Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you get called to give an estimate on a lawn care job, then perform the job, only to find out a week or so later when you get your check that the customer didn’t pay the exact amount you bid? What do you do in such situations? That is what this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum talks about. Depending on how you handle the situation could have an impact on any potential future interactions with that customer.
You can learn a lot by listening to your lawn care employees. If you don’t have any yet, here is an entrepreneur who recently quit his job as a landscape laborer and shared with us some of his insights. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one member talked about the biggest errors he found his employers committing. Knowing what they are can keep you from repeating the same problems.
Your first year of business tends to be so full of new experiences and surprises that you don’t have much time for planning. Every step you take forwards is difficult because you don’t have the benefit of years of experience behind you. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who put together a plan to help himself find success. Some of the ideas he shares may help you in the creation of your own plans.
If you thought lawn mowing prices vary, you’d be shocked to see how varied bid prices are for tree removal. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from a group of business owners who all share their thoughts on how much they would charge to remove a 150′ ft pine tree on a commercial lot. Before you read further, think about what you would charge for such a job.
Here is some great insight shared with us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum about the lawn care marketing strategies and responses an entrepreneur found. If there is one lesson to be learned from it, you never know what kind of response you will get until you try, and try, and try again. The more he tried, the more customers he got!
What makes for a great lawn care business logo? Should you keep the design simple or should it be full color and complex? Are there certain design elements you should include and others you should avoid? Once you have a logo created, how best should you use it? That is what one entrepreneur was wondering when he asked his logo question on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum.
Whether you are trying to market your lawn care services, snow removal services, or what ever else, there are a few tips we will learn from this discussion in the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum that will help you. We will also get a chance to look at and review one entrepreneurs post card design that he intends to use in the winter. Hopefully some of these ideas will help you gain more customers.
It is very important to buy mowing equipment that is going to be versatile, especially when you are relatively new to the business. Each dollar you spend on equipment has to be spent wisely as you probably can’t afford to have equipment sitting around that is only used on one or two jobs. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we get some feedback into which kind of mower would be most useful for a landscaper who just landed his first apartment complex mowing bid.
Are you in the market for a new lawn mower? Have you looked at the options available to you and considered getting a stander? Here are some pros and cons members of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum shared with us. After reading through this discussion, you may find yourself better educated on which mower type would be best for you.
Some commercial lawn care customers will play by the agreed upon contract terms you sign while others will feel they can do whatever they want. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we get a little insight into how to deal with a problem commercial mowing customer who either doesn’t pay or is late to pay and then we hear some thoughts on how to handle the situation.
Every lawn care business owner seems to have a different ideal rig setup. Some prefer a single pickup. Others like an enclosed landscape trailer. But how many of you have experimented with using a dually pickup as your main truck? That is what this entrepreneur did and he shared with us his insights on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Some of the lessons he learned may help you with your next purchase.
If you are just getting your business started and a customer either wants bi-weekly lawn mowing or none at all, most will take the bi-weekly job. However as you grow, you are going to want to either transition those customers to weekly lawn service or drop them from your route. As we will see here in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, you just can’t make a living by servicing only by-weekly customers.
Marketing is always an experimental process. Altering different variables and testing those marketing elements is the only way for sure to know what is working and what isn’t. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who promoted free leaf cleanups and how he made out at the end of the year.
As a business owner, you can learn something from all sorts of industries. A little advice from here and a little from there can add up to a lot of useful day to day knowledge for successful operations. In this discussion from a member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear lessons that cover a lot of the mistakes an entrepreneur had while running his previous photography business. He hopes by going through these in his past business, he will better be able to deal with them in his new company.
A new business owner is going to have a lot of questions about getting themselves up and running. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we cover 5 of the top questions asked about getting started. From what grade of equipment should be purchased to if you should be performing small tasks for free to build up good will. Let’s take a look at some of the answers a veteran business owner offered up.
Sometimes what seems like a simple straight forwards task, take for instance leaf cleanups, can actually be performed in many ways. Some ways will be faster than others which translates into less time spent on site and more money in your pocket. Here is a great example of that from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Multiple leaf clean up methods are discussed and you will see which way is more efficient.
Having a large local social network can be a real asset when it comes to starting up a new business. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, a new entrepreneur was pleasantly surprised when his first few customers came to him through word of mouth, even before he bought his first lawn mower.
