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Start a Lawn Care Business – Spring 2015

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Spring Lawn Care

Start A Lawn Care Business with Spring Lawn Care. Make Money in 2015.

Though the nights are still chilly and there might be a couple more snowfalls in our near future, spring lawn care time is already here.

As the housing market continues to take hold and home owners are once again taking pride in their lawns and landscaping, 2015 looks to be a great year for anyone with their own lawn care business. There is a tremendous amount of money to be made in 2015 and if you want to make more money in your lawn care business, you better get started right away.

The most money in lawn care comes from smaller residential lawn care customers and larger year-long mowing contracts. We recommend a healthy mixture of these two types of clients. The most important thing, however, is getting your pricing right. If you underestimate your jobs, you are going to lose money. Our lawn care business guidebook and estimating software will help you price your jobs correctly and make more money than you could ever imagine with your own lawn care company.

So, don’t wait until it’s too late. Start today by getting residential customer and large scale lawn mowing contracts. We will show you how.

For more information on our lawn care business guidebook and estimating software, visit our main webpage below:





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A Rake! A Rake! My Kingdom for a Rake!

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Leaf raking means extra money for lawn care companies.

Leaf raking season is upon us. Make lots of money raking leaves for your lawn care customers. Summer lawn mowing season is slowly winding down and we find ourselves on the cusp of a huge leaf raking season.

Most of the country (especially the eastern half of the United States) had plentiful rainfall this summer. Plentiful rainfall means lots of green grass and high growth all summer. I hope all you guys made lots of money mowing lawns this summer.

Abundant rainfall also means abundant foliage on all the trees in your area. Every tree in every yard I drive by seems to be burdened with a ton of leaves. This year’s autumn leaf raking season promises to be one of the best in recent memory for leaf fall. Lots of leaves means your lawn care customers will be calling you for leaf removal and leaf management services.

Is your lawn care business ready for autumn leaf raking services?

I have said in other blog posts that you can make a tremendous amount of money during the autumn months. Customers are willing to pay big money to have their lawns raked and their grass maintained during the months of September thru November. However, many lawn care companies do not know how to properly price their leaf raking jobs. I have seen many lawn care operators dramatically underprice their leaf raking jobs. Too many lawn care companies lose too much money on leaf raking.

This is the time of year when lawn care operators should bank a ton of cash to last them through the winter months.

Do you currently own a lawn care company and you want to know how to make tons of money this season….or….have you not yet started your lawn care company and you want to know how to get customers and price leaf raking jobs?

We have developed a lawn care business guidebook and estimating software that will help you make great money providing lawn care and leaf raking services.

The business package is on sale this month. Click below to order:





Lawn Care and Leaf Raking Business Guidebook and Estimating Software

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Make Something Happen TODAY with your Lawn Care Business

Is your lawn care business in the doldrums?

I spoke with a lawn care business owner recently who said he was very depressed that he only has 5 customers going into the summer mowing season. When I asked him what he had done today for his lawn care business he said that he had put out over 1,000 flyers. To clarify, I asked if he put all 1,000 flyers out today. He said “no, last Thursday. I didn’t get any results. What’s the point?”

LOL. Just from this very quick conversation, I can identify 3 things that are going on with this guy. He’s impetuous, impatient, and burnt out.

To begin with, he DID get results. Although he would have like to have more customers, his flyer campaign got him 5 customers. That’s not too bad for a rushed together flyer campaign. However, flyers should never be the only marketing plan implemented by a lawn care company.

Once again, I asked him what he has done TODAY. “Nothing, I’m too tired from the flyers.”

HAHAHA Today is Wednesday and he’s too tired from something he did almost a week ago???

As he said this I thought about a book I read about Sam Walton (the founder of Wal-Mart) years ago. He said that slow steady growth is the key to a successful business. Market smart and market consistantly. Do something every single day to grow your business.

