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.
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. [...]
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.
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.
You've probably noticed if you've been using CLIP that everything in CLIP is based on man-hours. Here's how to use CLIP to pay with Piecework.
Pulling Together With Piecework Part 2 – How CLIP Can Help You Pay Your Lawn Care Employees With Piecework
Last week we introduced you to Piecework, or if you've been around a while, refreshed your memory. This week we're going to talk about how CLIP helps you pay with Piecework. You've probably noticed if you've been using CLIP that everything in CLIP is based on man-hours. You have a [...]
If you're like most landscape companies, especially this year, labor is hard to find. And motivating your employees to do that labor is even harder sometimes. Piecework can help make motivation a non-issue. We wrote a book on piecework and all of this information and a lot more it's in [...]
We've been talking about raising prices on your customers, the importance of job costing, and contracts. So now we're going to get to the next step; how do we actually do the job costing? This is probably the easiest topic, but it's the main thing you will need to determine [...]
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 [...]
CLIP Lawncare And The Shrinking Effects Of H-2B Recently an “old time” customer asked me how CLIP Lawn Care, LLC in Maryland was doing. I responded, “Terrible!”. It has been a tough year and a half. Right before the elections in 2016, Congress neglected to pass the “Returning Worker Exemption [...]
With the season upon us and H2B remaining a swamp, you may be in a position in which you're trying to find good employees. It can be a difficult task, so we wanted to help you out. 4 Steps To Finding Good Employees For Your Lawn Care Company Whether you're ready [...]
Today we're introducing the CLIPitc Affiliate Program. This program is available to everyone and will offer our current customers and those who are close to the green industry a chance to make some extra money by recommending CLIPitc to others. For over 30 years, we've served and worked alongside our customers. [...]
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 [...]
Last year we entered a new stage of our partnership with BluePay and we’re incredibly excited to point out that you may accept ACH payments, via BluePay, from your customers. As you dig into your season, it may be a good time to see how you can automate parts of [...]
This article was written by Ryan Marshall and originally appeared in the Frederick News Post. For Dave Tucker, springtime means money. At least he hopes so. Tucker owns CLIP Lawn Care, a local lawn care and landscaping company, and when spring comes and the grass starts to grow, Tucker needs [...]
Delegation is a process. Have you ever been “worn out” from making decisions? Have you ever felt exhausted from having to think about things over and over? The solution is likely, delegation. It is a fact that we can only handle so many decisions in a given time period. After [...]