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? > Community Assistance

Community Assistance Community questions, comments, and suggestions. Problems posting? Email me.

One time mowing payed off


Community Assistance

Community questions, comments, and suggestions. Problems posting? Email me.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 04-16-2009, 01:15 PM
swstout's Avatar
swstout swstout is offline
Steve
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Canastota, NY
Age: 65
Posts: 1,082
Rep Power: 7
swstout is on a distinguished road
Default One time mowing payed off

I offer 1 time mowing on my site. I target vacationers stating I will take care of their lawn while they're on vacation. Last week on a slow day I did one such job. It was about 11:00 and I was done for the day so I did a little extra. I trimmer some of his trees that had branches hanging so low that you couldn't walk unter them. I spent maybe 45minutes.

Today I received a call from the customer wanting me to do his lawn every week, and wants the 4 stage fertilization program and to aerate his lawn.

A little extra on my part turned a one time mow into a season contract.

At first I wasn't going to be bothered by one time mowing jobs. I'm glad I decided to run with it (even though I did it just to get some jobs being I an a new business and feared not having enough work).

The one time mowing job for $40 grew into a contract that will make $2,880.00 (so far - I still might be able to upsell).

Steve
__________________


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 04-16-2009, 03:14 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,623
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
That is great!

I was thinking, would a lawn care business owner need to be in an area of rental homes for this to work or not?

Also, how should they charge for one time mows? More than regular or just go with their regular price?

Should this be something that is promoted with flyers and ads on craigslist?
__________________
- 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 04-16-2009, 03:33 PM
swstout's Avatar
swstout swstout is offline
Steve
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Canastota, NY
Age: 65
Posts: 1,082
Rep Power: 7
swstout is on a distinguished road
Default One Time Mowing

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
That is great!

I was thinking, would a lawn care business owner need to be in an area of rental homes for this to work or not?

Also, how should they charge for one time mows? More than regular or just go with their regular price?

Should this be something that is promoted with flyers and ads on craigslist?
As for rental homes, I don't know. I think a home owner would be more apt to use the service. Renters, I feel wouldn't care.

I charge $8.00 per 1,000 sq ft. I get $18.00/month (4 mowings) per 1,000 sq ft regular price. The job I did was for only the front lawn (5,000 sq ft. The contract was for the whole lawn (a little over 10,000 sq ft).
It has a lot of edging and trimming to do.

I don't use Craigs List (yet). I advertise on my website and in local paper under business services. A 3" x 4" block ad is $120.00 (pre-paid) for a 3 month contract. Comes out every Thursday. I can change the block ad weekly if I want as long as I do the ad. I do it on 8 1/2 x 11 paper that they scan and resize. I use the black and white format (it's available in color but I can't justify the cost). For ad change, the require the proof on Friday for the next weeks paper.

Steve
__________________


Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-16-2009, 06:31 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,623
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

This is really neat. I wonder which made the sale ultimately. Giving the customer the opportunity to hire you for a one time cut or that you did that extra work for them. Or maybe both!

Also, speaking of vacationers, you got me thinking if you could also offer a service where you stop by a vacationers house and check to see if everything is ok. Take their mail and news papers and bring them to the customer when they get back?

Even if they aren't a mowing customer, this could be a way of offering more services and funneling in new customers.
__________________
- 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 04-16-2009, 09:25 PM
swstout's Avatar
swstout swstout is offline
Steve
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Canastota, NY
Age: 65
Posts: 1,082
Rep Power: 7
swstout is on a distinguished road
Default I guess there are unlimited possabilities

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
This is really neat. I wonder which made the sale ultimately. Giving the customer the opportunity to hire you for a one time cut or that you did that extra work for them. Or maybe both!

Also, speaking of vacationers, you got me thinking if you could also offer a service where you stop by a vacationers house and check to see if everything is ok. Take their mail and news papers and bring them to the customer when they get back?

Even if they aren't a mowing customer, this could be a way of offering more services and funneling in new customers.
Checks, ssecurity, etc. could become a whole new industry but I feel the time devoted to such services would not be ecconomical. I don't think the income could compare with my regular services.

