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Should You Provide Employees in the Field a Mobile Device?

Filed in Operations, Technology by on August 27, 2014 0 Comments
Should You Provide Employees in the Field a Mobile Device?

  Video Transcript The question is… is it cost effective to give all of my crews and technicians a mobile device in the field? There’s a lot of software solutions that now use mobile devices. My opinion is from two sides, one is because I own Service Autopilot and then also, because of CitiTurf. I […]

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Do I Have to Pay My Employees for Travel Time?

Filed in Money, People by on August 11, 2014 0 Comments
Do I Have to Pay My Employees for Travel Time?

This question’s from Kenny. “When I pay hourly employees, do I have to pay for travel time?” “When I pay my employees by the hour, should I be paying them for their travel time between jobs?  Do I need to pay them for the ride time between jobs? Exactly what should be included when I’m paying them […]

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I Run a Two Man Crew, Should I Hire Someone to Replace Me?

Filed in Business, Operations, People by on August 8, 2014 0 Comments
I Run a Two Man Crew, Should I Hire Someone to Replace Me?

The question is, “This will be my 3rd season in business. I run a two man crew. I’m wondering if I need to step away to sell and market and hire someone to replace me?” Absolutely. Yes. With that question, there is no other reason in my mind to be in business but to give […]

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Door to Door Sales: Should I Pay Commissions

Filed in Business, Marketing, People by on August 5, 2014 0 Comments
Door to Door Sales: Should I Pay Commissions

 Learn The Basics of Door To Door Sales… The question is, should I pay door knockers by the hour, or by commission? There’s only one answer for this, by commission. There’s no scenario, where I would ever pay by the hour for door knocking. Now, if I had some available employees that were already on […]

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Explained: Multiple Overhead Recovery

Filed in Business, Money by on July 28, 2014 1 Comment
Explained: Multiple Overhead Recovery

  Multiple overhead recovery is just one of many different methods of overhead recovery in the lawn care industry. One of the very popular and common methods is MORS, which is Multiple Overhead Recovery. There’s also dual overhead recovery and single overhead recovery. But, in talking to contractors, what we find is that a tremendous […]

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Variable Costs vs Direct Costs vs Fixed Costs

Filed in Business, Money, Operations by on July 25, 2014 0 Comments
Variable Costs vs Direct Costs vs Fixed Costs

Learn the difference between variable costs (direct costs) and fixed costs in your lawn care & landscape business. A lot of times if you do a Google search, or if you went to college and you studied accounting, a lot of the examples are based on manufacturing. They’re manufacturing examples or they’re the production of […]

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What is Fixed Overhead?

Filed in Business, Money by on July 22, 2014 1 Comment
What is Fixed Overhead?

  In your lawn care business you’ll have two types of overhead.  You’ll have fixed overhead and variable overhead.  I have a separate video that explains variable overhead. Fixed costs make up fixed overhead.  An example of fixed cost would be rent, insurance, admin salaries, office expense, depreciation, utilities, and the cost of your estimators. […]

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Labor Burden Explained

Filed in Business, Money by on July 17, 2014 1 Comment
Labor Burden Explained

Labor Burden is a common financial term you will hear in the lawn care and landscape industry. I’m going to explain it, but for a more in-depth explanation, I’d recommend doing a Google search or buying a book or two from an industry expert in accounting. Labor burden is the expense that you incur over and […]

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How To Calculate Fixed Overhead as a Per Man Hour Number

Filed in Business, Money, Operations, People by on July 12, 2014 0 Comments
How To Calculate Fixed Overhead as a Per Man Hour Number

  WARNING: I am not proposing this is the best way to calculate fixed overhead. Very few companies think about and figure out their overhead costs. If you have never thought about your overhead costs and how they effect your business, I propose you start somewhere. This is the easiest way to start. The bigger […]

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Why You Never Make Money in Your Lawn & Landscape Business

Filed in Business, Money by on July 8, 2014 1 Comment
Why You Never Make Money in Your Lawn & Landscape Business

Do you feel like you don’t make enough money in your lawn care & landscape business? Are you frustrated?  Not getting ahead? Watch this video to learn exactly why this is happening and how to finally make money in your lawn care business.   In your lawn care business, do you feel like you don’t […]

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