Archive for the 'How to Estimate - Services To Offer' Category

Knowing the costs to operate your lawn care business.

What is more important to know as a new lawn care business owner? Is it more important to what your competitors are pricing jobs at or is it more important to know what your operating costs are and what you need to make per hour in order to keep growing? That is the question posed [...]

What to do with a lot of grass debris?

There can be a lot of costs involved with running a lawn care business that you may not initially consider. Take for instance this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. If you are called to clean up a property that has an overgrown lawn, you could end up with a lot of grass [...]

Homemade lawn striping kit.

Here is a great example of necessity being the mother of invention. What do you do when you don’t have the budget to go out and spend $400 on a lawn striper to create wonderful looking stripes on a lawn? You make one yourself for a fraction of the cost as we will see in [...]

What you forget when bidding a lawn in the cool weather.

Have you ever looked at the prices you give customers for lawn mowing and checked to see if you bid jobs higher on warmer days than cooler days? One entrepreneur shared with us his experience on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, on how the difficult jobs seem to become when they are done in [...]

How far should you go to win a commercial lawn care bid?

There is a big difference between gross income and net income. All too often when a new lawn care company is bidding on a property, they look at the gross income they will make on the job and disregard the actual amount they are going to be profiting. As we will see in this discussion [...]

How to write out my first commercial lawn care bid.

That first time you bid on a commercial property can really throw you for a loop if you are used to only working on residential properties. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one entrepreneur is trying to figure out how to include services like adding mulch to an annual lawn care [...]

I got my first lawn mowing job, now what?

There is this desire early in your business path to try and offer as many services as you can to experiment with and see what catches. The down side to this is different services require different skill sets and different equipment. Try taking on some jobs that you don’t know how to perform with the [...]

I need help breaking the per hour barrier.

Charging lawn care customers by the hour sounds great when you are new. With that pricing strategy you can guarantee you will get paid an agreed upon rate for every hour you are on the job site. There is a big downside to it though and it’s the reason why almost none of the companies [...]

I need help on a sod job.

Your lawn care customers are going to ask you to perform a variety of services. Sometimes you will be comfortable in bidding and performing them. Other times you will have no idea how to go about it. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one entrepreneur decided to take on a sod [...]

I am going to try to be a snow removal subcontractor again this winter.

Offering sub-contractor services for snow removal can be a good source of revenue during the slower months. However as we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, there are a lot of ways things can go wrong. If you want to offer snow removal services, you may want to consider [...]

Should you offer one time mowings?

Can one time lawn mowings turn into regular lawn mowing customers? Sure they can, but it seems that doesn’t happen too often. With that said, should you offer one time lawn mowings? That is what one business owner was interested in knowing when he asked his question on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. As [...]

How do you schedule your lawn mowings?

Every lawn mowing business owner has their own way of scheduling their customers, but there are some common methods they tend to share and alter to fit their needs. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, which method you use is based on the amount of customers you [...]

How to clean the interior of my landscape trailer.

Have you ever purchased a used landscape trailer in rough condition and wanted to improved the way it looks? If so, how did you do it? That’s what one member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum was wondering when he started this discussion. A good pressure washing and treatment of the wood can really [...]

Reflections on the first week running my lawn care business.

If you get your lawn care business started up later in the season, your first obstacle may be accurately bidding leaf removal jobs. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, such jobs can really catch you off guard and require a lot more time than you may initially [...]

How would you handle this fall cleanup situation?

Have you ever run into a situation where you have already provided a fall yard cleanup only to have that same customer call you back a week later asking when you are going to be there to pick up the rest of the leaves? That is what is going on in this discussion from the [...]

Should I offer cheaper lawn mowing prices to neighbors?

There is this myth n the minds of the newbie landscaper that if they come into an area and charge the cheapest price, they will be able to scoop up enough clients that the volume of clients will make up for the cheap price. The reality of it all is that doesn’t work. As we [...]

I need to bid on cutting down a jungle!

When you are working on commercial properties or even large residential properties, you may at times be called upon to clear brush out of part of the yard. If you have never done such work before, coming up with a price for the job can be tough. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care [...]

How my fall lawn care marketing strategy worked out.

Have you ever wished you had a friend in the lawn care industry that would share with you how their fall lawn care marketing plan worked? How many pieces of marketing material they handed out and what kind of jobs resulted from it? Well luckily you have the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum as that [...]

Is $5 worth confronting a lawn care customer over?

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you get called to give an estimate on a lawn care job, then perform the job, only to find out a week or so later when you get your check that the customer didn’t pay the exact amount you bid? What do you do in such [...]

Tree removal prices can really vary!

If you thought lawn mowing prices vary, you’d be shocked to see how varied bid prices are for tree removal. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from a group of business owners who all share their thoughts on how much they would charge to remove a 150′ ft pine [...]

My lawn care marketing strategy and response rate.

Here is some great insight shared with us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum about the lawn care marketing strategies and responses an entrepreneur found. If there is one lesson to be learned from it, you never know what kind of response you will get until you try, and try, and try again. The [...]

What mower for a new aparment complex mowing bid?

It is very important to buy mowing equipment that is going to be versatile, especially when you are relatively new to the business. Each dollar you spend on equipment has to be spent wisely as you probably can’t afford to have equipment sitting around that is only used on one or two jobs. In this [...]

Should I get a walk behind mower or a stander?

Are you in the market for a new lawn mower? Have you looked at the options available to you and considered getting a stander? Here are some pros and cons members of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum shared with us. After reading through this discussion, you may find yourself better educated on which mower [...]

I have some really annoying lawn care customers.

Some commercial lawn care customers will play by the agreed upon contract terms you sign while others will feel they can do whatever they want. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we get a little insight into how to deal with a problem commercial mowing customer who either doesn’t pay or [...]

Lawn pricing and bi-weekly mowing.

If you are just getting your business started and a customer either wants bi-weekly lawn mowing or none at all, most will take the bi-weekly job. However as you grow, you are going to want to either transition those customers to weekly lawn service or drop them from your route. As we will see here [...]

Offering free leaf cleanups in the fall?

Marketing is always an experimental process. Altering different variables and testing those marketing elements is the only way for sure to know what is working and what isn’t. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who promoted free leaf cleanups and how he made out at the [...]

Efficient leaf removal techniques.

Sometimes what seems like a simple straight forwards task, take for instance leaf cleanups, can actually be performed in many ways. Some ways will be faster than others which translates into less time spent on site and more money in your pocket. Here is a great example of that from the Gopher Lawn Care Business [...]

Got my first lawn care customers from word of mouth.

Having a large local social network can be a real asset when it comes to starting up a new business. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, a new entrepreneur was pleasantly surprised when his first few customers came to him through word of mouth, even before he [...]

I am getting more gutter cleaning calls.

There are some services your landscaping business might be asked to offer, which you haven’t offered yet. One of those services is gutter cleaning. If you aren’t afraid to get a little dirty and work on a ladder, there is some good money to be made when your mowing jobs are slow. In this discussion [...]

Lawn mowing and snow removal start up tips.

When you are new to the lawn care business, you think you can come up with a few angles to get yourself started that no one ever thought of before. Chances are though, it has been thought of, tried, and the results have been noted. So before you experiment with any new strategies, it would [...]