Am I stupid trying to get my lawn care business started with just this?

As important as having a business plan is early on, it’s even more important to get started. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, you can over think things. Over analyze. Start to question your abilities or the abilities of your equipment and then fail to act. Doing so becomes counter productive as it is very easy to find yourself in a loop where you keep thinking next year will be a better time to start. Or next year I will finally have that piece of equipment I need to start.

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Dealing with grass clumps on bi-weekly customers.

There are lawn care customer that will call you when they feel their grass needs mowing, in order to save a few dollars. If you take such customers on, you will probably find these lawns require a lot more of your time and end up looking bad when you are finished with them, no matter what you do. In this discussion, from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who is dealing with a customer complaining about grass clumps left on their lawn. What should you do about this if it happens to you?

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Leaf cleanup services. Mulching or removal?

There are a whole bunch of leaf removal services you can offer as we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. The one(s) you choose really come down to what kind of equipment you have. Different equipment opens you up to offer different services. Some are easier and more profitable than others.

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My first lawn care customer is the worst one!

Any lawn care customer you can get initially feels like a gift. Regardless of how badly you bid their property, you feel like no matter what, you have taken a positive step. Sometimes though, those early customers end up being your worst customers for many reasons as we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. With a little insight, you might be able to avoid this problem.

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How did my first year in the lawn care business go?

Have you made it through your first year running your lawn care business? If so, how do you feel you did? That is what one entrepreneur was wondering when he asked for advice on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Interestingly enough, it wasn’t the job he was doing, or the amount of customer he attracted that was the problem. It appeared the way he was categorizing his employee was a matter he needed to investigate further before he found himself in trouble with the IRS.

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Is your lawn care business growing too fast?

It’s every new lawn care business owner’s dream to have all the growth they could ever want and then some. If a little is good then more is better right? Well that is not the case as we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. There is a healthy growth range you can shoot for that should allow you to expand but not so much that you lose control of that beast your business can become..

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Worrying about cutting my lawn care crew loose.

It is the dream of most every lawn care business owner to one day reach the point where they are having their own lawn care employees service properties to free up time so the owner can focus on building the business. This is not an easy step as we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. With a little planning and foresight the transition process can go fairly smooth.

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Getting back at a former employer.

We all have crazy situations we find ourselves in from time to time. Here is a great example of that from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum where one member discusses how he wants to take his revenge on a former employer by stealing his accounts. Should you ever do this? Should it ever be done? Let’s take a look into this further to see what happened.

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Being friendly to gain more lawn care customers.

This is one of those business lessons you might not pick up on without paying close attention to nuances. If you think running a successful lawn care business is just about mowing straight lines, you are a long way off. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we look into the importance of being friendly to customers, neighbors, and the community at large. Being friendly can lead to a lot of work. While being rude can lead to the destruction of your company.

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Why should you bag grass clippings?

Some lawn care customers can be real picky about what they want. That can translate into more work for you. If you find yourself spending a lot of time bagging grass clippings, take a moment and think why you are doing it. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear the reasons why some landscapers bag grass clippings.

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The importance of lawn care customer service.

It’s one thing to provide lawn care services but it is quite another to do that AND provide quality customer support. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, there are a lot of business ideals out there. Anyone can preach ideals. You should do this, you should do that. But it is not until you get into the trenches that you start to come upon realities you didn’t previously consider. Once you are there, ideally you should figure out how to make things work or you are going to end up hating what you do.

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Thinking of offering a free landscape project to promote my business.

When it comes to promoting your lawn care business, you can either spend your time or your money. When you are limited on time, you can spend money to get your marketing message out. When you are limited on money, you can spend your time. If you choose to do this as we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, you need to make sure you are getting enough out of it to justify the time spent.

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I started my lawn care business, now what?

We tend to make this idea in our heads that starting a business is this huge deal. Like it is some mammoth effort. Then we go through the handful of steps to become a legitimate business and the next thing that happens is nothing. No phones start to miraculously ring because we opened up shop. That is when the entrepreneur has to take a moment and get to work on the hard part, acquiring customers. Let’s take a look at this topic more in depth from a discussion we had on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum.

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Should you bid a lawn care job lower to get other work?

Have you ever been called to submit a lawn care bid on a property where the property owner promised more work later if the initial bid was low? This temptation can be used as an inducement to gain a lower bid. Once that bid is secured, the property owner can then put out for bid other work to get the lowest possible bid on that, using the same technique. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, you have to be careful with the way you estimate your jobs and you need to bid them to be profitable regardless of any future unseen promises.

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Should I take on a 16″ tall lawn mowing job?

It’s tough to turn away lawn care work when you are looking to grow your mowing business. Sometimes jobs will come along that are just too big or require larger equipment that you don’t have. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we look at what you should do when presented with a job that requires you to mow down real tall grass. How to perform the job and what you should bill for it.

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What’s better, 4 cycle or 2 cycle line trimmers?

