Ever sit there and wonder what those larger lawn care businesses know about operations and success that you might not now? Maybe a few small suggestions could really help you take your mowing company to the next level. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who has really found his stride and shares some tips with us on how he did it.
Have you experienced the power of third party website reviews of your business? Have they been good experiences or bad? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we learn about the importance of online reputation management. With a simple technique, you can harness mowing customers to leave you great reviews and also manage the bad ones so they can be fixed before they cause any damage to your online reputation.
Many larger lawn mowers nowadays come with seat belts and roll over protection systems. Even with all the time and energy spent on safety, there are still many operators who feel the safety devices will lead to more injury during the event of an accident, so they fail to utilize them. The fact of the matter is, if you are mowing on an incline and your mower starts to get out of control and roll, the chances are you will be caught off guard and not be able to get out of the way. So, you can forget about the myth of jumping clear before you get crushed. Still with all the news reports and video available to view how accidents happen, some landscapers still maintain their viewpoint, as we will see in this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, that attempting to jump clear of a roll over is a better option.
What is more important to know as a new lawn care business owner? Is it more important to what your competitors are pricing jobs at or is it more important to know what your operating costs are and what you need to make per hour in order to keep growing? That is the question posed to members of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Think about your answer before you read further along.
There can be a lot of costs involved with running a lawn care business that you may not initially consider. Take for instance this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. If you are called to clean up a property that has an overgrown lawn, you could end up with a lot of grass debris. What should you do with it to complete the job? How much might it cost to dump? Are there alternatives you might not have thought about to better deal with such jobs? Let’s look into this matter further.
When it comes to lawn care marketing, everyone has an opinion on what works best. Some marketing may work well in one area while other methods work better in others. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one entrepreneur questions which marketing methods would work best for him and if he should hire these services out to a company to perform.
Here is a great example of necessity being the mother of invention. What do you do when you don’t have the budget to go out and spend $400 on a lawn striper to create wonderful looking stripes on a lawn? You make one yourself for a fraction of the cost as we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Perhaps this design idea will inspire you to experiment in creating your own?
Starting a new lawn care business is tough, as we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. In it a question was asked that got everyone thinking. When you were getting your business started, did you feel there was a culture shock that you went through at least initially? Where you felt it would be easy to get customers because the people you know, liked you? Since people liked you, they should buy from you.
But when you went out there trying to get customers, you found it to be a different world? Or were you able to simply reach out to those people that knew and liked you and get them to sign up as customers?
Picking up a few tips and tricks from one landscape company here and there can have a great impact on the growth of your company over time. Sometimes little adjustments in the way you operate can be the missing ingredient to finding bigger success. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum we hear a few insights on how to gain more mowing customers. As you read through them, consider how they apply to you and if you could harness them to grow.
Pricing jobs accurately is tough to do. But when you live outside your service area and you need to make a long drive into town to service properties, your estimate prices can go through the roof. So, how should an entrepreneur handle these situations? Should you take on jobs that are out of the way? That is what one business owner wanted to know when he asked his question on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Although there are different theories on how to deal with this situation, here is one method that works for at least one mowing company.
It’s really important to keep an open mind when you are talking to your customer base. Sometimes real interesting deals can present themselves that will help your business grow. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who really struck gold with a townhouse complex he was servicing when they offered him a collection of equipment they had previously used on their property for barter in exchange for property care.
Trying to determine what potential customer is going to be a problem when you are new to business is tough to do. You may think you know all the warning signs and you may even act on them, but as we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, your preconceptions may be deceiving you. In fact, you might be off by a long shot.
Have you ever looked at the prices you give customers for lawn mowing and checked to see if you bid jobs higher on warmer days than cooler days? One entrepreneur shared with us his experience on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, on how the difficult jobs seem to become when they are done in the peak heat season versus when they may have initially been bid on. You must take such factors into consideration when bidding on a job that you are going to perform all year long. What may seem like a cake walk initially, can turn into a long drawn out battle as the year drags on.
You can go years running your lawn care business and not piece together this collection of tips that can make your life easier. Thankfully one entrepreneur shared with us some of his insights on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum that should help you. See how many of these ideas you have already implemented and how many you haven’t thought of yet.
There is a big difference between gross income and net income. All too often when a new lawn care company is bidding on a property, they look at the gross income they will make on the job and disregard the actual amount they are going to be profiting. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, to turn a blind eye to this issue is to take steps towards your demise.
That first time you bid on a commercial property can really throw you for a loop if you are used to only working on residential properties. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one entrepreneur is trying to figure out how to include services like adding mulch to an annual lawn care bid. Should he charge up front for materials or spread the costs out over the entire year?
There is this desire early in your business path to try and offer as many services as you can to experiment with and see what catches. The down side to this is different services require different skill sets and different equipment. Try taking on some jobs that you don’t know how to perform with the wrong equipment can make you want to give up on your business way too soon. As we will see in this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, it’s best to start small and slow at first and scale up as needed.
Charging lawn care customers by the hour sounds great when you are new. With that pricing strategy you can guarantee you will get paid an agreed upon rate for every hour you are on the job site. There is a big downside to it though and it’s the reason why almost none of the companies that have been around for a year+ do it. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we see why you shouldn’t bid by the hour and how you can change your sales pitch to move forwards.
The prices for consumer grade mowers can make them a tempting option for the new startup entrepreneur. But when you get down to the nuts and bolts of it all, there is a hidden cost associated with those cheaper mowers. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, there are certain paths the more successful landscapers take and there is a reason why they take them.
Your lawn care customers are going to ask you to perform a variety of services. Sometimes you will be comfortable in bidding and performing them. Other times you will have no idea how to go about it. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one entrepreneur decided to take on a sod job he had never performed before. With a little help from other business owners, he seems to be ready to take the next step and place a bid.
Here is a great discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum that talks about business growth. Some entrepreneurs look for hyper growth, where each year their company grows by leaps and bounds. But as we will see from some veterans of the industry, slower growth can give you time to build a longer lasting company.
If you find yourself later in the fall/winter season, where you didn’t have as many mowing customers as you wanted this year and really want to get a jump on next year, what kinds of marketing should you be doing now? That is what one entrepreneur wanted to know when he asked the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum for advice on picking up customers in the winter. The tips that came from the discussion should really help you.
Offering sub-contractor services for snow removal can be a good source of revenue during the slower months. However as we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, there are a lot of ways things can go wrong. If you want to offer snow removal services, you may want to consider all of your options after reading through this.
Here are some great insights from a business veteran on why he feels so many new start ups fail and what you can do to prevent it from happening to you. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, he also talks about ways he has been able to not only survive, but thrive in the competitive lawn care industry. By paying attention to certain details, he has gained an advantage over competitors.
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.