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 03-01-2005, 11:55 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,386
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Kustom Kare Landscape Service, Inc. profile.

My name is Jeff Koper , the name of my company is Kustom Kare Landscape Service, Inc. I am 25 yrs old and this year will be my first full year fulltime. I already have all of the equipment needed and truck. I have 8/12 years experience in the field working for a large company and decided it was time to go out on my own. Something like this could realy help me out as far as advertising.

Review other Head Start Projects here.
__________________
- 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 03-01-2005, 11:56 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,386
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Business plan questions can be found here.

Business Description
- Kustom Kare Landscape Service, Inc. is a family owned and operated company . We currently have 15 signed contracts in commercial and residential . The company will stand out as a quality company and not quantity.
- Where is your business located? *St. Peters/ St. Louis , Missouri
- What services does your business offer?
* Lawn Maint.
* Mulch/ Bed edging
* Minor Tree work
* Design Install
* Retaining Walls
* Aerate/overseed
* Spring/ Fall clean-ups
* Planting
* Fertilization
* Snow management


- What value does it add to the marketplace? * Provides a one stop for all of your lawn and landscaping needs. Convenient monthly billing pay as you go or 12 month. Family owned and operated.

Management Abilities
- What are your qualifications? * I have worked in this field for 10 yrs. I have worked in all the areas of this field.
- How will your experience contribute to the success of your business?* While working for a few companies i have learned what to do and what not to do . I have also learned how to work smarter and more efficient.

Business Strategy
- What are the key strategic opportunities you have identified in your marketplace? * The area i live right by is one of the fastest growing areas in the US. Not having any Hispanics working for the company. that way there is always good communication between us and the costumers.
- How will your business take advantage of these strategic opportunities more effectively than your competition? * Provide the costumers with a programs tailored to their needs.
- How do you intend to maintain your competitive edge? Also have the latest technology in all of my equipment, to be more productive and efficient. Also to prompt and professional looking.
- Describe the key challenges you face and how will you overcome them?* To have a enough work to keep us busy 5 -6 days a week. By advertising and bid aggressively.

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

Financial
- How much will you personally invest in your business? 0
- How much money are you seeking from banks? 0
- How much money are you seeking from private investors? 0
- How long until you plan to break even? By May 2005
- How long until you plan on making a profit? May 2005
- What will your start-up costs be? Be specific, describe each and the cost.
* Everything is already started.
- What is your sales forecast for each month of the entire year? List each month's goal.$8,000.00
- What will be your operating expenses? Be specific, describe each and the cost.
* gas $ 800
* maint. $500
- What will your fixed costs be? Be specific, describe each and the cost.
* insurance $2,500
* salaries $4,000 per month
* phone $200 per month
* taxes
* advertising $2,000 yellow pages and internet

Mission Statement
- What is your business? Lawn and Landscape Service
- How will your business succeed? * By offering clients programs and quality services that fit their needs.
- What values are important to your business? * Costumers Professionalism
- How does your business improve the lives of your customers' and employees'? * Providing leisure for clients and providing employees with great pay .

Marketing Slogan
- What is your marketing slogan? * Big enough to get you you business... small enough to keep it

Market Analysis
- What are the positive NATIONAL trends that will affect your business?* More people buying homes today than ever before.
- What are the negative NATIONAL trends that will affect your business?* more and more people are losing their jobs to over seas.
- How will you take advantage of the positive trends and deal with the negative trends? * By targeting advertising in new developments.

- What are the positive REGIONAL trends that will affect your business?* more and more people acquiring ownership of homes.
- What are the negative REGIONAL trends that will affect your business?* people losing their jobs
- How will you take advantage of the positive trends and deal with the negative trends? * advertise and offer an affordable but not cheap service.

- What are the positive LANDSCAPE INDUSTRY trends that will affect your business? * More and more people are hiring lawn care professionals.
- What are the negative LANDSCAPE INDUSTRY trends that will affect your business?* the prices of equipment and steel are on the rise . the emissions of 2 cycle equipment. the insurance costs going up every year.
- How will you take advantage of the positive trends and deal with the negative trends? * build up my clientele to compensate for the rising prices of doing business.

