As your lawn maintenance business grows, you’ll need more lawn maintenance business employees to keep it going. Here’s our quick guide to hiring the right people. Hey Clippers! Dave Tucker here to talk about the ABCs of hiring for your lawn maintenance business. Hiring is a highly personal process, and [...]
About Dave TuckerDave Tucker has been in the service IT business since 1987. A self-taught programmer, he created his software and then started helping other companies to systematize their processes and increase profits through the use of technology, information, and networking. Dave is president of CLIP software, with over 14,000 companies using the software. He has written two books: "Lawn Maintenance and the Beautiful Business" and "Piecework and the Beautiful Business."
With a creative problem-solving mindset, you can overcome any obstacle to growing your lawn maintenance business. Hey Clippers! Dave Tucker here to talk about thinking outside the box. When you’re running a small business, you’re bound to encounter a few hiccups. And you’ll sometimes need a creative mindset and a [...]
Lawn maintenance business equipment is a mainstay of what you do each day. So, let's talk shop (and shopping). Hey Clippers! Dave Tucker here again to talk about the beautiful business. This time of year, you're likely to be noticing that some of your machinery and tools are looking a [...]
Strong systems, organized records, and documentation can help keep your lawn maintenance business running smoothly. Today we’re talking about estimates, agreements, and contracts, as well as the importance of trust. Hey Clippers! Dave Tucker here with a little Paperwork 101. We’re going to talk about the purposes and differences between [...]
You can execute a simple, effective marketing plan for your lawn maintenance business without a fancy business degree. Hey Clippers! Dave Tucker here to demystify the world of marketing. There’s a lot of high-brow terminology out there about marketing and sales, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. What is [...]
You need a solid lawn maintenance season plan to ensure a profitable year. Hey Clippers! Dave Tucker here, and today we’re talking about timing and planning. The beautiful business is ruled by the four seasons, so it’s important to take weather changes into consideration when you’re making plans. Marketing seasons [...]
Starting a lawn maintenance business involves some nitty-gritty details. Hey, Clippers! Dave Tucker here. Today we’re going to go over some of the serious stuff - the important legal steps you need to take to protect your beautiful business. This may not be the most exciting material we cover in [...]
Lawn maintenance residual income is an excellent source for financial security. Hey Clippers! We’re talking money today here on CLIP.com. And I've got a question at the end, so stay with me here! You may have heard the term “residual income” before. Depending on who you ask, it’s also called [...]
Hey, clippers! Dave Tucker here with the next installment of our CLIP startup series. Today I want to talk about a few reasons why you should choose lawn maintenance for your business. And I’d like to start with a story. My nephew, James, was eleven years old when [...]
There were two landscapers in the town of Work Opportunity. They were Fred Grows and Joe Smart and they had each built a sizable Landscaping company. The gross sales for each company were right at $1,000,000. That means that they were in the upper 3% of all landscape companies in [...]
Hello, Clippers! Dave Tucker here again. As promised, we’re kicking off the CLIP.com series on starting your own successful lawn maintenance business. As you may recall from last week’s article, my family is my top priority. Back in 1986, I wanted to earn a little extra money to support them, [...]
Hello, Clippers! Dave Tucker here. When I first started mowing lawns for my brother-in-law in 1986, I did it because I had a family to feed and bills to pay. But it wasn’t long before I saw the opportunity that exists in the lawn maintenance industry. I worked hard and [...]
Can My Lawn Care Company Hire Workers With H-2B Visas? (Three Steps to Hire H-2B Workers During the Shortage)
If you're unfamiliar with H-2B labor, it's a visa that you can get to bring in foreign workers to do seasonal temporary work that American workers don't want to do.
You've probably heard quite a lot about this on the news, especially since we're coming off of the holiday season. However, for this industry, our busiest time is coming soon.
Let's talk about using GPS trackers in your lawn care business. The Hard Sell on GPS devices You've seen the ads. You've likely had an encounter with the pushy salesperson. They probably hit you with the hard sell, too. "Just think! You can hide it out of sight, they'll never [...]
I know that even though it's March, a lot of you still have snow, and it's probably starting to feel like Spring will never come. However, you should view the snow as a blessing, because you'll have a little extra time to get your records in order and manage the [...]
It's almost springtime and that means you're going to be doing spring cleanups soon. That's a good thing because usually they're very profitable. In fact I know a couple of companies that all they do is spring and fall cleanups and they don't mow grass. We've been talking about piecework [...]
Delegation. I often joke with people that my spiritual gift is delegation. I like to tell people what to do and give them the power to do it. Delegation is an essential thing because unless you want to continue to do what you're doing and be involved in every different [...]
At the beginning of the partnership, take a moment to step back and think logically. Ask your partner what you’ll need to do if you decide to undo this partnership. Decide who will owe money, who they’ll owe the money to, and how much they’ll owe so that you can dissolve the partnership.
How can you tell when an employee has maxed out? Learning your employees' limits I thought a lot about this many years ago, and this little scenario came to mind. Let's say I hire a brand new employee into my company. I go to them and ask them to go [...]
No matter what, you should always be thinking about your exit strategy.