This is important because if you burn yourself out by placing 1,000 flyers you won’t have the energy to continue with a smart, consistant marketing plan. Advertising should be performed on a consistant, daily basis.

Successful marketing takes careful planning, forethought, and persistance.

What have you done TODAY for your Lawn Care Business?

If you are interested in learning the RIGHT way to market your Lawn Care Business, consider purchasing our Lawn Care Business Guidebook and Software program. It is packed with information to help you start and grow a successful lawn care company including things you can do every single day to steadly grow your business.





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2015 Lawn Care Contracts

It’s 2015 and another lawn care maintenance season is just around the corner.

Though most of the country is still enjoying winter weather, many government agencies and large businesses are already thinking about securing lawn care companies to service their landscaping needs for the upcoming spring and summer mowing seasons. Contracts are often prepared during January and February. The first mowing schedule of these contracts often takes place in March.

So, what does this mean for your lawn care company? Well, it means that you should be bidding on these contracts right now. Successful bidding of a lawn care contract requires skills in estimating and negotiation. It also requires a smart business owner who knows how to read a Request-For-Bids. Pitfalls and loopholes in contracts can cost you thousands of dollars if you misunderstand the wording of the lawn care contract.

Our company has bid many contracts. From standard residential lawn care contracts to large multi-year government mowing contracts, we have become adept at successfully bidding contracts. We have add this knowledge to a special section in our Lawn Care Business program that deals specifically with bidding lawn care contracts. If you want to take your lawn care business to the next level, look at our Lawn Care Business program by clicking here:





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Leaf Mountain – Leaf Raking for your Lawn Care Business

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Leaf Raking for your Lawn Care Business

Welcome to Leaf Mountain

With a few days to go before Christmas, many of your lawn care customers will be having Christmas parties and relatives over to visit. Because of this, they will want to have their lawn and landscaping tidied up one last time. This is a perfect opportunity for you to contact your customers to see if they need any yard work performed. You will probably be surprised how many customers will give you some extra work right before Christmas.

I paid a visit to the leaf dumping site our community public works department uses to dump all the leaves they collect from residential yards. The area fans out and is about 250′ wide X 200′ long. It is probably about 100′ deep. The leaves are left to decay. It looks like a leaf mountain. Our public works requires home owners to rake their leaves to the curb and not bag the leaves.

Lawn care customers pay good money this time of year to have their leaves cleaned up. So, if you own a lawn care business or if you are just looking to make extra money around the holidays. Leaf work can put great money in your pocket. Many lawn care companies do not know how to properly estimate leaf cleanup jobs. So, we have developed a special lawn care business tutorial and estimating software package.





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Lawn Care Business – Leaf Raking for November 2012

Well, October has passed and we are already well into November.

I am not sure where this year has gone but I do know where the leaves are going? They are collecting all over your customers’ lawns. It’s the time of year when lawn care business owners are busy making a TON of money by providing leaf raking and gutter cleaning services. Unless you are lucky enough to live in one of the warmer states, November and early December mark a final PUSH for lawn care business owners to make lots of cash before harsh winter weather arrives.

If you own a lawn care business or you just want to make money during this time of year, it is not too late to take advantage of leaf raking season. Your customers will pay you great money to rake their leaves and give their lawns a final spruce up before winter.

One problem we have seen is that many lawn care business owners do not know how much money to charge for leaf raking services. Our lawn care business guidebook and estimating software package has a special section dedicated to leaf raking. How to attract customers…how to estimate prices properly…how to perform leaf cleanup quickly and effectively.

For more information about our lawn care business course and to order the program directly from our website, please click the link above to be taken to the ordering page.

Best luck to you this leaf raking season. There are piles of cash to be made by raking piles of leaves.





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Leaf Raking Business – Last Week of September 2012

Autumn has arrived and has ushered in the Leaf Raking Season!

