Craigslist has one great benefit for the new start up mowing businesses, it’s free. So with no barrier of entry, the amount of people using it to promote all sorts of things can sky-rocket, depending on your area. So with that said, is it worthwhile for you to post an ad on there? Is there a special way to do it to maximize response? Let’s hear from some members of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum to see what has worked for them.
Have you ever been in a situation where a lawn care customer signed up for a year’s worth of lawn care at a discounted monthly price and then backed out of the agreement half way through the year? Any time you are using annual contracts, this kind of thing can happen. How should you handle such a situation though? As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, if you handle it well, you may get referrals from the customer, but if you handle it poorly, they may bad mouth you.
Can one time lawn mowings turn into regular lawn mowing customers? Sure they can, but it seems that doesn’t happen too often. With that said, should you offer one time lawn mowings? That is what one business owner was interested in knowing when he asked his question on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. As we will see, it seems the newer business owners are for it while the veterans are not. Here is why.
Have you done any marketing lately for your lawn care business? Have you found a unique hook to make your message stand out? This entrepreneur shared with us, on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one method he was using to make his door hangers different from the rest. I hope this discussion and graphic design inspires you to create a better door hanger for your business.
Every lawn mowing business owner has their own way of scheduling their customers, but there are some common methods they tend to share and alter to fit their needs. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, which method you use is based on the amount of customers you have, where your customers are located, and how many days a week you want to work.
Here is something to think about when you are out driving around in your company vehicle. Every action you take on the public roads can be recorded. The good things you do may be forgotten but the bad things can be remembered for a long time and have a negative effect on your business. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, a single small moment behind the wheel of a car can create lasting negative repercussions for your business.
When you are new to business, you tend to be targeted by nonsense scammers trying to harness your energy for their business goals. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one new entrepreneur who was contacted and ask to attend a meeting that supposedly would help him double his business. As you will see, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Every entrepreneur is different. Each person has a different personality, skill set, and temperament. Some are happy go lucky people and have no problem dealing with business slow downs or down time. Others find themselves overwhelmed at times and get into a depressive funk. What should you do though if you find that you are losing your drive and passion for your business? That is what one business owner brought up on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum and was happy to see he wasn’t the only one dealing with such issues.
Have you ever purchased a used landscape trailer in rough condition and wanted to improved the way it looks? If so, how did you do it? That’s what one member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum was wondering when he started this discussion. A good pressure washing and treatment of the wood can really make a big difference both in looks and safety.
It’s not an easy thing to create a logo for your lawn care business. With a logo, you are trying to create a visual icon that encapsulates a mood, your companies technical skill level, how you will interact with a customer, and what they can expect from you. If you make the logo too detailed, it won’t be easy to recreate or remember. If you make your logo too simple, it won’t stand out, so what do you do? That is what one business owner wondered when he asked the members of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, which logo they thought he should use.
If you get your lawn care business started up later in the season, your first obstacle may be accurately bidding leaf removal jobs. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, such jobs can really catch you off guard and require a lot more time than you may initially expect. A second obstacle can end up being not enough lawns to mow, but being called for a leaf removal job can easily be upsold into an annual lawn care contract for the upcoming year. Let’s have a look at some of the lessons learned in a business owner’s first week on the job.
Have you ever run into a situation where you have already provided a fall yard cleanup only to have that same customer call you back a week later asking when you are going to be there to pick up the rest of the leaves? That is what is going on in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Except there is a little twist to it. This entrepreneur had advertised free fall cleanups in the beginning of the year to help gain more customers. Now in the fall, it seems this might have become a little more than he had bargained for.
Do you have a couple of bucks burning a hole in your pocket and are you considering spending that money on a business you found in craiglist? You may want to reconsider that option after reading this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, in which we hear from one entrepreneur who got burned when he bought what he thought was a thriving mowing business.
A new mowing business may find itself having a difficult time getting customers to sign a mowing contract. If that is the case for consider this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Getting customers to sign up when you are new can be tough but there are definite benefits to it. If you don’t have your customers signing a contract with you, there is no paper trail of what you and the customer agreed to, which can lead to problems down the road if the customer stops paying.
