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Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 03-18-2013, 02:59 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 11,674
Posted By FaccLndscpng
Its been probably almost 4 years since I lost a...

Its been probably almost 4 years since I lost a job to the higher bidder. Is this a sign of the economy turning around??? Its good to hear, I am glad that its not always going to the lowest bidder...
Forum: General Business Discussions 03-18-2013, 02:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,839
Posted By FaccLndscpng
I use it through my Quickbooks it costs like $20...

I use it through my Quickbooks it costs like $20 something a month. I got it because I had a customer that was unable to pay her bill for snow removal. I was going to cancel the service when she was...
Forum: General Business Discussions 03-17-2013, 06:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,839
Posted By FaccLndscpng
Credit/Debit card logo

I have accepted credit/Debit cards for probably about 4 years now and I was just wondering if anyone else puts the logos on your invoices? Is this legal? I could just put the names of cards we accept...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 03-15-2013, 10:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,304
Posted By FaccLndscpng
Also, "write checks" isn't just for checks, this...

Also, "write checks" isn't just for checks, this is where I was always confused before we did the QB training, its for any transaction that "debits" your bank account.

for checks: when you write a...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 03-15-2013, 09:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,304
Posted By FaccLndscpng
Yes we were taught to use the "Write Checks" Set...

Yes we were taught to use the "Write Checks"

Set up all vendors (staples, sunoco, sprint...) you purchase anything from (gas, supplies, equipt...).

Under the "Additional Info" Tab choose...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 03-15-2013, 02:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,304
Posted By FaccLndscpng
googus: I'm not sure exactly what you're asking...

googus:
I'm not sure exactly what you're asking about QB. How do you input the expenses? My accountant set my company profile up and he has us going through the "Write Checks" section. From there...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 03-15-2013, 01:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,428
Posted By FaccLndscpng
Not sure what to tell you to charge there are way...

Not sure what to tell you to charge there are way too many variables for a job like this. If you're that close to the prop owner maybe have them get some estimates and see if you can beat them?

As...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 03-15-2013, 01:48 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 11,674
Posted By FaccLndscpng
Update on this job: Contract was awarded to...

Update on this job:
Contract was awarded to another contractor and get this...It was awarded to the highest bidder! Wow that was a shocker, from the start I had reservations on this one and thought...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 03-12-2013, 03:03 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 11,674
Posted By FaccLndscpng
As of now we have one bobcat, (S250) that is...

As of now we have one bobcat, (S250) that is getting old but still works, so I will be using that plus renting another. But I love the blower idea just haven't been able to find a sub. I will keep...
Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 03-12-2013, 02:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,034
Posted By FaccLndscpng
I have seen advertisments for "Start" supposedly...

I have seen advertisments for "Start" supposedly its perfect for this exact situation.

http://www.goldeagle.com/brands/start_your_engines/

I have never used it but maybe it will work and avoid you...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 03-12-2013, 02:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,428
Posted By FaccLndscpng
Forget the ladders, are the hedges along a road...

Forget the ladders, are the hedges along a road or driveway? In the past we would just stand in the back of a truck and use the long reach trimmers. And of course the small hand trimmers for the...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 03-08-2013, 07:07 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 11,674
Posted By FaccLndscpng
Ratchetmaster: love the breakdown! But as you can...

Ratchetmaster: love the breakdown! But as you can see this is where we end up loosing jobs over a few bucks per yard...it breaks out to a difference of thousands.

grass guru: love the idea of a...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 03-08-2013, 06:53 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,220
Posted By FaccLndscpng
I don't remember exactly what they did, it might...

I don't remember exactly what they did, it might have been just alot of little stuff. As far as I could see they did what they were supposed to. The one thing I remember was that they would miss a...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 03-07-2013, 07:34 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 11,674
Posted By FaccLndscpng
well I looked at the job the other day and they...

well I looked at the job the other day and they probably do need the 80yds (I thought the past landscaper was just over doing it a bit but no its going to be close) I gotta turn the bid in on Monday...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 03-07-2013, 07:31 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,220
Posted By FaccLndscpng
From what I got out of the property manager, they...

From what I got out of the property manager, they had the site for 2 years and during that second year they almost lost the contract mid season so I dont think they raised their prices the second...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 03-02-2013, 08:38 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 11,674
Posted By FaccLndscpng
Oh yea there will deffinately be some equipment...

Oh yea there will deffinately be some equipment running around, I remember when I first started years ago and had to do everything with wheelbarrows oh man it took all day.

I've never had anyone...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 03-02-2013, 08:22 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 11,674
Posted By FaccLndscpng
I know I'm not even going to think how tough its...

I know I'm not even going to think how tough its going to be to actually spread 80yds of mulch, gonna have to hire 100 people for the day. But this is an area of bidding that buggs me because one...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 03-02-2013, 06:57 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 11,674
Posted By FaccLndscpng
80 Yards of mulch how much would you charge???

Got a shot in the dark RFP here, I don't think I will get it because I get these all the time. A store wants the works, I mark it up then don't get it. All the sudden they have someone in a unmarked...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 03-02-2013, 03:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,413
Posted By FaccLndscpng
Oh yea dead on guys, the companies that have...

Oh yea dead on guys, the companies that have their stuff together get their contracts out like a season before, most of mine are Aug, Sept and Jan. I'm always questioning a company that starts...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 03-01-2013, 07:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,413
Posted By FaccLndscpng
I don't have a template, just basically switch it...

I don't have a template, just basically switch it up every year a little bit:
Mail (more detail)
-letterhead, with some background info (yrs in business, certs or awards...) mail out atleast once a...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 03-01-2013, 06:39 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,220
Posted By FaccLndscpng
Steve: I started this practice when I realized I...

Steve:
I started this practice when I realized I needed to get commercial accounts in order to stay in business. I know a lot of people do very well with residential but it just wasn't working for...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 02-26-2013, 07:01 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,220
Posted By FaccLndscpng
I started cutting grass when I was about 10 for...

I started cutting grass when I was about 10 for family and neighbors, fast forward a few years and at about 16 I started really getting into my own business. Not gonna bore you with all the...
Forum: General Business Discussions 02-26-2013, 06:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,473
Posted By FaccLndscpng
Thanks for the info guys, I'm not sure what I am...

Thanks for the info guys, I'm not sure what I am going to do yet but probably will go with "Lawn Service on ..." I like to keep it simple but you know how it is if you dont cover your ***...
Forum: General Business Discussions 02-21-2013, 09:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,473
Posted By FaccLndscpng
Descriptions for Invoices

I use Quickbooks, have been for years but after my accountant suggested I start a new company profile to clean up a lot of old data I now have to re enter all my service descriptions. I was just...
Forum: Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 07-11-2012, 12:05 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 9,210
Posted By FaccLndscpng
The problem isn't getting dog crap on the...

The problem isn't getting dog crap on the equipment its getting it on yourself (boots and pants) which then tracks into the truck and never goes away. Sure, take time at the end of the job and dig it...
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