Steve
__________________


Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-16-2009, 09:56 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,623
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Just for the sake of discussion, how much would you think a lawn care business would have to charge for such a service to make it worthwhile?
__________________
- 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 04-16-2009, 10:21 PM
swstout's Avatar
swstout swstout is offline
Steve
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Canastota, NY
Age: 65
Posts: 1,082
Rep Power: 7
swstout is on a distinguished road
Default Charge per hour

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
Just for the sake of discussion, how much would you think a lawn care business would have to charge for such a service to make it worthwhile?
For my lawn care enterprise I strive for at least $45/hr gross. I don't think customers would go for a $10/hr charge. I don't see any way I could get any business charging what I would need to equal the profit form the services I supply now! Why take time away from my bread and butter?

Steve
__________________


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
Full time job to full time lawn care. Making the jump. Steve General Business Discussions 6 01-18-2012 10:11 AM
Offering a free 1 time lawn mowing Steve Search Engine Optimization and Website Design Discussions. 1 09-24-2007 09:47 PM
mowing myrlin General Talk 12 07-19-2007 07:24 PM
Mowing pnplawn Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 3 04-11-2007 03:15 PM
Mowing HeightsThe following are recommended mowing ritchiem Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 1 12-07-2006 09:29 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Lawn care truck
Steve
10-10-2009 03:40 AM
Today 09:25 PM
by Essex Groundskeeping
31 14,198
new to me box truck
jrayb39667
03-06-2014 11:20 PM
Today 09:09 PM
by Essex Groundskeeping
16 2,437
leaf removal
Double J LLC
10-03-2014 05:24 PM
Today 08:08 PM
by mattthelawnguy
29 2,742
Thanksgiving cards
Steve
11-10-2008 11:57 AM
Today 03:25 PM
by stevef1201
4 8,662
Good help is hard to find
Hanks Lawn Care Services
11-19-2014 03:27 PM
Today 03:19 PM
by stevef1201
11 427
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 12:18 PM
Today 01:36 PM
by Just Cuts
1,196 349,588
New parking area
ExtremeLawncareServices
11-07-2014 09:47 PM
Today 12:31 PM
by jrs.landscaping
6 516
Hello from Kentucky
TRV
09-30-2014 06:42 PM
Today 10:49 AM
by Steve
13 1,489
Hi to you NOTHERNERS
stevef1201
11-11-2014 05:56 PM
Today 10:45 AM
by Steve
7 477
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 10:12 AM
Today 10:23 AM
by Steve
179 14,430
Happy Thanksgiving!
Steve
Yesterday 09:48 AM
Yesterday 09:48 AM
by Steve
0 48
Contract or no contract?
TRV
11-20-2014 09:18 PM
11-26-2014 09:23 PM
by stevef1201
5 335
Pics for website
tbtigers03
11-21-2014 05:40 PM
11-26-2014 12:12 PM
by Just for Cuts
5 278
Hi from IL
steveinil
11-25-2014 02:07 PM
11-26-2014 11:21 AM
by Steve
1 107
WNY saying Hi.
Sargewesser
11-25-2014 07:27 AM
11-26-2014 11:20 AM
by Steve
1 114
How to: Use Thumbtack...
acrajchel
11-17-2014 06:39 PM
11-26-2014 11:19 AM
by Steve
18 709
Peco Bagger
AGPS
11-18-2014 02:20 PM
11-26-2014 10:58 AM
by Steve
10 449
Beginner Mistakes:...
Steve
01-31-2007 12:45 PM
11-26-2014 10:57 AM
by Steve
22 6,351
Billboards for marketing
ExtremeLawncareServices
11-16-2014 08:39 PM
11-26-2014 10:40 AM
by Steve
14 505
How much do you up sell...
Essex Groundskeeping
11-23-2014 07:13 PM
11-24-2014 06:29 PM
by stevef1201
8 276
This sucks...
Matther777
09-18-2014 05:56 PM
11-24-2014 05:49 PM
by biglee
16 3,315
