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.

Attn:  landonkade


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 01-05-2008, 08:44 PM
StartALawnCareBusiness's Avatar
StartALawnCareBusiness StartALawnCareBusiness is offline
Keith
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 731
Rep Power: 0
StartALawnCareBusiness is on a distinguished road
Default

landonkade:

Did you get your questions answered about the apt. complex? What did they say when you turned in your bid?

I am just now getting around to my PM's after enjoying some much needed downtime over the holidays.

hope you're doing well:

Keith
__________________
Start a profitable lawn care business.
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 01-05-2008, 08:53 PM
landonkade's Avatar
landonkade landonkade is offline
Matt
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: alabama
Age: 32
Posts: 447
Rep Power: 8
landonkade
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Quote:
Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] (StartALawnCareBusiness @ Jan. 05 2008,9:44)]landonkade:

Did you get your questions answered about the apt. complex? *What did they say when you turned in your bid?

I am just now getting around to my PM's after enjoying some much needed downtime over the holidays.

hope you're doing well:

Keith
yes people on here have been helping me out. I have turned in several bids(30) to be exact,lol (14) are wachovia banks. I should be hearing something from them here shortly.

i made another post about another apartment complex(in the to Expensive thread) i am going to be bidding on and wanted to see what you think and others would think also.

its the one with the 2 ponds in the back. Here is the address if it doesnt show

103 sweetwater dr dothan al 36303

i have been using your program to help me with the bids, and seem to be close answers.

thanks,
Matt
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01-05-2008, 10:19 PM
StartALawnCareBusiness's Avatar
StartALawnCareBusiness StartALawnCareBusiness is offline
Keith
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 731
Rep Power: 0
StartALawnCareBusiness is on a distinguished road
Default

I see you sent some numbers in a followup PM. I'll look it over and PM you back.

Keith
__________________
Start a profitable lawn care business.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01-05-2008, 10:31 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,282
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

If you can post some figures on how you would bid this, it would be appreciated. It will help others reading this learn how to come up with figures for their bids too.

We all tend to learn better by example.

Thanks!
__________________
- 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 01-08-2008, 05:12 AM
landonkade's Avatar
landonkade landonkade is offline
Matt
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: alabama
Age: 32
Posts: 447
Rep Power: 8
landonkade
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ Jan. 05 2008,11:31)]If you can post some figures on how you would bid this, it would be appreciated. It will help others reading this learn how to come up with figures for their bids too.

We all tend to learn better by example.

Thanks!
the apartment complex above wants:

1. weekly cuts during the growing season (April-September)

2. 3 cuts per month for march and october

3. 2 cuts per month for nov, dec, jan, and feb

4. edging of hard surfaces and weed eating will be performed every 2 weeks during the growing season and as needed during the off-season

5. clippings and other debris to be blown from walks, patios, and parking areas after each mowing

6. plant beds to be weeded by chemical means and supplemented by hand, weeding once a month to provide a weed free enviroment

7. all trees and shrubs to be pruned 2 times a year at the appropiate time for plant and flower developpments using proper horticultural practices

8. pine straw will be put out 2 times a year(April/October) at the appropriate time

9. seasonal flowers will be planted 2 times a year at the appropriate time

10. fertilization and weed control for turf- 6 times per year

11. monthly checking for irrigation systems


any help would be good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


using keiths program for *just for lawn service was $1,400 a cut



Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01-16-2008, 11:36 AM
landonkade's Avatar
landonkade landonkade is offline
Matt
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: alabama
Age: 32
Posts: 447
Rep Power: 8
landonkade
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] (landonkade @ Jan. 08 2008,6:12)]
Quote:
Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ Jan. 05 2008,11:31)]If you can post some figures on how you would bid this, it would be appreciated. It will help others reading this learn how to come up with figures for their bids too.

We all tend to learn better by example.

