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What if I Don’t Want to Build a Big Lawn Maintenance Business?

Filed in Business, Money by on September 18, 2014 0 Comments
What if I Don’t Want to Build a Big Lawn Maintenance Business?

  This question is an excellent one.  It is from someone that doesn’t want to build a big business because they don’t want to have a bunch of employees and they don’t want to do all the work that it takes to build that type of company.  I do tend to talk about that because […]

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Should I Buy a Lawn Care Business or Start From Scratch?

Filed in Business, Marketing, Money by on September 8, 2014 0 Comments
Should I Buy a Lawn Care Business or Start From Scratch?

Buy a Lawn Care Business or Start a Lawn Care Business — which is better? My answer to this question applies to those of you that are just getting started and those of you with an existing business and are trying to grow faster.  I see a lot of existing businesses that buy businesses to […]

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Can I Build a Part Time Lawn Business While Working Full Time?

Filed in Business by on September 4, 2014 0 Comments
Can I Build a Part Time Lawn Business While Working Full Time?

    “Is it possible to maintain a full-time job and start a lawn care business on the side?” The answer is a simple yes. There’s absolutely no reason why you can’t do this. A couple of things to consider. There are all types of different services you could offer that all pay different rates. […]

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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?

  The question is, is it cost effective to give all of my crews and technicians a mobile device in the field? There are a lot of software solutions that now use mobile devices. I have two perspectives on this…one from owning Service Autopilot and then also, because of CitiTurf. Between the two experiences that […]

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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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