Though our daytime temperatures are still in the 80s and 90s, the nighttime mercury is dipping into the 50’s and 60’s. Autumn is here and in a few weeks fall colors will burst onto the scene. With those beautiful colors, leaf raking season will officially begin. Leaf raking season is a very profitable time of year for lawn care business owners.

If this is your first year running your own lawn care business and if you want to make lots of money between now and the end of the year, right now is when you need to be lining up customers for leaf cleanup.

We have found that there is often more money to be made between now and the end of the year than during the hot summer months. So, don’t neglect making the money you deserve right now with your lawn care business. The problem is; many new lawn care business owners do not know how much money to charge their lawn care customers when they are giving price estimates.

We have developed a comprehensive lawn care business (and leaf raking) strategy guidebook with estimating software to help you understand how to run your business right, get more customers, and price your leaf raking jobs so you can make more money.





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http://www.StartALawnCareBusiness.com

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Lawn Care: Poison Ivy, Poison Sumac, & Poison Oak

I would like to thank our friend, Dawn Ginese (The Singing Nurse) for giving us tips to avoid and manage Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, and Poison Sumac. Even if you don’t own a lawn care business, these tips will help keep you “rash free” this summer.

 

5 steps to a Rash Free Summer
Dawn Ginese, RN

Don’t dampen your summer by getting itchy from Poison Ivy, Oak or Sumac. My First hand experience says being prepared and knowledgeable is your best defense. I know, because I started my summer with the annoying itch. I discovered I had stepped on a bed of poison Ivy while dumping weeds from my flower beds in the woods. Applying these 5 simple steps will save you time, money and the itchy aggravation that Poison Ivy, Oak or Sumac can cause.

1. Be prepared

with products in case you come in contact.

2. Know the enemy

by knowing what Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac look like.

3. Prevention

is important to being free from the itchy plant oils.

4. Actions to take

in the unlikely event you do come in contact.

5. Get help

from your health care professions if you need it.

Be Prepared: I suggest having all your products available and ready before you take your first step outside this season. Go to your local pharmacy or get word of mouth advice for choosing good products.

a. There are blocks available in lotion form that provides a barrier between you and the itchy plants.

b. Have available Long sleeves and pants and heavy gloves while working outdoors.

c. A variety of special soaps to wash off the poison ivy, oak or sumac oils are available at your local pharmacy.

d. Itch relief ointments and lotions like the standard calamine lotion are a must to have on hand. I used Aveeno baby oatmeal bath for itch relief, it worked great. Make sure you have an over the counter allergy medication in your arsenal as well.

Know the Enemy: Do a Google search on the internet of Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac. Go to “Images” for a variety of pictures to help you identify these plants. The plants do not all look the same although they do have common characteristics. Poison Ivy and Oak have leaves of 3(Remember the old rhyme, leaves of 3, don’t touch me.)and Sumac have 7 or 13 leaves. A picture is worth a look and will increase your sense of knowledge. There will also be plenty of rash pictures, a great reminder of the possibilities which will move you to action.

Prevention: Remember to use the products you have purchased. Wear the long sleeve shirts and pants and heavy gloves. Scan the area you will be working in and remove the plants with your heavy gloves. If you know you are allergic to Poison Ivy, Oak or Sumac, call your lawn care professional to remove it.

Actions to take: Apply your itchy plant barriers before heading outside. Have some oil removing soap on you just in case you know you have touched a plant and wash immediately. Assume you will be in contact with these itchy plants. Always wash yourself with a Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac oil remover after working outdoors. Take a shower after working and wash all your clothes in hot water. Clean your tools and shoes with the special soap for removing poison ivy, oak and sumac oils. The oils from the plants can last for long periods of time always clean everything.

Get Help: If you have tried to rid yourself of that really annoying rash and it is persisting, please don’t be a hero, get help. I was starting to feel like I was wearing wool undergarment and I was not sleeping well. I went to my doctor and he prescribed prednisone. It is amazing how effective just a few days of medication provided such itchy relief. I was on prednisone for 15 days.

