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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

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:

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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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Bigger lawn care equipment = less money?

Today’s blog post comes from a question we had from a recent purchaser of our Lawn Care Business program.  The writer asks:

I purchased all new equipment this season.  My bigger commercial lawn mower allows me to cut my customer’s grass in less than 1/2 the time it took me last year.  A couple of my mowing customers think I should charge less money since their lawns take less time to cut.  Should I charge less money or the same amount?

Your lawn care customers are playing games with you in hopes you will lower your price to save them money.  This is one danger of pricing your work by the hour. 

You bought your new lawn equipment to become more efficient in your lawn care business.  Better equipment means more square feet cut per minute.  New equipment costs more money and those costs have to be passed along to your customers.  Luckily for your customers, you are also passing along times savings and a more professionally cut lawn.  Ideally, additional cost of your new lawn mower should  be balanced by your time savings.  Therefore, the cost of mowing their lawn will not change as long as it was priced fairly to begin with.

You buy new lawn care equipment so you can make more money.  You make more money by being able to cut more lawns per day with your new equipment.

Remember, the lawn care business package contains a large pricing guidebook that tells you how much money to charge for the lawn care services you offer.  The package is available from our home page.

Life of a Lawn Care Newbie.

by: LawnCareBusiness.net

Life of a Lawn Care Newbie

You only started your landscaping business two months ago.  You are advertising aggressively with flyers and newspaper classifieds.  You already have a full roster of lawn care clients but you don’t seem to be making enough money to justify all the hours you are working.

What’s wrong with this picture?

If you are anything like many of the new lawn care companies we give business consulting advice to, you are suffering from the common mistakes many business owners make.

In the early days of your business you are excited and full of energy.  You give estimates to every potential lead that comes your way; grass cutting, shrub trimming, landscape planting, all types of yard work.  No job is too big and no job is too small for your new business.  Since you are new you think you need to lowball your estimates to get customers.  Afterall, if the other guy can do a job for $45 surely you can do if for $40…or $35…or even $30 .  You think it’s okay to underbid and overpromise.

Sure enough, all your prospects accept your lowball prices and suddenly you have more clients than you know what to do with.  That’s what you wanted, right?  And the money is rolling in…kinda.

Word of your great work and your low prices gets around to neighbors of your customers.  They want estimates too.  One neighbor wants grass seed planted and his lawn aerated.  Another wants fertilizer treatment and the grass cut.  Still another neighbor wants her leaves raked and hauled away.

With all these new lawn care customers you attempt to raise your prices.  You give higher estimates to your new lawn care customers:  “That will be $45 Mrs. Smith.”   You can guess what her answer is:  “But you only charge my neighbor $30 for the same work.”  Ugh, word is out…you’re a lowballer.

 

Check back tomorrow for part 2 of Life of a Lawn Care Newbie

 

If you don’t want to fall into the traps of Lawn Care Newbies, purchase the Lawn Care Business program available from our friends at:

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The business program is less than $40 and it is FILLED with useful information and business tools to help you start your own successful lawn care business.

Remember to check back tomorrow for part 2 of Life of a Lawn Care Newbie.