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Bidding Lawn Care Mowing Contracts for 2011

Professional Lawn Stripes and StripingAre you ready to start bidding grass cutting contracts and lawn mowing jobs for this year’s mowing season?

One problem many new lawn care business owners face is the challenge of properly bidding their new lawn care customers and upcoming seasonal mowing contracts.

Pricing is a fine balancing act. It is understandable that new lawn care business owners mistakenly believe they have to undercut their competitors’ prices in order to attract customers. However, trying to be the lowest priced guy in town is a trap that doesn’t allow you to reach your full potential as a lawn care business owner.

Bidding lawn care contracts isn’t an exact science. However owners who take a methodical approach in their lawn care bids seem to do much better and make much more money than guys who simply try to undercut the other guy’s bid.

If you are starting a lawn care business (or looking to expand an existing business) and you are tired of “GUESSING” at your lawn care bids, it is time for you to learn some professional bidding techniques that might help you make way more money than you ever thought possible.

Take a look at the website below that shows you how to start and expand a lawn care business. The guidebooks include a great bidding tutorial and customer negotiation guide. The package also includes ESTIMATING SOFTWARE that will help you with all your lawn care bids.

The program can be found here:

Start A Lawn Care Business
http://www.StartALawnCareBusiness.com

Springtime Lawn Care Cleanup

We have survived another winter.

If you own a lawn care company, winter is sometimes tough to get through. If you live in a northern state you can offer snow removal services. If you live in Florida lawns need constant care. However, unless you are able to make money during the winter months, you are probably in desperate need of immediate cash flow.

Whether you are just starting your lawn care business or you are hoping to increase your business and make more money in 2011 than you did last year right now (springtime) is the time to start acquiring customers and bidding on contracts for the upcoming lawn care season. Customers are ready to get their lawns cleaned up. Starting your business RIGHT NOW will give you a jump on the competition.

One of the problems we see with new lawn care business owners is that they do not know how to price their services. Sometimes, new guys think the only way to gain customers is by charging less money than their competitors. Undercutting the competition might seem like a good way to get customers but it is also a good way to put your lawn care company in jeopardy.

Estimating lawn care prices is a skill that doesn’t come easy for many lawn care business owners. If you find yourself underbidding and losing money on too many of your lawn care jobs, watch this quick video and consider purchasing the lawn care business program from “Start A Lawn Care Business” The program is jam-packed with information and business tools to help you start (and expand) your successful lawn care business.

Make Money Raking Leaves

Making money with a small leaf raking business is a great way to start your lawn care company.
The leaves are falling right now and customers are begging to have their yards raked.
All you need are a few basic tools to get started raking leaves and making money.
To learn how to get customers, price your jobs correctly, and make great money raking leaves, press play on the Lawn Care Business video below and visit the website @ www.StartALawnCareBusiness.com

A Young Lawn Care Business Entrepreneur

by: http://www.StartALawnCareBusiness.com

Once upon a time there was a young man who started a lawn care business with a single ZTR lawn mower, a commercial weedeater, and a powerful backpack leaf blower that could blow your house down.

This young man worked very hard to grow his lawn care business. He studied lawn care manuals to learn proper lawn care techniques and he enthusiastically marketed his lawn care services with proven advertising models. As his business grew he took special efforts in choosing the right types of customers. While shying away from low priced mowing jobs, he targeted highly profitable jobs and he used estimating software to help him price his jobs so he could make the most money possible with each job he completed.

By working smart and taking advice of professional lawn care business owners, the young man built a successful and profitable lawn care company. Offering grass mowing services with only the best lawn mowers and landscaping with the correct tools allowed him to work efficiently and profitably on each and every job. Soon, his reputation was known throughout his city and he was able to charge a premium on every job he bid.

Having a roster full of satisfied customers and a steady daily income he came to the realization that he worked best when he awoke at 6:00 AM, started work at 6:30 AM, and finished by 2:00 in the afternoon. After his work he would drive home, perform 30 minutes of equipment maintenance, and take the rest of the day off. By 3:00 PM he was showered and ready to relax.

