Archive for September, 2009

The trouble with lawn care business flyers.

Has your lawn care business handed out flyers to market your lawn mowing services? What kind of results did you receive? Were you happy with the results? One lawn care business owner talked about his frustration with handing out flyers, on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum and we got a chance to look into [...]

New lawn care business book: What the hell are you doing with your life?

Here is a sneak preview of my latest lawn care business book. I hope this helps fill the void for those of you who find yourselves in a very unhappy job situation and are looking to get out and start your own lawn care business.
Title: What the hell are you doing with your life?
Synopsis: A [...]

Do lawn care business door hangers work?

What a great topic! Do lawn care business door hangers work? That was the question posed to us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. In early June a lawn care business owner had just put out 500 door hangers and didn’t get a single call from them. Here is what he wrote “I just [...]

Snow plowing business basics.

As Summer turns to Fall and Fall turns to Winter I am seeing a lot more questions on how to get your snow plowing business started. How do you get customers? What’s better, residential or commercial snow plowing? This is a topic that was brought up on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum and I [...]

Hedge trimming job bid example.

I like to point out lawn care business bids when I get the opportunity because I think they are great learning tools. In this example a member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum asked how much he should charge for a job trimming some hedges. Here is what he posted to give you some [...]

Should you remove your line trimmer’s protective guard?

Have you ever thought about removing the guard on your line trimmer? Do you find it gets in the way and limits the amount of grass you can trim at a time? This was the topic brought up on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum and it really got a lot of members talking.
One lawn [...]

Your first commercial lawn mower.

Getting your first commercial lawn mower can be pretty challenging. There are so many options out there with so many models and sizes. What is best for you? Should you go with the biggest you can buy? Should you get a tractor, a ztr, a walk behind? That’s what one of the members of the [...]

Lawn care postcards to drop off as you drive by.

Have you ever found yourself out driving from job to job when you see a property that could really use one of your services? As you drive by it you think to yourself hmm if I could only get them as a customer. But what is the best way to promote yourself to potential lawn [...]

Can a solo lawn care business owner make $100,000 a year?

How much can you make as a solo lawn care business owner? That’s a very good question and one that many new lawn care business owners want to know. Knowing such a number can help you figure out if you are doing well or maybe you need to charge more. One of the Gopher Lawn [...]

Lawn care customer invoice terms.

Coming up with your lawn care business invoice terms can be a puzzling experience when you are first getting started. It’s something you might not even think about but what you choose to put on your invoices can have a profound effect on when you get paid. On of the members of the Gopher Lawn [...]

Are your lawn care customer letters personalized?

One of our Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum members put together this great letter to send out to his lawn care customers. When I asked him about the letter he said “A letter from me might just remind them that their lawn service is friendly & shares apart of itself, with them.
I also promote a [...]

Before and after landscape retaining wall construction.

Has your lawn care business experimented with designing landscapes on your computer and then using the design as a sales tool? That’s what one of our forum members did and he landed a retaining wall job by doing it. Let’s take a look into his experience. Maybe this will help you with your future landscape [...]

How to bid a sod removal and install job.

When a lawn care customer calls you and asks for a quote on a new sod installation, there are a bunch of questions that should pop up in your mind before you actually proceed in bidding the job. If you don’t find out first why the current lawn needs to be replaced with new sod, [...]

The customer wants you to scalp his lawn?

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where your lawn care customer asks you to do something that you know is no good for their lawn? How do you handle such a situation? Is the customer always right and do you do whatever they ask or will you stand your ground and not perform [...]

Are you offering organic lawn care services?

There has been quite a bit of talk about offering organic lawn care services on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. From what everyone has been saying, the profit margin on offering the service makes it worth while. Another great point is that you don’t need any sort of chemical applicators license to do this [...]

What do your competitors have that you don’t?

Have you ever wondered what your closest lawn care business competitor has that you don’t? Is it something you can obtain to get an edge over them? I asked this question on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum.
What does your next closest competitor have that your company does not? Or what do they have that [...]

Don’t be afraid to hear the word ‘No.’

Are you afraid of hearing the word no? Is it keeping your lawn care business from growing? This fear afflicts more of us than we would probably care to admit. A new lawn care business owner shared with us his insights as to how fearing the word ‘no’ had stifled his growth for some time.
He [...]