What kind of ZTR mower should I get starting out?

When it comes to buying a mower for a start up lawn care business you need to find out what the narrowest gate you have to get through and take that into consideration then buy the biggest you can afford. That is the common response to questions asked on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum when it comes to getting started, but there is more too it than just that.

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Need help with commercial hedge trimming estimate.

A local gas station contacted a landscaper about a bid on trimming his hedges. The commercial hedge trimming job would take quite a bit of time and the owner wanted some help on how to bid the job. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from the entrepreneur who is trying to figure out the amount of time such a job would take. Keep in mind, the amount of time is dependent on the tools being used and the efficiency of the operators.

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Don’t want that lawn job? Charge a higher price.

As a business owner, you will get all sorts of calls for all sorts of lawn care jobs. Some might be too big for you or too small. Some might be too far out of your way. Some potential clients you just may not get a good vibe from. What do you do when you are asked to bid on a job you don’t really want? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we heard from some entrepreneurs on how they handle such situations and sometimes make quite a decent profit on a job they didn’t want.

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How much to charge for lawn edging?

Should you include lawn edging in your lawn care package and if so, how much should you charge for the service? That is the question asked by a landscaper in the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. From the responses we saw, it seems those in the business longer tend to edge lawns because it provides a finishing touch that makes your yards stand out.

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Why I lose lawn care customers.

Have you had a mowing customer call and cancel service? Possibly even more than one? Over time you will have customers cancel service, but why are they cancelling? Understanding the answers to this question can help you improve customer retention. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one landscaper talks about the 3 main reasons he has found why clients cancel service.

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Hedge trimming job I need to bid on.

Have you been called upon lately to bid on a hedge trimming job and then to apply mulch after? One member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum was and he shared with us his bid workup. How does his bid pricing and hourly estimating compare with how you bid your hedge trimming jobs?

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I got asked to bid on my first retaining wall job.

There are plenty of upsells you can make when called to do a job as simple as mulch work. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one landscaper who was asked to bid on a retaining wall but wasn’t sure how to go about doing it. Another landscaper offered some great insights that you may be able to utilize in your future retaining wall job bids.

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Landscape trailer axle blowout accident.

Landscape trailer axle bearing maintenance is a very easy thing to over look during the year. Usually there is little to no warning when the bearings are about to go. But if they are not maintained, sometimes, you get what we see from this discussion in the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. When the bearings of the trailer axle go, they can really put an end to your day.

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Homemade landscape trailer shovel rack.

Part of running a successful lawn care business is figuring out how to be creative when you are lacking money. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who found a way to solve the problem of securing his hand tools on his landscape trailer. A very creative and cheap idea got him thinking about bigger projects.

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Should I try a lawn care lead generating service?

There are plenty of lead generating services out there. Are they helpful though? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from some landscapers who have experimented with such sites and what they like or dislike about them. Included are some tips to really maximize your potential profits.

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Using sites like groupon to promote lawn care services.

Is it worthwhile to get on these coupon sites to offer your lawn care services at a discount if in theory it means you might get a lot of new customers, quickly? That is the mindset of some coupon sites. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from veteran owners who have tried these different tactics in the past and lessons they learned from them.

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Advice on how to get a business started while still working a job.

If you ever get that entrepreneurial bug, there are a bunch of ways you can transition from being an employee to being a business owner. Some paths may work better than others. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who is looking to keep his mowing job while setting up a lawn business on the side. How should he go about doing this? Let’s look below.

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Lawn care marketing lessons I learned over time.

Have you been using the same lawn care marketing message every year and getting poor results? Consider changing things up this season with these tips from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Change one marketing element here and another there until you are getting the response to your marketing that you are looking for.

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Should I get a consumer grade mower?

Consumer grade or commercial grade? What is the best mower option for you? The answer relies on how much mowing you are doing per week. How important a warranty is for you and how much you have to spend on the mower. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from some entrepreneurs about the different mowers choices they made.

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Lawn obstacles that keep you from profiting.

Making money mowing lawns is all about maximizing your time. Little problems along the way can become thieves of time. Showing up to mow a lawn and finding furniture you need to move. Moving toys. Picking up after pets. All of these things rob you of time. Let’s look at a discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum and see how these different business owners deal with that.

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How I landed upscale mowing customers.

It can be tough breaking into a new neighborhood when trying to expand your lawn care service area. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from a couple of entrepreneurs on how they were able to do it and expand their business into an area that was once out of their grasp.

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Is that estimate call a setup for a robbery?

Sometimes bad things happen. Sometimes warning lights pop up before issues occur. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from some landscapers who had concerns when shady potential customers called and they decided discretion was the better part of valor. Have you ever received strange phone calls for mowing estimates? Compare your story to these and be better prepared for the future.

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Lawn renovation call. Sod or seed?

Your phone rings, and the potential customer asks you to bid on a lawn renovation. You have never done one and you work alone, so what should you do? That is the question one member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum was asked. A little insight from some of the guys that have been there, give a better understanding at what such a job involves.

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Phone or email?

It sure is a lot easier trying to run your mowing business through emails and not having to go talk with clients for every question or concern they might have. Is one method better though? Is it better to use more emails even though you might not get as many bids because it allows you to bid on more jobs? Or is it better to be meeting up with potential clients face to face? That is a question brought up on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Which method do you feel is better to use?

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Can I make enough to quit my day job?

You can sometimes be in such a rush to quit a full time job, that you miss the big picture if you will be financially able to do it. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from some entrepreneurs on their view of quitting a full time job to go full time in your lawn care business. What would it take and how you can hit your financial goals.

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Going legit with your lawn care service.

What makes a lawn care company legit? Many new business owners think about this and wonder about it to themselves. Do you need to be incorporated? Do you need to have an employer tax ID number? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one veteran of the industry talk about his reflections on what he did starting out and what he would advise others to do when they are just getting started.

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Oh a lawn care customer is driving me crazy.

Some days have hiccups in service quality. Equipment breakdowns, bad weather, staff problems, all can factor in to things going wrong at times. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who seemed to have a bad day and wanted some insights how to handle such a problem.

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Paid vacation from lawn care customer.

More often than not, when a discussion comes up about a lawn care customer, it is usually a complaint a landscaper has about them or a difficulty that was run into. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one member talks about a positive story that came out of missing a lawn mowing, on account of a rainy day.

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Homemade truck bed extender.

Every stage of growth in the lawn care business can be trying in it’s own way. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who had just upgraded his equipment and had no more in the budget to spend on a trailer. So what do you do? How about design and build your own bed extender to give yourself more space to haul mowing equipment in your pickup truck?

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How to deal with overgrown lawns and extra clippings?

Some customers love the look of their lawn mowed weekly and take great pride in how their property appears. Others want to do the absolute minimum when it comes to lawn mowing and will put off mowing the lawn until the grass is feet high. How do you deal with this as a landscape professional? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who questions how he should handle these different variables in his business day.

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Good lawn care employees.

Do you find certain people make better employees than others? Does their work history become a good predictor of their future interaction with you? Do you set up any ground rules before getting a new employee started? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from some entrepreneurs who have their own unique methods to finding new employees and sifted out the good ones to keep.

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Is this lawn mowing sign idea good or bad?

Are lawn signs effective? Would it be worthwhile getting a couple printed, if you are on a tight budget, and displaying them while out mowing or do you need to use a lot of them to get any response at all? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who thought of a unique angle on lawn signs and wondered if his idea would work.

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Using a lawn care postcard mailing service?

You have probably received junk mail in your mail box before from other landscapers in your area. Maybe you even thought about getting into the mass mailing game. But you probably wondered if it was worth it. In this discussion, from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from some landscapers who have been there and done that. What have they found that works best? Read on.

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Would any of these lawn care marketing ideas work?

When you are new to any industry, it is tough to figure out which marketing ideas will work and which ones won’t. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who was really throwing out a bunch of ideas in hopes something might end up working to attract customers. But before he actually went out to implement them, he asked some veteran business owners,¬† their advice.

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Compare your answers to these 5 lawn care business questions.

Do you ever wonder how your daily thinking and mind process compares with others in the mowing business? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, five questions were asked about different parts of the working day.

  1. What is your first thought when waking up in the morning?
  2. How do you feel when approaching your first lawn of the day?
  3. What are you thinking, when you notice a client walk outside while you are working?
  4. How do you feel when loading up the trailer, having once completed your last lawn for the day?
  5. What do you do once you get home?

Take a moment and think about how you would answer them and then compare and contrast your answers to what others responded.
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