Archive for the 'Edging' Category

How I underbid a hedge removal job.

It doesn’t take the average start up lawn care business to figure out how much to charge to mow the average size lawn in their area. Once you start to branch out and begin to offer landscape services, properly estimating times and fees can become more difficult to do. In this discussion from the Gopher [...]

1.5 acre commercial lawn care bid.

It can be difficult to scale up your lawn care estimating ability from working on smaller postage stamp size residential properties to larger acreage commercial properties. In this discussion, from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who is trying to figure out how much time it will take him to [...]

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 [...]

Spring cleanups, what to do and what to charge?

Spring and fall cleanups are great add on services you can offer your lawn mowing customer. For those customer you have who are on annual property contracts, they are great services to include and increase your profit. But what services should you include in these cleanups and how should customers be billed for them? That [...]

Was my landscape bid high or was I lowballed?

If you have estimated more than a few landscape jobs, you have been in a situation where you didn’t get a job because of price. When that happens, you may sometimes reflect on your estimate and wonder if your landscape bid was too high or if you simply got lowballed by a competitor. In this [...]

How to bid lawn mowing jobs when the property is in bad shape.

How important is it to you that a property you are servicing looks top of the line? Do you care if you are hired to mow a lawn weekly and the hedges are out of control? What about if the property needs edging but the customer only requests lawn mowing? How do you handle this [...]

Annual lawn care bid example for a hotel.

Are you currently mowing residential properties and looking to scale up to commercial? Or maybe you are servicing commercial customers and would like to see how another entrepreneur breaks down and bids a property. Here is a great hotel lawn care bid example from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Hopefully this helps give you [...]

Apartment complex lawn care bid example.

It’s amazing how we can make concepts so complicated at times. How to find customers? Why does this become such a huge and unobtainable goal? Sometimes it’s as simple as going out and getting them. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, a simple goal to find a [...]

Which lawn care business upsells are most profitable?

Providing weekly lawn mowing is a great way to generate solid income, but as we will see in this discussion, from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, it’s the upsells that really make the profits. Which upsells you offer depend on a lot of factors, such as which equipment you have to perform the work, [...]

Lawn edging tools and which to use.

You can use quite a few tools to edge a lawn. There are stick edgers, walk behind units, and you can even turn your line trimmer on it’s side to trim a lawn. But what is the best method to use for the different lawns and situations you will run into? That is the question [...]

A leaf job that just grew.

Knowledge is power and as we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, the more you know, the better you can sell. In this example, one entrepreneur was able to take a basic leaf cleanup on one yard, and turn it into a 3 yard job worth $469 all completed [...]

How to quickly scale up for a larger commercial lawn care job.

At times you may find your lawn care business presented with a growth opportunity that really challenge your current infrastructure. Either they require a large financial commitment to upgrade equipment or they need a lot more man power to perform that you currently are able to offer. The decisions you make on such jobs can [...]

Where’s the money in the lawn care industry?

Depending how many competitors you have in your area, making serious money in the lawn care business can be tough if you simply try to go out there and stand out on price. Sometimes a better way to go about things is to offer additional services that your competitors don’t. Such upsell services can really [...]

Feeling overwhelmed at the thought of starting your lawn care business?

In the beginning, trying to pull everything you need to do together to get your lawn care business launched can feel overwhelming. Which services should you offer, which should you pass on? Which services are best to start with and which are better to add on later? All these questions can make you feel a [...]

Need help with apartment complex lawn care estimate.

Are you scaling your lawn care business up from mowing residential customers to servicing commercial properties? If so, you might find it helpful to check out this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum and see how these lawn care business owners estimated the amount of time it would take to mow and how [...]

How to improve your landscape sales bid presentation.

Do you ever find yourself wishing you landed more lawn care or landscaping accounts? Do you find after putting a lot of energy into your landscaping bid that you get negative feedback from the potential lawn care customer? If you do, you are not alone. Putting together a well oiled landscape sales presentation machine takes [...]

Lawn care customer early warning signs.

It seems like 90% of your lawn care customers will never be a bother and will pay on time. They won’t ask for additional free lawn care services. They won’t try to haggle you down to the point you are losing money on a job. They will just be pleasant to work with. But then [...]

How to win an $11,000 apartment lawn care bid.

Have you had the chance yet to submit a lawn care bid for a local apartment complex? If you haven’t because the job seems like it is overwhelming, why not take a moment and break down the job into simple parts. Compare the smaller parts to the lawn care work you are currently providing for [...]

When is a large lawn care job out of your league?

A man’s got to know his limitations. So said Clint Eastwood in the movie Magnum Force. Sure there are plenty of lawn care jobs out there of all shapes and sizes, but when are you bidding beyond your capacity to perform the job or even bid it accurately? As we will see in this discussion [...]

Home owner’s association lawn care bid proposal example.

It can be quite a daunting task to put together your first commercial lawn care property management bid. Finding the right wording and comparing how your bid looks with others can difficult to do because your local competitors are probably not going to want to share this information with you. Well thanks to a member [...]

Commercial lawn care customer won’t sign a contract?

Think before you act. That is one lesson you should pull from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Here a lawn care business owner is given the opportunity to perform lawn care services for a large warehouse. The downside to the job is that the customer won’t sign any contracts. As you [...]

Should you give your mowing price per sq. ft. to a customer?

Lawn care customers come up with the craziest of requests at times. This seems to happen more so when the economy is down. Then they want to come up with their own methods to fine a way to lower their costs while increase the amount of work you are putting into their property. As we [...]

Using inside contacts to land commercial lawn care bid

Marketing to your social network is a great way to find new lawn care jobs. All too often, new lawn care business owners spend a ton of money trying to reach out to people they don’t know when they could spend a lot less to gain customers from people they do know. Here is a [...]

How I bid a 1 acre upkept yard cleanup.

Here is a great story, from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, on how a simple ad for lawn care, placed in a classified section of a local newspaper, led to thousands of dollars in work. The job initially involved a one acre yard cleanup but kept leading to more and more work. It goes [...]

How to improve your lawn care bids.

As anyone who has ever estimated a lawn care job knows, creating an estimate is not as easy as it may initially appear. It is part art form and part science that takes time and practice to get a handle on. If you feel your estimation process is not giving you profitable numbers, you are [...]

Mulch job bid example.

A new lawn care business owner shared with us his job description and bid price for a mulch job he was called to do. The price he shared with us, on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, differed quite a bit from other landscapers who shared with us what they would charge. I think it [...]

Need help with first commercial lawn care bid.

Jumping from offering residential lawn care to commercial can seem to be a daunting task at first but nothing helps more than seeing and learning from the examples of others. Here is a great commercial lawn care bid example from a member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum.

Don’t know what to charge that commercial property? Ask them.

This was a very novel approach to estimating a commercial lawn care job. I don’t often see this happen but I guess it goes to show you, it never hurts to ask. This is especially true when you are talking to a new client that is switching lawn care service providers. If you take the [...]

Pro tips to minimize time spent edging lawns.

When you take a moment to reflect on where you spend your time while servicing a lawn care customers you may find there are a lot of extra steps you are adding that are not necessary. If you find a way to optimize the time spent at each location the net result will be more [...]

A look at a $72,200 commercial lawn care contract.

Whether you are just looking to get into offering commercial lawn care or you are currently offering it and wanting to see what others are charging for their services, here is a great inside look at one condominium associations commercial lawn care contract. In this example discussed at the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, a [...]