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 > Business > General Business Discussions

General Business Discussions A place to talk about general business discussions.

selling weekly service vs.bi-weekly


General Business Discussions

A place to talk about general business discussions.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #11  
Old 07-09-2012, 10:41 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 35,740
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Are there wealthier areas in town that you could go door to door with some flyers to see if you could reach out to them?
__________________
- 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

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 07-10-2012, 05:49 AM
sunsetlandscaping sunsetlandscaping is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 75
Rep Power: 3
sunsetlandscaping is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
In my area, because of the sandy soil conditions, it is hard to find people that want it mowed every week. Unless they fertilize, which I try to upsell. Most of the people I mow for, have second homes up here, and they don't put much money into the lawn. I am not turning down any work at this point just starting out. It is what it is. If your area is just that way, you may have to upsell on different services or get more accounts.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 07-10-2012, 07:57 AM
Godslapper Godslapper is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: I live in a house
Age: 47
Posts: 99
Rep Power: 2
Godslapper is on a distinguished road
Default

The weekly customer draw backs are. Lets say you are a one man show. and you can mow 10 average lawns a day at one hour or less per lawn. You work 5 days a week that's only 50 customers. You can get some other work to keep you busy with 50 customers but you can only trim stuff and do mulch every so offten. In other words, you might run out of things to do for them. plus if you want to mow the same lawns on the same day every week then every thing has to go perfect all the time. Good luck with that. Plus it's hard to find weekly customers in a small area. Most people think once a week is to offten. If you can find enough to keep you busy, I think you'll find that the drive time each day will be more than you would like. Around here we mow about every 10 days (about) A one man crew can do around 90 customers if he has his act together. That also gives you tha oppertunity for other work. Just my .02 cent.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 07-10-2012, 08:03 AM
Godslapper Godslapper is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: I live in a house
Age: 47
Posts: 99
Rep Power: 2
Godslapper is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by sunsetlandscaping View Post
In my area, because of the sandy soil conditions, it is hard to find people that want it mowed every week. Unless they fertilize, which I try to upsell. Most of the people I mow for, have second homes up here, and they don't put much money into the lawn. I am not turning down any work at this point just starting out. It is what it is. If your area is just that way, you may have to upsell on different services or get more accounts.
Don't forget that if you want to sell fertilizer you need a triangle on your truck and the guys that have them spend a lot of time and money for the privilege to do that work.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 07-10-2012, 02:49 PM
Von Bobbeh's Avatar
Von Bobbeh Von Bobbeh is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 166
Rep Power: 3
Von Bobbeh is on a distinguished road
Default

I use this method: after I get a call for a bid I give the costumer two options
weekly service is $30 a cut with free herbicide weed maintenance OR $40 a cut bi-weekly and $15/bottle for herbicide. Or what ever prices, biweekly always is more.

I also briefly discuss (if they are not already sold) that It is easier for me to keep their property in top-notch shape by having weekly service and they are in-fact, getting far more value for little more money.

I've learn I HATEEEEEEEEE bi-weekly barring July and August when I enjoy a bit more free time anyways.
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 07-10-2012, 03:42 PM
sunsetlandscaping sunsetlandscaping is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 75
Rep Power: 3
sunsetlandscaping is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Godslapper View Post
Don't forget that if you want to sell fertilizer you need a triangle on your truck and the guys that have them spend a lot of time and money for the privilege to do that work.
I not quite sure I follow when you say triangle. When I sell fertilizer, I sell just regular scotts turf builder with no pesticide or herbicide. This is legal in my state.
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 07-10-2012, 04:46 PM
Godslapper Godslapper is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: I live in a house
Age: 47
Posts: 99
Rep Power: 2
Godslapper is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by sunsetlandscaping View Post
I not quite sure I follow when you say triangle. When I sell fertilizer, I sell just regular scotts turf builder with no pesticide or herbicide. This is legal in my state.
You're lucky. In NY if you want to apply anything to a customers lawn you must commplete an 80 hour course and pay a bunch of money. After that you must attend classses a cupple of times a year. The average cost for that is about $500 bucks each time. You then get a certificate that says you were there. Each of these classes are worth between 1 or 2 credits. You must have a least 6 credits in order to renew your applicators licence. This doesn't even begin to touch on all the red tape at the end of the year or the neighbor notification law. Oh yeah if True Green or someone else that went through all the BS to do this sees you doing it and you don't have the Triangle marker on your truck... you could be in a lot of trouble. Of course it's ok to spot treat weeds, but that's it. What state are you in ?
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 07-11-2012, 02:55 AM
sunsetlandscaping sunsetlandscaping is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 75
Rep Power: 3
sunsetlandscaping is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Godslapper View Post
You're lucky. In NY if you want to apply anything to a customers lawn you must commplete an 80 hour course and pay a bunch of money. After that you must attend classses a cupple of times a year. The average cost for that is about $500 bucks each time. You then get a certificate that says you were there. Each of these classes are worth between 1 or 2 credits. You must have a least 6 credits in order to renew your applicators licence. This doesn't even begin to touch on all the red tape at the end of the year or the neighbor notification law. Oh yeah if True Green or someone else that went through all the BS to do this sees you doing it and you don't have the Triangle marker on your truck... you could be in a lot of trouble. Of course it's ok to spot treat weeds, but that's it. What state are you in ?
I am in Michigan, we have to get an applicator's license to, but not if only your putting down regular fertilizer. No wonder guy's are not afraid to charge for fertilizing.
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 07-11-2012, 06:12 AM
ringahding1's Avatar
ringahding1 ringahding1 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Stillwater, MN
Posts: 280
Rep Power: 5
ringahding1 is on a distinguished road
Default

