Archive for the 'Overhead Costs' Category

The reality of insurance and the start up lawn care business.

We all know the importance of having insurance, whether it be for your auto, theft, fire, medical, or liability. The reality of insurance though is it costs money to purchase and many start up businesses simply don’t have enough cash to go to all the things they would like to get. All too often insurance [...]

The Lawn Care Business Can Get Dirty, Ugly, And Mean.: Stories Of Survival And Success To Get You Through The Rough Times.

The Lawn Care Business Can Get Dirty, Ugly, And Mean.: Stories Of Survival And Success To Get You Through The Rough Times.
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When I first got my business started, I didn’t really know anyone who was an entrepreneur. I had no one I could bounce ideas off of or compare my [...]

How a lawn care business implodes.

We can learn a lot from a business that is doing great as we can from a business that is failing. In this story, shared on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we get an inside look at a company that is suffering a slow death. It’s quite amazing to look at from the outside, [...]

Have you considered offering customer’s 3 year lawn care contracts?

Are you in need of more cash now to upgrade your equipment but you don’t want to take out a loan? Why not consider this business owner’s method of raising a large amount of cash, offer a 3 year prepaid lawn care contract to a favorite customer. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care [...]

Lessons learned from the first lawn care business attempt.

Sometimes, the first time you try an idea out, it just doesn’t work and that is it. No second attempt and no second chances for improvement. Then, some times you take some time to think about what went wrong and recharge your batteries to go out and try it again while applying the lessons you [...]

How to bid plant install work.

Trying to offer a lot of different services in your early years of being an entrepreneur can be rough. Sure it’s great to be open to make as much money as you can, but the down side is you won’t know how to bid all the jobs that come your way. This is the case [...]

What are overhead costs and how do they effect a lawn care business?

Have you ever heard of the term overhead costs? If so, could you name three of your overhead costs? When was the last time you created an income statement to check on your profitability? Do you create one after each job you bid on? Some business owners do that often and have a great understanding [...]

A friend wants to start a division of my lawn care company.

For what ever reason, business owners are constantly being asked to allow a friend or a family member in on the business. Everyone has a great idea on how they can improve upon your business. Yet when you take a moment to talk to them, most of the times, you find they don’t have a [...]

Should you lowball lawn mowing prices on your street only to raise them later?

When you are new to the lawn care field you tend to look for ways to quickly gain new customers. Sometimes you are willing to do this at the cost of not profiting or even potentially losing money per job. These lowball strategies tend to always fail because customers who are attracted to low prices [...]

How lawn care equipment costs effect what you need to charge to mow.

Overhead and operational costs are rarely considered when a new lawn care business owner is trying to figure out how much to charge to mow a lawn. But whether they are factored into a bid price or not, they still play a huge role in a job being profitable or a loss. Let’s check out [...]

Is it me or does every landscaper seem to be constantly buying new equipment?

There seems to be a constant arms race going on in the lawn care industry. New equipment, mowers, trimmers, blowers, saws, trucks, trailers all seem to constantly being replaced. But how cost effective are all those purchases? If you can save up to buy some new equipment, should you? Or should you hold off? That [...]

Start up lawn care business tax questions.

An important step you should take when getting your lawn care business started your first year is keep track of all your receipts, income, and expenses. Doing so will help you tremendously. All of this information will make the entire tax reporting process a lot easier. The next step you will need to take is [...]

Lawn care business advice from an accountant.

Bookkeeping is not something that seems to be an easy concept to grasp for most new lawn care business owners. Sure everyone understands they need to make a profit but how do you figure that out? How do you know from day to day if you are making money or losing it? Trying to keep [...]

Should lawn care employees be paid for their travel time?

When it comes to paying lawn care employees, there are many ways you can do it. The more complex the process is, the more opportunities there are for problems. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, keeping things simple with all parts of your operations is always the [...]

Over extending your lawn care business.

