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.

Drive time


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
  #1  
Old 05-29-2010, 12:37 PM
akessinger84's Avatar
akessinger84 akessinger84 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Indianapolis
Posts: 80
Rep Power: 7
akessinger84 is on a distinguished road
Default Drive time

I have a potential customer that has a lake property. It is 1hour 12min from my shop. My question is, is it fair to the customer to charge them 1hr and 12min drive time? I normally charge half hour dive times and then look for a couple jobs in-between. Some one give me your thought on this please.
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


  #2  
Old 05-29-2010, 12:42 PM
swstout's Avatar
swstout swstout is offline
Steve
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Canastota, NY
Age: 67
Posts: 1,082
Rep Power: 9
swstout is on a distinguished road
Default Drive time

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Quote:
Originally Posted by akessinger84 View Post
I have a potential customer that has a lake property. It is 1hour 12min from my shop. My question is, is it fair to the customer to charge them 1hr and 12min drive time? I normally charge half hour dive times and then look for a couple jobs in-between. Some one give me your thought on this please.
That's 2 and 1/4 hours round trip drive time that you have to pay someone for plus gas and wear and tear. Don't take a job to lose money. Also that's 2+ house away from other jobs. Charge for it!

Steve
__________________


Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 05-30-2010, 09:49 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 38,042
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

My first questions is why would you take this job? I am thinking there is a strategy going on about this?

Can you tell us what you are thinking on it?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 05-30-2010, 10:03 PM
akessinger84's Avatar
akessinger84 akessinger84 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Indianapolis
Posts: 80
Rep Power: 7
akessinger84 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
My first questions is why would you take this job? I am thinking there is a strategy going on about this?

Can you tell us what you are thinking on it?
Well I havnt got any work in the south-west quadrant of my grid, so I focus my attention ongetting work in that quadrant. If I set up a weekly route say hit North west on Monday North east on Tuesday and so on I'll be able to focus a particular day on one side of town. So if I leave my shop on Say thursday I can travel down S.R. 37 hit two or three jobs then go to this job, when Im finished Shoot across 144 with a couple more jobs along the way. jump on the interstate and back to the shop. I ran my property preservation buisness this way so I dont see why it wouldnt work for a lawn care buisness.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 05-31-2010, 05:24 AM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 11
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

In my case we would pass, if I had to take the job then they would have to be charged a transportation fee, for me to pay for a staff member(s) plus fuel and maintenance, it's simply too far a distance not to.
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 05-31-2010, 08:42 PM
cutritelawncareinc cutritelawncareinc is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 7
Rep Power: 9
cutritelawncareinc is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by akessinger84 View Post
I have a potential customer that has a lake property. It is 1hour 12min from my shop. My question is, is it fair to the customer to charge them 1hr and 12min drive time? I normally charge half hour dive times and then look for a couple jobs in-between. Some one give me your thought on this please.
Have you brought it to the attention of the customer. Being honest with them may help out a lot. If you let them know and like your work they may be willing to pay the extra and may even try to get neighbors to hire you to help pay for you to come down.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 05-31-2010, 09:26 PM
wildgoose wildgoose is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 2
Rep Power: 7
wildgoose is on a distinguished road
Default

i would take that job as long as it would cover all cost and there is potential of gaining new customers in that erea.That will make it worth your while,instead of drivin miles for 1 lawn,you can drive miles for 10
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 05-31-2010, 10:27 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 38,042
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
Well I havnt got any work in the south-west quadrant of my grid, so I focus my attention ongetting work in that quadrant.
This is a very interesting topic. As you have to drive further, you make less money. You lose your competitive edge as your expenses rise to service the customer.

Would it be better if you focused on getting more customers tighter in your immediate service area versus trying to spread out and get customers in multiple locations?

How do you feel you could price competitively against someone who lives in that immediate area you now want to service and they don't have the extra transportation expenses?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 06-01-2010, 03:01 AM
Casch112
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

This sounds like one of my jobs !

I have a customer around 1 hour away. Got over another customer.
My Service there Lawn care and Grounds Maintenance like sweeping and leaf cleanup and positioning the waste boxes for the service.

My experiences:
17 drives to this object a month for service = 34 hours only driving (this is without emergency drives when they have problems with the fire alarm systems)

- 34 hours which I need for my other jobs. So I have not enough time for my standard jobs. These customers are not amused to get less of service.

This job is a 0-position: The gasoline for the car and the mower takes the money I earn nearly complete !!!
the customer pays only the service, no extra money for Gas.

Because this is the only job in this area, I will quit the Job latest in summer when I got new objects near to my office.

(Hope this will help to find the wright way for your job)

Greetings from Germany

Chris
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 06-06-2010, 05:28 PM
wildgoose wildgoose is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 2
Rep Power: 7
wildgoose is on a distinguished road
Default Drive time

I had one customer in cottage country that i was driving 50 min there and back.I made nothing! Now, with word of mouth and some advertising,i now have 13 customers in that area(Seasonal lawn contracts,Spring and fall clean ups and security checks in the winter)..One Can Lead To Many!!

