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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Have you ever been called to submit a lawn care bid on a property where the property owner promised more work later if the initial bid was low? This temptation can be used as an inducement to gain a lower bid. Once that bid is secured, the property owner can then put out for bid other work to get the lowest possible bid on that, using the same technique. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, you have to be careful with the way you estimate your jobs and you need to bid them to be profitable regardless of any future unseen promises.
It’s tough to turn away lawn care work when you are looking to grow your mowing business. Sometimes jobs will come along that are just too big or require larger equipment that you don’t have. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we look at what you should do when presented with a job that requires you to mow down real tall grass. How to perform the job and what you should bill for it.
With the different variations of line trimmers available on the market, what type is best for you? Should you go with a cheaper model or a more expensive one? Did you know that the cheaper models tend to be much more difficult to service as they are designed to be used until they break down and then thrown away? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we look into the benefits and downsides of using a 2 stroke line trimmer versus a 4 stroke line trimmer and consider which would be best for your needs.
It can be really frustrating taking a broken lawn mower to your local mower repair shop, only to have them not get it fixed for weeks because they are swamped with work. Such situations might actually get you to think about starting your own lawn mower repair shop. But should you do it? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from someone who has done it and they give us the pros and cons of going that route.
Should you start a lawn care business before you have studied all there is to know about the business? Or can you get started with no experience and still find success? That is a question which was brought up on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. As we will see from this discussion below, sometimes you just don’t have time to learn anywhere else but on the job and that will have to do.
When it comes to the lawn care industry, what makes a low baller? What is so bad about part timers? What about solo operators? Why does there seem to be so much said by the larger mowing companies about the smaller ones? That was the topic, from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, that we focused on in this discussion. Here are some of the opinions expressed on this topic.
To become a successful entrepreneur, there is so much you need to learn about. Financial planning and taxes is an important part of it. Some new business owners tend to feel they need to spend everything they make by then end of the year to build there business while others feel it is important right from the start to save. Here is a great discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum on which method is more important and how your taxes are effected by that decision.
There are what seems to be an infinite amount of lawn mowers available on the market today. If you are looking to upgrade your current mower to a larger model, don’t just feel you need to scale up to the biggest available. The right mower, as we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, depends a lot on what you are trying to mow. If you get too big of a mower and only have small properties to mow, you will have troubles. The same if you get too small of a mower for a large property. So which is right for you? Let’s look into this further.
You have to fuel up your trucks and equipment multiple times throughout the week. While you are at the gas station, have you ever inquired to find out when they accept bids for caring for their property? It wouldn’t hurt to ask. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who was asked to bid on a lawn care job at his local gas station and we see how he came up with his pricing.
There are all sorts of methods you can use to figure out how to pay a lawn care employee. You might pay them by the hour, which is probably the most used method. You can pay them a % of what you make on a job. You can pay them per job. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we look at that last method in a little more detail. If you decide to pay an employee per job, you may want to consider some of these pros and cons.