His afternoons consisted of enjoying time with his family, fishing and water-skiing at the lake, dinner with his friends, and a movie with his significant other. His life was great as he was controlling his destiny, making great money, and doing exactly what he wanted to do with his free time everyday.

One day as he had finished mowing the grass for his last customer of the day (a business consultant) he was loading his lawn mower on his equipment trailer. The customer came outside to hand him the check and asked how many more mowing jobs he had for the day. “Zero. I’m finished for the day.” The business consultant was shocked. “How can you finish so early, there is still plenty of daylight left?” The young man said “I’ve made my quota for the day. Now I am going home to relax.”

The business consultant protested “but you are not making as much money as you could.” Pleading with the young man, he proceeded. “If you will continue to build your customer list you will eventually be able to buy a second mower and add an employee to your business. Also, you should lengthen your hours of operation. With an employee, a second mower, and longer work days you will eventually be able to add enough new customers to keep a second lawn mowing crew busy.”

The young man stared at the business consultant who continued “If you keep growing your business you will soon be able to add more crews and make even more money.” The young man, not convinced by the business consultant’s argument asked “sure, I will have more money but with all those crews and all those customers, won’t I have to spend all my time at work dealing with business problems and responsibilities?”

The business consultant’s answer seemed simple enough. “With foremen managing your lawn care crews, you will be able to delegate your responsibilities among your associates and eventually reduce the hours you work. Then, you can leave work in the early afternoon to go home and relax or go to the lake or hang out with friends.”

Bemused, the young lawn care entrepreneur just smiled at the business consultant and said “yes, but that’s exactly what I’m doing now.”

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This parable originally used a businessman and a fisherman to tell the story. I think it is equally important for lawn care professionals to understand how to balance business life with the rest of their life. You are in business not only to make lots of money but to also enrich the other areas of your life.

Lawn Care Business owners who start their businesses with professional advice seem to have an easier time with business startup and make more money in the long run. If you are starting or operating a lawn care business and find that you are working long hours and not making the money you deserve, you should seek some professional advice.

The “Start A Lawn Care Business” guidebook, training video, and software package will help you build a successful lawn care operation. By working smarter and estimating better you will be able to make more money with better customers and less headaches.

This comprehensive business package is available from this website:

http://www.StartALawnCareBusiness.com
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Lawn Care Contracts for 2010

2010 is already one month old. Are you getting contracts for your lawn care business?

Mid to late winter is one of the most target rich environments for lawn care contracts. City governments are bidding grass cutting contracts, apartment complexes are taking competitive bids, and banks & office buildings are thinking about sprucing up their landscaping for spring. If you are not aggressively pursuing these contracts, you may be missing BIG profits and lots of money for your business.

We believe lawn care business owners should strive for a balance of commercial and residential customers. While you can successfully operate a business with 100% residential customers, commercial contracts are needed to bring in additional money and add stability over the course of a year. You need both kinds of customers.

If you are not successfully bidding lawn care contracts this year, you need to purchase the START A LAWN CARE BUSINESS guidebook and video training series by www.StartALawnCareBusiness.com

This guidebook package has a huge chapter telling you how to find, estimate, and successfully bid lawn care contracts. If your business is new or if you just want to make more money in 2010, get this guidebook. It may be the best purchase you have ever made for your lawn care business.

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Start A Lawn Care Business in 2010

2010 is shaping up to be a great year to start a lawn care business.

The economy is still in a challenging position, foreclosures are still high, and unemployment is still in record territory. Despite gloomy headlines everyday in the newspaper, things seem to be greening up for a good start to the year.

In our part of the country, the housing market is really beginning to move. We spoke with a real-estate agent recently who told us that their inventory of houses is beginning to decrease as buyers step into the market.

Curb appeal is a buyer’s first impression of a property. If the lawn is cut and the landscaping is maintained, the buyer is more apt to consider making an offer. Lawn care is a much needed expenditure for real-estate offices on their vacant homes. In many cases, a neatly mown lawn makes the sale.

If you are thinking about starting your own lawn care business, right now is a great time to get started. You can take advantage of all the landscaping contracts that are being bid right now for 2010.

Learn how-to start your own lawn care company and bid landscaping and mowing contracts with the Start A Lawn Care Business Package.