When I sell...I know I am selling me. But, I have written a post on my website to help weed through customers that want bi-weekly or one time mowing. Do not get me wrong, we will take on these jobs if in our area, but will charge more than a normal weekly mowing.
The one thing I have learned over the years is that I had to realize people are contacting a professional. So this is the way I need to conduct myself when selling my services. Almost teaching the potential client the benefits of a weekly lawn cutting as opposed to a bi-weekly.

Hope that helps.
__________________
08 F250 Ext Cab/05 F350/04 Chevy 3500
3 - 60 Toro Zmaster/Lesco 48
2 - 8'2" Boss V-Plows
20' Enclosed trailer/16' Open trailer
18' Skid Loader Trailer
S185 Bobcat 2-Speed



ringlawncare.com
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 07-13-2012, 11:06 PM
lonestarlawn lonestarlawn is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: North Texas
Posts: 21
Rep Power: 2
lonestarlawn is on a distinguished road
Default

It seems not so much a customer quality issue as a grass isn't growing issue.

I did get a couple jobs this week though, cleaned some flower beds for a new customer, and got a job clearing some overgrown weeds in a small backyard. The second job may lead to trenching job if the guy accepts the bid.
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
No more bi-weekly accounts! element009 General Talk 51 05-09-2012 09:29 PM
Weekly Rant! Apex Lawn & Landscape General Talk 7 05-04-2012 01:24 AM
bi-weekly? mcgreen1 Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 9 03-23-2012 09:24 PM
Do you charge a different price for weekly,10 day or 14 day service? cmpenn67 Starting a lawn care business. 24 04-27-2010 10:56 PM
Bi-weekly customers MattLuciano General Talk 6 04-14-2009 12:04 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
2.5 acre mowing
xandrew245x
Today 06:55 AM
Today 06:55 AM
by xandrew245x
0 7
REO calling
Dan Tanner
04-16-2014 05:03 PM
Today 06:52 AM
by Dan Tanner
8 177
Truck Signage
Dan Tanner
04-16-2014 11:00 PM
Today 06:51 AM
by Dan Tanner
9 156
What Fertilizer to Use?
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:56 PM
Yesterday 11:20 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
10 300
leaf removal
tlf59263
04-15-2014 10:00 PM
Yesterday 09:38 PM
by kslawn
3 126
this mower is driving me...
boog
Yesterday 12:07 PM
Yesterday 09:35 PM
by kslawn
1 76
Help with weed liability!
Prolawnofchatt
04-15-2014 09:10 AM
Yesterday 08:06 PM
by Prolawnofchatt
4 163
Pay per click advertising
roostertail
02-12-2014 07:26 PM
Yesterday 07:11 PM
by yardrate
10 590
Looking for advice on a...
Tekeda1
04-13-2014 09:53 AM
Yesterday 05:56 PM
by Tekeda1
15 317
Instagram
Gerardo_Landscape
04-16-2014 11:28 AM
Yesterday 11:50 AM
by Steve
1 60
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
04-16-2014 08:26 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
30 1,006
Nationwide lawn care...
Billy Goat
04-15-2014 05:21 PM
04-16-2014 07:35 PM
by stevef1201
8 177
Accepting credit cards,...
Darksteel
03-17-2014 08:01 PM
04-16-2014 01:02 PM
by jymie
15 701
Trimec
acrajchel
04-15-2014 08:24 PM
04-16-2014 11:10 AM
by Steve
3 90
Gopher Forum Discount!
BlackRain75
04-12-2014 10:44 PM
04-16-2014 10:50 AM
by Steve
9 251
hello
NFrailey
04-15-2014 01:39 PM
04-16-2014 10:48 AM
