Originally Posted by lawn_love
I'm interested in starting a lawn care service, and have some questions regarding logistics. Based on some of the polls I've seen on this site, it appears that most people charge about $35 for a basic mow/trim service.
How do you work out the scheduling? It doesn't seem like it would make sense to drive too great a distance for a single $35 job. I can see how it would work if you had a bunch of jobs scheduled in a smaller area, but when you're just getting started you only have one or two jobs here and there, and they can easily be spread out across the city.
How did you deal with this logistical issue when you first got started and didn't have the volume? Also, for those of you who have larger operations now, how do you handle scheduling based on regions or zip code?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
1. Just because most people on here charge $35 for a "basic mow/trim" doesn't mean you can charge $35 for the same service, It has a lot to do on your area if there are a high number of landscapers in your area, the odds are that is a very high price and you would have to lower the price. Especially if you have a lot of illegal companies in your area and your state, county, etc. require a license and a certain amount of insurance requirement. (This is my first year, and reading on here kinda gave me a mindset of a minimum of $30 a property, boy was I WRONG, I overbid a lot of my estimates and lost a lot of business). Before you start have a few landscapers come by and bid on your property, ask some other friends, and family members to do the same.
2. As for your other 2 questions I don't mean to sound like a prick but if you you don't have the common sense to prepare your route and cannot time manage a route... you might not want to be a business owner. But my advice is to break up your service area into zones (depending on how big your service area is) Do zone 1 on Mondays, Zone 2 on Tuesday, and so on. So to make it easy if your service area is 60 square miles and you work 6 days a week each zone should be 10 square miles. As a start up your going to have to drive for your properties unless you get lucky and get a bunch of customers close to one another. I would place the most profitable accounts in a zone that is serviced closer to the weekends as most want their property to be mowed closer to the weekend. So if you can service smaller properties with a smaller mower faster than you can do larger than they are more profitable and you want to keep them happy or vice versa.
Hope this helps but if any more knowledgeable owners reads my post and my advice is way off please let me know.