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TAG: operating costs

Cutting fleet and operating costs

March 11, 2020By
Mechanic performing fleet maintenance (Photo: J. Barker Landscaping Co.)

As a smaller company, filling up the trucks before the first job of the day was just part of the routine for Norm Ripper and his crews. But as his company, Helping Hand Lawn Care in Apopka, Fla., began to grow, fueling up a fleet of 25 trucks suddenly became a time-consuming hassle. “I just couldn’t afford to have 40... read more

Editorial Advisory Board: September 2016

September 15, 2016By

What operating cost metric is most important to track to ensure a landscape company’s success? Landscape Professionals Richard Bare Arbor-Nomics Turf Norcross, Ga. “Cost of sales, which includes direct labor and cost of materials. Those are huge variable costs.” Adam Linnemann Linnemann Lawn Care & Landscaping Columbia, Ill. “Tracking your budgeted hours versus actual hours and adjust your bidding accordingly... read more

Lower fuel prices keeping costs in check

December 28, 2015By

Lower fuel prices help companies keep costs under control.  Most is quiet on the expenses front for landscape professionals. Although industry members expect an overall operating cost increase of 11 percent—on par with what they reported for last year—they seem to be at ease thanks to fuel price relief. “I bought gas today for $1.95,” says Steve Biernacki, general manager... read more

Costs report: Not too bad

December 9, 2014By

Operating costs inch up, but landscape professionals don’t have much to complain about. Despite the LM Industry Pulse revealing an 11 percent increase in overall operating costs over last year, contractors interviewed for the report didn’t report many outrageous increases. For Chris Solimini, the most difficult cost to contend with is taxes. “You’re trying to have a legitimate business and... read more