Archive for December, 2009

How to improve your website search engine rankings.

With each passing day more and more potential lawn care customers are looking to internet search engines for lawn care companies as those phone books are becoming a thing of the past. Knowing this will show you the importance of having a website but that is only the first step. You are also going to [...]

When to bid on commercial lawn care contracts?

When you are running a lawn care business in one geographic area only to be picking up to move to another, you may find the mowing season can differ greatly from what you are used to. That is what one lawn care business owner found when he mentioned in the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, [...]

Accounts receivable is a silent business killer.

All too often, accounts receivable, is over looked by new lawn care business owners. When a new lawn care business owner is just getting started, they figure they would rather be working than not working. So as long as they are working, they feel like it is money in the bank. But it is so [...]

How a free snow plowing can help you sell more.

As we have seen in many discussions on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, the better the network you have, the more you will sell. Getting started though can pose a very tricky problem. How do you develop up a network to sell too?
Well chances are, you already have a network in place, you just [...]

How to take action when a competitor falls?

When a business you have been competing with, stumbles or falls, you can do a lot to position yourself in such a way as to pick up some new customers. A member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum had this situation happen to him where a competitor who offered snow plowing, simply shut down [...]

Connections will make your lawn care business succeed.

Isn’t it amazing how success in business and sales always comes back to the simplest of things. Networking with people. That’s it. We sometimes seem to make this process so much more complicated than it needs to be.
Why do you feel we do this? Why do we get away from the fact that it all [...]

How to get wealthy lawn care customers.

A great way to really improve your lawn care business profit margins is to cater to wealthier neighborhoods. Although there will always be some wealthy clients that will nickle and dime you to death, the majority of them want top notch lawn care service and are willing to pay for it. But how do you [...]

I need help dealing with my lawn care customers.

Actually starting a lawn care business is but a small step in a grand adventure. Immediately as soon as you open the doors, you are going to start having to deal with conflict. Conflict from customers, staff members, equipment and the list goes on and on. If everyday you are operating your business, you can [...]

How a lawn care business owner got into real estate investing.

Have you ever considered investing some of the money you have made with your lawn care business into real estate? As the old saying goes, when it comes to land, they just aren’t making nay more of it. Maybe you have thought about buying some rental properties and just weren’t sure how to do it [...]

What you should include in your lawn care website.

Are you looking to create your own lawn care website? Or maybe thinking about adding some information to it but you are not sure what? Consider these ideas from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum.
The difference between success and failure can be very slight. So can the difference between good and great. That is why [...]

The do’s and dont’s of lawn care business holiday cards.

Sending out holiday cards to your lawn care customers at the end of the year is a great way to show your appreciation for them. But before you send them out, consider some of the do’s and dont’s from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. You also might want to spread the [...]

What it takes to start your own lawn care business.

A lot of people talk or dream about starting their own lawn care business, so I thought it might be a good idea to ask members of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, what made you different? What made you be able to actually do it, instead of sitting around and talking about it?
Here are [...]

Should I charge less since my new mower is faster?

If you mow a lawn with a push mower and it takes you a long time should you charge more than if you mow with a faster mower? Should your lawn mowing price be dependant on how fast you can get the lawn mowed? This was the topic we discussed on the Gopher Lawn Care [...]

How would your lawn care business compare to this one?

Every lawn care business is different, just like every business owner is different. Some are out there doing the bare bones minimum and getting paid only a bare bones minimum price. But there are others who take their lawn care business to a new level. A very competitive and professional level. I am very happy [...]

Lawn care business owner offering janitorial services too.

The winter months can be difficult for the newer lawn care business to get through but one member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum found an additional service he could offer that will help him pave the way to pick up more lawn care customers in the Spring. He is now offering janitorial services.
He [...]

A look at a $72,200 commercial lawn care contract.

Whether you are just looking to get into offering commercial lawn care or you are currently offering it and wanting to see what others are charging for their services, here is a great inside look at one condominium associations commercial lawn care contract. In this example discussed at the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, a [...]

How to land commercial lawn care accounts without a mower.

You might read the title of this article and think to yourself, there is no way one can land a commercial lawn care account without having a mower, but this new lawn care business owner did. How did he do it? He knew the right people. But how did he meet the right people? That’s [...]

How to bid an uprooted tree removal?

A member on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum talked with us on a job he recently completed that involved a tree which was blown over. How much should you charge to cut up and remove an uprooted tree? Well of course it depends on your expenses but this should give you a little insight [...]

Is the customer always right?

We have a lot of discussions at the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum on the topic of customers. How best to deal with them. How to attract them and in this discussion, are they always right?
A new lawn care business owner shared with us some of his thoughts on getting his lawn care business going [...]

Dealing with pain in the ass customers.

A member of the Gopher lawn Care Business Forum had just posted about how he won his bid for mowing a large commercial property. This new commercial lawn care job is really going to help his business grow next year. And I asked him:
When you read some of the post on this forum and see [...]

What kind of lawn mower should you get, a rider or walk behind?

“Many new lawn care business owners who are just starting out tend to have limited funds so they need to spend their money wisely when purchasing equipment. But what kind of equipment should they get? There are so many options and different styles on the market to choose from? That is the question a new [...]

5 steps to improve your lawn care business sales.

There are those who really take to sales immediately. They tend to be outgoing people, extroverts and they love to talk. For the rest of us, we find sales to be difficult and akward. In order to help you improve your sales techniques a member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum shared with us [...]

The pitfalls of buying an existing lawn care business.

Purchasing an existing lawn care business can seem very tempting for some who want to hit the ground running. There are upsides to it but there are a lot of downsides which you sometimes can’t see at face value. Take for instance this new member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. He shared with [...]