Archive for February, 2010

Best way to advertise for new lawn care employees.

With anything you want to do in business and in life, there is a good way to do it and a bad way to do it. Even when it comes to advertising for a new lawn care business employee. That’s what we learned in this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. One of [...]

Another winter lawn care business owner money making idea.

The end of the year can be a very slow time for lawn care business owners. However with some creativity it doesn’t have to be. Check out what this one lawn care business owner does on his slow time. He details cars and makes quite a bit of good money doing it. A great thing [...]

Pushing your lawn care business through that initial dip.

To get your lawn care business started, it really doesn’t take much. In fact if you just one day decided to tell your friends that you started your lawn care business, then in a sense you are started. That easy, that simple. However, to actually turn it into a profitable business that you and your [...]

Lawn care marketing incentives and partnerships.

I have learned in my years of running the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum that anything is possible. If you can think it, you can make it happen. I try and never shoot down an idea because each time I read something that comes across to me as not possible, I am blown away that [...]

How ballparking a landscape bid can blow up in your face.

You have probably been in this situation in the past where you are mowing a lawn care customer’s property and they come out to ask you how much it would cost to have you ——–. You eyeball the job and because you don’t know how much the materials are going to cost, you ballpark the [...]

Pro tips to minimize time spent edging lawns.

When you take a moment to reflect on where you spend your time while servicing a lawn care customers you may find there are a lot of extra steps you are adding that are not necessary. If you find a way to optimize the time spent at each location the net result will be more [...]

Choose your next lawn mower width wisely.

There are so many lawn mower manufacturers that offer so many different models and cutting widths. Some cutting decks are marketed as 36 inches wide but when measured with all their attachments, their true width can be much wider. This may not sound like a big deal to you until you have finite widths you [...]

Building your business on commercial or residential lawn care customers? What’s better?

This always makes for a lively debate on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Should you build your lawn care business on commercial lawn care customers or residential customers and why? The answer a lot of times is shaped by the experience each business owner has had with these different types of customers. However when [...]

How to get a good deal on your next lawn truck.

Is your lawn care business growing and are you finding that your old lawn truck just isn’t performing the way you need it to. This tends to happen to most new lawn care businesses after their first year but usually it’s a bad financial time to be out looking for a new truck. What options [...]

You may want it, but does your lawn care business need it?

We can all create a list of items we would like to buy for our business. Maybe it’s a new mower, a truck, a trailer. Whatever it is, before you buy it, you need to ask yourself, do you need it? If you end the business year scratching your head wondering where all your profits [...]

How credit errors and borrowing limits can effect your lawn care business.

In a previous discussion I had talked about 7 tips to getting a commercial lawn care business loan approved. That discussion opened up to include a few more important issues I wanted to pass on to you. These may not be issues you find yourself dealing with day-in and day-out unless you are looking to [...]

How he got 27 new lawn care properties in 8 weeks.

It is always fascinating to study how lawn care business owners find new clients. We can learn something new from it every time. A new member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum shared with us how he got his new lawn care business started and quickly ramped up to servicing 27 properties. He wrote [...]

7 tips to getting a commercial lawn care business loan approved.

How often have you heard someone say “it takes money to make money?” Usually you hear that right before a new business owner is about to lay down some serious cash to purchase something big they don’t need at the moment. However there are times when a lawn care business owner needs to make a [...]

What are YOUR lawn care customer acquisition costs?

When it comes to marketing, we tend to look at how much it is going to cost us to print out 1,000 flyers or door hangers and ask ourselves if we can afford it. After a quick knee jerk reaction we either go or don’t go for it. Not much thought is generally placed on [...]

Catchy lawn care bandit sign ideas.

Winter will be gone soon and some lawn care business owners will be looking for ways to attract new lawn care customers. One of the members of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum shared with us some of his tips for successfully using lawn care bandit signs.
This discussion all started off when a member wrote [...]

Which hedge trimmers are best for commercial use?

As with all other types of outdoor equipment, there are a ton of options out there. Which hedge trimmers are the best for commercial usage? This conversation came up on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum and we all learned a lot from it. A new lawn care business owner wrote and asked “I will [...]

LawnMail Lawn Care Business Internet Platform available for download.

I got the latest version of LawnMail up on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum for you to download. This package of web code is jam packed with problem solving features.
First off, what is LawnMail? Basically it is a website platform that allows your lawn care customers to have more interaction with you.

What’s better, a direct mailer pack or newspaper marketing.

If you haven’t gotten the phone call yet, you will. Soon your phone will ring and on the other end will be a salesman telling you about the wonderful marketing opportunities to be had with their mail-pak style mailers. You will hear these grand figures, reach 10,000 families in your area. It will only cost [...]

Lawn care packages help you sell more.

We all like to know what works and what doesn’t when it comes to lawn care marketing. By reading such stories on the topic, we hope to cut out those marketing ideas that are ineffective. What amazes me about all the stories we see on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, it’s amazing how one [...]

How to deal with customers who postpone lawn service.

Nothing gets under your skin more than showing up to mow a lawn and maintain a property only to meet the customer and have them tell you to come back next week. When a customer postpones lawn service, it not only messes up your schedule, but it costs you money.
What can you do about this [...]

What’s the best way to deal with dog doo when mowing?

If you are a lawn care professional there is no doubt you have to deal with customers who have pets and pets who leave a mess on the lawn. No one likes cleaning up after a dog but if the lawn is to be mower, someone has to do it. Should it be you? Should [...]

Spring lawn care postcard and flyer design ideas.

Here are some Spring lawn care marketing ideas in both flyer and postcard format. I think they are all very creative and should hopefuly inspire you when you are working on your lawn care marketing material.
They all play up the selling point of taking your weekends off. You can read more on this at the [...]

Think real hard before you decide to sell your lawn care business.

There is nothing like the feeling of running your own business and being an entrepreneur. You are in charge! You are calling the shots! It’s up to you to make it work! But sometimes, the realities of it are that you get burnt out. You take on too many responsibilities. You don’t delegate enough to [...]

Sealing the deal everytime? Is it always worth it?

Here is a great question that came up on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Should you be looking to seal the deal everytime you go out for an estimate? One lawn care business owner initially seemed to be so focused on doing this at all costs, including his profits.
He wrote “I am going to [...]