Archive for September, 2010

Don’t rely on one hit wonder marketing.

As we have seen in many discussions on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, don’t put all your eggs in one basket and rely on one hit wonder marketing. If you have tried this, rest assured you are not alone, we have ALL done this. We put out a great big marketing campaign thinking [...]

How long did it take your lawn care business to make a profit?

Before you get started in any new business venture, you probable should be concerned with how long it will take you to make a profit. That is what one new lawn care business owner asked on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum and she got quite a few varied responses. I hope these responses help [...]

Simple lawn care business tips that can make you more money.

Lawn care business owners are always looking for an edge over their competitors. They seek out little tweaks they can make in their business here or there, that can really make a big difference in the long run. One lawn care business owner was kind enough to let us in on a few secrets that [...]

My business got too big and I shut it down. Where I went wrong.

Most every new lawn care business owner has the goal of creating the biggest lawn care business that ever existed. Along that journey, many things can go wrong. Here is one business owner’s story about what happened to him. Maybe the lessons he learned on his business adventure will help you avoid the same issues. [...]

How to bid one customer with multiple properties.

At some point while you are operating your lawn care business, you are going to come across a customer who owns multiple properties and will want you to bid on all of them at once. These properties might be residential or they may be commercial. How should you present your bid to such a customer [...]

I underbid a job, what can I do about it now?

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you underbid a job and within a short time of starting it, you realized you were going to have to eat some serious costs to complete it? If you have, you are not alone. This kind of thing happens from time to time, especially when you [...]

I just started and can’t get any lawn care customers. Why?

There is no doubt the toughest time in your business life will be the start up phase. That is when you have to learn how to go from a dead stop to a run before you run out of start up cash. But what can a business owner do to attract new customers? It can [...]

How your attitude can effect your ability to collect payment.

There are so many reasons why starting your lawn care business can be tough. One of the reasons is how your attitude can effect your ability to collect payments from customers. When a person has a normal job, they should have a normal attitude, but many times an employee can go about their work and [...]

What I learned about the lawn care business this year.

I asked the members of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, what they learned this year about business as they reflected back. The fall and winter are great times to take a moment and sit back to think about the lessons you learned over the past year. What have these lessons taught you and how [...]

What’s keeping your business from growing by leaps and bounds?

If your lawn care business has not been growing as fast as you wanted it to this year, have you taken some time to stop and think about why it hasn’t? If after thinking about it, you are still unsure, maybe hearing the story of another business owner who found growth will help you compare [...]

What’s the quickest ways to pick up leaves?

As soon as early September, leaves start to fall from the trees. When this happens, customers start getting itchy to have these leaves removed. As a lawn care business owner, your job should be to find ways to minimize the time spent picking up these leaves in order for you to spend the least time [...]

Help! I am having a communication breakdown with my customer.

When you have a communication breakdown with a customer, things can disintegrate fast. What was once a good interaction can quickly slide into being a terrible one. After you have been through a few of these situations, you start getting a feel for when situations are starting to take a turn for the worse. When [...]

How to make sure you get paid from your landscaping jobs.

The first rule you should learn when it comes to running your lawn care or landscaping business is never lose money. The second rule is to not forget the first rule. With that said, many lawn care and landscaping business at some time, lose money on a job and some times it is big money. [...]

Quality vs. Quantity in the lawn care industry.

There is a delicate balance that a lawn care business owner must consider when they create their business plan. Will they be going for a quantity of customers and profit little per each customer or will they go for quality and profit more per customer but have less of them? You only have so much [...]