I’ve included a link to a nice flier you can print, a video on YouTube of my experience with Poison Ivy, and a fun set of lyrics to help you remember all that we’ve discussed today. Have some fun with it and please stay out of the Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac.

For a Healthy, Itch Free Summer,
Ms. Dawn, The Singing Nurse
www.TheSingingNurse.com

FDA PDF: Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac http://www.fda.gov/downloads/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/UCM143611.pdf

The Singing Nurse YouTube video retracing her itchy tracks:

Rap song fun, learning with music

Poison Ivy Oak and Sumac

Dawn Ginese, RN-The Singing Nurse 5/2012

Sing to a funky rap beat or
Clap your hands on your legs 2 x & clap hand together 2 x & say words

Poison Ivy Oak and Sumac are the itchy plants you see
If you see leaves of 3, don’t touch me, don’t touch me
Be prepared, wear gloves, use soap
Know the leaves so you can cope

If you see leaves of 3, don’t touch me, don’t touch me
If you get the itch real bad, Calamine might help egad
See your doctor, he’s the one, He will give you Prednisone
If you see leaves of 3, don’t touch me, don’t touch me

Poison Ivy Oak and Sumac are the itchy plants you see
If you see leaves of 3, don’t touch me, don’t touch me
If you see leaves of 3, don’t touch me, don’t touch me

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Lawn Care Business – Don’t Be Afraid to Start Small

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Lawn Care Business? Don't Be Afraid to Start Small

Do you want to start a lawn care business but you’re afraid of starting too small?

I took this picture as I was stopped at a traffic light. Yes, it’s a funny picture but you have to admire that this guy is out there making an effort. He isn’t afraid of starting small.

No Money To Start A Lawn Care Business?

I received a call this morning from a man who wants to start a lawn care business but he simply doesn’t have much money and is afraid he won’t be able to compete with the guys with fancy mowers and lawn care trailers full of equipment. I often receive similar calls and I often offer the same advice:

“it doesn’t matter how small you start and how cheap your lawn care equipment is. If you work smart and price your jobs properly you will be able to grow your business quickly.”

We started our lawn care business in 1992 (20 years ago) with a $150 lawn mower purchased from Kmart, a Poulan Weedeater, and a handheld leaf blower. That weedeater was terrible but with this basic equipment we mowed hundreds of lawns in the first few months to earn enough money to buy commercial equipment. With commercial equipment we were able to begin bidding commercial contracts and within a few months were making great money and growing the business rapidly.

Professsional Lawn Care Business Guidebook and Software

During the past 20 years associated with the lawn care industry we have experienced practically every type of lawn care job you can think of. And, we have poured all of that information into the Lawn Care Business Guidebook and Software Package. This is a huge business course that will take you from the very beginnings of your lawn care business (business formation, buying equipment, advertising, gaining clients, setting prices) to the more complex problems (expanding your business, bidding large scale contracts, hiring employees). Practically everything you could ever want to know about running a successful lawn care business is included.

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The business program is less than $50 and you can learn more about it on our main website (click the link at the top of the page). We are always happy to help. So, if you have questions, just let us know.

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Happy New Year from Start A Lawn Care Business

We would like to wish all the readers of our Lawn Care Blog a very Happy New Year.

The new year is a great time to take stock of our lives and determine where we want to go in the coming months. If a lawn care business factors into your plans for 2012, we hope you will take a glance at our professionally produced lawn care business program. We belive this is the best program available anywhere for anyone who is already running a lawn care business or who wants to start a new lawn care business.

January is the perfect time to get started with your own lawn care business. Many lawn care contracts are let out for bid in January. Also, residential customers will be getting ansy to have their yards looking nice very soon. Our lawn care business program teaches you practically everything you need to know to start and operate a successful lawn care business.

Again, Happy New Year from everyone at

www.StartALawnCareBusiness.com





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