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!
Anything you do for the first time will give you a lot to think about after the fact. This includes bidding on mowing lawns. As soon as you do your first bid, you are immediately going to be replaying the bid over and over again in your head, thinking about all the different things you could have or should have done differently. This discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum is no exception. There are a lot of great learning lessons to come out of this lawn care bid example.
Are you currently mowing residential properties and looking to scale up to commercial? Or maybe you are servicing commercial customers and would like to see how another entrepreneur breaks down and bids a property. Here is a great hotel lawn care bid example from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Hopefully this helps give you more insight into the process.
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You might think there is a big trick to landing those larger landscape jobs. But as we will see here in this discussion, a big part of success comes from showing up. If you can get yourself to a bid location, at the right time, look presentable, be personable, and have a bid that is reasonable, you can win it.
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Some lawn care customers think they know exactly what steps should be taken with their lawn to achieve a healthy and lush lawn. You may find that you can accommodate some of their requests while other requests you may feel are bad or misguided choices. What do you do though when a customer insists you perform a service, such as lawn scalping, that you feel may actually do damage to the lawn, short of just walking away from the job, here is a suggestion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum.
As an entrepreneur I am sure you are always looking out for other service yous can offer your current customer base. The benefit of adding more services and selling them to customers you already have is making more profit per customer. Less money is spent marketing to customers you already have as is less travel time since you are already going to be at the location mowing their lawn. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we will get some insight into the service of drainage repair.
We’d all love to know what kind of return on investment we could get before we actually spend money on any specific marketing method. As I am sure you are aware, there are plenty of different advertising methods you can use that may never result in a single sale. There are some that will work amazingly. But what about using lawn signs to attract new lawn care customers? How do they work? Here is a great discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum that shares some insight as to what one entrepreneur experienced.
The end of the year can bring along with it a frantic pace of yard cleanup. But what do you do when you schedule in too many yard cleanups and run out of time? Another thing to consider is this poor planning on your part? Do you need to re-think the way you handle fall cleanups so as not to run into the same problem next year? That is what this entrepreneur wondered when he wrote about his current dilemna on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum.
There are many ways to promote your lawn care business. You can go door to door. You can buy ads in the phone book, newspaper, or on search engines. But if you have more time than money, you might want to consider what this entrepreneur suggested in the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. He uses his time to promote his services through free community projects.
If you are not very sociable in person, it may be easier for you to be sociable on the internet, especially when you see how networking online can bring you plenty of business. In this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we see how one new entrepreneur was able to utilize facebook to review what friends and friends of friends did for a living. Then contact those who worked at such jobs as commercial property managers to line up some big commercial mowing jobs.
Every business owner wants to know the best and fastest way to acquire new customers as fast as possible. There are many methods to gain customers and some of them will work better than other. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one entrepreneur talks about how he got his customers and the way he did it was quite creative.
A big goal for your lawn care business website would be to rank high for certain keyword phrases you have deemed important. Once you are able to do that, you can then focus on making your website appear multiple times on the first page of the search engine results. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, it will take time, but with focus, you can get it done.
What the best way to go about your lawn care equipment purchases when you are just starting out? Should you go big and get all commercial equipment or should you stay conservative and either use what you already own or buy some consumer grade equipment? That is what one entrepreneur was looking for advice in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum.
Oh the things you wish you knew when you got started. If you only did this or if you only did that. Sure we all can look back on anything we started and find ways we could have made growth come easier and faster but what were the real important issues? What steps could we all really have taken to make a serious difference? That is what one entrepreneur wondered as he asked for advice on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum.
Bidding on leaf cleanup jobs can be difficult for the new start up business owner. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we get some insight into the process. There are many questions you may have about performing such work such as how to actually remove the leaves, what to do with them once you collect them, and how long the average job should take. If you are having difficulty with an estimate, compare your property to this one as it should help you formulate a price.
If you are interested in keeping busy with your landscape company all year long there are plenty of services you can offer during the winter months. There is snow removal in the colder climates and there is also holiday outdoor lighting and decoration installs. Here is a great discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum on how to price such jobs and a few tips on installing them properly.