Getting through the first year of running your mowing business is tough no doubt, but when you make it through, you really have to start thinking of getting all your customers back in the spring. There are various methods to do this and they get easier to implement as you are in business longer. Here is a great discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum that gives you some ideas to consider when looking to start up your mowing schedule in the spring.
Any industry has the potential to cause you medical problems if you find yourself doing the same thing over and over again. Repetitive stress issues can occur using most equipment, from heavy mowers, to computer keyboards. Inhaling fumes from gas as well as sprayed fertilizer can also cause health problems, so be aware and stay safe. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we get some insight as to what issues the average mowing company owner needs to be concerned with.
You might think that invoicing and billing customers would be a priority for most every lawn care business owner. However as we will see from this discussion in the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, this is yet another issue that tends to take time to get figured out by the new entrepreneur. There are many methods you could utilize to invoice your customers but which ones work best?
It’s odd at times the barriers you come upon when you are new to being an entrepreneur. The thing about being new is that you don’t know what is a standard industry practice and what is absolute nonsense. Here is a great discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum that shows how you can be mislead by an insurance agent. In this case, mislead to the point that it might effect your decision to ultimately get started or not.
A few thousand dollars can often be the difference in making it through your first year of business or not. So often the focus of a new entrepreneur is in obtaining clients when it should be in maximizing the income you can make per client by offering more to them. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, offering more services might be an easier and more successful path to take.
Most of the time you are fighting tooth and nail to get new landscape customers to call you by using various methods of marketing. But what do you do when a call comes in from a potential client that lives a little outside your immediate service area? It creates a dilemma that you must weigh the pros and cons of before making a decision. What elements should factor into your decision? That is what this discussion was about on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum.
You can’t win a marathon race by sprinting right from the starting line. If you do, you will quickly lose steam and sputter out a short time into your race. If, however, you are able to keep a pace that is balanced with the distance you need to travel, you can make it across the finish line a winner. This same premise holds true when it comes to running a successful company as we will see in this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum.
We all get delusions of grandeur from time to time. Thinking we would be a lot better off if we could snap our fingers and grow our businesses 100% or 200% over night. Maybe if we bought out a company for whatever price, we’d make that money back and in multiples. The higher the cost, the more we believe this is a real option, a legitimate option. But that is where we are wrong most of the time. Let’s take a look at the reality of buying another lawn care company from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum and see what we are really up against when considering such an option.
You would think coming up with a business name for your mowing company should be relatively straight forwards, simple, and easy. To some entrepreneurs it is. They just go with the first idea that comes to them. For others though, it is a grueling process where they try to encapsulate everything they want to do into one name that encapsulates it all. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, the ideal path tends to be somewhere in the middle. Where you take into consideration what function your business will perform and not let yourself get to crazy into future possibilities.
When building a lawn care website, there are many elements you can include. With all these choices, you may feel like a kid in a candy store trying to grab as many items as you can. You really need to think each element out before you install them. Some might be ok, some might be great, but others or using too many can create an awful experience for a visitor. Such experiences will lead to a potential customer leaving your site for a competitors. Let’s take a look at what web elements others are using from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum.
Some craigslist ads will do well and others won’t. Certain elements of an ad will attract readers while other ads may simply be passed. Different locations may bring better results than others as well. There are many elements involved in whether a craigslist ad will do well or not. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, results may vary and testing is essential to finding what works. If your ad is not working too well, consider combining elements of this ad in your own and see if your results improve.
The longer your business is around and operating, the more times you are going to find yourself being asked if you would offer this service or that. Before you brush off a request on a service you have yet to offer, consider this story from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. One entrepreneur decided to investigate a new service and found it wasn’t as difficult as he thought to perform the service. In the end, it opened his eyes to a new grouping of services that made him a lot of money.
Would you be interested in making over $200 for about three hours of work by offering a much needed upsell? You might want to consider offering your clients gutter cleaning. This service is not only a great upsell to current clients but it’s a great way to reach out to other potential customers you can then sell lawn care services to. Here is a discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum that shows you how one entrepreneur was able to attract work and how he estimates the jobs once he gets them.
Taking that step from employee to entrepreneur can be quite frightening, especially when your current boss lives right next door to you. The idea of opening a competing mowing company can seem like open warfare. That is the situation one entrepreneur, from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, finds himself in as he contemplates his next more. What would you do in his situation?
Anyone who tries to sell anything knows how important is it to be friendly. The concept of being friendly really covers many different levels. Sure you might dress up, put a smile on your face, say hello, and think with that you will win over a new customer. But as we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, you might want to consider in the future if you are being pet friendly as well.