Customer Analysis
- Who are your target customers? (age range, education level, occupations, average home value)* 30 + , some college and up , i really doesn't matter on occupation , $150,000 +
- What zip codes do they live in?63005 63006 63017 63031 63033 63043 63045 63088 63099 63073 63105 63131 63141 63301 63302 63304 63338 63376 63366 63385 63124 63011 63021 63022 63024 63025 63038 63069
- What do your customers want?

Competition Analysis
- Who are your competitors? * lawn care companies with 1 - 2 crews
- How many employees do they have? 2 - 4
- What is their estimated sales volume? $150,000
- What services do they offer? mowing,fert, mulch , and lawn maint.
hat is the quality of their product? * not the best
- What is the price range of their product? * $40- 60
- Who are there customers?* i don't know
- What are their strengths? * size
- What are their weaknesses?* no commitment to quality or on time services
- Are they a direct or indirect competitor? * direct

Labor
- How many employees will you start with? Full or p/t? 2 full time ( including myself.)
- What will the hourly labor wage paid to employees be? $10
- What will your total annual labor hours be? 1500

Equipment
- What equipment will be needed? none i have all of it
* 2000 GMC Sierra 4x4
* 60" Exmark Turf Tracer 23 kaw ecs
* 52" Exmark Turf Tracer
* 32" Emark Metro
* 2 Redmax weed eaters
* 1 Redmax straight shaft stick edger
* 1 Stihl Br320 / 1 Stihl Br340 bp
* 6.5 x 16 open trailer
- How much will it cost to obtain this equipment?
- Where will you store the equipment?* my garage
- How much will it cost to store the equipment?

Advertising / Promotion
- How will you advertise or promote your business? * yellow pages , internet , business card . post cards , fliers , doorhangers
- How much will you spend doing each per year? $3,000
__________________
- 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
  #3  
Old 03-01-2005, 02:35 PM
Kustom Kare Kustom Kare is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 26
Rep Power: 10
Kustom Kare
Default

ok now what?
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-01-2005, 03:03 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,386
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Hi Kustom Kare,

Great work! Let us create a marketing plan and set some goals. Your current client base is 15?

I would like to see. Three projections:

1. A total number of new customers you feel you can easily attract this season.

2. A total number of new customers you feel will be moderately difficult to attract this season.

3. A total number of new customers you feel will be extremely tough to attract this season.

4. What date do you want these total customers by?

When we set up your projections in a chart, you can then post weekly how many new customers you were able to get that week. This should help inspire and motivate you to reach your goals.

Expenses: How much would you ideally like to pay yourself per hour? Pre-Tax and after taxes?

What does it cost you per hour for your employee, Pre-Tax and after taxes?
__________________
- 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
  #5  
Old 03-01-2005, 03:11 PM
Kustom Kare Kustom Kare is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 26
Rep Power: 10
Kustom Kare
Default

1. A total number of new customers you feel you can easily attract this season 20
2. A total number of new customers you feel will be moderately difficult to attract this season 30
3. A total number of new customers you feel will be extremely tough to attract this season 50
i hope to have this many new costumers by sep. 12

i have a set slary at $500 per week and my employee is at $300
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 03-01-2005, 03:34 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,386
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Hi Kustom Kare,

How many billable hours do you plan on working each month of this year?

Jan total billable hours =
Feb =
Mar =
Apr =
May =
Jun =
Jul =
Aug =
Sept =
Oct =
Nov =
Dec =

Yearly total billable hours =

What would you like to make after taxes per hour? And for your employee?
__________________
- 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
  #7  
Old 03-01-2005, 03:43 PM
Kustom Kare Kustom Kare is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 26
Rep Power: 10
Kustom Kare
Default

Jan total billable hours = 20
Feb =30
Mar = 240
Apr =320
May = 320
Jun = 320
Jul = 320
Aug = 320
Sept = 320
Oct = 320
Nov = 200
Dec = 150

Yearly total billable hours = 3080
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 03-01-2005, 11:47 PM
Kustom Kare Kustom Kare is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 26
Rep Power: 10
Kustom Kare
Default

you still out there team gopher
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 03-02-2005, 09:21 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,386
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Hi Kustom Kare,

Here is our customer goal chart for this year ending in August to help motivate you. Now that we have these goals, we will be able to chart your progress throughout the season.

