Some mowing customers will throw up red flags from the moment you start talking with them about lawn care. Maybe they will try to haggle with you on price or when it comes time to pay their first invoice, they will refuse to pay sales tax. Others may ask for a senior discount or want you to mow an overgrown lawn for the price of a regular lawn. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum we hear from entrepreneurs who deal with some odd customer situations. Read through them and prepare yourself for when you bump into a similar potential customer.
If you are looking to jump into the lawn care industry and want to buy a whole bunch of equipment at once in order to get started asap, maybe you have considered packages deals you have seen on craigslist or even possibly from a business owner in your area. The desire to do this may be considered because the seller will offer you payment options you don’t feel you can get anywhere else. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, there are other options that should be considered before you dump good money into a bunch of used lawn care equipment.
You can be caught off guard in your landscape bids when you don’t have enough experience bidding and performing the jobs you are asked to do. Sometimes, what seems like a quick and easy job can become a great big time sucker. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum we hear from one landscaper who underbid a weeding job. As we will see from this discussion, there usually more than one way to perform a job and knowing the various ways can mean the difference between making money and losing money on a job.
There are all sorts of issues you can have with lawn irrigation systems over time. Sprinkler heads won’t pop up. They won’t spray correctly. Then sometimes some of the heads spray but others won’t even pop up. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who had a problem with a tree root pinching a main water line that kept the system from performing properly. Let’s look into this further and find out how he diagnosed the problem and how he ultimately resolved the issue!
There are only so many times you can mow a lawn per year. That amount of mowings will generate a certain amount of money. Now since you are already at these properties and generating income. It makes sense to try and upsell you customer base on additional service, like for instance, aeration. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we look into how some entrepreneurs charge and market this service in order to make more money from the same customer base. They also use their aeration marketing to attract mowing customers as well.
You get a call for a job that sounds very enticing. It’s a larger landscape job that you cringe when you think about taking it on alone. Instead of simply turning the job down at first glance, have you considered your options? That is what one landscaper thought about when he wrote on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum about his experience.¬† In the discussion, a bunch of options were brought to light that could make the difference from staying a one man operation, to being able to scale up and grow to having employees, without too much trouble.
A big off season money maker for lawn care professionals is fall leaf cleanups and spring yard cleanups. With all those leaves falling on the ground, they can make a yard look like a mess. But what about up above? Roofs and gutters? It might not seem like a perfect add on at first, but think about it. If you are already offering property care services, how difficult is it to clean out gutters and while you are up there, clean roofs of moss. That is an idea an entrepreneur on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum implemented and with it, he found a way to bring in money when the grass isn’t growing.
Everyone loves to mow smaller yards. You can get in and out quick and you can make money on a competitive rate. What should you do though if a customer calls and wants you to mow a larger area the size of 2 acres? Is taking on a larger job worthwhile? The answer as we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum really depends on a number of factors. The first being the size of your equipment and the second being how often they want the property mowed. If your mower is too small, it will take you forever to mow the property. If the customer only wants the property mowed once in a while, by the next time you come back to mow, you may find yourself waist high in grass and weeds!
Lawn care businesses quite often hire employees that are skilled in various trades. Sometimes they are out of work carpenters or painters. What should you do if your company has these skilled employees to better utilize their skill set? Should you test out offering various services outside of your core competency? That is what one entrepreneur wanted to know in this discussion at the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Maybe some of the advice he got could help you consider bigger moves in your future.
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.