There are some services your landscaping business might be asked to offer, which you haven’t offered yet. One of those services is gutter cleaning. If you aren’t afraid to get a little dirty and work on a ladder, there is some good money to be made when your mowing jobs are slow. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we get some insight into how to perform the work and how to charge for the service depending on a number of variables you will be presented with.
The business you create reflects a lot about you. Some entrepreneurs want to build the biggest business they can imagine while others want to stay small. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we look into how one business got big and why others decided it wasn’t the right move for them. Which route you choose is up to you, but at the very least, you should continue learning so that you can scale your business up if the right situation presented itself.
There are many problems you can run into through out your mowing season. One problem you want to keep a close eye on is your money. Are your lawn care customers paying you in a timely manner or are you so busy that you don’t have time to stop and review who owes you what. The last thing you want to happen is to find out at the end of the season that a large number of customers still owe you money. If you do find at the end of your season that a lot of your customers still owe you money, you need to think about your processes. You need to think about how much of this is your fault or how much of it is the customer’s? Is it possible the late paying customers are just problem customers and there are others out there that would work better with you? That is the topic brought up in this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Once you find out what the problem is, you need to reflect on what can be done differently to change the outcome for next year?
Read the rest of this entry »
When you are new to the lawn care business, you think you can come up with a few angles to get yourself started that no one ever thought of before. Chances are though, it has been thought of, tried, and the results have been noted. So before you experiment with any new strategies, it would benefit you greatly to review such discussions on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. As we will see below, there are certain strategies you should use and others you should avoid in order to get yourself profitable, quicker.
How often should you be reaching out to your current lawn care customers? The number of times successful lawn care businesses send out mailers, throughout the year, may surprise you. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, you shouldn’t wait until the end of the year to contact them.
If you are looking to expand but don’t know which direction to go, sometimes the answers are right in front of you. Simply asking your current clients what other services they are needing or being on the look out for services you could offer them can help you test out different possibilities. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one entrepreneur got a chance to talk with a new commercial lawn care customer and found out there are a plethora of services they needed. Anyone of them could become a new avenue for him or you to pursue as well.
It’s so easy to take things for granted when they are given to us. For instance, how about freedom? Why is it that with all the freedoms we have, many of us feel we are stuck? When we feel stuck, we tend to hate that which we are stuck in. Sometimes, you have to see things from outside your immediate sphere of reality to really appreciate the choices you have. In this discussion, from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from an Army Veteran who served in Iraq. When he came back, he saw freedom in a way he hadn’t seen it before and jumped on the opportunity to start his own path.
Using older lawn mowers for your business can save you money in one way. You don’t have to pay a new mower price for them. But the downside to using them is they will break down more often than a new mower. So what do you do when your local repair shop gives you a price of $500 to replace the ignition coils on your lawn mower? Consider repairing the mower yourself, like this member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum did. Doing so will not only save you money, but teach you more about the mechanics of your equipment.
The biggest reason why it is so difficult to get lawn care customers early on is because no one knows you are offering the service. As your network begins to expand, the amount of people coming to you for help with their property will expand as well. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum we hear from one entrepreneur who picked up his first commercial property cleanup through a contact he made performing residential lawn mowing.
Are you straining your brain trying to come up with services you can perform that your competitors aren’t offering? Well here is a list from a discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum that should help you out. It’s amazing how some of these ideas are so simple yet so important. Sometimes the key factor is not that you offer a 1,000 services, but that you do a handful of them really well and you are reliable at performing them.
In some areas, the population of illegal immigrants is higher than in others. Because of this, certain areas have more of a problem with competitors hiring undocumented workers to gain an advantage. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one entrepreneur wonders what he should do about this problem and how he can stay competitive all while complying with the laws.
It’s tough enough making it through your first year with your lawn care business during the mowing season, but when winter rolls around, the lack of income can wipe you out. There are steps you can take to improve your odds of getting through your first season or two as we see here in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Once you are past your first few winters, your ability to survive financially through your slow season should improve dramatically.