Thanks!
the apartment complex above wants:

1. weekly cuts during the growing season (April-September)

2. 3 cuts per month for march and october

3. 2 cuts per month for nov, dec, jan, and feb

4. edging of hard surfaces and weed eating will be performed every 2 weeks during the growing season and as needed during the off-season

5. clippings and other debris to be blown from walks, patios, and parking areas after each mowing

6. plant beds to be weeded by chemical means and supplemented by hand, weeding once a month to provide a weed free enviroment

7. all trees and shrubs to be pruned 2 times a year at the appropiate time for plant and flower developpments using proper horticultural practices

8. pine straw will be put out 2 times a year(April/October) at the appropriate time

9. seasonal flowers will be planted 2 times a year at the appropriate time

10. fertilization and weed control for turf- 6 times per year

11. monthly checking for irrigation systems


any help would be good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


using keiths program for *just for lawn service was $1,400 a cut
no answer? ummmmmmmmm
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 01-16-2008, 04:47 PM
StartALawnCareBusiness's Avatar
StartALawnCareBusiness StartALawnCareBusiness is offline
Keith
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 731
Rep Power: 0
StartALawnCareBusiness is on a distinguished road
Default

Hi Matt:

It looks like you are bidding some large lawn care contracts. *What kind of result are you getting? *Any awarded contracts yet or are the bid openings in the near future?

You may have already outlined your business here...forgive me if I've forgotten. *What equipment are you running? *Do you have employees? *What hourly rates are you using in your calculations? *I am interested to see how you are breaking everything down.

What is your experience as far as doing residential yards before easing into the large scale contract side of mowing? *You are bidding all these large contracts so you can be inspiration for people wanting to make the jump from residential to commercial by relating the positives and pitfalls.

I notice at least one line-item is chemical application. *Do you have your applicator's license? *Is it needed in your area? It looks like there is a pond within this work area. If that's the case, you better make sure you CYA from a regulatory side before bidding. EPA is strict like crazy when water is involved.

Wow, I've asked you a ton of questions...sorry.

Keith



__________________
Start a profitable lawn care business.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 01-16-2008, 06:54 PM
landonkade's Avatar
landonkade landonkade is offline
Matt
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: alabama
Age: 32
Posts: 447
Rep Power: 8
landonkade
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] (StartALawnCareBusiness @ Jan. 16 2008,5:47)]Hi Matt:

It looks like you are bidding some large lawn care contracts. *What kind of result are you getting? *Any awarded contracts yet or are the bid openings in the near future?

You may have already outlined your business here...forgive me if I've forgotten. *What equipment are you running? *Do you have employees? *What hourly rates are you using in your calculations? *I am interested to see how you are breaking everything down.

What is your experience as far as doing residential yards before easing into the large scale contract side of mowing? *You are bidding all these large contracts so you can be inspiration for people wanting to make the jump from residential to commercial by relating the positives and pitfalls.

I notice at least one line-item is chemical application. *Do you have your applicator's license? *Is it needed in your area? *It looks like there is a pond within this work area. *If that's the case, you better make sure you CYA from a regulatory side before bidding. *EPA is strict like crazy when water is involved.

Wow, I've asked you a ton of questions...sorry.

Keith
Keith

LOL, i know i am putting alot of commerical bids in. Even though if i put in 10 bids i might get 3 or 4 or maybe all of them,lol.. just a chance to take and if i have the overhead for all them. When i am busy and bringing in alot of revenue, i have about 2 to 3 people helping me including myself. I have 2 mowers, 2 weedeaters, 2 blowers, 2 trimmers, 2 edgers, and $60,000 in all lawn service

My hourly rate is about $60 an hour with employes at $10 an hour.

i might try sticking to commerical, but i wouldnt mind doing residental also, i have had some bad experiances in residental(people not paying, and then playing the waiting game) its alot less pressure on getting money with commerical so far anyway,lol.

