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Raking Leaves as a Lawn Care Business

Making Money Raking Leaves this Autumn
Lawn Care Customers Pay for Raking Leaves
Learn how to estimate your leaf raking jobs with the LAWN CARE BUSINESS GUIDEBOOK & ESTIMATING SOFTWARE FROM [www.StartALawnCareBusiness.com]

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.

Leaf Raking Business – How to Start your Lawn Care Business

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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:

Leaf Raking in your Lawn Care Business
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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

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:

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Lawn Care Equipment Trailer

Let’s take a look at a typical setup for a lawn care / landscaping trailer.

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1)  Hand tools:  Leaf rakes, shovel, mattock, pole saw, shears.

2)  Auxilliary lawn mower gas tank.

3)  John Deere push lawn mower.

4) Lunch cooler.

5)  20 lb. air tank.

6)  Traffic Cones

7)  John Deere Z-Trak commercial lawn mower

8)  Water cooler.  Drinking lots of water is important.

9)  Leaf blower rack.  Blower is removed as it is currently in use.

10) John Deere Gator.  Good for moving landscape mulch, grass seed, plants, etc.

OTHER SIDE OF THE LANDSCAPING TRAILER

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1) Lockable Toolbox.  Equiped with all tools needed to work on lawn care equipment and to work in customers’ yards.

2) Weedeater Racks.  2 Commercial grade weedeaters.

3) Flags on rear of trailer.

If you want to start your own lawn care business, click the StartALawnCareBusiness link on the tab to the right.

Lawn Care at the Whitehouse, Washington D.C.

Do you have some good lawn care contracts that you are proud of and that you would like the world to see?  If you are good at your work and you devote yourself to professionalism you can build a strong base of professional lawn care accounts.

Start A Lawn Care Business staff members visit Washington D.C.

The staff of  “StartALawnCareBusiness” took a recent trip to Washington D.C.  We were there on a fact finding mission to better understand how lawns are maintained in dense urban areas.

Lawns in our area of the country often average 3/4  acre of grass coverage for a typical home in a subdivision type community.  Dense urban landscaping is on a much smaller scale.  Lawn Care Companies must learn how to manage the maintenance of such small areas.

Look for upcoming blogs about how to maintain small urban landscape areas.

This blog posting is about a much larger landscaping job.

How About This for a Lawn Care Contract?

While we were in Washington D.C. we took time to visit many historic sites.  The Whitehouse is one of those sites that is a must see while visiting D.C.  We were lucky enough to witness a lawn care crew working landscaping equipment on the South Lawn.

Lawn Care at the Whitehouse South Lawn
Lawn Care at the Whitehouse South Lawn

There are a couple subjects of note.

1) Look a little to the right of the upper middle section of this picture.  Can you see the blue tractor with a front end loader?  Can you imagine the security clearance of the lawn care company working the South Lawn?  If you think getting your insurance and bonding your employees is a hassle just be in these guy’s shoes.

2)  The striping pattern on the South Lawn is beautifully managed.  The perfect lines are to be admired.

If you have ever wanted to operate your own lawn care business, you can learn practically everything you need to know with our lawn care business package.  Visit our website StartALawnCareBusiness.com

The complete lawn care business package is on sale right now.