Ways To Make Quick Money Launching...

A Lawn Care "Fast Cash" Business

The Venture Step-by-Step

Making The Moola

  • Pricing

  • It isn't that difficult to come up with a basic pricing scheme for your lawn care service.the right price You really just need to consider three factors when figuring the price to charge for a lawn mowing:

    1. Cost Of Service

    2. Add up all your costs. Knowing how much you spend to mow a lawn gives you an understanding of the least amount you should charge to cover your most basic expenses in your area.

      How much are you spending in gasoline? How much are you spending on spool for your trimmer? How much on oil? How much on supplies? How much on repairs? How much are you spending on marketing? How much on insurance?

      These are lawn care expenses you need to consider when evaluating your cost for mowing a lawn.

    3. Desired Hourly Rate

    4. How much would you like to earn for the amount of effort and time that you spend caring for a lawn? Do you want to earn $20 an hour, $35, $50?

      Ultimately, your decision on the amount that you'd like to earn depends on your perception of what you think your labor is worth. This perception you must validate with your clients.

    5. How Much Your Client Will Pay For Lawn Care

    6. As with any business, your client has the final say on pricing, though you have the final word on what you'll do for that price. You're giving away what you value less (labor) for what you value more (money), while the clients are giving away what they value less (money) for what they value more (a lush, clean lawn that someone else can mow for them).

      As you grow more familiar with your client base and the market, you'll be able to judge better how much your clients are willing to pay for certain types of lawn care services that you can do for them.

      For beginners, the best method for gauging the amount a client is willing to pay for lawn care is by using your competitor's pricing as a bench mark. But become distinct from your competition so that you can charge different pricing by selling services they do not sell.

    Put these three factors together to figure a pricing scheme for your business.

      Example: You find out that it costs you $5 to mow a lawn, and it takes you on average 30 minutes to complete the work.

      You want to earn $60 an hour for your time, which means you should earn at least $30 for the 30 minutes that you spend working.

      Add together your costs of $5 for the mow, and $30 for your time, and you're looking at a base price of $35 for a lawn mow.

      Let's say that your local lawn care competitors are charging on average $40 for a mow. You now have a $5 margin to play with to compete on price. But if your client finds your services far more valuable than your competitor's services, then it'd be a waste not to charge more than your competitor to deliver your services.


      Set a minimum price for any lawn care job. Check out what your competition is charging as a minimum price. Normally lawn mowing services charge $25 - $35 minimum service fee. Remember that it takes work to pull out your equipment, assemble it, then disassemble and put it back.

    Lawn Care Price Calculator

    Here's a simple calculator to help with establishing a price for a lawn mow:

    Getting Paid

    Starting out you'll want to be paid primarily in cash. Just let your clients know that you only accept cash payment for now.

    You may have clients who would rather have the convenience of paying you by check than with cash.

    Just understand that if you get paid by check and you don't have a business checking account, you will have to ask the client to write the check out to you rather than your business.

    It's also preferable not to risk a bounced check.

    Open an AlertPay account with your business email address for clients who would rather not pay with cash.

    You could offer to have them pay you through AlertPay with their credit card. AlertPay is a competitor of PayPal. (See Why I don't recommend using PayPal).

    Invoicing a client after completing work can lead to delays in payment. So using a service like AlertPay with clients who you trust means that they will receive your invoice electronically.

    AlertPay will allow you to send invoices via email to your clients with a "Payment" button which they can click to make payment automatically to your AlertPay account.

    There are fees associated with accepting credit card payment, but these fees are well worth it. You give your reliable clients a far easier and smoother form of payment than asking for cash payment only on the spot every time you show up. It also demonstrates that you are a serious business person.

    In order to send invoices, you will need to open the Personal Pro account - it's free.

    You can easily transfer money from your AlertPay account to your personal bank account at any time. But in order to do this without limitations, you must become verified with AlertPay.

    There are three simple verifications. You only need to complete 2 out of the 3 to verify your account:

    • Credit Card Verification
    • Bank Account Verification
    • Phone Text Verification

    Being unverified doesn't disallow you from receiving funds to your account, but certain limitations may be imposed at any time by AlertPay if you aren't verified

  • How Much Can You Make Mowing Lawns?

  • It's impossible to come up with an exact figure for how much you can make in lawn care. There are many variables to consider that have an impact on your profitability. How seriously you take on running your lawn care business will also affect the outcome of your work.

    But let me say this. There is definitely money to be made in the lawn care industry. Check out this detailed post written by a tenured lawn care business owner discussing how much a successful lawn care business can make.

    If you'd like to read through the thread discussing how much can be earned in a lawn care business, then check it out here. The thread is 14 pages long. I recommend reading from page 10, that's when the thread becomes more serious.

  • Track Your Finances

  • Use Outright free online accounting software to track your business' finances,track finances unless you want to start with the granddaddy of all small business accounting packages Quickbooks by Intuit.

    • Outright is a simple to use software for micro businesses that even estimates your federal tax, which comes in handy when paying taxes.

    • It's all online based, which means you don't need to download any software and store your records on your computer.

    • Your data is stored on a secure server, and you can access it from any computer that has internet access.

    • You can get a 30-day free trial, but after the trial is up you'll be required to pay a monthly fee.

    • Once your business is well established, I recommend going with sturdier accounting software like Quickbooks or Quickbooks Pro.

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