Alot of my residentals are verbal,,, so i am guessing i need to start doing contracts on residental so that way i know i will get my money of what me and the client agreed on, and late charges and so on. And if they are serious about getting the lawn serviced or not,lol if u know what i mean

i have already turned in my bids,I havent heard from any of them yet, but i have called some and they keep telling me they have picked anyone just yet(alot of them i have showed on here, plus wachovia), , but they ask who i am and so on and so on.
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
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
Today 04:09 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
100 5,901
Downed Tree Chop Bid
WesleySnips
08-16-2014 03:47 PM
Today 01:44 PM
by SGL1
10 275
2014 Gie-expo
ExtremeLawncareServices
Yesterday 11:22 PM
Today 12:01 PM
by Steve
1 46
New Landscaping Business
rekon32
08-16-2014 02:26 PM
Today 11:56 AM
by Steve
7 276
Fuel Can Spouts
Shark1611
08-16-2014 09:09 AM
Yesterday 07:52 PM
by SGL1
8 199
60 inch honda/bunton...
pblawncare
08-17-2014 11:30 AM
08-18-2014 03:19 PM
by Steve
2 94
Replacement Parts -...
nicholas-KC
08-16-2014 08:40 AM
08-18-2014 03:16 PM
by Steve
4 141
Preparing the soil
Billy Goat
08-16-2014 06:18 PM
08-18-2014 03:01 PM
by Steve
1 89
Softball field
kslawn
08-15-2014 09:28 AM
08-18-2014 02:52 PM
by Steve
7 217
What to pay help
phlawncare
08-04-2014 08:33 PM
08-18-2014 10:33 AM
by jrs.landscaping
29 842
Hello
Jeff1
08-07-2014 11:18 PM
08-15-2014 11:53 PM
by Jeff1
11 376
Lie #2 RESIDENTIAL...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-06-2014 05:02 AM
08-15-2014 01:46 PM
by mattthelawnguy
54 6,282
Need help 30 HP koler...
Shady Grady
08-01-2014 03:31 PM
08-15-2014 08:46 AM
by kslawn
18 563
New Boomless Sprayer!
BlackRain75
01-03-2014 01:01 PM
08-14-2014 02:37 AM
by BlackRain75
12 1,719
Stihl engine isn't...
Marcintosh
08-12-2014 08:30 PM
08-13-2014 03:34 PM
by Steve
3 147
first year update
cmdlawncare
08-12-2014 05:41 PM
08-13-2014 03:29 PM
by Steve
1 186
Hello from Jacksonville,...
JM Lawn Care
08-10-2014 07:15 AM
08-13-2014 07:04 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
9 287
Hello everyone new to...
maddyandrays
08-11-2014 04:51 PM
08-12-2014 08:58 PM
by Shark1611
2 145
Walk behinds
hpruitcei
08-07-2014 06:28 PM
08-12-2014 02:35 PM
by mattthelawnguy
7 389
New name help
stevef1201
08-10-2014 04:27 PM
08-12-2014 12:03 PM
by Steve
6 268
my little green dilemmas
Lawn Techie
08-03-2014 11:47 AM
08-11-2014 01:20 PM
by Steve
7 384
what the best...
CleanCutsLLC
08-02-2014 01:02 AM
08-11-2014 01:16 PM
by Steve
6 391
Texas lawn care company...
Livingston Lawn Care
07-25-2014 11:29 AM
08-11-2014 01:19 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
13 667
Covering all the bases
janslawncare
08-08-2014 10:11 AM
08-08-2014 01:41 PM
by Steve
1 219
New from Florida
ADE
08-06-2014 08:40 PM
08-08-2014 01:32 PM
by Steve
4 296
JOB - Landscape Install...
janslawncare
08-08-2014 10:06 AM
08-08-2014 10:06 AM
by janslawncare
0 186
Battery power tools or...
Steve
08-07-2014 12:24 PM
08-07-2014 05:18 PM
by mattthelawnguy
2 199
My client just told me...