Each month you should report back here and let us know your latest customer count to see where you are at in your goal. You might want to print out this chart and put it somewhere where you will see it each day to inspire you.
__________________
- 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
  #10  
Old 03-02-2005, 09:40 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,386
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Jan 20
Feb 30
Mar 240
Apr 320
May 320
Jun 320
July 320
Aug 320
Sept 320
Oct 320
Nov 200
December 150

Total 2880

There is a difference in your total hours of 3080. Also what do you want to bill per hour for your labor?
__________________
- 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
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

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Tribulations of working...
stevef1201
09-13-2014 08:37 AM
Today 10:10 AM
by stevef1201
8 488
Mulching beds
Bradcook21
Today 07:43 AM
Today 10:03 AM
by stevef1201
2 52
This sucks...
Matther777
09-18-2014 04:56 PM
Yesterday 07:19 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
9 374
30 Inch Push Mowers Pros...
Billy Goat
06-27-2013 08:07 PM
Yesterday 06:40 PM
by SGL1
22 6,209
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
Yesterday 05:39 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
120 8,240
Replacing a Shindi T-27
Dan Tanner
09-13-2014 12:59 PM
Yesterday 03:16 PM
by kslawn
2 512
Scag turf tiger hydrolic...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-04-2014 10:55 PM
09-19-2014 05:59 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
11 869
Mowing 7 acres
avetslawncare
08-31-2014 04:24 PM
09-19-2014 03:29 PM
by acrajchel
6 1,039
snowplowing
jshak40
09-01-2014 07:20 AM
09-19-2014 11:49 AM
by Steve
23 1,409
Looking for feed back on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-17-2014 08:38 AM
09-19-2014 08:17 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
9 416
Lowballers scrubs &...
Darksteel
01-13-2014 07:35 AM
09-18-2014 06:32 PM
by Northwoods Outdoors
58 6,818
Hello from upstate NY!
A&MLawn&Snow
09-18-2014 11:19 AM
09-18-2014 04:10 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 267
Price to apply fertilizer
SS.Lawncare
09-15-2014 11:10 AM
09-18-2014 01:16 PM
by Steve
9 529
Trailer tires
J.A.S.LawnService
09-01-2014 10:17 AM
09-17-2014 09:57 PM
by curts lawn care
4 957
new to the forum
SGlawncare
09-16-2014 11:20 PM
09-17-2014 08:29 PM
by curts lawn care
3 349
Help With Snow Blowing...
Robertf31
09-13-2014 10:55 PM
09-17-2014 12:34 PM
by Steve
11 715
Non-Stop Summer?
SouthallMowing
09-14-2014 10:51 PM
09-17-2014 10:48 AM
by stevef1201
6 495
Poll - net income
Dan5082
11-15-2010 08:08 PM
09-16-2014 04:44 PM
by jrs.landscaping
12 3,245
Getting lowballed!
PineHillLawn
06-27-2012 07:23 AM
09-16-2014 01:25 PM
by jrs.landscaping
24 4,932
Compare this summer to...
Steve
09-03-2014 12:52 PM
09-16-2014 11:20 AM
by Hanks Lawn Care Services
15 1,153
thinking about throwing...
veteranslawncaresystems
09-09-2014 10:31 PM
09-15-2014 03:41 PM
by Steve
12 835
Hello
Robertf31
09-12-2014 10:34 PM
09-15-2014 03:17 PM
by Steve
2 424
Newbie......Again
Jibber
09-13-2014 12:17 PM
09-15-2014 02:54 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 527
need help with starter...
GoGreenerKS
09-12-2014 04:23 PM