It can be very frustrating trying to get your lawn care business started. Unless you are 100% focused on making it work and have the time/funding to support your new business, the small problems can quickly become bigger ones and end up driving you crazy. Here is a story about how things can go wrong from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum in hopes that you can learn from this experience and make your situation go right.
There are a lot of methods out there one can use to create a price for building a retaining wall however most of them just don’t work. The biggest error done is basing a wall price on it’s total square feet. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we will see why that is a poor pricing method and what is a better way to go about it.
So many new lawn care business owners pause at the moment when a decision is required of them. Or they fail to plan how to handle future growth. In haste, a poor decision can be made due to a lack of experience. Such indecisive or poor decisions can prove costly. After reading this book, you should have a solid, well rounded perspective on a broad range of topics your lawn care business will be facing in the future. Knowing how others have previously handled situations can give you a definitive advantage over competitors. Knowing what works and what doesn’t will keep your business moving solidly forwards. As you move ahead, I hope you find great joy and excitement with your business. You can make it happen.
Topics covered include:
- Getting started.
- How to deal with customers.
- Business tips.
- Improving your bidding & sales.
- Services to offer.
- Marketing strategies.
- Website tips.
- Equipment issues.
- Things to watch out for.
- Keeping your life in balance with your business.
If you would like to read more about how to improve your lawn care or landscaping business, check out my many other lawn care business books.
Every new start up business goes through a lot to get themselves up and running. Some do seem to have an easier time than others though. A lot of that depends on previous experience, their current situation, and the entrepreneur’s ability to adapt to new situations that present themselves. To help you improve your chances, here is a great discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum that shares some insight into that start up battle.
A big part of being successful as an entrepreneur lies in your ability to be creative and experimental. Sometimes you apply that creativity in your marketing, other times you can apply it in the tools and equipment you use. There is nothing like customizing your equipment to perform a function you need it to perform. Here is a great example of that from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, when one entrepreneur showed us a new enclosed landscape trailer he built.
Coming up with a price to mow an average sized lawn can be a difficult process for a new lawn care business. If you are having troubles bidding your mowing jobs, consider this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. As you will see, there are various methods you can employe to get your bidding to become a more accurate process than just guessing.
At times things can seem real tough. The economy can be bad. Injuries can occur. Customers can leave. But if you keep focused and run as lean an operation as you can, you can make it through. Here is one entrepreneurs story that he shared with us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum about the problems he has been running into.
Every type of landscape job has issues you need to be wary of. So what are some of the things you should be concerned with before you take on a tree and rock removal job? That is what one entrepreneur was interested in knowing when he wrote about an upcoming job he bid on and asked for some help on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum.
There are plenty of free lawn care logos and web templates to use if you are getting started and don’t have the time to custom create one from scratch. Are these templates alright to use? What if someone else is using the same template somewhere else? Does it matter? Would it be better to not use a logo at all than to use a free template? That is what one entrepreneur was concerned with when he asked his logo marketing question on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum.
When was the last time you rolled a lawn with a roller? It’s quite possible you have never considered offering this service. Here is a great discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum that talks about the benefits to rolling a lawn. When you should roll a lawn and some of the steps to take to perform the job properly.
Mowing lawns seems to be a service most every new landscaper performs. Many times it’s the only service they perform. It’s easy to put on your blinders and think all you need to be successful is just more mowing customers, but what if you stopped for a moment and looked around you to see what others are doing to stand out? Would you begin to see that there are many more services that may be highly profitable, you are missing out on because you are so focused on lawn mowing? That is what one entrepreneur was thinking about when he asked, a question on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, what he could he be doing to stand out.
There are many ways you can present your sales presentation to a new potential customer. Maybe your sales style is to keep it simple and give them your best price right away. But what about if you give them a higher price at first to see how they respond? Is this a strategy that could work better? That is what an entrepreneur was interested in knowing when he posed this scenario to us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum.
Sometimes all it takes is an upgrade to your lawn care equipment to really make a change in your ability to perform a job as well as improve profits. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who decided to go bigger this year with his leaf collection method and the results really blew him away.
You’d think that once you initially visit a new customer’s property to calculate your lawn care estimate, the variables you take into consideration when creating the bid, wouldn’t change. However, as we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, such variables can change. What if your customer decides to start over fertilizing the property and the grass begins to grow twice as fast as it was before? What would you do then?
If you are in the market for a new lawn mower, you will soon be faced with a multitude of decisions to make. After choosing on a mower style, you will then need to focus on a brand. Once you have that figured out, you will then need to decide what size engine to go with. An engine that is too small may be underpowered for what you want to do and end up wearing out faster. A bigger engine may cost you more and be an unnecessary purchase. How should you decide then on an engine size? That is what one business owner was interested in knowing when he asked about the topic on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum.