The lure of a few hundred dollars can at times tempt the newer lawn care business owner into jobs that they may not have the ability to perform. So before you take on a larger job that is outside your normal scope of operation consider this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum where [...]
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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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Focusing on a few services or even one service is probably not a wise move when you are starting your business. But as you progress with your company and have some time to experiment, you can find which services you like to perform the most and which make you the most money. From there you [...]
If you are looking to bid on some hedge trimming jobs, there are a few tricks to the trade you need to know before you get started. Here are some bidding, trimming, and cleanup tips from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum that should help you get started.
Sure it’s great to make as much money as you can but if that means bidding on unfamiliar jobs, you have to be careful not to lose money. That is what happened here with this landscaper when he underbid a bush removal job. When everything was completed, the job ended up taking twice as long [...]
When you are trying to sell a customer on a landscape project, how do you create the imagery? Do you walk around the property with a customer and talk about how you might add this plant here or put a mulch bed in over there? Do you hand draw out a design on paper? Or [...]
Normally, a new lawn care business can fairly quickly get the hang of bidding lawns because that is the most common of jobs they are called to bid on. But when it comes to bidding on a landscape project that involves a lot of smaller jobs, it can make the estimate more complicated to create. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Do you find it difficult to estimate the amount of time a hedge trimming job will take and figuring out how much to charge for such a bid? Well here is a great example from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum that was shared with us by a new lawn care business owner who wasn’t [...]
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 [...]
Small lawn care clean up jobs can grow and grow and grow at times. As we will see from this discussion in the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, keeping your eye open for opportunities can really help your bottom line. Just make sure as these projects grow, you can handle the job, and your bid [...]
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 [...]
As a lawn care business owner, you are probably always trying to figure out ways to get the most bang for your buck and bring in the most return for your time. Which leads me to this question posted on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum on whether you should bid lawn mowing jobs based [...]
It’s always a nice thing to have a family member teach you the secrets of running a lawn care business, especially when they are doing well with running their own business. If you aren’t lucky enough to have such guidance, the next best thing is to read advice from those that do. In this discussion [...]
Offering new services is a great idea to help your lawn care business grow but figuring out how to bid them can initially be tricky. Here is a hedge trimming job bid example that was discussed on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. I think seeing this example will help not only with how to [...]
A very interesting question that came up on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum was does your lawn care company have a signature service? Now you may take a moment and think to yourself, what does that mean? It’s a service your company provides that it excels at and does an outstanding job with. If [...]
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.
Finding commercial lawn care bids is not as difficult as you may think. Most times it comes down to picking up the phone and finding who to talk to or simply visiting the establishment and asking a few questions. That is what a member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum did when he found [...]
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 [...]
I like to point out lawn care business bids when I get the opportunity because I think they are great learning tools. In this example a member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum asked how much he should charge for a job trimming some hedges. Here is what he posted to give you some [...]
We all tend to learn best by example so here is a commercial lawn care bid example that was posted on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. If you haven’t gotten into creating lawn care bids for commercial properties, this will at least shed some light on the process.
A member wrote “I tried searching the [...]
Here is a great question from Ryan that he posted on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. You can join in on the discussions too.
Ryan: “What is the best way to create a lawn care bid for an apartment or condo complex?”
Joel: “Thanks for your question Ryan. This question is one that many have as [...]
Trimming hedges quickly and easily can be tough along with coming up with the right price for your lawn care bid. Let’s look at this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum and another post here on how to price and trim hedges.
Sherman: “I hate doing hedges, but I seem to get a lot [...]