Greg'slawnandlandscape
08-04-2014 08:39 AM
08-06-2014 11:14 PM
by grassdoctore
12 520
Illegal spraying
GoGreenerKS
07-04-2014 09:11 AM
08-06-2014 02:03 PM
by Steve
13 1,134
Mowing the hills
prmenter@gmail.com
07-08-2014 12:22 PM
08-06-2014 01:40 PM
by Steve
20 1,340
Crop Rotation Techniques...
eastsidelandcare
07-17-2014 03:47 PM
08-06-2014 10:29 AM
by eastsidelandcare
5 572
Got my first lawn job...
SGL1
06-11-2014 09:19 PM
08-05-2014 07:12 PM
by TheBeast
30 1,926
Late charge
Simon Abousaada
07-30-2014 07:23 PM
08-05-2014 06:46 PM
by TheBeast
12 767
buy out a lawn care...
rvezakis
08-05-2014 01:38 PM
08-05-2014 06:40 PM
by TheBeast
10 464
Please help
unitedlawncare48867
03-26-2014 08:29 PM
08-05-2014 05:27 PM
by TheBeast
27 1,552
Help with Estimate
donslawns
08-02-2014 09:10 AM
08-05-2014 02:24 PM
by Steve
6 429
Stuck again!!!!
Greg'slawnandlandscape
08-01-2014 11:02 PM
08-05-2014 09:05 AM
by Greg'slawnandlandscape
10 443
Mow and leaf cleanup bid
SGL1
07-29-2014 07:28 PM
08-05-2014 07:22 AM
by petscanning
25 935
Building credit
Matther777
07-27-2014 05:20 PM
08-04-2014 06:53 PM
by kslawn
17 729
Lowballers scrubs &...
Darksteel
01-13-2014 07:35 AM
08-04-2014 01:09 PM
by Steve
48 5,745
long time no see
Tuscan Gardens
08-02-2014 03:21 PM
08-04-2014 12:04 PM
by Steve
1 269
Pressure Washing Like a...
TNTurf
08-01-2014 11:47 PM
08-04-2014 11:58 AM
by Steve
2 301
trimming back shrubs
WesleySnips
07-31-2014 06:14 AM
08-04-2014 11:52 AM
by Steve
6 407
Pressure Washing...
WesleySnips
07-31-2014 06:13 PM
08-04-2014 11:50 AM
by Steve
3 340
Grass hopper mower
ExtremeLawncareServices
12-05-2013 08:51 AM
08-02-2014 07:55 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
24 3,481
Easy money
stevef1201
11-14-2013 10:17 AM
08-02-2014 01:03 AM
by stevef1201
3 1,491
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
08-01-2014 11:42 PM
by TNTurf
1,186 327,974
Echo Edger 'Neutral'
WesleySnips
07-25-2014 05:28 PM
08-01-2014 01:50 PM
by stevef1201
7 540
Buy a good company at a...
Steve
03-12-2011 06:38 AM
08-01-2014 01:44 PM
by Steve
2 1,927
Employee wont return...
Prolawnofchatt
06-13-2014 03:12 PM
07-31-2014 09:59 PM
by WesleySnips
5 803
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 ads birdscaping care charge christmas christmas light hanging collections subcontractor commercial craigslist customers ditches ecosymbiosis employee problems exmark fall ferris foreman franchise gopherhaul grass gravely holiday how much to charge how to bid husqvarna hydraulic installation invoice labor cost landscape services late lawn lawn care lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website lawn service leaf cleanup lesco lighting brass outdoor lights marketing mowing mulch estimate new buisness podcast promotion riding mower scag scag v-ride seo small engine repair starting a business steep lawns stihl sulky theft of services tips top dresser toro trailer mate pro truck new used landscape upsell walk behind walker winter money making ideas won't return
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:09 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:09 PM.

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