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.

Head Start Program


General Business Discussions

A place to talk about general business discussions.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 02-22-2005, 10:07 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,307
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

For our new round of Head Start Program LCO's we are going to try something different. Instead of working with 1 LCO, we are going to be working with 7.

JKOOPERS
Mclaughld
LightningLawns
treemeat
emt144
roushjh
ProSvcs

We would like to start with creating a business plan with each of you. To help create a plan of attack for this season. Then we can move on to the other things like the marketing plan and material.

Please review these questions and post answers to them. This will help us take you to the next step.

Business Description
- Give a one paragraph description of your business.
- Where is your business located?
- What services does your business offer?
- What value does it add to the marketplace?

Management Abilities
- What are your qualifications?
- How will your experience contribute to the success of your business?

Business Strategy
- What are the key strategic opportunities you have identified in your marketplace?
- How will your business take advantage of these strategic opportunities more effectively than your competition?
- How do you intend to maintain your competitive edge?
- Describe the key challenges you face and how will you overcome them?

Legal Structure
- Will your business operate as a sole proprietor, partnership, corporation or an LLC?
- How will your legal structure decrease your business's exposure to risk?

Financial
- How much will you personally invest in your business?
- How much money are you seeking from banks?
- How much money are you seeking from private investors?
- How long until you plan to break even?
- How long until you plan on making a profit?
- What will your start-up costs be? Be specific, describe each and the cost.
- What is your sales forcast for each month of the entire year? List each month's goal.
- What will be your operating expenses? Be specific, describe each and the cost.
- What will your fixed costs be? Be specific, describe each and the cost.


Mission Statement
- What is your business?
- How will your business succeed?
- What values are important to your business?
- How does your business improve the lives of your customers' and employees'?

Marketing Slogan
- What is your marketing slogan?

Market Analysis
- What are the positive NATIONAL trends that will affect your business?
- What are the negative NATIONAL trends that will affect your business?
- How will you take advantage of the positive trends and deal with the negative trends?

- What are the positive REGIONAL trends that will affect your business?
- What are the negative REGIONAL trends that will affect your business?
- How will you take advantage of the positive trends and deal with the negative trends?

- What are the positive LANDSCAPE INDUSTRY trends that will affect your business?
- What are the negative LANDSCAPE INDUSTRY trends that will affect your business?
- How will you take advantage of the positive trends and deal with the negative trends?

Customer Analysis
- Who are your target customers? (age range, education level, occupations, average home value)
- What zip codes do they live in?
- What do your customers want?

Competition Analysis
- Who are your competitors?
- How many employees do they have?
- What is their estimated sales volume?
- What services do they offer?
- What is the quality of their product?
- What is the price range of their product?
- Who are there customers?
- What are their strengths?
- What are their weaknesses?
- Are they a direct or indirect competitor?

Labor
- How many employees will you start with? Full or p/t?
- What will the hourly labor wage paid to employees be?
- What will your total annual labor hours be?

Equipment
- What equipment will be needed?
- How much will it cost to obtain this equipment?
- Where will you store the equipment?
- How much will it cost to store the equipment?

Advertising / Promotion
- How will you advertise or promote your business?
- How much will you spend doing each per year?
__________________
- 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


  #2  
Old 02-24-2005, 05:20 PM
LightningLawns LightningLawns is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 46
Rep Power: 10
LightningLawns
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Business Description
- Give a one paragraph description of your business.
Lightning Lawn Service is a Owner operated business that just started in june 2004. I run a Residential and Commercial lawn business and currently have 30 full time accounts.
- Where is your business located? Cocoa, FL
- What services does your business offer? I offer complete lawn and landscape maintenance.
- What value does it add to the marketplace? Not every lawn service around here does lawn and landscape maintenance so I guess it adds value that I include Landscape maintance.

