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  1. Business Operations
    What do you think about using a customers equipment?
  2. Business Operations
    Some hard lessons learned, from my experience. Would love to hear yours too... 1) A potential client tells you they have a job that would be a "great opportunity" for you. Ya right. Translation: They can't find anyone else dumb enough to do it. 2) Potential client tells you, during your first...
  3. Lawn Mowing
    Mine is when I offer weekly service that puts me on site 4 times per month to properly maintain height (Bermuda grass). But the customer instead goes biweekly and wants to complain that their grass is left too long after service.
  4. Business Operations
    Hey all. I recently took over in the office and am updating all of our past forms. Our pre-pay letter seems a little confusing to me and am looking for a better way. Anyone willing to show me a sample of what they use?? Thanks,Lindsay
  5. Network: South
    Full disclosure, my landscaping background is limited. But I came up with this idea to find landscaping customers, hook them up with young landscape architects from UGA and give them $99 designs. Crazy thing happening, people love it. Now I have a bunch of happy customers, with designs for...
  6. Bidding, Estimating and Pricing
    Hello everyone. I recently started getting more serious with my business and started marketing myself a lot more and I I'm looking for a little advice and help. I have had a few jobs in the past and a few jobs that are current that I feel like I am bidding too high or too low and I don't want to...
  7. Business Operations
    Hey guys(gals), How do you politely and professional write an email to customers explaining to them that you have to increase the price of there lawn mowing service. When I started I was adding yards at a lower price then I am now and I need to get my cheaper yards up to speed. Some of my...
  8. Business Operations
    First off, I want to say thank you to everyone who participates on this forum. I have learned a ton since I join about a month ago. Everyone is really courteous, even when disagreeing about something. I am an absolute beginner when it comes to having a lawn care business, and am learning as I...
  9. Business Operations
    I use Jobber but I'm still finding it very difficult to keep track of who payed and who doesn't. Some people pay promptly and some wait till end of month. Some don't pay at all. What do you guys do? I started keeping a log in a notebook of just payments and that helps, but its not full proof. I...
  10. Starting a Lawn Care Business
    Do you all add tax to your invoices when you mail them to a customer?
  11. Business Operations
    So heres what happens. I go out talk with the guy. See what all he wants done. Replace the walkway, "new mulch" in beds, seed and "trench" around trees. So i finish everything. He tells me, " these beds are not what I wanted". What? After some talking, he wanted raised beds but didnt...
  12. Starting a Lawn Care Business
    So, I just started a Lawn care and landscaping business: JDR Landscaping and Lawn Maintenance, How do I get my first few customers? I'm a student trying to save up to pay off my student loans for college. I have a logo, website, equipment (minus a trailer), and have made business cards and...
  13. Starting a Lawn Care Business
    Hey, I am curious as to what you do to get referrals? What works? What hasn't worked and why do you think? Referalls can be most lawn care providers sole source of revenue if done right... or extra. What have you done?
  14. Lawn Mowing
    I have a handful of customers both residential and commercial that insist on mowing the lawn in the same stripe pattern every week. After a few mows this year already I can tell this may be issue since I have already been asked to cut in the same pattern every week. This came after I cut in a...
  15. Business Operations
    Lawn Business For Sale Question Asking price $50K. $150K gross rev this past season. 160 customers... (equipment for sale too but I only want customers so $20K of equipment not part of sale price) Last 3 yearly financial statements support income claim. $10K up front and remaining balance...
  16. Industry Surveys & Polls
    Pricing survey: Hi my name is Duncan and I live in Williamsburg Virginia. I'm doing a survey for my high school economics class and my business. I'm gong to contact 5 services in 3 different sized cities in all 50 states, so any bits of info you can give will save a ton of time! Thanks...
  17. Starting a Lawn Care Business
    Hello everyone. My name is Jesus and I am the owner of Grow Control Landscape in Los Angeles. I have been in the industry for about 10 years now. I used to work for my father, then I moved on to a big multimillion dollar company called Marina Landscaping Inc. I finally settled where I am now...
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