In most every business, there seems this constant push to want to grow and get bigger. There is a point you can reach though where you go from growth to over extending yourself. You may not notice when it is happening. You also may not know the downsides to doing it. Here is a great [...]

How to figure out patio installation costs.

As with any service you perform while running your lawn care business, you will need to figure out your operating costs to know how much you should be charging for your services. Installing patios is no different. Here is a great discussion on the topic from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, where one member [...]

Raising prices as your mowing schedule fills.

Everyone landscaper dreams of hitting the big time as soon as possible. Of having so many lawn care customers, you don’t know what to do with them all. Of growing growing at leaps and bounds so fast that local competitors sit their scratching their heads wondering what you did to achieve that. Here is some [...]

How should you split your lawn care business income with a partner?

Many new entrepreneurs enjoy going into a business with a partner because they fear going it alone. They also want the companionship of another as they travel down this new business adventure path. But with partners, comes problems. Instead of having one boss, now there are two. Inevitably ideals will clash and one’s desires and [...]

How part time lawn care business owners got to being full time.

It’s a lot easier to get a lawn care business started part time while you have another income source. That saves you the stress of worrying about how to pay your bill. But there still is quite a step to take from having employment elsewhere to going full time with your own business. If you’re [...]

First landscape project and invoice.

Have you been performing lawn care for a while and had the desire to perform some landscape projects but were unsure of how to do them or bill them? One member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum shared with us a landscape project he created. The job was done for cost so that the [...]

How much should I be paying my lawn care employees?

When it comes to figuring out how much you should pay your lawn care employees, there is a sweet spot. Pay too much and you are going to lose money on each lawn mowing you perform. Pay too little and either you won’t attract any applicants or you will attract the wrong kind of applicant. [...]

To grow or not to grow your lawn care business.

Sometimes opportunities come your way that have the potential to really push your lawn care business way ahead of where you currently are. But how much growth should you be taking on at a time? Would you prefer large bursts of growth or slow steady steps? That is the dilemma one entrepreneur found himself in [...]

Buying old versus new lawn care equipment.

Buying new lawn care equipment can save you with repair headaches. They are less prone to breaking down and you usually have a dealer warranty that covers repair issues that pop up. The down side though is the price. If you are trying to save some money, you could consider doing what these other business [...]

Overzealous lawn care customer referral plans.

It’s an fact that most new lawn care businesses owners are going to have a hard to attracting new customers for the simple reason that no one knows they are in business. This changes though, the longer you are in business. But are there shortcuts you can take to induce customers to talk about your [...]

Lowballed again!

To run a profitable lawn care business you need to know how much you need to make every hour you are in operation. Then you need to bill your customers at least that rate. There are many start up lawn care businesses that simply don’t know what their costs are and they lowball jobs. As [...]

When is it time to go full time with your lawn care business?

A lot more lawn care business owners operate part time than full time. Some of those that operate part time are very happy with their part time status and wouldn’t want to change it. While others are looking for a way to figure out how to go full time. That is the question which was [...]

How do I deal with 100’s of lawn care competitors?

There are many business strategies you can utilize when presented with high levels of competition. You can start a price war and see who can last. You can improve your quality and seek out customers who are willing to pay for higher quality. You can find a niche service others aren’t offering or one that [...]

Suggestions when buying a lawn care business.

Have you been looking to purchase an existing lawn care business? There are many pitfalls to buying a business but some entrepreneurs seem to have great success with it. Before you jump in and try it, consider this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum on how one entrepreneur found success. The suggestions he [...]

How to negotiate when purchasing lawn care equipment.

There are certain times of the year when it is better for a consumer to purchase a product than other times. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we will see when the best time is to purchase lawn care equipment and also how to go about getting the lowest price you [...]

$10 a Lawn and making a profit?

In general, it seems the first way a new lawn care business owner comes up with to stand out from their competitors is to charge a lower fee for mowing. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that when you are new, you don’t know much about the business so [...]