Management Abilities
- What are your qualifications? Iíve done lawn work for 4 years.
- How will your experience contribute to the success of your business? Very much, you really need to know what your doing in able to keep your customers happy with you.

Business Strategy
- What are the key strategic opportunities you have identified in your marketplace? A lot of new residential developments.
- How will your business take advantage of these strategic opportunities more effectively than your competition? Provide a more professional look to the potential customers.
- How do you intend to maintain your competitive edge? Keep doing good work.
- Describe the key challenges you face and how will you overcome them? Adding more customers this summer. ADVERTISING

Legal Structure
- Will your business operate as a sole proprietor, partnership, corporation or an LLC? Sole Proprietor
- How will your legal structure decrease your business's exposure to risk? I donít know.

Financial
- How much will you personally invest in your business? So far I have invested about $11,000ÖI know in the future it will be much more.
- How much money are you seeking from banks? None
- How much money are you seeking from private investors? None
- How long until you plan to break even? End of next year
- How long until you plan on making a profit? After next year.
- What will your start-up costs be? Be specific, describe each and the cost. It was $11,000
- What is your sales forcast for each month of the entire year? List each month's goal. Right not I make about 1600.00 each month, This year I would like to increase that number by atleast 500.00 a month when the season hits.
- What will be your operating expenses? Be specific, describe each and the cost. I figure, about 30.00 a day in gas, 500.00 a year in maintenance to my machines, edger blades, oil, string, etc..
- What will your fixed costs be? Be specific, describe each and the cost. Not sure what fixed costs are?


Mission Statement
- What is your business? Lawn and Landscape Maintenance Company
- How will your business succeed? With good work.
- What values are important to your business? Making the customer happy.
- How does your business improve the lives of your customers' and employees'? My customers get to enjoy a beautiful lawn with no effort.

Marketing Slogan
- What is your marketing slogan? Weíll Be There in a Flash!!

Market Analysis
- What are the positive NATIONAL trends that will affect your business? Growing economy - What are the negative NATIONAL trends that will affect your business? High gas prices.
- How will you take advantage of the positive trends and deal with the negative trends? Add more customers in able to make up for the gas prices.

- What are the positive REGIONAL trends that will affect your business? Not sure.
- What are the negative REGIONAL trends that will affect your business? Not sure.
- How will you take advantage of the positive trends and deal with the negative trends? Not Sure.

- What are the positive LANDSCAPE INDUSTRY trends that will affect your business? Better Equipment every year.
- What are the negative LANDSCAPE INDUSTRY trends that will affect your business? Low ballers
- How will you take advantage of the positive trends and deal with the negative trends? Buy the better equipment, do better work than the other guy.

Customer Analysis
- Who are your target customers? (age range, education level, occupations, average home value) Most are elderly customers that are unable to do the work, other than that everyone is a target customer to me.
- What zip codes do they live in? 32926, 32927, 32780 and the surrounding ones
- What do your customers want? Quality work, at reasonable prices.

Competition Analysis
- Who are your competitors? Other lawn services.
- How many employees do they have? Varies from none to numerous crews
- What is their estimated sales volume? Any where from what I make to probably close to 1 million.
- What services do they offer? Lawn and Landscape maintenance, Landscape installation, spraying and fertilizing.
- What is the quality of their product? Poor to Excellent.
- What is the price range of their product? From 15 a cut and up or 50 a month and up
- Who are there customers? All ranges
- What are their strengths? Good equipment
- What are their weaknesses? Unreliable help
- Are they a direct or indirect competitor? Indirect I think, there is so much work to be done around here.

Labor
- How many employees will you start with? Full or p/t? none, just myself
- What will the hourly labor wage paid to employees be? I think Iíll start my first employee out a probably 8.00 an hour and depending on how good he is raise it up accordingly
- What will your total annual labor hours be? 40-50 hours a week from march to oct. 20 hours a week nov.-feb.

Equipment
- What equipment will be needed? A 52 stander, another blower and weed wacker.
- How much will it cost to obtain this equipment? Probably around 8k
- Where will you store the equipment? In my garage.
- How much will it cost to store the equipment? Free

Advertising / Promotion
- How will you advertise or promote your business? Flyers, business cards, yellow page ad, newspaper ad, word of mouth.
- How much will you spend doing each per year? 2k
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
business plan, lawn care business plan

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

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Walk Behinds and Texas...
SGL1
08-26-2014 03:53 PM
Yesterday 11:36 PM
by SGL1
7 235
snowplowing
jshak40
Yesterday 07:20 AM
Yesterday 07:55 PM
by jrs.landscaping
5 101
Brake job!
kslawn
08-30-2014 07:49 AM
Yesterday 05:57 PM
by 04bluesilverado
5 146
Trailer tires
J.A.S.LawnService
Yesterday 10:17 AM
Yesterday 11:39 AM
by stevef1201
1 51
Mowing 7 acres
avetslawncare
08-31-2014 04:24 PM
08-31-2014 05:55 PM
by stevef1201
3 103
Help pricing cut down 7...
Bradcook21
08-26-2014 11:17 PM
08-31-2014 04:48 PM
by avetslawncare
6 224
New to the industry-...
Lsmain
08-31-2014 10:53 AM
08-31-2014 10:53 AM
by Lsmain
0 78
Sod
RosalesLawnCare
08-27-2014 03:47 PM
08-30-2014 07:00 PM
by RosalesLawnCare
2 165
Lawn Route Templates
Landscaper1165
08-30-2014 01:52 PM
08-30-2014 05:04 PM
by stevef1201
1 106
Exmark Lazer Z S-Series...
BLC7
08-22-2014 10:18 AM
08-30-2014 09:49 AM
by BLC7
10 406
Hello! New here and...
CaliforniaFriendly
08-29-2014 11:30 AM
08-29-2014 05:39 PM
by jrs.landscaping
1 124
Stihl engine isn't...
Marcintosh
08-12-2014 08:30 PM
08-28-2014 09:28 PM
by Marcintosh
12 542
Hello
jawnebgoode
08-28-2014 08:37 PM
08-28-2014 08:37 PM
by jawnebgoode
0 66
Hello from Ohio
kurtwin
08-28-2014 05:06 PM
08-28-2014 05:06 PM
by kurtwin
0 90
Softball field
kslawn
08-15-2014 09:28 AM
08-28-2014 12:01 PM
by Steve
16 628
Lawn needs top soil What...
jymie
08-26-2014 11:01 AM
08-28-2014 11:58 AM
by Steve
5 227
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
08-27-2014 08:33 PM
by kurtwin
1,187 331,270
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
08-26-2014 04:21 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
110 6,668
How do I approach...
Bradcook21
08-21-2014 01:48 AM
08-26-2014 05:08 AM
by Billy Goat
12 530
Tender Process
M2Dave
08-24-2014 12:31 PM
08-25-2014 04:14 PM
by Steve
2 210
Grass hopper mower
ExtremeLawncareServices
12-05-2013 08:51 AM
08-25-2014 04:02 PM
by Steve
26 3,866
Need help pricing basic...
Bradcook21
08-22-2014 01:21 AM
08-22-2014 01:05 PM
by Steve
2 295
Yearly contract Pricing
jrob0691
08-21-2014 08:57 AM
08-22-2014 01:01 PM
by Steve
6 373
yearly contract help...
jrob0691
08-21-2014 04:09 PM
08-22-2014 12:48 PM
by Steve
1 243
Pampas bushes
Bradcook21
08-22-2014 01:30 AM
08-22-2014 07:17 AM
by grassdoctore
1 215
2014 Gie-expo
ExtremeLawncareServices
08-19-2014 11:22 PM
08-21-2014 08:50 PM
by phlawncare
2 256
Fuel Can Spouts
Shark1611
08-16-2014 09:09 AM
08-21-2014 08:23 PM
by SGL1
11 501
Have you ever had to...
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:41 PM
