Archive for June, 2010

How a lawn care business should write a classified ad.

We got into a discussion about classified ads on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. This is a very important topic because a lot of lawn care business owners experiment with them. Print media is not yet dead. As long as your potential customers are reading the newspaper everyday, classified advertising is still a viable [...]

Lawn care marketing success is found in quality not quantity.

Most new lawn care businesses start out with a lot of time on their hands and little money. You may think this puts you at a disadvantage, but that is not the case. It actually is the exact ingredients you need to find success in your lawn care marketing. As you will see in this [...]

Pressure washing services you can add on.

A great service you can offer to perform when you can’t mow due to rain, is pressure washing. Getting started offering this service shouldn’t be that difficult and it can help your business expand outwards. One lawn care business owner was looking to get into power washing and had a few questions about getting started [...]

Excited, unsure, too much, not ready, all mixed together!!!

What would you do if you received a phone call from a local landscaping company and they offered to give you all their lawn care customers? Would you find this to be a curse or a blessing? At first glance it may seem like a fantastic opportunity to jump on, however there are many issues [...]

Average lawn care business start up costs.

One of the big questions I tend to hear from entrepreneurs who are considering starting up a lawn care business is, how much will it cost to start up my new business? Costs can vary greatly depending on how big you go or how cheap you have to keep it but I thought if I [...]

How to charge bi-weekly lawn care customers.

Every lawn care customer is different and each will have a different view on how well they want their lawn maintained. Some customers will want their lawn to look as nice as possible and require a weekly mowing while others will want a cheaper job and have the lawn cut every two weeks. How should [...]

Don’t let a lawn care customer go long without paying.

For many new lawn care business owners, there is this tendency to be a wishful thinker. If a lawn care customer owes you for one month’s worth of work already, you might find that you try to justify in your head if you keep working, they will eventually pay you. You may also be afraid [...]

What lawn care billing frequency works best?

There are so many different ways to bill your lawn care customers, the number of choices can make your head spin. What methods works well for some lawn care may not work so well for others. There are many factors to consider when you are creating your billing frequency.

A lawn care equipment dealer’s recommendations.

Everyone has their own view of what kind of lawn care equipment you should get when you are new to the lawn care industry. Some will want to buy cheap equipment, others will spend their entire savings. But what would a lawn care equipment dealer recommend? Surely they have seen many new lawn care business [...]

Lawn care equipment needed for startups.

When you start up your lawn care business, you can go a couple of ways when it comes to equipment. You can either take the low dow approach, which means the cheapest equipment you can find, or spend some big bucks to get new commercial equipment. Which way you go depends a lot on the [...]

Lawn care customers trying to take advantage of you?

As you run your lawn care business you will find the vast majority of them to be happy with the service you offer and content enough to leave you to do your work. However there always will be a small percentage of them who will play games with you from the moment you meet. How [...]

The downsides to buying a landscaping business.

Starting a landscaping business can be a real pain in the butt. If you are starting from scratch, it can seem like forever until you get a decent amount of customers. So maybe you have considered buying an existing landscaping business. What could go wrong though? What things do you need to keep an eye [...]

Lawn care business flyer example.

What do you do when you can’t find the exact lawn care flyer template you want to represent your lawn care business? You make your own up from scratch of course! That is what a member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum did when he shared with us a little about his new lawn [...]

How a few calls landed some big jobs.

A great way to get jobs is to keep your eyes open when you are out driving around town. If you see a site that seems like it could use your services, don’t wait for the land owner to come to you, go to them. That is exactly what this lawn care business owner did [...]

How to promote your lawn care business without coming across as pushy.

Everyone hates pushy people. And pushy sales people are even more hated. So what is a lawn care business owner to do when they want to promote their business but not come across as being pushy? That is a great topic that came up on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, when a business owner [...]