Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Just starting your lawn care or landscaping business? > Starting a lawn care business.

Starting a lawn care business. How to start a lawn mowing business, lawn care business, or landscaping business. If you are starting a lawn care business, ask your questions here.

Beginner Questions


Starting a lawn care business.

How to start a lawn mowing business, lawn care business, or landscaping business. If you are starting a lawn care business, ask your questions here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #11  
Old 03-19-2013, 10:28 PM
SNethercutt SNethercutt is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 202
Rep Power: 2
SNethercutt is on a distinguished road
Default

Bi-weekly yards aren't that bad, provide them with a free fertilize, $15 out of your pocket later they wonder why there grass is blue and 2 ft tall between mowing haha....

Just kidding but I do advertise my fertilization super hard to EOW (every other week) customers). It helps them migrate to weekly!
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #12  
Old 03-22-2013, 06:37 PM
GreenBlue's Avatar
GreenBlue GreenBlue is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Kansas
Posts: 248
Rep Power: 2
GreenBlue is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Quote:
Originally Posted by MBLC View Post
Dear lord if they are biweekly jack the heck outta that price!
I have bi-weekly as a service I will be offering, but on a $40 lawn that's weekly, I plan on charging $50-$60 on a bi-weekly...not sure if that's a good idea or if I should just forget it on bi-weekly's.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 03-22-2013, 07:07 PM
jymie's Avatar
jymie jymie is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Hamburg New York
Posts: 905
Rep Power: 7
jymie is on a distinguished road
Default

My biweekly charge is always 1.5 times the weekly rate. When I tell them that on an estimate most times they will go with the weekly service.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 03-22-2013, 10:12 PM
MBLC MBLC is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Chicago
Posts: 55
Rep Power: 2
MBLC is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jymie View Post
My biweekly charge is always 1.5 times the weekly rate. When I tell them that on an estimate most times they will go with the weekly service.
You and me both, I have bagging as optional for additional fee. Normally I charge a quarter the price of the whole of the property. If it's a biweekly with bagging I double the bagging price. that's mean wear on my blades and belts plus time.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 04-03-2013, 10:51 AM
CDLAWNCARE CDLAWNCARE is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Nisula, MI
Posts: 132
Rep Power: 2
CDLAWNCARE is on a distinguished road
Default

A couple years back I started contracts with my customers so they know it will be cut every week regaurdless rain or shine we are always there. If your only cutting weeds every couple weeks in the summer it isn't so bad but if you get a little rain in that time those weeds harden off sooner and your moving slow again. I use the summer time cuttings to help make up for any short comings with the faster growing grass in the spring. Its a big drawback for some people but there lawn looks good all the time and we actually make some money. Try to encourage your customers to water and fertilize, even fertilizing in the spring will keep the grass green and growing longer into the season.
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 04-03-2013, 09:03 PM
GreenBlue's Avatar
GreenBlue GreenBlue is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Kansas
Posts: 248
Rep Power: 2
GreenBlue is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by CDLAWNCARE View Post
A couple years back I started contracts with my customers so they know it will be cut every week regaurdless rain or shine we are always there. If your only cutting weeds every couple weeks in the summer it isn't so bad but if you get a little rain in that time those weeds harden off sooner and your moving slow again. I use the summer time cuttings to help make up for any short comings with the faster growing grass in the spring. Its a big drawback for some people but there lawn looks good all the time and we actually make some money. Try to encourage your customers to water and fertilize, even fertilizing in the spring will keep the grass green and growing longer into the season.
I won't be able to offer fertilizing until down the road, because its not an easy process to get certified in Kansas and Missouri. Going to do other services until I can take on fertilizing, but that doesn't mean I can't tell them to do it themselves, but not sure how that would go in terms of their opinion of me not offering that.
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 04-03-2013, 09:06 PM
SNethercutt SNethercutt is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 202
Rep Power: 2
SNethercutt is on a distinguished road
Default

Option, look in to buying the fert at wholesale and delivering it to them and selling it to them cheaper than Walmart or whatever?
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 04-04-2013, 11:18 AM
LawnBoy0311 LawnBoy0311 is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: East Coast
Posts: 1,169
Rep Power: 0
LawnBoy0311 is on a distinguished road
Default

