A lawn customer wants a discount and promises to bring me clients.

Once in a while you may run into that one client who fancies himself as a wheeler dealer. He tells you he can get you all this new business if you only give him a discount on mowing his lawn. As we will see from this discussion in the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, rarely do these situations work out as they are initially presented to you.

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Problems with my pressure washer.

There are lessons to be learned from every job you do. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one landscaper who was providing pressure washing services to a home owner. As he was doing so, he ran into some mechanical issues and then a few other business owners responded to his setup and how he could improve his efficiency.

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Should I start by flying under the radar?

Many people who are considering the idea of starting their own lawn care business think that if they started off simple and ran a cash only business without being a legal registered company, it would improve their chances of success. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we get more insight into that topic from people who have been there and know. Starting off on a bad footing and learning bad methods of operation tend to not lead to long term success.

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Lessons learned from performing storm cleanups.

When big storms come through your area, there can be a lot of work to come out of them. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, there can be a lot of work, but a lot of it is dangerous. The jobs tend to put you into situations that you are not used to handling. Read up on these lessons learned below, they could save your equipment and your life.

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Cold calling on overgrown lawns?

Have you ever found yourself driving by an overgrown lawn as you were out mowing? Did you consider contacting the home owner to try and sell them on lawn mowing? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from some business owners on how they approach overgrown lawns and sell them on mowing.

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Should I buy a small commercial mower or larger consumer mower?

Lawn mowers come in many sizes. There are also many levels of durability which go from consumer grade level all the way up to commercial grade. With these various sizes and equipment durability grades, comes a wide range in prices. Which options are best for you? Consumer grade? Commercial grade? A large lawn mower? Or maybe a smaller one could do? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from a new business owner who is curious as to the best lawn equipment path for him.

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Should I repair my lawn mower or replace it?

Should you repair a lawn mower or replace it? That is an age old question and it gets you thinking. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from a few business owners who have been through it all and figured out an ideal pathway to take. Consider each opinion before moving forwards with what you feel is the best path for you.

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My lawn care competitor runs things so different!

We all can get stuck in our own cycles or schedule of running our business and sometimes it works out well, while other times, it doesn’t. The only way to know for sure if what we are doing is really optimal is by talking to others and hearing stories on how they are operating. That is exactly what this entrepreneur did and he shared his story with us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Maybe his insights will help open your eyes to other methods.

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Should I tape my lawn care business card to doors?

Do you ever promote your lawn care business by going door to door and either knocking on doors to talk to the home owner or handing them a flyer? Well what if instead of knocking, you simply attached a business card to the front door? Would that be an effective form of marketing? Would it be worth your time and energy to do that? That is what this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum looked into.

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Non-paying lawn care customer story.

Sometimes it’s the lawn clients you never think you would have any problems with, that give you problems. Then other times it’s those overgrown lawn clients that give you problems. You just can’t tell for sure at the beginning which clients are going to be trouble as we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. If you can’t tell who is going to be the client that won’t pay, it might be useful to take some of these payment strategy tips and try billing in a new way.

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How to decline lawn care services.

There is always one property in the neighborhood that is either overgrown or chock full of obstacles you would need to mow around if you took on the property. Sometimes, you can look at a property and know you don’t want to mow the lawn. Or you talk to the potential client and feel like they wouldn’t be a good fit in your client list. What is the best way to decline a property in a polite manner? That is the topic talked about in this Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum discussion.

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A quick way to estimate a brick paver landscape job.

Your phone rings and it is one of your lawn mowing customers asking you how much it would cost them to get a brick paver patio area built in their back yard. Because you never bid on such a job before, you start to panic because you don’t know how long the job will take. You try to estimate the amount of hours, the cost of materials and the cost of renting a backhoe to come to a final price. But even then you are unsure of the price. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, there is an easier way to bid such landscape projects. Compare this suggested method with your own and see how it works for you.

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Got caught spraying lawn chemical without license.

Do you spray weed killers at times without having a pesticide application license? Sure some do it and some get away with it. But some get caught. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one landscaper who ran into big problems from what started off as a small situation.

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Overgrown lawn handled with modified lawn mower.

Sometimes having the right tool for the job requires you to make the right tool. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one member who altered his lawn mower to allow him to mow down overgrown lawns faster. Although this design may be a little too dangerous to use, the fabricator was pretty pleased with the outcome of the job and the amount of time it took. Review the discussion and the property pictures to compare how much you would charge to mow such a property.

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Promoting student lawn care services.

With the way college prices have been going up up up and student debt has been following suit, it’s great when you can avoid going into debt by paying for college yourself. But how can you do that? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who decided to start his own mowing company in order to pay his way through school. Let’s take a look at some of the steps he is taking.

