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  1. Bidding, Estimating and Pricing
    Ok so I have been mowing for about 10 years now on the side apart from having a full time job. I have always done residential and I am currently trying to get into commercial work. The area where my full time job is has alot of properties I would love to obtain in the future. They range anywhere...
  2. Employment
    Take yourself back to when you first started in this industry... We're collecting career tips to share with students at the the National Collegiate Landscaping Competition this week at Mississippi State University. What is your best career advice for those entering the landscape (or green)...
  3. Business Operations
    Hey folks, I'm a writer and am interested in what happens when an employee decides to start his own business in the lawn care field. Do you discourage them? Do you have them sign a non-compete? Or, do you wish them well and ask that they not solicit in your area? And a follow-up, did you get...
  4. General Industry Discussions
    I am working on a 30 page. business growth plan for my Entrepreneurship class in high school. I plan on using this plan to compete on the national and international level, and need to build an emotional appeal to my business. We target middle class adults ages 30-70 in the Middle Tennessee area...
  5. Starting a Lawn Care Business
    Dave Beausoleil opens his "Landscape Lighting" class with a killer good suggestion: Send your worst "money-losing" clients to your cut-rate, unskilled competitors. They deserve each other.
  6. Lawn Mowing
    Hey all, I am thinking about cutting down my client list a little and restricting my mowing to only a few days out of the week. I would like to find another good, dependable company to refer my clients to. How do I go about finding someone? Also, if I wanted to charge a referral fee to the...
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