Oh it can be so frustrating when you are ready to work and have all your mowing equipment prepared but the phone isn’t ringing and you have no lawn care customers to service. This frustration can cause you to throw your hands up in the air and quit. But before you do that, realize beginnings are difficult but you can get through this stage. To help you, here is a discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum that should help get you on the right path.
Taking on a larger commercial lawn care customer can be a daunting task when you aren’t used to estimating such properties. Here is an example, from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, of what one entrepreneur priced a commercial lawn care bid. Hopefully it will give you some insight as to how others break down such jobs and figure out the pricing for each specific service.
You might think in a perfect world, you should let the lawn care customer dictate to you how everything should be done. They should be able to tell you how often they want their lawn cut. At what height their lawn should be mowed. You should customize all that you do to what the customer’s desires are. However, as we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, doing so can lead to a big mess real quickly.
It can be difficult to create a lawn care postcard design. Sometimes what may look good to us, might not look as good to others. Asking for opinions on your graphic design is a good way to figure out which elements of your marketing material may be good or which may not. Here is a great example of this from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Compare some of these tips to your most recent marketing design and see if you can improve upon what you have created.
Mother always warned you about getting tattoos and how they will stick with you for life. So what are you to do when you find yourself wanting to start a lawn care business and are heavily tattooed? You may have some concerns on how being tattooed will effect your ability to go door to door and meet new potential customers. You also may be looking for some tips on how to move beyond those issues and grow you business. Here are some tips from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum that should help.
Creating an image your company projects is something that tends to separate the startups from the more veteran businesses. The better your image, the more confident the new customers will be in choosing you to provide them with the services they need. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we get some insight into the importance of having lawn care uniforms early on versus waiting until your company reaches a certain size to be concerned with appearance.
No matter what time of year it is, there is always a service you can sell to home owners as maintaining a property can be quite overwhelming for many. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who was able to build up his snow removal customer base over the winter and get some leads on spring time mowing services as well. Read the rest of this entry »
With the grass growing, many new lawn care business owners are scouring the classified ads, looking for deals on commercial lawn mowers they can get to replace one of their current mowers or upgrade to a larger mowing deck. Sometimes there is a good deal to be found while other times, you may find yourself buying another person’s headache. But how can you tell a good deal from a bad. Here is a discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum that highlights a few issues you may run into.
You can get the majority of what you need to do to have a website completed and still not get any activity on it. How come? You might be missing out on key lawn care business website search engine optimization techniques. Missing those important elements can cause your site to rank poorly in the search engines. Let’s take a look at this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum to learn how to improve your SEO.
How often do you have a few thousand dollars laying around that you just don’t know what to do with it? When you do, does your mind start spinning thinking about all the lawn care equipment you could buy? Or do you take the extra cash and stick it in the bank where you leave it in case of an emergency? That is the situation this send year business owner finds himself in when he asks the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum for help.
Sometimes it’s the easy things that are the most difficult to do and the things you are thinking will be difficult become the easiest. I don’t know how many people end up never getting their lawn care business started because they spend to much time contemplating how to do things and never take any concrete steps to get things done, but I venture to say it’s a lot. Here are some great insight from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one new business owner shared about his experiences getting things going.
Have you ever thought about how to streamline your marketing and sales presentation in order to minimize time spent going out and giving free lawn care estimates? Maybe you thought it would be a good idea to hand out lawn care flyers in different areas and include a price on the flyer. That way, the customer could decide if they want you to mow their property or not based on price. If this sounds like a good idea to you, you may want to consider this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum.
You can get a lot of great business advice from entrepreneurs who operate in many different fields. Yes their businesses may differ from yours in many ways, but a big part of what is involved in being successful is similar across the board. So by picking up a few pieces of information here and there, you can put together a bigger picture that will work well for you and your company. Here are some great business insights that a lawn care equipment dealer shared with us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum.
Wouldn’t it be nice if every time you were out with your truck and you parked somewhere, your truck could help you sell? Sure if you get some signs on it, people may write down your contact information. But what if you had a lawn care business card holder on your truck? Then to make it even more eye catching, what if you attached a blinking light to it? This is one heck of a creative marketing idea that an entrepreneur developed and shared with us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum.
There are so many lawn care marketing methods to experiment with, you will never try them all, but seeing what works for others may be a good indicator at what might work for you too. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we talk about what marketing methods have worked for others this past year such as lawn care marketing on race cars.
