Every job you perform as a landscaper helps you improve your knowledge base and skill set that you can apply to future jobs. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one member talks about his latest mulch job. As we will see, smaller areas can be misleading when it comes to estimating mulch bed installs, especially when there are a lot of obstacles in your way. Compare the amount of time it took him to perform the job to what it takes you on current or upcoming jobs.
Getting your landscape truck and trailer done up with some cool vinyl graphics can cost a bit of money and it tends to be lower on the list of things to do for new business owner. It’s not that most business owner don’t want the nice looking artwork to promote themselves, it’s that they don’t know if it will be worth the money and bring them mowing customers. Well in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who went ahead and got the graphics designed and installed. The response he got from new customers seemed to really make it worth his while.
Most new lawn care business owners can’t tell what a properly sharpened mowing blade looks like. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we learn that if you can’t tell what a blade is supposed to look like sharpened, you will never be able to properly sharpen your blades. Here we see some examples of how not to sharpen blades and how you can’t blindly rely on your local mower dealer to sharpen blades properly for you.
Your lawn care employee’s personal habits can have an effect on your bottom line. You may let some things slide if you feel they do good work, but should you? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who wants to know if he should allow his employees to smoke while working? Other owners share their experiences and really make him think about his employee policies.
Sometimes it can take one small event to really mess up your business. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who was gone from his house for a short appointment only to return to find his landscape trailers and equipment stolen. This story should give us all pause to think about how quickly a theft can happen and how devastating it can be. Also, it opens your eyes as to what you need to do to prevent it and protect yourself.
If you are looking for a way to improve your sales presentation to a new potential lawn care customer and would also like to add a new service, why not consider soil testing? There are different levels of complexity you can perform with your soil tests that can really help you find out what a lawn needs to look lush. But should you charge for this service or should it be a free add on? That is what one member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum was interested in knowing more about.
Many variables can effect the desire of a customer to have their lawn mowed. The economy, the weather, their attitude and yours. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one frustrated business owner trying to figure out why his customers are wanting their lawn mowed only on demand when they need it versus being on a schedule. What can he do about it he wonders? Why won’t customers sign contracts and would that even help? Other business owners offer advice.
There are a few different types of mower sulkies out there. They come in handy when you have a walk behind mower and larger properties to mow. You can attach them to the back of your lawn mower and have the mower pull you around the property. Different variations in the designs can cause different side effects though. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, you need to pay attention when buying to make sure you get one that is best for you.
Some mowing customers you will never see. You will show up, mow their property and at the end of the month collect your money like clock work. Others will watch you through their window and complain about everything, including the price. Then, there are customers who promise you the world. They will tell you that they can get you all sorts of customers, if you give them a discount on their property. How do you handle such mowing customers? That is what one entrepreneur was wondering when he talked about his current issue in the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum and heard a few pieces of advice on how to handle such clients.
We all dream that some lawn care marketing message we send out is going to be the golden ticket to more mowing accounts. More often than not, it seems not to happen. But ever once in a while, it does. Then what do you do when you are flooded with 150 new mowing accounts? That’s just what happened to this entrepreneur from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Read on to see what he did to handle it.
If you find yourself being asked to bid a rototilling job on a garden bed and don’t know where to start when it comes to pricing, consider this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. In it, one entrepreneur talks about what he bid the tilling job at and how he came up with the price.
Estimates to install mulch in beds can vary quite a bit depending on multiple factors. In this discussion, from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we get to hear from a few different business owners in different stages of growth and hear how they price jobs and how to deal with the cutthroat nature of estimating such jobs.
If you have never dealt with higher end lawn care customers, they are different than your average mowing customers. They demand more from you but they can pay a lot more and make it worth your while. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from some entrepreneurs about how they target higher end customers and how they benefit from doing so.
It can be so frustrating early on with your business when you are ready to work and work hard, but your phones aren’t ringing. What can you do to make the phones ring? How can you attract new business? That is what one entrepreneur wanted to know on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum when he asked to hear from some pros as to what works and what they thought he was doing wrong.
Each geographic area has a uniqueness to it. Whether it be a certain type of property, customer, or marketing method that works best in that area. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one entrepreneur wonders the best way to get mowing customers in a southern state. Which kinds of customers he should go after first and how he should reach out to them. These tips should help you get a foothold if you are new to the mowing business.