09-15-2014 02:25 PM
by Steve
3 442
Brake job!
kslawn
08-30-2014 07:49 AM
09-15-2014 02:16 PM
by Steve
12 1,142
Hello
jawnebgoode
08-28-2014 08:37 PM
09-15-2014 02:15 PM
by Steve
3 916
Employee uniforms
Gerardo_Landscape
01-21-2014 11:11 PM
09-15-2014 02:12 PM
by Steve
5 1,051
Greetings from the north
Northwoods Outdoors
09-13-2014 08:55 AM
09-15-2014 02:07 PM
by Steve
1 410
darleneh
darleneh
09-15-2014 12:33 PM
09-15-2014 02:07 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
1 380
My 1st bid
WesleySnips
06-11-2014 03:13 PM
09-15-2014 02:05 PM
by Steve
29 1,828
New Aerator
Chaz
09-09-2014 11:43 PM
09-15-2014 01:50 PM
by Steve
9 668
Yearly contract Pricing
jrob0691
08-21-2014 08:57 AM
09-15-2014 01:23 PM
by stevef1201
8 1,311
getting ready to start
calebmoss
05-23-2011 09:35 PM
09-11-2014 12:21 PM
by Steve
34 11,316
Stihl pull cord replace
SGL1
09-03-2014 09:22 PM
09-10-2014 12:25 PM
by Steve
9 838
Softball field
kslawn
08-15-2014 09:28 AM
09-10-2014 12:16 PM
by Steve
18 1,580
Lawn Route Templates
Landscaper1165
08-30-2014 01:52 PM
09-09-2014 08:05 PM
by Landscaper1165
4 1,068
New truck and trailer...
Johnny Rocket
05-14-2012 03:41 PM
09-09-2014 07:23 PM
by Matther777
18 6,656
What gets you bad press?
Steve
09-09-2014 11:48 AM
09-09-2014 07:21 PM
by Matther777
2 539
Signs on your snow plow?
Steve
01-15-2007 01:07 AM
09-09-2014 11:42 AM
by Steve
19 6,283
Exmark Lazer Z S-Series...
BLC7
08-22-2014 10:18 AM
09-08-2014 08:08 PM
by avetslawncare
12 1,355
New to the business
flamingyouth87
09-05-2014 11:52 AM
09-08-2014 11:55 AM
by Steve
3 747
Hello from Ohio
kurtwin
08-28-2014 05:06 PM
09-08-2014 11:51 AM
by Steve
7 1,038
Facebook
element009
03-23-2011 08:36 AM
09-07-2014 07:35 AM
by avetslawncare
24 7,825
Help pricing cut down 7...
Bradcook21
08-26-2014 11:17 PM
09-06-2014 02:09 PM
by Bradcook21
8 1,127
billing matters
sbuchanan8154
09-05-2014 09:56 AM
09-05-2014 03:00 PM
by Steve
3 726
Thoughts
googus
09-05-2014 07:28 AM
09-05-2014 02:23 PM
by Steve
2 671
Backflow Tester
flowcheckllc.2014
09-03-2014 04:37 PM
09-05-2014 02:15 PM
by Steve
3 765
Collections & collection...
jscarolina
09-03-2014 04:39 PM
09-04-2014 03:14 PM
by Steve
2 778
Sod
RosalesLawnCare
08-27-2014 03:47 PM
09-04-2014 02:42 PM
by RosalesLawnCare
4 1,030
Lawn needs top soil What...
jymie
08-26-2014 11:01 AM
09-03-2014 12:07 PM
by Steve
7 1,102
» Popular Tags
4wd apartment complex auger birdscaping blades charge christmas lighting collections credit card processing customers decorating ditches exmark ferris first truck fundraiser georgia gopherhaul grass gravely growing a lawn care business holiday lighting how much to charge how to bid husqvarna john deere quik trac kansas city kawasaki landscape services lawn lawn care 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 leaf leaf removal lighting brass outdoor lights marketing mulch estimate new and restored landscapes new buisness past due podcast promotion pto redmax rotating running a business savannah scag season seo small engine repair snow sprayer starting a business start up lawn care business stihl top dresser toro toro grand stand trailer trimmer rack turfgrass consulting walker
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:48 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:48 PM.

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