08-21-2014 05:03 PM
by stevef1201
6 759
Hello
M2Dave
08-21-2014 12:32 AM
08-21-2014 01:38 PM
by Steve
1 223
New Landscaping Business
rekon32
08-16-2014 02:26 PM
08-21-2014 12:33 PM
by SouthallMowing
8 559
Downed Tree Chop Bid
WesleySnips
08-16-2014 03:47 PM
08-20-2014 01:44 PM
by SGL1
10 525
60 inch honda/bunton...
pblawncare
08-17-2014 11:30 AM
08-18-2014 03:19 PM
by Steve
2 271
Replacement Parts -...
nicholas-KC
08-16-2014 08:40 AM
08-18-2014 03:16 PM
by Steve
4 382
Preparing the soil
Billy Goat
08-16-2014 06:18 PM
08-18-2014 03:01 PM
by Steve
1 294
What to pay help
phlawncare
08-04-2014 08:33 PM
08-18-2014 10:33 AM
by jrs.landscaping
29 1,124
Hello
Jeff1
08-07-2014 11:18 PM
08-15-2014 11:53 PM
by Jeff1
11 583
Lie #2 RESIDENTIAL...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-06-2014 05:02 AM
08-15-2014 01:46 PM
by mattthelawnguy
54 6,697
Need help 30 HP koler...
Shady Grady
08-01-2014 03:31 PM
08-15-2014 08:46 AM
by kslawn
18 762
New Boomless Sprayer!
BlackRain75
01-03-2014 01:01 PM
08-14-2014 02:37 AM
by BlackRain75
12 1,958
first year update
cmdlawncare
08-12-2014 05:41 PM
08-13-2014 03:29 PM
by Steve
1 385
Hello from Jacksonville,...
JM Lawn Care
08-10-2014 07:15 AM
08-13-2014 07:04 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
9 506
Hello everyone new to...
maddyandrays
08-11-2014 04:51 PM
08-12-2014 08:58 PM
by Shark1611
2 340
Walk behinds
hpruitcei
08-07-2014 06:28 PM
08-12-2014 02:35 PM
by mattthelawnguy
7 614
New name help
stevef1201
08-10-2014 04:27 PM
08-12-2014 12:03 PM
by Steve
6 493
my little green dilemmas
Lawn Techie
08-03-2014 11:47 AM
08-11-2014 01:20 PM
by Steve
7 589
what the best...
CleanCutsLLC
08-02-2014 01:02 AM
08-11-2014 01:16 PM
by Steve
6 643
Texas lawn care company...
Livingston Lawn Care
07-25-2014 11:29 AM
08-11-2014 01:19 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
13 896
Covering all the bases
janslawncare
08-08-2014 10:11 AM
08-08-2014 01:41 PM
by Steve
1 435
New from Florida
ADE
08-06-2014 08:40 PM
08-08-2014 01:32 PM
by Steve
4 497
JOB - Landscape Install...
janslawncare
08-08-2014 10:06 AM
08-08-2014 10:06 AM
by janslawncare
0 385
» Popular Tags
apartment complex auger blades charge christmas lighting courtesy call credit card processing customers decorating ditches ecosymbiosis escrow exmark ferris first truck fundraiser georgia gopherhaul grass gravely gravely 34" zero turn growing a lawn care business honda how much to charge how to bid john deere quik trac kawasaki landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business podcast lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website lawn care website seo lawn service leaf removal lighting brass outdoor lights marketing mulch estimate native plants new buisness online classifieds outdoor environments podcast pto redmax rotating running a business savannah scag season seo snow snow plowing sprayer starting a business start up lawn care business stihl toro toro grand stand trailer trimmer rack turfgrass consulting walker zero turn
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:29 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:29 AM.

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