It’s not an easy thing to create a logo for your lawn care business. With a logo, you are trying to create a visual icon that encapsulates a mood, your companies technical skill level, how you will interact with a customer, and what they can expect from you. If you make the logo too detailed, it won’t be easy to recreate or remember. If you make your logo too simple, it won’t stand out, so what do you do? That is what one business owner wondered when he asked the members of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, which logo they thought he should use.
If you get your lawn care business started up later in the season, your first obstacle may be accurately bidding leaf removal jobs. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, such jobs can really catch you off guard and require a lot more time than you may initially expect. A second obstacle can end up being not enough lawns to mow, but being called for a leaf removal job can easily be upsold into an annual lawn care contract for the upcoming year. Let’s have a look at some of the lessons learned in a business owner’s first week on the job.
Have you ever run into a situation where you have already provided a fall yard cleanup only to have that same customer call you back a week later asking when you are going to be there to pick up the rest of the leaves? That is what is going on in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Except there is a little twist to it. This entrepreneur had advertised free fall cleanups in the beginning of the year to help gain more customers. Now in the fall, it seems this might have become a little more than he had bargained for.
Do you have a couple of bucks burning a hole in your pocket and are you considering spending that money on a business you found in craiglist? You may want to reconsider that option after reading this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, in which we hear from one entrepreneur who got burned when he bought what he thought was a thriving mowing business.
A new mowing business may find itself having a difficult time getting customers to sign a mowing contract. If that is the case for consider this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Getting customers to sign up when you are new can be tough but there are definite benefits to it. If you don’t have your customers signing a contract with you, there is no paper trail of what you and the customer agreed to, which can lead to problems down the road if the customer stops paying.
There is this myth n the minds of the newbie landscaper that if they come into an area and charge the cheapest price, they will be able to scoop up enough clients that the volume of clients will make up for the cheap price. The reality of it all is that doesn’t work. As we will see here in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, there are better ways to build a business and attract clients.
When you are working on commercial properties or even large residential properties, you may at times be called upon to clear brush out of part of the yard. If you have never done such work before, coming up with a price for the job can be tough. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we get to look at how a large 80 ft x 25 ft area can be cleared of overgrown brush and how much to charge for it.
A business, any business, whether it’s lawn care, window cleaning, house building, or whatever can eat you alive. If you don’t pace yourself, you can spend endless amounts of time chasing that next elusive customer or that next job. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we take a moment and look under the surface on how some new business owners find themselves psychologically tortured by trying to please everyone to grow their company.
Have you ever wished you had a friend in the lawn care industry that would share with you how their fall lawn care marketing plan worked? How many pieces of marketing material they handed out and what kind of jobs resulted from it? Well luckily you have the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum as that friend. Here is a great insider look on how one entrepreneur was able to pick up fall leaf clean ups and also get clients signed up for mowing next year.
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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