Archive for October, 2009

Should I buy a used mower on craigslist?

Getting your lawn care business started can mean scrambling around trying to find a bunch of basic equipment and spending a lot of cash. Some entrepreneurs are able to do this while others need to work within a very tight budget. If this is your situation, have you considered buying your mowers from craigslist? One [...]

How to approach lawn care customers.

As we have seen from many discussions on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, you can’t sit back and wait for lawn care customers to find you. You need to actively go out and seek them. A newer lawn care business owner was warming to this concept when he wrote and asked “ok we have [...]

Turn your truck and trailer into a force multiplier.

In the military they use terms like force multipliers. This term means with a given number of soldiers using certain equipment, they are able to project a larger amount of force than if they didn’t have it. The same term can be applied to the lawn care business. In this discussion we will see how [...]

Mow a neighbor’s lawn and get a new account?

Have you ever been out mowing your customer’s property and looked over at the neighbors to see the lawn could use a cut too? Did you ever decide to cut their lawn? Well a member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum told us a little story about what he has been up to and [...]

Is it really worth the hard work? How much can you make?

Are you considering starting your own lawn care business but aren’t sure if it’s worth all the hard work? That is what one new entrepreneur was interested in knowing on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum when he asked “I am wondering how many accounts can you solo guys average per week? What can one [...]

Should I combine my lawn care company with another?

You have probably heard the word synergy before. It means the value of the whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts. This holds true in many uses except potentially for this one. A lawn care business owner asked on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum if he should consider partnering up with his [...]

Estimating and invoicing snow plow customers.

Do you have trouble coming up with a way to estimate and invoice your snow plow customers? If you do, you’re not alone. Plenty of new businesses get stuck on this but thankfully I got to talk with a snow plow business owner who shared some great advice on how to estimate and bill your [...]

Help! My lawn care marketing isn’t working!

It’s one of the most frustrating things to have to deal with as an owner of a small lawn care business, when you spend money on marketing and nothing is working. It can make you feel like you are in a ship that is sinking and no matter what you do to bail the water [...]

Six do’s and don’t for the start up lawn care business.

I can never get enough of good start up business advice. When ever the opportunity arises, I like to ask successful business owners to share some insight as to how they were able to cross that very difficult mine field from start up business to successful operation. The best answers are never quick two or [...]

Cheaper price on lawn care in hopes of future work?

Have you ever been on a site to give a lawn care estimate and sensed there was plenty more work to come your way if you were able to land this account and develop a working relationship with the property owner? Did you take this into account when you gave your estimate price? Was it [...]

Is the Chamber of Commerce irrelevant?

We often talk on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum about the importance of social networking. How getting to know other business owners in your area can help your business grow. However what I have noticed is very few lawn care business owners I have talked to are members of their local Chamber of Commerce. [...]

Do you look for business advice and instead get shot down?

As if starting a lawn care business wasn’t tough enough, the last thing you want to hear is negativity when you go out looking for business advice and yet it always seems to be there waiting for you. A new lawn care business owner shared with us his story on the Gopher Lawn Care Business [...]

The first rule of running a lawn care business.

Many of us over time create a list of rules we try and live by. We create rules for our day to day lives like don’t smoke and always wear your seat belt in a car. We also create rules for our businesses. But there are times, for whatever reason, we break these rules and [...]

Lawn care marketing idea for the Fall.

If you are trying to promote your Fall yard leaf clean up and gutter clean out services but find going door to door takes too much time. Putting flyers in mailboxes is also a problem because it’s illegal and the Post Master can fine you. Well what about this? What if you got a whole [...]

Free lawn mowing for single moms?

We talk a lot on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum about how when you do something good for the community, you can get a lot of attention. Especially when you let the media know what you are doing. In a recent article on CNN it talked about a lawn care business owner who was [...]

Franchising your lawn care business? You better think.

Do you think you have a great business model? Is your model a lot better than others. Do you feel you need more money and resources in order to grow? If so maybe you have considered franchising your lawn care business. But before you go out and start trying to sign people up, you better [...]

Looking unsafe can get your lawn care company fired.

You may not think at first glance a lawn care customer pays much attention to the safety precautions you either take or ignore when working on their property, but they do. People keep track of when you take trimmer guards off or mower guards. They know what can happen when these devices are taken off [...]

John Deere X749 tractor vs. a ZTR mower.

Being that a lot of start up lawn care businesses read the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, I asked the members what equipment would you suggest purchasing now that you have had some time to see what works well and what doesn’t. What I found was quite interesting and I hope it gets you thinking. [...]

Lawn care business planning, how much can you do?

If you ever thought about starting your own lawn care business or pondered the idea of expanding your current business into new areas you’d be wise to do some research on the topic you are interested in. Which brings me to a discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum when I asked “how much [...]

Step by step, how to winterize irrigation systems.

As we have seen in the Gopher Lawn Care Busines Forum, there is quite a bit of money to be made when you offer your clients irrigation system winterization services. But it seems a lot of lawn care business owner just don’t offer it because they don’t know how to do it. Well thank to [...]

Learning from this year’s lawn care business mistakes.

For every year we are in business, I hope we are all able to reflect back and learn from what we had problems with so we don’t recreate the same issues next year. I asked the members of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum what they were able to learn from the previous year when [...]

An easy way to change ztr mower blades.

ZTR mowers can be really heavy and they are tough to get underneath in a way that provides you enough room to get the blades off. That was the topic that came up on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. A member asked “Does anyone have a simple way of changing their ztr mower blades? [...]

Performing landscape projects in stages can help sell them.

In a discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we talked about how breaking landscape projects down into sections can really help you sell larger projects. If the customer knows that at anytime they can say ok this is enough. Or if they feel their budget is shrinking to pay for the landscape project, [...]

Sell more landscape services by staying put.

Why travel around so much when you can sell more staying put at the same location. You may not think you are missing out on potential upsells until you read this. One of our Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum members shared with us his view on staying put and making more on upsells. He wrote [...]

More secrets on winning over a property manager.

Here is the follow up conversation I had with a property manager on the Gopher Lawn Care Business forum. He shared with me some really important insights you must know as a lawn care business owner if you want to win him or others in the industry over and get them to accept your bid.
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How to improve your lawn care business cash flow.

Every customer will act and behave a little different from others. Many would seem content to just do what ever they want and pay when they feel like it. This, as we know, will be detrimental to your lawn care business. But how do you get everyone on the same page? You can accomplish this [...]

Having lawn care customers pay with post dated checks?

Do you have troubles getting paid from your lawn care customers after you mow their yard? This is a big problem that can easily sink a lawn care business. But what should you do about it? What’s the best way to handle this situation? Have you considered post dated checks? One lawn care business owner [...]

Sharper lawn mower blades allow for faster mowing!

What the heck does the sharpness or dullness of a lawn mower blade have to do with the speed you can cut a lawn at? In one word plenty. We had a great discussion at the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum on this topic when a member shared with us he had recently purchased his [...]

Advice on operating a zero turn lawn mower.

Making the jump from a walk behind mower to a zero turn mower involves more than just money, it involves learning to operate a new piece of machinery. To get the desired results can be tricky but this discussion should help you get on your way. A Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum member recently picked [...]

How to speed up leaf collection.

When the leaves fall and you are hired to clean them up, a lot of times you are not only fighting with trying to collect wet leaves but with wind! How do you collect the leaves when the wind is blowing them all over? That is a question asked on the Gopher Lawn Care Business [...]