Brian
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
Food drive for the holidays? Steve Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 4 11-24-2008 05:57 PM
toy drive jab1472 GopherHaul Lawn Care Business Show, Video, Book & Podcast Discussions. 2 09-07-2008 04:16 AM
BEST web site to drive more traffic? Steve Search Engine Optimization and Website Design Discussions. 1 07-06-2008 10:56 PM
Why do people drink and drive? Steve General Talk 11 01-04-2008 06:51 PM
How many miles do you drive a day? Steve General Business Discussions 1 08-11-2006 07:55 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
fliers
joshp
08-19-2016 03:23 PM
Yesterday 07:47 PM
by SC93
11 676
fert/lawn programs
joshp
08-28-2016 10:43 AM
Yesterday 03:27 PM
by acrajchel
2 228
My Invention
biglee
01-11-2015 06:51 PM
Yesterday 10:43 AM
by joshp
20 2,891
Landscaper taking on odd...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
08-07-2016 06:57 PM
08-28-2016 10:31 AM
by joshp
7 831
Review of our lawn care...
Lawnline
07-12-2016 06:40 PM
08-27-2016 10:51 AM
by Steve
7 1,849
Start My Own Business?
mowandblow1980
01-12-2016 07:43 PM
08-25-2016 12:55 PM
by Steve
19 2,191
Looking for new host
Just for Cuts
11-26-2015 06:58 AM
08-24-2016 09:05 PM
by Stephen Alberts
10 1,937
Facebook advertising
Just for Cuts
12-13-2015 07:49 AM
08-24-2016 08:59 PM
by Stephen Alberts
14 13,146
Breaking into commercial...
SGL1
08-19-2016 07:02 AM
08-24-2016 10:12 AM
by mowandblow1980
7 626
Snow Plow
acrajchel
08-17-2016 10:21 AM
08-22-2016 11:21 AM
by Steve
5 596
Quarter Acre Woodland...
ew411
08-16-2016 06:50 AM
08-18-2016 12:25 PM
by Steve
4 580
Bidding Bushhogging
acrajchel
08-15-2016 11:52 AM
08-17-2016 05:32 PM
by acrajchel
4 577
Hello From the Florida...
KevinShuman
08-15-2016 08:57 PM
08-16-2016 01:52 PM
by SC93
2 575
I'm making stupid money...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
08-07-2016 07:07 PM
08-16-2016 12:42 AM
by SC93
5 876
A quick Intro
BLE
08-14-2016 05:17 PM
08-15-2016 10:54 AM
by acrajchel
2 565
New Customer - Gettting...
acrajchel
08-05-2016 05:00 PM
08-15-2016 10:52 AM
by acrajchel
4 837
helping out a friend set...
Doug D
08-13-2016 11:33 AM
08-15-2016 09:45 AM
by Steve
1 573
Small bed job
Bradcook21
08-09-2016 09:52 PM
08-10-2016 03:51 PM
by Steve
1 692
Hello from NoVa
jtwlawn
08-03-2016 11:20 AM
08-09-2016 10:45 AM
by jtwlawn
4 833
How much to charge for...
jymie
03-31-2013 05:59 PM
08-08-2016 04:33 PM
by Steve
27 6,680
Needing a website built
burtle
06-17-2015 09:02 AM
08-07-2016 10:21 AM
by Just for Cuts
18 19,862
New Site Hows it look
Infinitelawn
03-16-2015 10:32 AM
08-07-2016 08:37 AM
by Lawnline
8 11,325
Hey guys! Greetings from...
thegardener
08-05-2016 05:45 AM
08-05-2016 03:26 PM
by Steve
1 737
First Time Bidding-Need...
capitallawncrew
08-01-2016 08:30 AM
08-03-2016 09:52 AM
by Steve
3 708
Show us your stripes
Just for Cuts
05-21-2015 03:07 PM
08-01-2016 08:28 PM
by ExclusiveLawns
7 3,816
» Popular Tags
apartment become an entrepreneur best mower be your own boss bidding break business business education business help business management complex contractor hacks contracts deck lift dethatcher edging entrepreneur entrepreneur education estimate estimates fuel problems fuel pump half moon blade intro introduction jjandm lawncare l.t.rich landscape landscape design landscaping landscaping design company landscaping richmond va landscping lawn lawncare lawnservice lowering grade marketing mulch planting raising grade residential lawn care richmond va richmond virginia lawn care safety scag snowblower snow plowing snow shovel sprayer start a business start a lawn care business start business start up toro timecutter townhome tree tree service video web design websites what to charge work from home z-max z-spray
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:15 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:15 AM.

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