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Taxes and insurance issues with a home business.

Setting up a home office to run your landscaping business can be a very helpful step to facilitating growth, but what should you do when it comes to taxes and insurance? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from a number of entrepreneurs who have gone through some traumatic experiences and learned some strong lessons when it comes to home offices. Hopefully their experiences can help you business growth.

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How to deal with crab grass during the summer.

What do you do when mid-summer, a client calls you and asks you to take care of their crab grass filled yard? Do you rip out the current lawn and re-sod? To you pull the crab grass and reseed? Do you wait until fall to do anything? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear some options and reasons behind why you should take certain steps now and not put it off.

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Landscaping with shorts or long pants?

Do you wear shorts or long pants when you are out mowing lawns? Your answer may depend on your geographic location, or it might depend on the weather. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from some entrepreneurs who are talking about what types of protection they wear when they mow lawns.

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Have you ever designed your own landscape equipment?

Have you ever thought about how you could make a better tool or device to improve your landscaping business? A member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum created a machine to improve the process of collecting leaves. In this discussion he shares with us the steps he took to design, create and ultimately patent his leaf collecting device. Maybe this story will help inspire you to experiment with designs as well.

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Lawn care business start up lessons.

Are you new to running a lawn care business and feel like you really have no overhead expenses? Do you feel like what ever you make is profit? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who thought that way early on but eventually came around to the fact he did have expenses and he needed to find out what they were in order to charge the right amount per hour.

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The problem with lending landscaping equipment to friends.

The more landscaping equipment you collect, the more of a target you become to those around you when it comes to requests to borrow. How you handle borrowing requests is up to you but here is a great learning lesson from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, on how lending landscape equipment can go wrong and leave you wishing you never got yourself involved.

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Can I use a midsize pickup truck for commercial snowplowing?

There are more midsize pickup trucks available on the market now than ever before. Along with all these different sized pickup trucks, there are various grades of snow plows you can purchase to use on them. So the question isn’t so much if these options are available as it is should you use a mid sized pickup for commercial snow plow purposes? That is the discussion had on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum which brought up many good points to consider before jumping at purchasing such a truck.

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How to bill customers for an annual mowing contract?

Say you have a bunch of weekly or even bi-weekly mowing customers and you want to get them to agree to an annual mowing contract. How do you go about pricing it? How do you charge them? Do you just add the annual mowing total up and divide by 12 months and bill them that price per month? Should you give any extras to get the customer to sign up with you? Let’s look at how the landscapers from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum do it and maybe you can utilize some of their ideas.

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Lawn stopped growing cause of heat. Now what?

Temperatures will change throughout the year. Sometimes you will get a lot of rain and sometimes you will have drought conditions. If there is one thing you can guarantee, the weather will not always be consistent. You can’t change the weather but you can be creative in the services you offer. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Form, you need to be adaptable and offer services you can sell throughout the year.

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How to get bi-weekly mowing customers to become weekly.

Have you found that the only mowing customers you service are those that want bi-weekly mowing? Do you find it really cuts down on your profits? If so, consider some of these business tactics we learned from The Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Maybe utilize a few of these strategies will help you improve your profits.

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Should you promote certain fertilizer products?

There are a lot of manufactures who make mowers, trimmers, and fertilizers. Does it make any sense at all to promote these brands on your website? Will these company’s brand name and good will positively effect your bottom line? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who was looking into promoting a specific organic fertilizer brand and wondered if that would help his sales.

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My landscape company made $200,000 last year.

In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one landscaper who has been in the business 8 years and has finally figured out how much he needs to make each day to break even. From that figure, we learn how it makes it easier for him to know how much he has to charge for each lawn he mows. Try some of his examples with your own financial figures and see how much you should be charging per landscape customer. Then compare that to what you are currently charging them.

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Investing your landscaping profits in the stock market.

If you have gotten to the stage where your landscaping business is making more money than your expenses and you are able to start putting money away, have you thought about investing it? Sure you can take what ever money you have left over and buy more landscaping equipment, but is that going to give you the return on investment that stocks could offer? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from multiple landscapers who have taken their business profits and made even more money from investing in the stock market.

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1st year lawn care business lessons.

Some new lawn care business owners really seem to hit the ground running as we see in this discussion from a member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. In it, he shares with us some of the marketing tips he has used to attract a total of 150 mowing clients in his first year. Experimenting with some of his ideas might help you reach your goals.

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Tips on mowing pricing.

Does a mowing customer ever counter your price and expect you to do your work for less than you can afford to do it? Do they tease you with the offering of more work in the future if only you give them a discount on a job today? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who ran into this situation and get advice from others on how best to handle it.

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