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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What I learned from my previous lawn care employer.

There is more to running a mowing business than simply going out and cutting grass. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur talk about how to keep your head in the game and not allow yourself to get stressed out from the job.

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I put out a flyer offering free mowings and this happened.

Everyone is looking for an angle. A strategy. A different message to stand out from competitors. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who tried offering a free mowing to drum up business and he got a very interesting perspective on the marketing experimentation.

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A lawn care customer cut my pay because I worked fast.

Can you imagine a mowing customer agreeing to pay you $x amount of dollars to mow their property and then when you actually mow it, they feel you mowed it too fast and refuse to pay you the price they agreed upon? I know you feel like this couldn’t happen, but it did to a member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. He shares with us his story and how he handled the situation.

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Something doesn’t sit right about this lawn care customer.

Have you ever gone out on a lawn care bid, talked to the potential customer, and gotten a bad feeling that you wouldn’t be getting paid to do the job you were called to bid on? That’s the situation one entrepreneur from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum experienced when he wondered what he should do to deal with the situation.

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Help with hedge trimming.

A new client calls and they are right on a down town section of a main street. In front of their property are all these shrubs that need trimming. You are not too comfortable with your hedge trimming skills, so what do you do? That is the situation one entrepreneur found himself in as he asked for help on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum on how he should go about taking on such a project.

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Lawn care marketing dirty tactics.

The general golden rule in business and in life says you should do on to others as you would have done to you. Sometimes, business ethics are put to the side as the competitive drive increases. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, there are a lot of dirty tricks that go on out there in the lawn care industry. The more you are aware of them, the better you can negotiate yourself past them and avoid trouble.

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Lawn care business website tips.

Have you ever been offered a trade from a mowing customer for lawn care services in return for something they could perform? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who was offered website services. It got him questioning what he needed in an online presence and if he should swap lawn care for a website.

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I need more services to offer to make more money.

If you have a limited amount of mowing customers and that isn’t enough to pay your bills, you can find more customers or you can offer more services to those customers to make more money at each mowing stop. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear some service ideas that can be offered to improve profitability per stop. Maybe you could utilize a few of these ideas to improve your bottom line.

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Considering adding irrigation services.

There are a lot of additional services you can add to your mowing route to make extra money. Some of those jobs involve irrigation. But what jobs are the easiest to get started with? What jobs should you sub-contract out? What methods should you use to learn more about the field? That’s what this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, is about. There is plenty of money to be made offering irrigation services, but let’s look into which you might want to consider performing.

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Lessons on buying lawn care accounts.

Have you ever considered purchasing an existing lawn care business to increase your customer base? Some do it and it seems to work out well for them while others can never find the right combination to make the deal work. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one landscaper who went through the process and reported back to us his experiences of it all.

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How to estimate 1 acre of lawn mowing.

How long would it take you to mow an acre sized property? That depends on the size mower you have. How much should you charge? That depends on your local market, your expenses, and how much profit you need to grow your business. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we see a real world example of one business owner needing to know how much to charge to mow an acre of property. A few other business owners responded with some insights to help him.

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A lawn customer wants a discount and promises to bring me clients.

Once in a while you may run into that one client who fancies himself as a wheeler dealer. He tells you he can get you all this new business if you only give him a discount on mowing his lawn. As we will see from this discussion in the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, rarely do these situations work out as they are initially presented to you.

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Problems with my pressure washer.

There are lessons to be learned from every job you do. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one landscaper who was providing pressure washing services to a home owner. As he was doing so, he ran into some mechanical issues and then a few other business owners responded to his setup and how he could improve his efficiency.

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Should I start by flying under the radar?

Many people who are considering the idea of starting their own lawn care business think that if they started off simple and ran a cash only business without being a legal registered company, it would improve their chances of success. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we get more insight into that topic from people who have been there and know. Starting off on a bad footing and learning bad methods of operation tend to not lead to long term success.

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Lessons learned from performing storm cleanups.

When big storms come through your area, there can be a lot of work to come out of them. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, there can be a lot of work, but a lot of it is dangerous. The jobs tend to put you into situations that you are not used to handling. Read up on these lessons learned below, they could save your equipment and your life.

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Cold calling on overgrown lawns?

Have you ever found yourself driving by an overgrown lawn as you were out mowing? Did you consider contacting the home owner to try and sell them on lawn mowing? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from some business owners on how they approach overgrown lawns and sell them on mowing.

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