The offseason is the perfect time to evaluate what you did last year and plan for the next year. For CLIP Lawn care that means calculating our costs per man hour for the previous year, and forecasting your hourly costs for next year. As you grow you need something to […]
The end goal for any company isn't just to become profitable, it's staying profitable.
There are many areas where a company can reduce overhead and increase profit. For example, hiring employees with H-2B Visas can maximize the work while minimizing expenditures. If you go that route, it's crucial to know the proper process for applying to get workers with H-2B Visas.
With CLIP software, we take the hard part out. For instance, you can track employee efficiency on each individual assignment. When you've got more efficient employees on larger assignments, you're reducing the wear and tear of your equipment. We also help you get to each job quicker, so you're spending less on travel expenses.
It's also important to know when to raise and lower your prices, as well as whether it's beneficial for your company to allow ACH payments.
Not only will these business tips help you in becoming profitable, they also help ensure your company stays profitable.
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 […]
What sort of winter work do you typically do to get you through those cold months? Are you afraid of losing good employees? Maybe you’re just scared of cabin fever. Either way, these tips will hopefully give you some ideas of what you can do during the long winter months. […]
No matter what, you should always be thinking about your exit strategy.
Considering the pros and cons of surcharges; yes, you make more money, especially with something like fuel. It’s obvious, it’s public, people drive past the gas station, and they see the price. It’s an understandable expense that you could probably get away with adding to a bill.
On the other hand, creating customer loyalty can’t be undervalued. Creating a nice, even, and boring business has a lot to be said for it.
Which lawn service customers should I raise prices for? A Tale Of Two Customers Let’s say you have a customer called Maryland Institute for Education. They’re a bit of a commercial customer. When you do the job costing report in CLIP, you find out that you’re making$65 per man, per […]
We’re just about ready to get into winter time. Now is the time when most people sit down and say “Hmm, I should have made more money last year and I didn’t.” One way to make more money is to raise your lawn service prices, right? If everybody pays more, boom, […]
You operate in the same neighborhoods all the time, sometimes weekly, and that makes them the best place to market your lawn care business locally. That’s a ton of time your crews spend in a specific area, making impressions on neighbors and customers alike. Also, if you can attract more […]
The lifeblood of a small business is word of mouth. These days, word of mouth doesn’t just extend to the folks you interact with personally, it’s also your extended reach on social media. If a customer wants to figure out what local business to use for their lawn care needs, […]
We’ve talked a bit about how to get your social media on point around here. I’ve compiled this list of resources to help you create imagery that will engage people, and because I understand not everyone is a designer, they’re listed in order of difficulty of use. 5 Ways To […]
People tend to spend months, maybe years, planning to start their business, but hardly any time at all on is their lawn care company ready to sell. Being born in 1960 places me close to 60 years old. At this point, I know that I will not be able to […]
If you haven’t set up a Facebook page for your lawn care business, you may be missing out on opportunities to connect with your customers and get more business. I’ve said it before on this site, According to Pew Research, 69% of online adult Americans use social networking sites, and […]
Video allows you to be dynamic and engaging and is one of the best ways to showcase the personality and quality of your business. Also, video these days doesn’t have to cost money, so even on a flat budget, you can make a Facebook video for your lawn care business. […]
How To Determine Which Customers To Raise Lawn Care Prices For Last month we talked about how raising lawn care prices can actually hurt your bottom line by causing your customers to get new bids which leaves you possibly losing your most profitable properties and keeping the worst ones. You might […]
Instagram Stories came along last August and what seemed initially like Instagram trying to copy SnapChat has quickly become one of the most popular new social media tools to drop in the past few years. Stories can be a massive boon to your lawn care business. What better way to […]
Most consultants and lawn care business blogs will tell you to raise lawn care prices every year. It makes sense on paper, if I raise my prices by 5%, I should get 5% more revenue, and since my costs don’t change, I should be able to see 5% more on […]
Snow plowing tends to be feast or famine — it might be 60 degrees on New Years Day one year, and you might have 2 feet of snow the next year. How can you still make money while maintaining all that expensive snow removal equipment? We recommend doing what the ski resorts do […]
McDonald’s, Starbucks, and other franchises can have locations all over the world and offer a similar experience no matter which one you visit. They’re able to do this because they have systems in place that can be used by the average person when they’re hired.
Do you know which customers make you the most revenue? When you know who your most profitable customers are, you can make your other customers profitable as well. This post is the third post in our series “4 Secrets To Extreme Profit”. You can go back and check out “The Perfect […]
Who is your perfect customer? It’s the offseason, and that can be the perfect time to take a step back and reevaluate your business. Dave Tucker has been in the Green Industry for decades and seen lawn companies of all shapes and sizes thrive and fail. In his research of […]