With the different variations of line trimmers available on the market, what type is best for you? Should you go with a cheaper model or a more expensive one? Did you know that the cheaper models tend to be much more difficult to service as they are designed to be used until they break down and then thrown away? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we look into the benefits and downsides of using a 2 stroke line trimmer versus a 4 stroke line trimmer and consider which would be best for your needs.

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Should I start a lawn mower shop as a second venture?

It can be really frustrating taking a broken lawn mower to your local mower repair shop, only to have them not get it fixed for weeks because they are swamped with work. Such situations might actually get you to think about starting your own lawn mower repair shop. But should you do it? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from someone who has done it and they give us the pros and cons of going that route.

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Learning the lawn care business as you go.

Should you start a lawn care business before you have studied all there is to know about the business? Or can you get started with no experience and still find success? That is a question which was brought up on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. As we will see from this discussion below, sometimes you just don’t have time to learn anywhere else but on the job and that will have to do.

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Low Ballers, Part Timers, And Self Employed Landscapers.

When it comes to the lawn care industry, what makes a low baller? What is so bad about part timers? What about solo operators? Why does there seem to be so much said by the larger mowing companies about the smaller ones? That was the topic, from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, that we focused on in this discussion. Here are some of the opinions expressed on this topic.

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That 5 evil letter word ‘Taxes’.

To become a successful entrepreneur, there is so much you need to learn about. Financial planning and taxes is an important part of it. Some new business owners tend to feel they need to spend everything they make by then end of the year to build there business while others feel it is important right from the start to save. Here is a great discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum on which method is more important and how your taxes are effected by that decision.

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Should my next mower be a walk behind or a rider

There are what seems to be an infinite amount of lawn mowers available on the market today. If you are looking to upgrade your current mower to a larger model, don’t just feel you need to scale up to the biggest available. The right mower, as we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, depends a lot on what you are trying to mow. If you get too big of a mower and only have small properties to mow, you will have troubles. The same if you get too small of a mower for a large property. So which is right for you? Let’s look into this further.

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Gas station lawn care bid help.

You have to fuel up your trucks and equipment multiple times throughout the week. While you are at the gas station, have you ever inquired to find out when they accept bids for caring for their property? It wouldn’t hurt to ask. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who was asked to bid on a lawn care job at his local gas station and we see how he came up with his pricing.

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Paying a lawn care employee per yard?

There are all sorts of methods you can use to figure out how to pay a lawn care employee. You might pay them by the hour, which is probably the most used method. You can pay them a % of what you make on a job. You can pay them per job. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we look at that last method in a little more detail. If you decide to pay an employee per job, you may want to consider some of these pros and cons.

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Is my lawn care business plan practical?

Having goals to shoot for in your first year of business can really be helpful. In fact, the more preparation and planning you do, the better your chances are for success. Without goals to strive for, we all have a tendency not to push ourselves to get to where we want to be. Here is a great discussion on start up goals from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. In it, we hear from a new entrepreneur and what he plans to achieve in his first year and if others think it is practical.

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I want to start a lawn care business but I only have a car.

What to do when you are interested in starting your own lawn care business but you are driving around in a car with no money to buy a truck any time in the near future. If you think you have no options though, think again. Here are a couple great ideas, from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, on how you can harness the power of your car to become part of your mowing business.

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Dealing with lawn care employee competition.

As your lawn care business grows, you will invariably take on employees. Along with employees comes new challenges that you will need to manage. There are a lot of issues you won’t see coming until they happen, but there are others you can try and nip in the bud to avoid the issue in the first place. Here is one example of that from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum on how you should handle an employee who wants to take on their own clients.

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Lawn care business start up strategy, lowballing vs giving it time..

The desire to beat your competitors on price is the greatest when you are just getting started because you really have no other variables to play with. Your skills early on won’t be that good so it is difficult to compete on skill level. It is also difficult to offer a variety of services because more than likely, you don’t know how to perform them. But before you get yourself set on a race to the cheapest price for mowing, consider these lessons from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum.

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How to trim overgrown Daylilies?

If you ever get a phone call from a customer asking you to trim some of their landscaping, it is important to do a little research on the type of plant before you just go ahead and break out your hedge trimmers. Sometimes there is a better way to handle things than by simply hacking something back. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we get a chance to learn about the best way to deal with overgrown Daylilies.

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Lessons learned from an underbid large shrub trimming job.

When trying to learn how to properly estimate hedge trimming jobs, it is quite useful to review what others have done. How they bid on different hedge trimming jobs. What they charged and how much time the job took. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum we hear some great insight on lessons learned after working on a large overgrown hedge trimming job. These lessons should help you improve your estimating in the future.

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Bidding a flower bed weeding job.

When you are used to bidding lawn mowing jobs, you can find yourself caught off guard when a customer asks you for a bid to perform another service. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one contractor who way underbid his mulch bed weeding job and ultimately spend double the time he initially thought it would take him. After reading through this, you will see the importance of realistically bidding such jobs so you don’t find yourself in a bad spot.

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