by Steve
1 82
Any greenhouse operators...
GoGreenerKS
04-15-2014 11:21 AM
04-16-2014 10:43 AM
by Steve
3 104
Pricing a Mulch Job
dmcalpi
04-07-2014 02:16 PM
04-16-2014 09:40 AM
by jymie
21 580
google earth
CDLAWNCARE
04-12-2014 03:24 PM
04-16-2014 09:36 AM
by jymie
8 217
There has to be an...
CDLAWNCARE
04-14-2014 12:59 PM
04-15-2014 04:06 PM
by Dan Tanner
6 160
First Day Back!
BelleCityLawn1
04-09-2014 09:13 PM
04-15-2014 11:16 AM
by Steve
11 292
Mow America
stevegredler
04-13-2014 01:02 PM
04-14-2014 09:53 PM
by kslawn
5 187
Power Broom
acrajchel
04-14-2014 07:46 AM
04-14-2014 12:47 PM
by CDLAWNCARE
2 96
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
04-14-2014 11:34 AM
by Steve
1,176 284,757
Equipment reviews
Greg'slawnandlandscape
04-09-2014 07:17 AM
04-14-2014 11:27 AM
by Greg'slawnandlandscape
13 403
Sulky and Turf Tracer
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:44 PM
04-14-2014 10:51 AM
by Steve
8 297
Aerating Prices?
Dan Tanner
04-08-2014 03:16 PM
04-14-2014 10:31 AM
by Steve
13 404
Estimating help
acrajchel
04-11-2014 06:06 PM
04-14-2014 10:20 AM
by Steve
3 157
Lawn Renovation
stevef1201
04-11-2014 12:00 PM
04-14-2014 10:03 AM
by Steve
5 184
Need help bidding church...
GreenRidge Lawn&Landscape
04-07-2014 08:01 PM
04-14-2014 09:49 AM
by Steve
12 396
Hello all
Griff20114
04-12-2014 05:08 PM
04-14-2014 09:46 AM
by Steve
1 105
Step by Step Spring Lawn...
WarriorLawnscaping
04-10-2014 07:01 AM
04-14-2014 09:43 AM
by Steve
5 218
Jeff Cowden
jcowden
04-11-2014 07:27 PM
04-14-2014 09:39 AM
by Steve
1 99
Exmark Commercial 30...
Dan Tanner
04-11-2014 05:35 AM
04-14-2014 09:37 AM
by Steve
4 181
What Was Your Setup When...
superrman77
02-11-2014 10:53 AM
04-14-2014 08:04 AM
by acrajchel
21 1,571
Small guy time to get a...
googus
04-08-2014 08:16 AM
04-13-2014 07:18 PM
by A. Kulak Landscaping
9 308
Weekly vs. Bi-weekly
CDLAWNCARE
04-12-2014 01:48 PM
04-13-2014 06:03 PM
by kslawn
9 320
Weed ID help
TwinBrosLC
04-12-2014 10:39 AM
04-13-2014 07:40 AM
by stevef1201
4 156
Lexington, KY
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:06 PM
04-11-2014 09:49 PM
by acrajchel
1 126
Food Plot Management
BlackRain75
04-11-2014 10:20 AM
04-11-2014 03:51 PM
by Steve
4 129
Estimating a job
acrajchel
04-08-2014 11:07 AM
04-11-2014 03:32 PM
by Steve
6 284
New Boomless Sprayer!
BlackRain75
01-03-2014 01:01 PM
04-11-2014 03:25 PM
by Steve
11 1,000
Hello....
SWFloridaLawns
04-10-2014 06:15 PM
04-11-2014 02:28 PM
by Steve
2 124
Truck, Trailer,...
hawthornelawncare
12-23-2011 12:01 AM
04-10-2014 10:33 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
78 25,011
Trading Accounts
goodtimez
04-09-2014 05:42 PM
04-10-2014 01:55 PM
by Steve
2 154
Grass that has...
erock289
04-09-2014 10:21 AM
04-10-2014 01:52 PM
by Steve
3 165
Prowrap Trimmer Engine...
Steve
05-24-2006 07:05 PM
04-10-2014 01:09 PM
by Steve
10 2,201
1st annual Easter egg...
Greg'slawnandlandscape
04-09-2014 06:58 AM
04-10-2014 01:07 PM
by Steve
1 113
Hello everyone
aceslawnandgarden
04-03-2014 06:54 PM
04-10-2014 01:06 PM
by Steve
9 369
Weed control programs
Mallard91
04-02-2014 12:25 PM
04-10-2014 12:56 PM
by Steve
6 334
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:13 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:13 AM.

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