October is a prime Lawn Care Business month.

It has been a long hot summer but October is finally here.

Though cooler weather brings slower growth rates, October is a perfect time to start a lawn care business or ramp up an existing lawn care business.

Autumn can be very profitable with Leaf Raking, Gutter Cleaning, and Seeding Jobs. Customers pay lots of money to have these jobs done. They will also hire you for many other jobs during the winter months. Once spring rolls around, these customers will gladly pay you to mow their grass all summer.

If you want to learn how much to charge for Autumn lawn care jobs and increase your lawn care business, check out the lawn care software and strategy guidebook located at:

Start A Lawn Care Business.

Lawn Care Business Owner Robbed

In an ever expanding list of cautions for lawn care business owners we now have to add robbery.

When I first heard that a lawn care business owner had been robbed, I thought a piece of equipment had been stolen from his truck or a customer hired him to perform some lawn care work and failed to pay.

According to Fredericksburg.com, a Virginia lawn care business owner was lured to a vacant property with a phone call. The caller claimed to be interested in having yard work performed on the property. When the man came to the property to give an estimate he was robbed of $500 in cash and a few credit cards.

We always try to lock our vehicles and secure our commercial lawn care equipment to guard against theft. Being robbed of the hard-earned cash in our pocket is something we will have to consider when giving estimates in new or unknown areas.

Lawn Care Businesses Face Wooly Competition

Chattanooga, Tennessee is one of many southern cities fighting a continuous struggle against the invasive vine Kudzu. Kudzu was brought to the southeast in the 1800’s from China as an erosion control mechanism. Kudzu almost worked too well as the weed continues to grow and engulf landscapes.

Since kudzu was planted to control erosion, it was planted mainly on rocky slopes that cannot be cut with conventional lawn mowers. Chattanooga, and other cities, have experimented with goats for a number of years. Goats are released into the kudzu and nibble away at the vine to control its growth.

Goats do such a thorough job tending to invasive vines, they are being employed in other areas where conventional lawn mowing is problematic.

According to a USA Today report, a vineyard in California has begun using goats where lawn mowers have difficulty mowing grass or where chemicals may seep into local water supplies.

While use of goats and sheep often costs less or the same as conventional mowing and chemical weed control, San Jose, California is willing to spend up to 45% more money to have a natural form of weed control than using chemicals and gasoline powered lawn equipment. They are willing to pay extra solely for the ecological advantage.

Readers of this lawn care blog often read our reports of the coming movement toward much more ecologically minded customers. If you haven’t believed it before, willingness to pay 45% more for lawn care (in San Jose’s case) should convince you to introduce ecological strategies into your lawn care business.

If you are looking to operate a successful lawn care business or if you need help with your current lawn care business, click the “Start A Lawn Care Business” link at the top right of this page.

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Pruning undercut saves landscape tree

by: Start A Lawn Care Business

Landscape Pruning Video

In April we posted a video on YouTube detailing the correct method of making pruning cuts to take a branch or limb off a tree without damaging the trunk.

The video describes how to use a three-cut method.  First you make an underside cut.  Then you cut through the branch beyond the underside cut.  Finally, you cut through the stub barely beyond the collared union.  This allows the tree to heal properly and prevents against disease and insects.

Crepe Myrtle Pruning

I was recently pruning a Crepe Myrtle landscaping tree.  Crepe Myrtles only require marginal pruning and do not need to be pruned dramatically.  One branch, however, was crossing another and needed to be removed.

I made the underside cut as described in the video and began the top side cut.  When I was slightly over half-way through the top side cut the branch gave way and tore along the bottom of the branch.  At the underside cut, the branch broke free and fell away from the tree.

Undercut Saves the Day (Small)
Underside Cut Saves the Day

If I hadn’t made the underside cut, the branch would have torn into the trunk of the tree causing significant damage threatening the health and life of that tree.

Properly Pruned Crepe Myrtle
Properly Pruned Crepe Myrtle

Landscaping and Lawn Care Business

If you prune landscape shrubs and trees as part of your lawn care business, you are well advised to learn proper pruning techniques.

For more information on starting your own lawn care business, click the “Start A Lawn Care Business” link at the top right of this page.

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