It’s relatively easy to paint yourself into a corner when it comes to the way you run your business. If you have done things one way for a while or only see things one way for too long, you may feel you only have one option. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who just can’t seem to find a way out from dealing with only cheap mowing customers. Some advice he is given, helps broaden his perspective and find ways to grow beyond his initial limited scope.
Some new callers will really put you to the test. They will try your patience and press every button you have. Some of your current customer base will do this too from time to time. How you handle it can make the difference between making money from them or not as we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. In it, we hear some great mowing customer stories. Some were able to be saved while others weren’t. Perhaps there are lessons you could learn from these interactions.
Creating a website for a new start up lawn care business is still one of those daunting tasks that many a new entrepreneur will put off. What is the downside though to not getting a website up and running? That is the topic of the discussion we had on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Quite surprisingly we found that you can make money without a website, but those who have a website tend to make more money from their customer base. Read on and find out more.
It’s easier in the early stages of your lawn care business to not have to keep detailed records. Sure you might remember your mowing schedule in your head. Keep a listing of a few phone numbers in your phone and run everything else on post it notes as new calls come in. At some point, not having structure in the way you keep your customer information is going to cause you big problems. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who created an easy yet useful method to keep track of new incoming phone call information. See if any of these suggestions can help you improve the way you operate.
We are so used to having our vehicles work when we start them up that more often than not, we don’t have a plan in place to use if our truck breaks down for any reason. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from some business owners who ran into some big mechanical problems. It’s amazing how much some repairs can cost and how long the repairs can take to fix. Keep this in mind as you are reading so if it happens to you, you can easily transfer your equipment to another vehicle as you wait to get your primary truck fixed.
Do you have pet peeves about the different things new customers do when they call you? What about when they call and ask for an estimate but don’t tell you their address? Such callers can set into motion a chain of events that involves multiple phone calls back and forth until an address can be secured to get an estimate performed. If you have run into this situation in the past, here are some tips from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, on how to improve your voice mail setup to improve work flow.
In the early start up phase of your business, you may not be thinking about how to purchase landscape materials wholesale, but after getting just a handful of customers, you might see yourself needing more supplies at a better price than you can get at a local big box store. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who is curious about how to buy materials wholesale and a few veterans that tell him what to do.
When it comes to finding new mowing customers, your marketing strategies should be altered to help you focus your advertising dollars on the exact group of people you want to hire you. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who came up with a great way to meet new potential clients and make a positive impression on his first meeting with them.
It’s difficult to be good at everything. Many times you may have a marketing idea or message you want to convey but you just can’t quite get out what you are envisioning in your head. On the flip side, sometimes you can get an idea and create the perfect message and design right away. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one entrepreneur asks his peers what they think of his lawn care flyer design and his marketing idea. Perhaps something in this discussion will help you create better ads in the future.
Every lawn care business grows at different paces but it’s always nice to know a little about how others are doing compared to you. Maybe you can pick up a tip about which mowing setup works best? Or possible which landscape trailer is ideal. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one entrepreneur shares with us what his set up is for his 4th mowing season and some business lessons he learned that allowed him to get to that point.
Mowing lawns for a living can be a very hazardous occupation. Beyond the constant threat of injury from the mechanical equipment, you also need to be wary of mother nature. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from a few entrepreneurs who were on the receiving end ofÂ wasp and bee attacks. If you haven’t had this experience yet, consider yourself lucky and follow the tips below to be prepared or avoid it all together.
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.