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Forum: Lawn Care Employees Discussions 06-08-2013, 07:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,639
Posted By grass guru
It may be the case around here too. He has some...

It may be the case around here too. He has some of my property in his possession, and when it is returned, or I am reimbursed, he will get the balance of his check.
Forum: Lawn Care Employees Discussions 06-08-2013, 07:03 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,639
Posted By grass guru
It is done. I got a video of him stealing......

It is done. I got a video of him stealing... again. When I confronted him about it, he admitted to "borrowing" gas one time over a week ago, and he was gonna pay me back $3.00 when he got his...
Forum: Lawn Care Employees Discussions 06-01-2013, 11:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,639
Posted By grass guru
employee stealing

So I finally decided to go big. Bought another company out. Went from being just me working 60 hrs a week, to 2 2 man mowing crews working 40 hours a week, and a 2 man landscaping crew @ 40 hrs. ...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 04-08-2013, 07:36 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,600
Posted By grass guru
Schedule ew, or eow. If you show up, and...

Schedule ew, or eow. If you show up, and customer runs out and tells you they don't want it mowed, charge them a fee to at least recoup costs. I charge anywhere from $15 to $30 if they do that. If...
Forum: General Talk 04-03-2013, 11:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,816
Posted By grass guru
Never tell hourly rate, how much material is...

Never tell hourly rate, how much material is needed, or how long it will take.they will use it against you.
If they figure your hourly rate out, and tell you thats a ridiculous price, then tell...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 04-01-2013, 03:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,868
Posted By grass guru
I get colored enhanced mulch for $17.50. I can...

I get colored enhanced mulch for $17.50. I can get economy mulch for $8.00. If I buy 100 yds at a time, I can get colored for $15/yd.
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 03-28-2013, 08:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,393
Posted By grass guru
20% markup is typical. Yea, I make the phone...

20% markup is typical. Yea, I make the phone call, but if the fert company misses something, or a service call needs to be done, I make the call. If the customer isnt happy about it, they complain...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 03-28-2013, 01:19 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,393
Posted By grass guru
Fertilizer bidding war

I have a customer I have been servicing for 3 years now. He always gets 14 yards of mulch, lawn service w/bi-weekly trimming, and 4 apps of fertilizer/weed control. He pays cash up front. This...
Forum: General Business Discussions 03-18-2013, 11:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,388
Posted By grass guru
An LLC does not offer the protection you think it...

An LLC does not offer the protection you think it does. If hou cause damage/kill someone, and insurance isnt enough, a judge is not going to deny a "civillian" monetary damages because your lack of...
Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 03-18-2013, 11:12 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,435
Posted By grass guru
In reference to Dodge vs Chevy, you say, "pay...

In reference to Dodge vs Chevy, you say, "pay now, or pay later". Dont you mean pay now, or pay forever?

As far as the matter at hand of whether to buy truck or trailer. Well, I'm assuming you...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 03-18-2013, 10:46 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,534
Posted By grass guru
$40 seems low to me. If you bag it, you can...

$40 seems low to me. If you bag it, you can figure double the labor for taking the time to bag it, load the clippings in a truck/trailer, or a bag if you do it that way, then you have the cost of...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 03-18-2013, 05:44 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 15,167
Posted By grass guru
6 acres takes 2 guys 4 hours. If you start the...

6 acres takes 2 guys 4 hours. If you start the job @ 8am, and finish @ 12, then that means you worked 4 hours, and your helper worker 4 hours. 4+4=8 man hours.


And rockys numbers are not off...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 03-17-2013, 09:39 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 15,167
Posted By grass guru
8 man hours for 4.5 acres on a 60 and 72? Damn,...

8 man hours for 4.5 acres on a 60 and 72? Damn, no wonder you have to overcharge to make payroll.
I have, and Im sure many others have, knocked off 4 to 5 acres in less than 2 man hours. I have a...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 03-15-2013, 05:53 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,585
Posted By grass guru
I have a section (about 1/3 of the page) with the...

I have a section (about 1/3 of the page) with the most common upsells and recommendations in column form on left side of page, then a brief description of what it is, the time of year done, then a...
Forum: General Business Discussions 03-14-2013, 01:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,455
Posted By grass guru
Personal bills, and business bills are completely...

Personal bills, and business bills are completely separate, and should not be combined for tax purposes, and to better manage money on the business side. One should know how much they need to make...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 03-14-2013, 01:05 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,554
Posted By grass guru
I am guessing you lost a bit of money on the...

I am guessing you lost a bit of money on the dethatching. It takes a lot longer than most people think. I have a JRCO dethather that mounts to the front of my Z, and allows me to dethatch, mow, and...
Forum: General Business Discussions 03-14-2013, 10:53 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 9,387
Posted By grass guru
Agree w/cheese. I prefer 6 month agreements for...

Agree w/cheese. I prefer 6 month agreements for lawn service only. Upsells prefered due at completion, and snow removal is its own contract. However, proven clients I will do longer agreements, or...
Forum: General Business Discussions 03-14-2013, 05:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,455
Posted By grass guru
Its hard to set a % to things, because your...

Its hard to set a % to things, because your operating costs for lawn service will be different from mulching, which differs from plowing, which differs from sprinklers, etc. In lawn care, I take 55%...
Forum: Lawn Care Employees Discussions 03-14-2013, 04:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,572
Posted By grass guru
After you get a copy of their drivers license,...

After you get a copy of their drivers license, but BEFORE the fill out an application, tell them outright that you WILL be doing a background check on all prospective employees (whether you do or not...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 03-14-2013, 04:14 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,554
Posted By grass guru
What does it cost you in fuel for equiptment and...

What does it cost you in fuel for equiptment and truck? What about insurance, liscensing, taxes, fees, equiptment rental, truck maintenance? How much do you want to make an hour? How much does...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 03-14-2013, 03:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,566
Posted By grass guru
A good accountant is worth their weight in gold. ...

A good accountant is worth their weight in gold. Trust me. Dont do them hourself, or go to walmart for this one.
General liability insurance, commercial auto insurance, state licensing...
Forum: General Business Discussions 03-13-2013, 03:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,917
Posted By grass guru
You might be able to directly compete with...

You might be able to directly compete with offering a prepay discount, or a free cut. However, let the customer know that when companies like this offer such a drastic savings, they forfeit...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 03-13-2013, 03:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,536
Posted By grass guru
The problem is, some of the guys asking to get an...

The problem is, some of the guys asking to get an idea, either don't want to know what the bottom dollar is (they just see a lot of LCO out there, and think that if there are that many of them, it...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 03-13-2013, 12:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,536
Posted By grass guru
Estimates

I can understand someone needing help with estimates, like asking the question, " I have a customer who wants underground sprinkling installed, what are the things that should be included in it, and...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 03-13-2013, 11:52 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,585
Posted By grass guru
I am unable to see your pdf file for some reason,...

I am unable to see your pdf file for some reason, so I can't really give feedback on it.
What I do w/all potential accounts, whether they want just mow and go, or mow/trim/edge/blow, spring/fall...
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