When you are running a basic sole proprietor business, it is pretty easy how to pay yourself. Basically anything left in your bank account after expenses and taxes is yours to do what you want with. If at a point you decide you want to incorporate your lawn care business, how do you then pay yourself? The process is a little more complicated but, well worth it as you gain more benefits from being incorporated. Let’s have a look as to how to do this from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum.
If things aren’t tough enough trying to run your lawn care business, here come the lowball lawn mowing ads. It seems like once they get started, everyone is in a race to the bottom. So how can you compete with lowballers? How can you get the price you need to keep your business running? That is what an entrepreneur wanted to know on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum.
Have you ever found yourself pondering if you should start a lawn care business? If you did take that step, have you found yourself at times thinking of giving up? I am sure every entrepreneur has those thoughts at one time or another, but take it from these two business owners on how important it is to stick with it. There are a million little things that can drive you crazy about anything and make you want to throw your hands up in the air, but before you give up, think of these stories from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum.
The early days of starting any business are sure to make you panic. You begin to question yourself. Do you have what it takes? Are you cut out to be an entrepreneur? Will you run out of funds before your business begins to pay for itself? That kind of self doubt is what is going on in one entrepreneurs head as he asks the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum advice on how he should handle his start up phase doubts and how to sell lawn care services.
You don’t need money to market yourself and gain new lawn care customers if you have spare time. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, harnessing your time to go out and meet people, attend meetings, and become known in your area can be as beneficial and spending money on some other lawn care marketing campaign. Use what you have. If you have more time than money, harness your time. If you have more money than time, harness your money.
Cemeteries may seem like the perfect customer to perform lawn care services on. They tend to be big areas that don’t have a homeowner looking out the window nagging you about all the little spots you missed. But on the flip side, there are a lot of reasons why you may not want to submit a lawn care bid to a cemetery as we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum.
Franchises were created to allow the want to be business owner with a way to maximize their chances of success by selling a proven, winning, money making infrastructure. Sure you normally have to buy into them, but the value you get out of your money invested should be well worth. It should allow you to hit the ground running with your new franchise. But what happens when things don’t work out that way for a lawn care franchise? That is what this story from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum is all about.
Choosing the right lawn care business logo can be difficult. It seems the more options you have, the tougher it becomes to focus on a single design. That is the issue one entrepreneur finds himself running into as he asks the members of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum for help in narrowing down his decision.
When ever we create our own lawn care marketing material, we tend to think it is a fantastic design that needs no altering. But before you get anything printed you really should ask others what they think of the design. In this organic lawn care postcard review, from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we get to see a few designs and some feedback from others in the industry that had quite a bit of good advice.
Look, we all have to start somewhere. If you have a beater truck and want to start a lawn care business, it shouldn’t stop you. In fact, you should feel lucky that you have a truck in the first place. There are plenty of entrepreneurs out there that don’t have access to a truck and instead need to start their mowing service with a car. That being said, once you get yourself up and running, should you continue to use such a truck or should you do something to improve upon it? That is what one business owner wanted to know when he asked his question on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum.
Finding balance in everything we do is important. So how do you handle the balance between a family’s desire to go on vacation with a business owner’s desire to grow his business? Where can a business owner find common ground in that situation to make everyone happy? That is the question asked on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. The comments that followed really make you think.
Advertising on craigslist is simple and free. Because of this, there are an ocean of ads out there but the vast majority of them are simple, plain, and bland. If you want to advertise your lawn care service on craigslist and get calls from potential customers, you need to do something to stand out a bit. But what would make you stand out? As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, adding graphics to your ad can make a bit visual difference.
Can you make money with your own lawn aerator and power rake? Sure you can, if you have the clients who want those services. If you don’t, you just might find yourself with a shed of equipment you are making payments on that isn’t making you any money. So how should you go about building that client base? An entrepreneur on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum shared his strategy with us that allowed him to buy his aerator in cash and begin making money immediately with it.
If you have ever considered sending out thank you cards to your customers at the beginning of the season but then passed on the idea, you may want to reconsider it after hearing what this one entrepreneur has to say about it. He shared with us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum a look at his lawn care customer thank you cards, how many he sent out, and what kind of results he got from it. This may inspire you to try it out yourself.
What will you be doing as spring nears to get back in touch with your lawn care customer base? Will you call them? Email them? Simply show up once the lawn starts to grow? Well you might want to consider sending out a spring lawn care customer letter and see if it can generate you some new work. That is what a member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum did and he got a lot of projects signed up. He hasn’t even started his mowing season yet!