Jacking up prices for biweekly service only gives you a bad name. Charge accordingly. If the grass grows slow and isnt bad every 2 weeks, then charge a little higher if you want. Over pricing jobs makes customers not hire you. Those customers will most likely talk to friends who in turn won't call you because the heard from their friend your rates were high.
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 04-05-2013, 09:07 AM
GreenBlue's Avatar
GreenBlue GreenBlue is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Kansas
Posts: 248
Rep Power: 2
GreenBlue is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by LawnBoy0311 View Post
Jacking up prices for biweekly service only gives you a bad name. Charge accordingly. If the grass grows slow and isnt bad every 2 weeks, then charge a little higher if you want. Over pricing jobs makes customers not hire you. Those customers will most likely talk to friends who in turn won't call you because the heard from their friend your rates were high.
Where I live though everyone charges extra for bi-weekly service, so its well known you'll be paying extra if that's what you want.
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 04-08-2013, 05:44 AM
LawnBoy0311 LawnBoy0311 is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: East Coast
Posts: 1,169
Rep Power: 0
LawnBoy0311 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by GreenBlue View Post
Where I live though everyone charges extra for bi-weekly service, so its well known you'll be paying extra if that's what you want.
Exactly- paying a little extra for biweekly is fine. But giving a quote of $75 when you know damn well it should be $45 isn't good business. People will talk....