If you think the only way to get more mowing customers is to spend a lot of money on your marketing or spend a lot of time getting the word out about your business, you are in for a surprise. An entrepreneur, from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, shared with us his low cost trick on how he gains more customers while out mowing lawns.
Small lawn care companies, at times, may come upon large bidding opportunities through social connections they have or have made. Such opportunities can be a blessing or a curse. If you improperly bid the jobs, you could lose money on them and end up paying to work. If you bid too high, you risk losing the work to another competitor who knows their numbers and can bid the job accurately. That is the situation one entrepreneur who asked for advice on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, finds himself in. He needed to know the best way to go about bidding these jobs.
This presidential election has brought out a lot of interest from the public. More people are paying attention to the debates than ever before. This led one entrepreneur to wonder if the patriotic surge going on around the elections could be used to help sell more lawn care services. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, he asks if his marketing idea would be worthwhile to try. Maybe this idea or a variation of it could help you gain more lawn care customers too.
There are a few things most new lawn care business owners do when they get started that really negatively impact their bottom line. The first thing they do is they underestimate the amount of time they will need to complete a job and follow up by underestimating the amount of money they need to charge the customer to make the job profitable. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear some initial start up problems one new business owner ran into, and how to resolve them in the future.
Lawn care customers come in all shapes, sizes, and moods. Some will be pleasant while others will keep an eye on you out their window while you service their property. Then when they see something wrong, they will run outside and jump all over you for it. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from a few business owners who have had run ins with moody lawn care customers, and how they deal with them.
Imagine this scenario. You meet with a new landscape customer. You talk with that customer and listen to the job they want you to perform. You spend your time and money to complete the job. Then you process the payment through a credit card transaction. You think the money is now safely in your account. Then out of no where, you get an email saying the customer has filed a charge back. What do you do now? That is what happened to one member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum and he shared with us his story on how it played out.
Depending on how you operate your mowing business, you can run into a lot of troubles trying to collect money from customers once your services are performed. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from entrepreneurs on the various methods they use to ensure they are paid for services rendered. Maybe one of their methods could be implemented by your company!
It’s not an easy step to take going from simply lawn mowing to providing landscaping services. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from multiple business owners on how they handle the difficulty of scheduling landscaping jobs around their weekly mowing customers. With the right time management strategy, you can set yourself up for future growth.
It can be a very unsettling feeling to find yourself mid mowing season without a full mowing schedule. In a blink of an eye, fall will be here and then winter. If you don’t maximize your mowing time when the grass is still growing, you could find yourself in a bad spot during the slower times of the year. So what is a landscaper to do? How does one find lawn care customers mid season? That is the topic from this Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum discussion. Continue reading to pick up a few tips and tricks from the pros on how they fill up their schedule.
Some lawn care customers you just can’t ever please. For what ever reason, some people will come up with the most insane requests. Maybe they do it just to see how far they can push you. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who was dealing with a customer that owned 6 dogs. When ever you find yourself in a crazy situation, remember back to this story and keep in mind that sometimes it is just better to cut your losses and run.
Have you ever tried to perform a fall leaf cleanup service on a property with a lot of oak trees? With a leaf blower, you will probably only be able to clear out all the leaves and then you may find yourself still having to deal with acorns, twigs and branches. A member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum wanted to hear from some of the veterans, what they did to improve efficiency when it came to yard clean ups. Continue to read to hear some of their tips.
A good way to improve your chances of success in business early on is to explore different avenues and see which one is the most profitable. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who is trying to find out ways to utilize the equipment he has, to make a profit, even when he is not out mowing lawns.
Most new lawn care businesses start up with very little money and with no money in reserve. This opens the door to financial troubles when you begin to run into the standard problems of equipment breaking down, or not being able to find enough customers, or not having enough money set aside to get you through the slow months. So what does a new entrepreneur tend to do when they have these problems? They go into debt. To get you thinking more about debt or using credit cards, here are some talks, from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, on the downside of taking that path.
Good lawn care employees can be so difficult to find. So if you are in a situation where you are going through employee after employee, don’t feel like you are alone. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from some entrepreneurs who are all experiencing problems getting staff to show up and when they show up, getting them to actually do the work that is needed.
It doesn’t take the average start up lawn care business to figure out how much to charge to mow the average size lawn in their area. Once you start to branch out and begin to offer landscape services, properly estimating times and fees can become more difficult to do. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one business owner who took on a hedge removal job that took too long and he wasn’t prepared with the proper tools to do it.