Archive for April, 2010

Tips to improve your lawn care business website.

There are many small steps you can take to improve your lawn care business website. Here are just a few that were discussed on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum.
One lawn care business owner talked about what he did to improve his website and increase the amount of people who visited it. He wrote “I [...]

Getting your foot in the door.

Coming up with a game plan and marketing strategy for your lawn care business can be tough. A member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum shared with us his frustrations when trying to figure out a way to get his foot in the door with potential customers that live near him yet are serviced [...]

I thought because I was a great landscaper people would call. I thought wrong.

It’s fascinating the lessons learned by new lawn care business owners who leave their full time jobs to go off on their own and start their own business. A member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum shared with us some of the issues he ran into when he got started. He wrote “It’s one [...]

Spring lawn care marketing letter.

When you are trying to come up with a spring lawn care marketing letter, a member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum made some great points on topics you should cover. He suggested in your you should

send letters to last year clients, with letterhead
mention organic fertilization
go for exciting, energetic wording
ask for referrals, recommendations, [...]

Lawn truck signs can make a big difference!

Looking like a lawn care business versus looking like someone towing a trailer of lawn equipment can make a big difference when it comes to success. If you are operating a lawn care business and sitting there scratching your head, trying to figure out why you aren’t as busy as you want to be, consider [...]

Do you have the right stuff to start your lawn care business.

Going from being an employee to starting your own lawn care business can appear to be a daunting challenge. As an employee you don’t so much have to find the work as you have to do the work. Many of the day to day business issues are dealt with by the business owner. As an [...]

How to raise your lawn care prices and not lose customers.

It usually takes about one lawn care season to get you to a point where you begin to understand your overhead and operational costs. At the end of your first season, you may look at your bank account and realize with all your efforts, you have very little money to show from it. If you [...]

How to charge for year round lawn care.

There are many situations you will run into as a lawn care business owner where you may wonder if you should be charging extra for certain services. A member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum had an interesting question along these lines when he asked “if you are providing lawn care for a [...]

Lawn care business startup mistakes and solutions.

Most every new lawn care business owner is going to mess up on a few things. The way they handle mistakes can make the difference between being able to stay in business for the long haul or losing your customers too soon. One new lawn care business owner got on the Gopher Lawn Care Business [...]

A bigger lawn care business is not necessarily better.

If only we could look into a crystal ball and see our future. Did what we dream of come true or did that dream turn into a nightmare. When you are getting your lawn care business started, you wouldn’t think your original plans and goals may lead you straight off a cliff, but you would [...]

The lawn care business & learned helplessness.

Have you ever looked around you and seen some people tend to excel at almost anything they do while others seem to fail? When you look at the businesses or projects you have been involved with, have you found more success or more failure and wondered why that happens? Are you lucky? Are you jinxed? [...]

A great way to find low cost lawn care equipment.

Are you just getting your lawn care business started and looking for ways to get some lawn care equipment to get you started? If you want to find some great stuff that is cheap and nearby, consider doing what this lawn care business owner did. He shared a great tip on how to do this [...]

Spring lawn care marketing examples.

When you are trying to come up with your 0wn lawn care marketing material to promote your services in the spring, it can be pretty tough if you don’t have any examples to use as inspiration. Thankfully, a member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum shared with us some of the flyers he created. [...]

Know how to price lawn mowing jobs.

There can never be enough discussion on pricing lawn care jobs. At first when you get started, you may eyeball a property and come up with a figure based on a guess, but there are much better ways to do this. As your business is around longer, you will get an idea of what your [...]

Pricing lawn care and yard cleanups.

How to price lawn mowing or a yard cleanup seems to be one of the more popular questions asked on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Many new lawn care business owners tend to be lost with this and understandably so, it can be very difficult to wrap your mind around proper bidding concepts.
To help [...]

What should you do with your tax refund?

If you paid more taxes last year than you owed, you will be getting a refund. Sometimes it’s a little and sometimes it’s a lot. What should you do with this money? Is there anything you can do to help your lawn care business grow from it? That’s a question a member of the Gopher [...]

Worst lawn care customer.

Everyone who runs a business has customers. Sometimes those customers are a delight to work with while other times they can be nightmares. Everyone seems to do alright handling the happy customers but it can be a serious challenge to handle a difficult customer. Depending on the choices you make, such situations can be turned [...]

Lawn care contract sample.

Here is a sample lawn care contract you can download in a doc file format from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. One of our members was kind enough to share with us what he uses.
This is a general service agreement outlining the rights and responsibilities of both the Client and YOUR COMPANY. By [...]