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As autumn approaches, many lawn care business owners shift attention away from grass cutting to focus on other lawn care related activities. In addtion to overseeding, fertilizing, and fall landscape planting, leaf raking is a prime money making activity.
Lawn care business owners who want to make money raking leaves this season need to recognize the amount of work it takes to properly perform a leaf raking job so they can carefully estimate their time and expense before giving a lawn care customer a quote on raking their leaves. Incorrect pricing for leaf cleanup is a problem for new lawn care business owners because they often underestimate the length of time necessary to perform leaf cleanup on an average sized lawn.
It is easy to be deceived by a small lawn with a few trees. A $45 lawn that takes 30 minutes to mow might take 2 hours to rake. However, if it is your first time raking leaves in that lawn you might not realize the work involved cleaning leaves of out landscaping beds and from corners of the house, under the deck, and around other obstructions in the yard.
So, if you are operating a lawn care company this year and want to make money raking leaves, re-evaluate pricing of your leaf raking services and carefully consider your estimates before you quote a low price.
As we move into the end of summer and the autumn months begin, leaf raking will push grass mowing aside as the leading money maker for many lawn care businesses.
While leaf raking can make you a tremendous amount of money during September, October, and November, you need to know how to properly price your leaf raking jobs. Under-estimating is a common problem with new lawn care companies. Under-estimation costs you money. It’s smart to learn proper leaf raking estimation techniques.
Size of the lawn to be raked:
It should go without saying that the size of the lawn to be raked is of primary importance. Given similar working conditions, a smaller yard will take less time to rake than a large sprawling estate. Know the size of the lawn and estimate your price projection based on a “per square foot” cost calculation.
Depth of the leaves to be raked:
The volume of leaves often overwhelm new lawn care business owners. A small yard with deep leaves can take hours to properly clean. If you don’t properly calculate the depth of the leaves you can find yourself losing money as you are knee deep in a yard full of fallen leaves.
Moisture content of the leaves in a yard:
Wet leaves are MUCH harder to clear than dry leaves. Dry leaves can be blown with a backpack leaf blower or “wind-rowed” with a lawn mower. Wet leaves, on the other hand, must be raked and gathered almost entirely by hand. A lawn full of wet compacted leaves can easily take twice as long to clean as a yard full of dry leaves.
If you want to make money this year raking leaves, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the “Start A Lawn Care Business” training course. Within the content of the program there is a GREAT guide to making money raking leaves. This includes a pricing guide as well as a “what to look out for” guide of the common problems associated with raking customers leaves.
The entire business course is less than $50 and can be purchased from the following website:
Are you interested in starting a new lawn care business but you are afraid that it is too late in the season to begin?
Late summer is actually a VERY GOOD time to get started with a lawn care business. There are many reasons for starting right now. School kids that have been doing lawns all summer about getting ready to head back to school. Once back in school, many of them will drop their customers. Since there are still a few months left in the grass cutting season, you can easily pick up those “dropped” customers and start making money right away.
Another reason for starting a lawn care business right now is because leaf raking season is right around the corner. Once the leaves turn color and start falling, there will be no end to the number of people who will want their leaves blown and raked up. Starting your business right now means you will be in PRIME POSITION to have a full client list in a very quickly.
To start your business properly, we suggest you look at the LAWN CARE BUSINESS training course. It is jam-packed with information and business tools to help you start and grow a successful lawn care business. The training course also includes a series of VERY HELPFUL estimating calculators that will help you determine prices for lawn care jobs.
To learn more about the business training course, visit the website below:
Start A Lawn Care Business
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