What services do you offer that your competitors don’t?

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.

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Hiring undocumented lawn care employees.

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.

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My winter lawn care business budget is not looking too good.

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.

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I need a bigger lawn care business truck.

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.

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When one door closes another opens.

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.

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I am thinking of using a fake co-owner to deal with my lawn care customers.

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.

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How to fix this brick patio job?

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.

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I need help with this commercial lawn bid.

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.

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Why I find myself avoiding my lawn care clients.

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.

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Should I be looking to expand into tree removal services?

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.

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I lost a lawn care customer today and couldn’t be happier.

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.

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Is this lawn care competitor helping me or throwing me scraps.

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.

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I feel like I picked the wrong time to start my lawn care business.

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.

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How I got into home preservation and foreclosure work.

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.

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Lawn care customer mad that I removed too much in clean up.

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.

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When do you get the most lawn care customers?

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.

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Someone took the lawn care business name I wanted to use.

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.

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Am I stupid trying to get my lawn care business started with just this?

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.

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Dealing with grass clumps on bi-weekly customers.

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?

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Leaf cleanup services. Mulching or removal?

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.

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My first lawn care customer is the worst one!

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.

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How did my first year in the lawn care business go?

Have you made it through your first year running your lawn care business? If so, how do you feel you did? That is what one entrepreneur was wondering when he asked for advice on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Interestingly enough, it wasn’t the job he was doing, or the amount of customer he attracted that was the problem. It appeared the way he was categorizing his employee was a matter he needed to investigate further before he found himself in trouble with the IRS.

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Is your lawn care business growing too fast?

It’s every new lawn care business owner’s dream to have all the growth they could ever want and then some. If a little is good then more is better right? Well that is not the case as we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. There is a healthy growth range you can shoot for that should allow you to expand but not so much that you lose control of that beast your business can become..

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Worrying about cutting my lawn care crew loose.

It is the dream of most every lawn care business owner to one day reach the point where they are having their own lawn care employees service properties to free up time so the owner can focus on building the business. This is not an easy step as we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. With a little planning and foresight the transition process can go fairly smooth.

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Getting back at a former employer.

We all have crazy situations we find ourselves in from time to time. Here is a great example of that from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum where one member discusses how he wants to take his revenge on a former employer by stealing his accounts. Should you ever do this? Should it ever be done? Let’s take a look into this further to see what happened.

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Being friendly to gain more lawn care customers.

This is one of those business lessons you might not pick up on without paying close attention to nuances. If you think running a successful lawn care business is just about mowing straight lines, you are a long way off. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we look into the importance of being friendly to customers, neighbors, and the community at large. Being friendly can lead to a lot of work. While being rude can lead to the destruction of your company.

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Why should you bag grass clippings?

Some lawn care customers can be real picky about what they want. That can translate into more work for you. If you find yourself spending a lot of time bagging grass clippings, take a moment and think why you are doing it. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear the reasons why some landscapers bag grass clippings.

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The importance of lawn care customer service.

It’s one thing to provide lawn care services but it is quite another to do that AND provide quality customer support. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, there are a lot of business ideals out there. Anyone can preach ideals. You should do this, you should do that. But it is not until you get into the trenches that you start to come upon realities you didn’t previously consider. Once you are there, ideally you should figure out how to make things work or you are going to end up hating what you do.

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Thinking of offering a free landscape project to promote my business.

When it comes to promoting your lawn care business, you can either spend your time or your money. When you are limited on time, you can spend money to get your marketing message out. When you are limited on money, you can spend your time. If you choose to do this as we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, you need to make sure you are getting enough out of it to justify the time spent.

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I started my lawn care business, now what?

We tend to make this idea in our heads that starting a business is this huge deal. Like it is some mammoth effort. Then we go through the handful of steps to become a legitimate business and the next thing that happens is nothing. No phones start to miraculously ring because we opened up shop. That is when the entrepreneur has to take a moment and get to work on the hard part, acquiring customers. Let’s take a look at this topic more in depth from a discussion we had on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum.

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