is a great example from the Gopher Lawn Care Business [...]

How to bid commercial lawn care jobs that require a lot of materials.

Bidding some commercial lawn care customer jobs is fairly straight forwards and similar to the way you would bid a residential job. But as the jobs get larger and the amount of materials needed is increased, you can find yourself in a cash crunch. The last thing you want to have happen is finding yourself [...]

Incorporating my lawn care business and how to pay myself.

When you are running a basic sole proprietor business, it is pretty easy how to pay yourself. Basically anything left in your bank account after expenses and taxes is yours to do what you want with. If at a point you decide you want to incorporate your lawn care business, how do you then pay [...]

Advice to take your lawn care business full time.

Oh the things you wish you knew when you got started. If you only did this or if you only did that. Sure we all can look back on anything we started and find ways we could have made growth come easier and faster but what were the real important issues? What steps could we [...]

Should I buy this lawn care business?

We all get delusions of grandeur from time to time. Thinking we would be a lot better off if we could snap our fingers and grow our businesses 100% or 200% over night. Maybe if we bought out a company for whatever price, we’d make that money back and in multiples. The higher the cost, [...]

Getting your lawn care business started can be very frustrating.

It can be very frustrating trying to get your lawn care business started. Unless you are 100% focused on making it work and have the time/funding to support your new business, the small problems can quickly become bigger ones and end up driving you crazy. Here is a story about how things can go wrong [...]

How to price mowing for an average sized lawn.

Coming up with a price to mow an average sized lawn can be a difficult process for a new lawn care business. If you are having troubles bidding your mowing jobs, consider this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. As you will see, there are various methods you can employe to get your [...]

Should you keep your business and personal finances separated?

If you don’t have enough choices to make when starting your business, here is yet another one to consider. What is the best way to keep your financial books? Should you keep your business finances separate from your personal finances? Should they be combined? As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn [...]

Giving away free fall leaf cleanups turned into a disaster.

Promotional ideas that may seem like a good idea initially can look terrible when you take a moment to think about them. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum we see one entrepreneur who decided to offer a free fall leaf cleanup to customers who signed up for his lawn mowing service. [...]

A lawn care collection horror story.

You may think it should be fairly easy to collect payment from your lawn care customers. You perform the work, bill the customer, and receive your payment. But what if that one customer represented a large percentage of your income? What if they had previously bounced checks before but had always made you whole in [...]

Finding that sweet spot of equipment size that is perfect for your lawn care company.

No matter what size your lawn care business is, there is an ideal size and selection of equipment that will maximize your profitability. Having equipment that is too small or slow will limit your ability to finish a job within a reasonable period of time needed to make a profit. Having equipment that is too [...]