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  1. Business Operations
    I'm looking for any advice or help with this topic. My CPA does not do "balance sheets" per se. So I'm looking around. How much should I expect to pay? Are there any pros/cons when it comes to Balance Sheets?
  2. Business Operations
    Hey Guys. We have been using LMN for just over a year now. I'm glad we implemented it when we did. It has been our best year yet but quite a bit and I have no complaints there. However, Looking ahead to 2018 I wanted to get some other thoughts on the program. My main concern is how low our NET...
  3. Bidding, Estimating and Pricing
    I'm a newer guy in the lawn care business. I can mow, trim, edge, etc pretty darn well in my opinion. Room for improvement? Absolutely, but I'm not concerned about getting complaints of any kind from customers because of the pride I take in my work. However, I am starting to dabble into...
  4. Bidding, Estimating and Pricing
    I am starting a solo lawn business this coming March. I have quite a few questions, but first let me tell you my situation. Sorry in advance for the long post, it will be worth a read as I feel I ask some good questions that may clear some things up for other newbies. I am currently 23, living...
  5. Starting a Lawn Care Business
    I have one year left before I graduate college. I've really been wrestling with which path to take when I'm done. Do I get a job in the corporate world or stick with my business and make it grow? I don't expect you to answer that for me but the more information I have about the industry the...
  6. Starting a Lawn Care Business
    I'm 19 and starting my 2nd consecutive year of lawn maintenance and I've been wondering how much can a solo realistically gross. I'm not worried about profits because thats too vague because I don't know my operating cost yet. Last year I only had 3 yards but didn't care to gain new customers...
  7. Hardscaping
    I have been doing pave stone patios. I know how much to charge with labor gas materials etc I would like to get your idea on how much profit margin the actual business should make Ive heard add 30 percent to total price but I am figuring a patio now I have a total of 1534 in it Including...
  8. General Industry Discussions
    I have been doing my research on composting leaves and using them for flower beds in the spring. I was trying to figure out how to make a potential profit off of this by selling by the bag, scoop, or if anyone has had luck with this?
  9. Landscape Maintenance
    Wanted to share a success (profit) story from this year. Was tired of the all the employee issues and equipment breakdowns. Decided to try putting a couple guys on mulch re-coloring. Landed one project that was nearly 200,000 sqft and the colorant (Hippie Mulch) cost was around $0.01 per sqft...
  10. Business Operations
    What gets the best response when bidding potential fertilizing customers? I am weighing the pros and cons of 2 plans. PLAN A: Use a smaller number of steps with higher price per step PLAN B: Use a larger number of steps with lower price per step Plan A will give the customer a lower yearly...
  11. Starting a Lawn Care Business
    What gets the best response when bidding potential fertilizing customers? I've been in the business part and full time for 19 years and am going full time and aggressively expanding in fertilizing this year. As the fertilizing goes, its almost like starting a new business from scratch...
  12. Starting a Lawn Care Business
    Hey everyone, I was previously an owner in a general contracting/ home maintenance/improvement business for the last 5 years and thinking about opening up a new very specialized company. A niche business which focuses almost entirely on re-sods, sodding, and for those who which to pursue the...
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