Archive for the 'Mowing' Category

Getting back at a former employer.

We all have crazy situations we find ourselves in from time to time. Here is a great example of that from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum where one member discusses how he wants to take his revenge on a former employer by stealing his accounts. Should you ever do this? Should it ever be [...]

Why should you bag grass clippings?

Some lawn care customers can be real picky about what they want. That can translate into more work for you. If you find yourself spending a lot of time bagging grass clippings, take a moment and think why you are doing it. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Beginner lawn care business mistakes to avoid.

Here are a few tips from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum on how to improve your mowing operation by streamlining the time spent at each customer’s property. As a business owner, you need to be as productive as possible and knowing which services yield the biggest bang for the buck and which don’t can [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Should you sanitize your lawn mower between jobs?

Sanitizing your lawn care equipment between mowing jobs tends to be something you don’t normally do unless you are specifically asked by a client to do so or you decide to use it as a way to stand out from competitors. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear a few [...]

What do you eat for lunch on your lawn mowing route?

Working all day mowing lawns is demanding on your body and requires you to eat a healthy amount of calories to make up for all the work you do. But what should you eat when you are out mowing lawns all day? Should you simply stop at the nearest fast food restaurant for a lunch [...]

My first commercial lawn care bid pricing.

Taking on a larger commercial lawn care customer can be a daunting task when you aren’t used to estimating such properties. Here is an example, from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, of what one entrepreneur priced a commercial lawn care bid. Hopefully it will give you some insight as to how others break down [...]

Is it worthwhile submitting a lawn care bid for cemeteries?

Cemeteries may seem like the perfect customer to perform lawn care services on. They tend to be big areas that don’t have a homeowner looking out the window nagging you about all the little spots you missed. But on the flip side, there are a lot of reasons why you may not want to submit [...]

Lessons learned from first lawn care bid.

Anything you do for the first time will give you a lot to think about after the fact. This includes bidding on mowing lawns. As soon as you do your first bid, you are immediately going to be replaying the bid over and over again in your head, thinking about all the different things you [...]

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 [...]

When a customer insists you scalp their lawn.

Some lawn care customers think they know exactly what steps should be taken with their lawn to achieve a healthy and lush lawn. You may find that you can accommodate some of their requests while other requests you may feel are bad or misguided choices. What do you do though when a customer insists you [...]

Should you go with a 36″ or 48″ lawn mower deck?

When your next walk behind mower choice comes down to a 36″ or 48″ walk behind, it is quite amazing how much more money a larger mower can make you throughout the year for just a little extra in purchase cost. How much more and is it worth it? That is the question asked on [...]

Being pet friendly can help you land more lawn care accounts.

Anyone who tries to sell anything knows how important is it to be friendly. The concept of being friendly really covers many different levels. Sure you might dress up, put a smile on your face, say hello, and think with that you will win over a new customer. But as we will see from this [...]

A newbie lawn care business owner’s battles.

Every new start up business goes through a lot to get themselves up and running. Some do seem to have an easier time than others though. A lot of that depends on previous experience, their current situation, and the entrepreneur’s ability to adapt to new situations that present themselves. To help you improve your chances, [...]