Everyone wants bigger, better, stronger, faster. This applies to landscape trucks as well. But before you go out and spend thousands of dollars on a new truck, you really need to think about what you need and why you need it. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, there are many options available to you. Another factor to consider is, when you buy can effect the amount you have to pay for it. So a little foresight and planning on your part can be very helpful.
Having a lawn care customer end service can be frustrating. You may spend a lot of money acquiring them, or they may have been a long time customer, or with them, your lawn route may have finally been running smoothly. What ever the case may be, you need to remember an important lesson we learned from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. When one door closes, another opens. You just need to be ready for it to happen.
There are many ways to deal with issues you will run into during your day. Some owners may choose to handle their problems head on while others may choose to find a way to hide from them. Think for a moment about how you handle your lawn care customer and business issues. Does your method work or are you looking for a better way? Here is a discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum that talks about different methods for handling stressful business situations.
Have you ever been in a situation where a mowing customer wanted you to perform some hardscaping services yet you were unsure of what to do? Here is a great discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum on how to repair a brick patio that has been installed improperly. Hopefully this information will broaden the scope of services you offer and help you make more profit during your day.
Judging how long it will take to mow a commercial property can be difficult. Unless you are used to bidding a certain sized property, you can easily underestimate it. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one member is looking to find out if his estimated time is within the ball park of how long it would take others to mow a similar 4 acre property.
Here is a great lesson about how dealing with non-paying customers can lead to total burnout. Sometimes an entrepreneur can start a business with grand aspirations, only to see it fall apart when things don’t go according to their plan. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, there are good ways and bad ways of handling customers. If you choose a bad way, you may find that you are setting yourself up for failure.
There are plenty of services you can experiment with as a lawn care business owner. Some of them are easier to get into and offer than others. Some have a low financial barrier of entry while others have a higher one. Some have a low technical skill requirement while others require years of training. Which you choose to offer is up to you but as we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, some services will make better sense to you than others.
Sometimes you will get lawn care customers who becomes the bane of your existence. Having to deal with just a few of such customers can really negatively impact you and change the way you feel about your business. Difficult customers can be difficult to please and when they move on, it tends to remind you how much better life is without them. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we see how having a bad customer leave can really bring back the joy you once had in your business.
The thought of having a competitor hand you some lawn care customers may at first seem like a dream. What a nice person they must be to think of you and be looking to help you grow. Now while sometimes the competitor is doing just that and giving you a jump start, other times, you may be getting their problem customers. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, you always need to be careful to make sure the customer is a good fit for you.
The lawn care business is dependent on good grass growing weather. If it is too hot, the grass won’t grow and there will be nothing to mow. If it is too cold, there won’t be any grass growth either. But as we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, as an entrepreneur, you always have to make the best of what ever you have to work with, weather included. So if the grass isn’t growing, you need to look for other services that can be sold.
There is no free lunch and this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum reaffirms that. If you are just getting your mowing business started and looking to get busy fast, sure you can sign up and do preservation work on foreclosed properties but as we will see, there are down sides to it. The biggest one being that one client can end up controlling the future of your company.
When a lawn care customer calls you to remove overgrowth from an area that has been ignored for a while, you may want to consider finding out exactly what they want removed before you begin. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we see how a bad situation can arise when there are two conflicting opinions on what should be removed. Learning how to avoid such situations in the first place is better than trying to make things right after an error has occurred.
We took a poll, on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, to find when mowing business owners attract the most lawn care customers through out the year. These poll results should be very helpful when it comes to planning your future marketing. It seemed the month of June brought the most customers with November bringing the least. There is more to it than that though and here are what some of the business owners had to say on why certain months seem to be better than others.
Before you get your lawn care company started, you need to do a little research. If you come up with a business name you like, you need to search around and see if anyone else is using that name or if anyone else has that internet domain name. There is no sense in pouring your heart and soul into building a brand when the domain name directs a potential customer to another website. As we will see in this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, it’s a lot easier to get things right from the start than to fix a mess up later.
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.
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?
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.
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.