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2004... things you will do to improve your business

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by GarPA, Dec 21, 2003.

  1. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,585

    Thought it might be good if we shared a few things that each of us want to do to improve our bottom line and our efficicency in 2004...here are my few:

    1. invoices out by the 5th of every month...with a late fee clause
    2. get the bed preps done asap after the snow is gone in case it rains all season ...again
    3. raise minimum stop fee to $35
    4. oganize the enclosed trailer better and keep eveything where it belongs, everyday (oh sure I'll do this....for about 2 days or until I get behind schedule)
    5. contact all customers no later than Jan 31 to get a rough idea what landscaping work they want done in 2004....dont ever want to go thru what we did last year with land work being 6 to 8 weeks behind due to the rain

    lets hear some of your New Years resolutions......
  2. jeffex

    jeffex LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,933

    Less work at higher prices is always the goal.
  3. o-so-n-so

    o-so-n-so LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 1,218

    Scheduling has been a big problem for me this year. I currently operate only one truck and have been stretched thin many times.

    A few of my goals for next year is:
    1. Add a truck and a trailer
    2. Turn my seasonal helper into a Full timer
    3. Add a software program with scheduling and routing
    4. Be more efficient with my time
    5. Increase my gross sales 25%
    6. I need to be more organized also

    I also want to learn how you guys figure your equipment cost per hour from your handhelds to he front line mowers. I think hoss65 or tiedman had a post on this a while back. If anyone has a formula for this I would like some info. PM me.

  4. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    For 2004, I'm gonna...

    1. 86 the no/slow payers completely
    2. tighten up my routes some
    3. learn to say "no" more often
    4. get someone to help me with Saturday maintenance activities
    5. buy 2 more WB's and a truck to handle increased business
  5. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,585

    Oh Lord ....now Rod is EXPANDING his business empire...now it'll be CHA- cha- ching....
  6. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Posts: 4,347

    become a better bidder.
    ive got signs for my truck now, so i look more professional.
    study up on landscaping.
    install rain/freeze sensors for some quick cash on irrigation systems.
  7. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,366

    Hey Rod, you still looking to get rid of some riders?

    Well I have been in the office for days getting everything tightened up. Setting up an automatic billing program with my cousin (acct.). No more sitting behind the comp and printing out invoices. Just set a day and time and she spits them out. I felt this would help us deal with late paying customers more adequately and be able to cut them off faster. Gonna be ALOT more strict with late payers, and late fees. Will probably be cutting alot off completely... just not worth the aggravation.

    Would like to get a new rider, and maybe 2 hydros.
    Possibly a newer International for installs. (This one doesn't have to be this year.) :cool:
  8. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,502

    Answer calls when customer's call you and return the messages.
    Try and get a few customers to get a few accounts..
  9. Blades of Steel

    Blades of Steel LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 599

    Better communication
    Better bidding
    Buy a new F-250 Extended Cab Diesel
  10. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Posts: 8,745

    decrease drive time, increase full package customers, increase commerical accounts, decrease past due invoivces (people that pay late)

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