No matter what your full time career is or was as you start your own lawn care business, there are always marketing ideas you can harness that will work well with your specific situation. Here is a great example of that from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum where one new entrepreneur still works as a teacher and was wondering how best to use that position to attract new customers. Something to consider is you don’t have to be a teacher to use these, you might know a teacher, or just be interested in teaching kids about safety.
There are some services your landscaping business might be asked to offer, which you haven’t offered yet. One of those services is gutter cleaning. If you aren’t afraid to get a little dirty and work on a ladder, there is some good money to be made when your mowing jobs are slow. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we get some insight into how to perform the work and how to charge for the service depending on a number of variables you will be presented with.
The business you create reflects a lot about you. Some entrepreneurs want to build the biggest business they can imagine while others want to stay small. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we look into how one business got big and why others decided it wasn’t the right move for them. Which route you choose is up to you, but at the very least, you should continue learning so that you can scale your business up if the right situation presented itself.
There are many problems you can run into through out your mowing season. One problem you want to keep a close eye on is your money. Are your lawn care customers paying you in a timely manner or are you so busy that you don’t have time to stop and review who owes you what. The last thing you want to happen is to find out at the end of the season that a large number of customers still owe you money. If you do find at the end of your season that a lot of your customers still owe you money, you need to think about your processes. You need to think about how much of this is your fault or how much of it is the customer’s? Is it possible the late paying customers are just problem customers and there are others out there that would work better with you? That is the topic brought up in this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Once you find out what the problem is, you need to reflect on what can be done differently to change the outcome for next year?
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When you are new to the lawn care business, you think you can come up with a few angles to get yourself started that no one ever thought of before. Chances are though, it has been thought of, tried, and the results have been noted. So before you experiment with any new strategies, it would benefit you greatly to review such discussions on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. As we will see below, there are certain strategies you should use and others you should avoid in order to get yourself profitable, quicker.
How often should you be reaching out to your current lawn care customers? The number of times successful lawn care businesses send out mailers, throughout the year, may surprise you. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, you shouldn’t wait until the end of the year to contact them.
If you are looking to expand but don’t know which direction to go, sometimes the answers are right in front of you. Simply asking your current clients what other services they are needing or being on the look out for services you could offer them can help you test out different possibilities. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one entrepreneur got a chance to talk with a new commercial lawn care customer and found out there are a plethora of services they needed. Anyone of them could become a new avenue for him or you to pursue as well.
It’s so easy to take things for granted when they are given to us. For instance, how about freedom? Why is it that with all the freedoms we have, many of us feel we are stuck? When we feel stuck, we tend to hate that which we are stuck in. Sometimes, you have to see things from outside your immediate sphere of reality to really appreciate the choices you have. In this discussion, from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from an Army Veteran who served in Iraq. When he came back, he saw freedom in a way he hadn’t seen it before and jumped on the opportunity to start his own path.
Using older lawn mowers for your business can save you money in one way. You don’t have to pay a new mower price for them. But the downside to using them is they will break down more often than a new mower. So what do you do when your local repair shop gives you a price of $500 to replace the ignition coils on your lawn mower? Consider repairing the mower yourself, like this member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum did. Doing so will not only save you money, but teach you more about the mechanics of your equipment.
The biggest reason why it is so difficult to get lawn care customers early on is because no one knows you are offering the service. As your network begins to expand, the amount of people coming to you for help with their property will expand as well. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum we hear from one entrepreneur who picked up his first commercial property cleanup through a contact he made performing residential lawn mowing.
Are you straining your brain trying to come up with services you can perform that your competitors aren’t offering? Well here is a list from a discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum that should help you out. It’s amazing how some of these ideas are so simple yet so important. Sometimes the key factor is not that you offer a 1,000 services, but that you do a handful of them really well and you are reliable at performing them.
In some areas, the population of illegal immigrants is higher than in others. Because of this, certain areas have more of a problem with competitors hiring undocumented workers to gain an advantage. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one entrepreneur wonders what he should do about this problem and how he can stay competitive all while complying with the laws.
It’s tough enough making it through your first year with your lawn care business during the mowing season, but when winter rolls around, the lack of income can wipe you out. There are steps you can take to improve your odds of getting through your first season or two as we see here in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Once you are past your first few winters, your ability to survive financially through your slow season should improve dramatically.