There is this myth n the minds of the newbie landscaper that if they come into an area and charge the cheapest price, they will be able to scoop up enough clients that the volume of clients will make up for the cheap price. The reality of it all is that doesn’t work. As we will see here in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, there are better ways to build a business and attract clients.
When you are working on commercial properties or even large residential properties, you may at times be called upon to clear brush out of part of the yard. If you have never done such work before, coming up with a price for the job can be tough. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we get to look at how a large 80 ft x 25 ft area can be cleared of overgrown brush and how much to charge for it.
A business, any business, whether it’s lawn care, window cleaning, house building, or whatever can eat you alive. If you don’t pace yourself, you can spend endless amounts of time chasing that next elusive customer or that next job. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we take a moment and look under the surface on how some new business owners find themselves psychologically tortured by trying to please everyone to grow their company.
Have you ever wished you had a friend in the lawn care industry that would share with you how their fall lawn care marketing plan worked? How many pieces of marketing material they handed out and what kind of jobs resulted from it? Well luckily you have the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum as that friend. Here is a great insider look on how one entrepreneur was able to pick up fall leaf clean ups and also get clients signed up for mowing next year.
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you get called to give an estimate on a lawn care job, then perform the job, only to find out a week or so later when you get your check that the customer didn’t pay the exact amount you bid? What do you do in such situations? That is what this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum talks about. Depending on how you handle the situation could have an impact on any potential future interactions with that customer.
You can learn a lot by listening to your lawn care employees. If you don’t have any yet, here is an entrepreneur who recently quit his job as a landscape laborer and shared with us some of his insights. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one member talked about the biggest errors he found his employers committing. Knowing what they are can keep you from repeating the same problems.
Your first year of business tends to be so full of new experiences and surprises that you don’t have much time for planning. Every step you take forwards is difficult because you don’t have the benefit of years of experience behind you. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who put together a plan to help himself find success. Some of the ideas he shares may help you in the creation of your own plans.
If you thought lawn mowing prices vary, you’d be shocked to see how varied bid prices are for tree removal. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from a group of business owners who all share their thoughts on how much they would charge to remove a 150′ ft pine tree on a commercial lot. Before you read further, think about what you would charge for such a job.
Here is some great insight shared with us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum about the lawn care marketing strategies and responses an entrepreneur found. If there is one lesson to be learned from it, you never know what kind of response you will get until you try, and try, and try again. The more he tried, the more customers he got!
What makes for a great lawn care business logo? Should you keep the design simple or should it be full color and complex? Are there certain design elements you should include and others you should avoid? Once you have a logo created, how best should you use it? That is what one entrepreneur was wondering when he asked his logo question on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum.
Whether you are trying to market your lawn care services, snow removal services, or what ever else, there are a few tips we will learn from this discussion in the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum that will help you. We will also get a chance to look at and review one entrepreneurs post card design that he intends to use in the winter. Hopefully some of these ideas will help you gain more customers.
It is very important to buy mowing equipment that is going to be versatile, especially when you are relatively new to the business. Each dollar you spend on equipment has to be spent wisely as you probably can’t afford to have equipment sitting around that is only used on one or two jobs. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we get some feedback into which kind of mower would be most useful for a landscaper who just landed his first apartment complex mowing bid.
Are you in the market for a new lawn mower? Have you looked at the options available to you and considered getting a stander? Here are some pros and cons members of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum shared with us. After reading through this discussion, you may find yourself better educated on which mower type would be best for you.
Some commercial lawn care customers will play by the agreed upon contract terms you sign while others will feel they can do whatever they want. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we get a little insight into how to deal with a problem commercial mowing customer who either doesn’t pay or is late to pay and then we hear some thoughts on how to handle the situation.
Every lawn care business owner seems to have a different ideal rig setup. Some prefer a single pickup. Others like an enclosed landscape trailer. But how many of you have experimented with using a dually pickup as your main truck? That is what this entrepreneur did and he shared with us his insights on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Some of the lessons he learned may help you with your next purchase.
If you are just getting your business started and a customer either wants bi-weekly lawn mowing or none at all, most will take the bi-weekly job. However as you grow, you are going to want to either transition those customers to weekly lawn service or drop them from your route. As we will see here in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, you just can’t make a living by servicing only by-weekly customers.