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Anybody know of any good books on the subject of "cost of doing business"?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by walker-talker, Dec 15, 2005.

  1. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 4,771

    Title pretty much sums up my question.

  2. kc2006

    kc2006 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,442

    wow, Matt you read my mind! I was searching like crazy for topics about this last night and was going to post this same question. I was going to post about just books in general that explain costs of business, business planning and strategy, anything to further knowledge.

    But this works for now :D
  3. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 4,771

    I just came from Amazon, but I was looking for something more tailiored to this industry.
  4. dsmrolla06

    dsmrolla06 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 305

    Ive looked through book stores, but theres nothing about business in lawn care or green industry that i have found. The one book i bought was building a business plan which was published by socrates. It goes fairly in depth on what a business plan should consist of any things you need to analyze and so forth.
  5. turf dog

    turf dog LawnSite Member
    Posts: 108

    Have you looked at e myth for contractors. It does not deal specifically with the green industry but has good info about running a contracting bus.
  6. AL Inc

    AL Inc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,218

    Matt, did you look into C. VanderKooi? I went to one of his seminars last winter and bought one of his books. Some of it was way over my head, but I did get a lot of useful info out of it.
  7. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 4,771

    Here is one that looks interesting, but at a cost of $160 I might hold off for awhile.


    I have heard of VanderKooi and I might of went to one of his seminars at the GIE, but it would have been a general seminar. I will check out one of his books.
  8. RHayden

    RHayden LawnSite Member
    Posts: 123

    You might check out "How to Price Landscape & Irrigation Projects" by James R. Huston. It's always been my favorite.
  9. Randy J

    Randy J LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,124

    I built an excel spreadsheet concerning the cost of doing business sometime back. If you do a search you'll probably find a thread with the spreadsheet in it. You could use that as a template to work from, or at least get some ideas from. I had factored in variable costs - such as fuel, maintance, etc., and fixed costs - such as phone, advertising, equipment and depreciation, etc. The worksheet broke it down to a per-hour cost of doing business based on expected hours of work for the season.
  10. MacLawnCo

    MacLawnCo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,847

    Matt, if you can teach yourself fairly well, go to your local college campus and look around for a managerial or cost accounting book. This time of year, students are selling back their books and if you catch them before they sell them back you could offer them a couple dollars more than the book store and you both come out ahead.

    It certanly will not be industry specific but you will get solid info that can be applied to any industry.

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