Pressure Washing...
WesleySnips
07-31-2014 07:13 PM
11-24-2014 04:32 PM
by acrajchel
4 737
New website
Chilehead
11-20-2014 04:39 PM
11-23-2014 07:40 PM
by Just for Cuts
12 401
My site is on fronts page
tbtigers03
11-14-2014 05:58 PM
11-22-2014 10:49 PM
by Just for Cuts
16 629
Belt dealer problem
googus
11-21-2014 08:45 AM
11-21-2014 06:36 PM
by Steve
2 227
What is going on with...
biglee
11-14-2014 03:04 PM
11-20-2014 02:50 PM
by biglee
40 1,084
My advice for new guys
avetslawncare
11-15-2014 09:32 AM
11-19-2014 01:47 PM
by biglee
10 648
Lawn Care business...
crieg122
10-23-2014 02:23 PM
11-19-2014 12:39 PM
by acrajchel
28 2,013
raking leaves ?
robert8509
10-22-2014 10:19 PM
11-18-2014 04:24 PM
by acrajchel
14 1,576
Leaf removal
madmedic8575
10-24-2014 05:14 PM
11-17-2014 07:34 PM
by acrajchel
6 1,303
sod job
SGlawncare
10-30-2014 09:21 PM
11-17-2014 07:10 PM
by acrajchel
7 888
Customer wants me to...
Mr. Mow
11-09-2014 07:13 AM
11-17-2014 06:48 PM
by acrajchel
10 664
Hello!
Brian3137
11-11-2014 07:15 PM
11-17-2014 06:46 PM
by acrajchel
14 595
small biz in Phoenix,AZ
anthonyramos1
11-08-2014 09:35 PM
11-17-2014 05:59 PM
by acrajchel
2 414
Client won't pay...
WesleySnips
10-30-2014 03:53 PM
11-17-2014 05:37 PM
by acrajchel
22 1,517
Government contracts
avetslawncare
11-15-2014 08:50 AM
11-17-2014 12:59 PM
by Steve
2 375
Need help on deciding a...
Brian3137
11-10-2014 06:32 PM
11-17-2014 12:44 PM
by Steve
12 639
West cost lawn prices
SGlawncare
10-09-2014 10:51 PM
11-16-2014 07:54 AM
by stevef1201
8 1,719
So how do you guys...
Mr. Mow
10-26-2014 08:55 AM
11-15-2014 08:44 AM
by avetslawncare
14 1,848
Truck, Trailer,...
hawthornelawncare
12-23-2011 01:01 AM
11-13-2014 08:35 AM
by jrs.landscaping
81 32,075
The most dangerous part...
Steve
10-06-2014 03:45 PM
11-12-2014 05:05 PM
by stevef1201
14 1,811
A little hang up in snow...
stevef1201
11-08-2014 07:05 AM
11-12-2014 12:51 PM
by Steve
4 553
Bi-weekly winter...
lxarth
11-04-2014 08:37 PM
11-12-2014 10:06 AM
by WesleySnips
9 760
taking first steps...
sizemorelawncare
11-10-2014 08:24 PM
11-11-2014 01:21 PM
by Steve
1 438
Back Pack Blower
Ian Lovejoy
11-09-2014 08:41 AM
11-11-2014 08:12 AM
by Just for Cuts
4 506
Business Cards
crieg122
10-25-2014 01:03 PM
11-11-2014 07:56 AM
by Just for Cuts
12 1,472
How the unregister?
alive101
11-04-2014 07:39 AM
11-10-2014 01:48 PM
by Steve
4 713
Belt adjustment question
googus
11-05-2014 06:43 AM
11-10-2014 01:38 PM
by Steve
5 618
Podcast
Shark1611
11-07-2014 05:42 PM
11-10-2014 11:41 AM
by Steve
1 412
hi, from Minnesota
rjklohn
11-07-2014 02:21 AM
11-07-2014 01:44 PM
by Steve
1 428
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 apartment complex auger bark bob villa care charge collections commercial demonstration edging employee problems exmark ferris four wheel drive gopherhaul grass gravely hardscapes hills holiday how much to charge how to bid jobs john deere quik trac kawasaki labor cost landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care business lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website lawn care website seo lighting lighting brass outdoor lights managing a lawn care business mowing mr dave mulch mulch estimate new buisness past due patio install per hour service podcast push versus ride redmax scripts search engine optimization seo shell small engine repair sprayer starting a business starting a lawn care business sulky theft toro tractor auger tree trimmer rack turfgrass consulting up sell employee wood wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:49 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:49 PM.

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