Archive for the 'Pricing' Category

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. [...]

Am I stupid trying to get my lawn care business started with just this?

As important as having a business plan is early on, it’s even more important to get started. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, you can over think things. Over analyze. Start to question your abilities or the abilities of your equipment and then fail to act. Doing [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Learning the lawn care business as you go.

Should you start a lawn care business before you have studied all there is to know about the business? Or can you get started with no experience and still find success? That is a question which was brought up on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. As we will see from this discussion below, sometimes [...]

Low Ballers, Part Timers, And Self Employed Landscapers.

When it comes to the lawn care industry, what makes a low baller? What is so bad about part timers? What about solo operators? Why does there seem to be so much said by the larger mowing companies about the smaller ones? That was the topic, from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, that we [...]

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 [...]

Is my lawn care business plan practical?

Having goals to shoot for in your first year of business can really be helpful. In fact, the more preparation and planning you do, the better your chances are for success. Without goals to strive for, we all have a tendency not to push ourselves to get to where we want to be. Here is [...]

Lawn care business start up strategy, lowballing vs giving it time..

The desire to beat your competitors on price is the greatest when you are just getting started because you really have no other variables to play with. Your skills early on won’t be that good so it is difficult to compete on skill level. It is also difficult to offer a variety of services because [...]

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 [...]

Bidding a flower bed weeding job.

When you are used to bidding lawn mowing jobs, you can find yourself caught off guard when a customer asks you for a bid to perform another service. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one contractor who way underbid his mulch bed weeding job and ultimately spend double [...]

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 [...]

Working with property preservation companies.

Once in a while, you may get a phone call from a national property preservation company that is working for a bank and has a local property in your area they need mowed. Should you work with them? Is it worthwhile taking on the extra tasks they demand, like submitting multiple photos as proof of [...]

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 [...]

A warning about taking on landscape services you know nothing about.

There is a constant desire and drive by new entrepreneurs to go out and explore. The boundary of how far they are willing to explore seems to forever be pushed further forwards. If you find yourself doing this with your own lawn care business, here is a cautionary tale from someone who has been there [...]

I need help with a dirt fill job estimate.

Here is a landscape job request you won’t get everyday. It’s from a customer who posted the job on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. She needs a hole filled in that was dug under a trampoline so that the trampoline was level with the ground. The catch on this job is that it is [...]

How to price a overgrown hedge trimming job.

Estimating hedge trimming jobs can be tough for those who are unfamiliar with the process. The amount of time it will take to perform the job, from the moment you arrive until the moment you leave, is almost always under-estimated. The biggest element missed in most bids is the amount of time your clean up [...]

I made a lawn mowing pricing mistake! Now what!

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you bid a lawn for mowing at one price, only to find out after you mow it that it took a lot longer than you expected and you underbid the job? What should you do if this happens and you bid the job for an entire [...]

This apartment complex lawn care bid may be too big for me.

Once in a while, lawn care jobs bigger than you can handle will appear. When they do, you need to think about what it would take to service such properties. Do you have the man power to perform the work? Do you have the mowing equipment? If not, do you have the money to be [...]

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 [...]

Plant and material discounts at big box stores.

Big box stores are seem to be everywhere you go. They offer a wide variety of products too. But as a landscape professional, should you be buying your materials and plant products from them? Are their prices the best you can get or are there other, better alternatives? That is what one entrepreneur wondered when [...]

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 [...]

I got a call to level out a yard but am unsure as to how.

While performing lawn care services, you are probably going to get a lot of calls for various landscape projects as well. If you haven’t yet worked on any retaining wall or fence projects, here is a relatively simple landscape project that an entrepreneur was called on to perform. Doing the job the right way will [...]

Should you take on a 9 story building pressure washing job?

There are times when jobs will present themselves and they will be a perfect fit for you. Not too big of a job and not too small. There are other times however when the jobs will be just way too far outside of your reach. When you come across them, you may have an inclination [...]

How to create a bid for the lawn care of 32 cabins.

When presented with a potential mowing job on an average sized property for one home, the average new lawn care business owner would more than likely go to the property and check it out before bidding. But when presented with the opportunity to bid on a larger lawn mowing job with a limited time to [...]

Dealing with dog waste as you mow lawns.

If you are out there promoting your mowing services to the general public, there is a good chance you are going to have customers who have dogs. National statistics point somewhere to 1 in 3 households have dogs. So what do you do when your mowing customer has a dog(s) and doesn’t clean up after [...]