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Lawn Care Contracts – How to Bid and How Much Money To Charge

Lawn Care Contracts - How to bid and submit prices
Lawn Care Contracts - How to submit bids - How much money to charge.
Learn how to properly estimate your lawn care contracts with this lawn care business guidebook and estimating software: http://www.StartALawnCareBusiness.com

Well, here we are in 2012.

It is difficult to believe that another lawn care mowing season is just around the corner. As winter grows old and spring approaches, many landowners, apartment building maintenance companies, banks, industrial complexes, government agencies, etc will begin letting out bids for lawn care and landscaping services.

If you are new to the lawn care industry (or even if you’re not new) bidding on large lawn care contracts is a scary proposition. There are MANY questions any lawn care company will need to ask about the contract. Too many lawn care companies GUESS at their prices and often they lose money by bidding too low.

Approaching a lawn care contract from a standpoint of well informed knowledge and proper calculations is the only way to assure yourself you are giving a proper price for the lawn care work and, if your bid is accepted, you will be able to successfully complete the contract and be profitable through the course of the lawn care work.

If you own a lawn care company or are thinking of starting a lawn care business, the Start A Lawn Care Business training package is packed with information and business tools to help you learn how to calculate prices and submit bids on lawn care contracts. The training package (including estimating software) is on sale right now for less than $50 and will be a great help to your lawn care business.

Visit the site below:

Start A Lawn Care Business
Price your services and bid on lawn care contracts.
http://www.StartALawnCareBusiness.com

Leaf Raking – Increase your Lawn Care Business

Rake Leaves. Make more money with your lawn care business.
Leaf Raking Business - Money Fore your Lawn Care Business
As a lawn care business owner, always help your customers (and potential customers) understand why they NEED your services. We came across a leaf raking situation where a business owner desperately needed leaf raking services to avoid costly damage to his store front.

Leaves from his trees fell onto his grounds and onto the roadway. A heavy rain washed his leaves onto a storm drain grate. As the leaves clogged the grate water flooded onto his property potentially flooding his store front.

As a preventative measure, the store owner should have hired a leaf raking company to collect leaves throughout the autumn season. Since he did not maintain his leaves he risked an emergency situation where the leaves needed to be collected from his property immediately.

As you drive around your town looking for lawn care customers. Take opportunities to point out problems to potential customers. Homeowners and business owners are very aware of the need to fend off problems before they begin and if you take a few minutes to help them understand their NEED for your lawn care services, you will attract more customers and quickly build your lawn care business customer list.

If you are starting your lawn care business this year, we have developed a comprehensive lawn care business training course that will help you start and build your lawn care business. Learn more on the website below:

http://www.StartALawnCareBusiness.com
Make Money Raking Leaves With Your Lawn Care Business

Start A Lawn Care Business – Is it too late in the season?

Professional Lawn Care - Lawn Striping
Professional Lawn Striping makes you more money
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
http://www.StartALawnCareBusiness.com

Starting a lawn care business in June 2011

June makes the grass grow like crazy
High June grass needs to be cut right now.
April and May have passed us by and June is here making the grass grow like crazy. Do you have your lawn care business successfully off the ground and do you already have more customers than you can handle? Or, are you struggling to get your business running smoothly? Mid-season is a fine time to evaluate where you are headed with your business.

June presents many fine opportunities for lawn care companies looking to expand their businesses and make great money for the rest of the summer.

There are two prime customer groups to target during June and July:

1) The D-I-Yers (Do It Yourselfers) who are so sick and tired of mowing their own grass that they are ready to hire someone for the rest of the season. These DIYers started out the season with great intentions. They were going to mow their grass every week, weed their flowerbeds on schedule, and prune their shrubs when shaping was needed. Unfortunately (for them) their work schedules have been more hectic than normal and their lawn mowers quit working the second week of May. Additionally, they are just now realizing how difficult (and hot) lawn care work can be.

2) The “My Other Guy Quit” Customers whose previous lawn care companies have quit unexpectedly leaving them with tall grassy lawns. Unfortunately, many people start lawn care businesses in early March and quit by early June because they cannot handle the heat or the work load. Desperate for dependable lawn and landscaping companies, these customers are often willing to pay a little more money to lawn care business owners who pride themselves on professional and dependable service.

The main point here is that if you are thinking about starting a lawn care business or if you have already started your lawn care business and you are not making as much money as you think you should be making, there is ample opportunity to get new customers and build a fresh customer list of people who are willing to pay good money for dependable and professional lawn care services.

To learn great methods of starting and building a successful lawn care business, visit the “Start A Lawn Care Business” website. There is GREAT business training course available to teach you how to begin your business and attract the right kind of customers who are willing to pay good money for your lawn care services. There is also lawn care estimating software available to help you learn how much money to charge for your lawn care work.

For more information, visit this webpage:

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

Start A Successful Lawn Care Business – April 2011

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Start A Lawn Care Business - April 2011

The winter months have completely slipped away now that April 2011 is here.  The clouds are finally thinning and we are getting more sunny days than cloudy rainy days.

If you have noticed this change in the weather, homeowners and business owners with lawns have noticed it too.  In fact, they have probably noticed it so much that they are already looking to hire someone to maintain their grass and landscaping for the upcoming summer season.

If you have ever thought about starting a lawn care business (or if you already own a lawn care business and want to earn more money this year) then right now is a perfect time of the year to ramp up your advertising and start attracting new lawn care customers.

People are very willing to spend good money right now hiring you to perform general spring-cleanup lawn maintenance jobs.  Picking up fallen sticks, cutting high grass, fertilizing & aerating, and basic flower bed maintenance are just a few of the lawn care jobs you can expect to be in high demand this year.

The Problem

Do you have a difficult time determining how much money to charge your customers?  This is a common problem.  You don’t want to lose the work so you lower your price on a lawn care cleanup estimate.  The customer readily accepts your quote and before long you realize you underbid the job and you are working all day for not much money.  If you had only known a better way to estimate, you could have made much more money and the customer still would have been happy.

The Solution

If you are having troubles with your lawn care estimating, we invite you to look at the website below.  It offers a comprehensive lawn care business training package that will teach you how to start (and operate) a successful lawn care and landscaping business.  In addition to a huge selection of lawn care business manuals and a lawn care business training toolkit, it also offers a very handy series of Lawn Care Estimating software that will greatly help you learn how to give estimates and make more money.

The entire lawn care business package is sold for $45 (probably less than you will make on one lawn) and is shipped directly to your door.

Visit the site at:

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

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.

A Young Lawn Care Business Entrepreneur

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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
Start A Lawn Care Business

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