Customer: I called XYZ Landscaping and would you believe he quoted me $75 to cut my grass?!
Friend: Thats crazy, what the name of the company? I was looking for someone but I won't be calling them!!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Lots of beginner questions.. One man servicing tomustang Starting a lawn care business. 16 05-15-2009 09:12 PM
Beginner Mistakes Steve Starting a lawn care business. 3 01-08-2007 08:02 PM
Beginner Mistakes Steve Starting a lawn care business. 0 12-13-2006 10:38 AM
Beginner Mistakes Steve Starting a lawn care business. 0 12-11-2006 04:19 PM
Beginner Mistakes Steve Starting a lawn care business. 1 12-06-2006 08:35 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Mowing the hills
EyeCatchersNow
07-08-2014 12:22 PM
Today 05:57 PM
by Steve
21 1,834
Real Estate??
tbtigers03
Yesterday 06:43 PM
Today 05:01 PM
by stevef1201
5 173
John Deere z235 Deck
WesleySnips
09-29-2014 06:02 PM
Today 04:38 PM
by WesleySnips
5 230
Sprinkler head guards...
Sprinkler Buddy
09-27-2014 04:55 AM
Today 02:50 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
6 434
Look out Bob Villa -...
Mr Dave
Yesterday 10:06 AM
Today 02:19 PM
by Steve
5 199
Question?what should I...
dalvan0
09-24-2014 11:10 PM
Today 01:39 PM
by Steve
17 820
Whe does Mowing season...
jack2048
Yesterday 07:05 AM
Today 01:38 PM
by jack2048
4 197
Kohler command carb...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-21-2014 03:09 PM
Today 01:30 PM
by Steve
26 1,162
Help a brother...
tbtigers03
09-28-2014 11:41 AM
Today 01:26 PM
by Steve
7 386
Hello from Kentucky
TRV
Yesterday 05:42 PM
Today 01:20 PM
by Steve
2 119
Give Me Your Problems
ellakit
Yesterday 04:10 PM
Yesterday 04:10 PM
by ellakit
0 17
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
Yesterday 03:53 PM
by ellakit
1,188 336,278
Falling into business
stellarmowing
09-28-2014 04:35 PM
Yesterday 02:17 PM
by Steve
4 346
hey
sizemorelawncare
09-28-2014 08:12 PM
09-29-2014 03:10 PM
by Steve
2 276
Update on LawnsAway and...
Ian Lovejoy
09-28-2014 10:24 AM
09-29-2014 03:09 PM
by Steve
2 329
Need to figure out how...
tjslawnde
09-28-2014 10:31 AM
09-29-2014 03:05 PM
by Steve
4 340
Aerocore Deck?
wdrdoctor
09-26-2014 06:21 PM
09-29-2014 02:36 PM
by Steve
3 467
Hello from CNY
arazucontracting
09-22-2014 06:07 PM
09-29-2014 02:33 PM
by Steve
3 720
How to price lawn mowing.
jack2048
09-24-2014 04:18 PM
09-29-2014 02:27 PM
by Steve
4 581
Pricing ????
6295danny
01-14-2013 07:54 PM
09-29-2014 02:22 PM
by Steve
35 6,591
30 Inch Push Mowers Pros...
Billy Goat
06-27-2013 08:07 PM
09-27-2014 04:11 PM
by SGL1
30 7,123
Replacing a Shindi T-27
Dan Tanner
09-13-2014 12:59 PM
09-26-2014 04:16 PM
by stevef1201
5 1,105
Looking for feed back on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-17-2014 08:38 AM
09-25-2014 09:18 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
10 1,132
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
09-25-2014 08:01 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
124 9,329
Trying something new,...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-21-2014 09:07 PM
09-23-2014 11:13 AM
by Steve
4 814
This sucks...
Matther777
09-18-2014 04:56 PM
09-22-2014 08:02 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
11 1,190
Not sure, but anyone do...
SnowRemoval2k14
09-22-2014 12:10 AM
09-22-2014 04:49 PM
by Steve
1 761
Tribulations of working...
stevef1201
09-13-2014 08:37 AM
09-22-2014 04:45 PM
by Steve
9 1,090
Mulching beds
Bradcook21
09-21-2014 07:43 AM
09-22-2014 04:43 PM
by Steve
3 828
Scag turf tiger hydrolic...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-04-2014 10:55 PM
09-22-2014 04:35 PM
by Steve
12 1,458
2014 Gie-expo
ExtremeLawncareServices
08-19-2014 11:22 PM
09-21-2014 09:23 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
3 1,488
Mowing 7 acres
avetslawncare
08-31-2014 04:24 PM
09-19-2014 03:29 PM
by acrajchel
6 1,710
snowplowing
jshak40
09-01-2014 07:20 AM
09-19-2014 11:49 AM
by Steve
23 2,140
Lowballers scrubs &...
Darksteel
01-13-2014 07:35 AM
09-18-2014 06:32 PM
by Northwoods Outdoors
58 7,532
Hello from upstate NY!
A&MLawn&Snow
09-18-2014 11:19 AM
09-18-2014 04:10 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 925
Price to apply fertilizer
SS.Lawncare
09-15-2014 11:10 AM
09-18-2014 01:16 PM
by Steve
9 1,110
Trailer tires
J.A.S.LawnService
09-01-2014 10:17 AM
09-17-2014 09:57 PM
by curts lawn care
4 1,540
new to the forum
SGlawncare
09-16-2014 11:20 PM
09-17-2014 08:29 PM
by curts lawn care
3 937
Help With Snow Blowing...
Robertf31
09-13-2014 10:55 PM
09-17-2014 12:34 PM
by Steve
11 1,304
Non-Stop Summer?
SouthallMowing
09-14-2014 10:51 PM
09-17-2014 10:48 AM
by stevef1201
6 1,058
Poll - net income
Dan5082
11-15-2010 08:08 PM
09-16-2014 04:44 PM
by jrs.landscaping
12 3,808
Getting lowballed!
PineHillLawn
06-27-2012 07:23 AM
09-16-2014 01:25 PM
by jrs.landscaping
24 5,549
Compare this summer to...
Steve
09-03-2014 12:52 PM
09-16-2014 11:20 AM
by Hanks Lawn Care Services
15 1,731
thinking about throwing...
veteranslawncaresystems
09-09-2014 10:31 PM
09-15-2014 03:41 PM
by Steve
12 1,456
Hello
Robertf31
09-12-2014 10:34 PM
09-15-2014 03:17 PM
by Steve
2 949
Newbie......Again
Jibber
09-13-2014 12:17 PM
09-15-2014 02:54 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 1,078
need help with starter...
GoGreenerKS
09-12-2014 04:23 PM
09-15-2014 02:25 PM
by Steve
3 1,000
Brake job!
kslawn
08-30-2014 07:49 AM
09-15-2014 02:16 PM
by Steve
12 1,813
Hello
jawnebgoode
08-28-2014 08:37 PM
09-15-2014 02:15 PM
by Steve
3 1,539
Employee uniforms
Gerardo_Landscape
01-21-2014 11:11 PM
09-15-2014 02:12 PM
by Steve
5 1,600
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 aerocore apartment complex article marketing auger bid billy goat brushcutter blades care charge christmas collections collections subcontractor equipment rental exmark ferris foreman four wheel drive gopherhaul grass gravely growing a lawn care business health hills honda how much to charge husqvarna installation john deere quik trac landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care business lawn care business book lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website lesco marketing mechanic monthly mr dave mulch mulch price new buisness new business new mower podcast pto running a business scag schedule scripts search engine optimization seo small engine repair starting a business starting a lawn care business steve stihl theft toro toro grand stand trailer trimmer rack walk behind walker
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:14 PM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:14 PM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy