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.
Your lawn care customers are going to ask you to perform a variety of services. Sometimes you will be comfortable in bidding and performing them. Other times you will have no idea how to go about it. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one entrepreneur decided to take on a sod job he had never performed before. With a little help from other business owners, he seems to be ready to take the next step and place a bid.
Here is a great discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum that talks about business growth. Some entrepreneurs look for hyper growth, where each year their company grows by leaps and bounds. But as we will see from some veterans of the industry, slower growth can give you time to build a longer lasting company.
If you find yourself later in the fall/winter season, where you didn’t have as many mowing customers as you wanted this year and really want to get a jump on next year, what kinds of marketing should you be doing now? That is what one entrepreneur wanted to know when he asked the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum for advice on picking up customers in the winter. The tips that came from the discussion should really help you.
Offering sub-contractor services for snow removal can be a good source of revenue during the slower months. However as we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, there are a lot of ways things can go wrong. If you want to offer snow removal services, you may want to consider all of your options after reading through this.
Here are some great insights from a business veteran on why he feels so many new start ups fail and what you can do to prevent it from happening to you. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, he also talks about ways he has been able to not only survive, but thrive in the competitive lawn care industry. By paying attention to certain details, he has gained an advantage over competitors.
Craigslist has one great benefit for the new start up mowing businesses, it’s free. So with no barrier of entry, the amount of people using it to promote all sorts of things can sky-rocket, depending on your area. So with that said, is it worthwhile for you to post an ad on there? Is there a special way to do it to maximize response? Let’s hear from some members of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum to see what has worked for them.
Have you ever been in a situation where a lawn care customer signed up for a year’s worth of lawn care at a discounted monthly price and then backed out of the agreement half way through the year? Any time you are using annual contracts, this kind of thing can happen. How should you handle such a situation though? As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, if you handle it well, you may get referrals from the customer, but if you handle it poorly, they may bad mouth you.
Can one time lawn mowings turn into regular lawn mowing customers? Sure they can, but it seems that doesn’t happen too often. With that said, should you offer one time lawn mowings? That is what one business owner was interested in knowing when he asked his question on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. As we will see, it seems the newer business owners are for it while the veterans are not. Here is why.
Have you done any marketing lately for your lawn care business? Have you found a unique hook to make your message stand out? This entrepreneur shared with us, on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one method he was using to make his door hangers different from the rest. I hope this discussion and graphic design inspires you to create a better door hanger for your business.
Every lawn mowing business owner has their own way of scheduling their customers, but there are some common methods they tend to share and alter to fit their needs. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, which method you use is based on the amount of customers you have, where your customers are located, and how many days a week you want to work.
Here is something to think about when you are out driving around in your company vehicle. Every action you take on the public roads can be recorded. The good things you do may be forgotten but the bad things can be remembered for a long time and have a negative effect on your business. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, a single small moment behind the wheel of a car can create lasting negative repercussions for your business.
When you are new to business, you tend to be targeted by nonsense scammers trying to harness your energy for their business goals. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one new entrepreneur who was contacted and ask to attend a meeting that supposedly would help him double his business. As you will see, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Every entrepreneur is different. Each person has a different personality, skill set, and temperament. Some are happy go lucky people and have no problem dealing with business slow downs or down time. Others find themselves overwhelmed at times and get into a depressive funk. What should you do though if you find that you are losing your drive and passion for your business? That is what one business owner brought up on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum and was happy to see he wasn’t the only one dealing with such issues.
Have you ever purchased a used landscape trailer in rough condition and wanted to improved the way it looks? If so, how did you do it? That’s what one member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum was wondering when he started this discussion. A good pressure washing and treatment of the wood can really make a big difference both in looks and safety.
It’s not an easy thing to create a logo for your lawn care business. With a logo, you are trying to create a visual icon that encapsulates a mood, your companies technical skill level, how you will interact with a customer, and what they can expect from you. If you make the logo too detailed, it won’t be easy to recreate or remember. If you make your logo too simple, it won’t stand out, so what do you do? That is what one business owner wondered when he asked the members of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, which logo they thought he should use.
If you get your lawn care business started up later in the season, your first obstacle may be accurately bidding leaf removal jobs. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, such jobs can really catch you off guard and require a lot more time than you may initially expect. A second obstacle can end up being not enough lawns to mow, but being called for a leaf removal job can easily be upsold into an annual lawn care contract for the upcoming year. Let’s have a look at some of the lessons learned in a business owner’s first week on the job.
Have you ever run into a situation where you have already provided a fall yard cleanup only to have that same customer call you back a week later asking when you are going to be there to pick up the rest of the leaves? That is what is going on in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Except there is a little twist to it. This entrepreneur had advertised free fall cleanups in the beginning of the year to help gain more customers. Now in the fall, it seems this might have become a little more than he had bargained for.
Do you have a couple of bucks burning a hole in your pocket and are you considering spending that money on a business you found in craiglist? You may want to reconsider that option after reading this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, in which we hear from one entrepreneur who got burned when he bought what he thought was a thriving mowing business.
A new mowing business may find itself having a difficult time getting customers to sign a mowing contract. If that is the case for consider this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Getting customers to sign up when you are new can be tough but there are definite benefits to it. If you don’t have your customers signing a contract with you, there is no paper trail of what you and the customer agreed to, which can lead to problems down the road if the customer stops paying.
There is this myth n the minds of the newbie landscaper that if they come into an area and charge the cheapest price, they will be able to scoop up enough clients that the volume of clients will make up for the cheap price. The reality of it all is that doesn’t work. As we will see here in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, there are better ways to build a business and attract clients.
When you are working on commercial properties or even large residential properties, you may at times be called upon to clear brush out of part of the yard. If you have never done such work before, coming up with a price for the job can be tough. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we get to look at how a large 80 ft x 25 ft area can be cleared of overgrown brush and how much to charge for it.
A business, any business, whether it’s lawn care, window cleaning, house building, or whatever can eat you alive. If you don’t pace yourself, you can spend endless amounts of time chasing that next elusive customer or that next job. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we take a moment and look under the surface on how some new business owners find themselves psychologically tortured by trying to please everyone to grow their company.