Archive for March, 2011

Newbie lawn care business start up tips.

New start up lawn care business owners normally have many questions to ask. Here are a few questions that were asked on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum.

Lawn care marketing and sales are different!

There is a big difference between lawn care marketing and making lawn care sales. When you realize the difference, you will be able to focus more on what you need to focus on to improve your business. Here is a great eye opening discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum.

How to be proactive and get lawn care sales.

Spring is here and some lawn care business owners have sent out their first wave of marketing material and are patiently waiting for the phone to ring. If you find yourself sitting around waiting for the lawn care customers to call, you may want to consider some of these marketing methods a member of the [...]

The benefits of a 4 or 5 man lawn care crew.

When does it make sense to utilize a 4 or 5 man lawn care crew to perform your lawn care maintenance? It’s a very good question to consider as your lawn care business grows and you are looking to improve efficiency. Depending on the way you have your routes set up, a 4 or 5 [...]

Classifying lawn care employees as subcontractors = big problems.

As we operate our businesses over time, we should implement procedures that make our operations work smoother and more efficient. We shouldn’t be looking for a quick short cut but instead create a system that works and is repeatable over time. As important as this is, there will always be those business owners who would [...]

What has and hasn’t worked in my lawn care business.

When you know ahead of times the things others have tried that have worked or not worked, you can then more quickly apply the lessons to your lawn care business. Such lessons can save you years of problems with your own business experimentation. Here are some great insights as to what has and hasn’t worked [...]

Lawn care business start up tips.

Some people plan for years to get their lawn care business started while others simply come across an opportunity and jump on it. Either way is fine as long as you don’t keep putting off the things you really would like to do today. Tomorrow may never come, but you have today to get your [...]

New lawn care business e-books available.

I just got two of my lawn care business books available online as e-books which you can read on your portable devices and with the kindle book reader.
Check them out. They are full of great lawn care marketing tips.
How To Get Customers For Your Landscaping And Lawn Care Business All Year Long. Vol 1.

Paperback version.
eBook [...]

Services to offer before mowing season starts.

If you find yourself caught between winter and spring services yet still need to make money, here are some ideas that were shared on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum that should help you get through until mowing season starts.

Simple cheap steps to get lawn care customers.

To add more lawn care customers to your client list, you can spend big money and have others handle the marketing for you, or you can harness your creative energy and spend little money. Going the cheap and easy route was what this business owner decided to take and she shared with us her success [...]

Lawn care website search engine tips to improve ranking.

There are a few simple steps you can take to really improve the ranking of your website in search engine results. If you have already spent the time to get a lawn care website together, you really should implement these tips shared with us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. A few minutes of [...]

Why it’s important to talk to your competitors.

One business owner shared with us, on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, his thoughts on the importance of talking to your local competitors. He wrote “When I think about the importance of talking with my local competitors it kinda takes me back to when I was a little boy and a lesson I learned [...]

Think before you hire that lawn care salesman.

A lawn care business owner was looking to hire people to perform door to door marketing sales. They placed an ad in local newspapers that read ‘Well known lawn care company looking to hire, high-energy, out-going people with excellent communication and people skills. To take part in a fun and competitive working environment. We [...]

Spring time brings a new bikini lawn care service.

In the past we saw a member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum experiment with offering a bikini lawn care service to great success. He was able to garner huge international media attention for his gimmick. But in the end, it seemed like the idea fizzled out. Fast forward a few years later and [...]

What to do with a customer that doesn’t want to be scheduled?

Oh the games customers play. It’s amazing the creativity they have when it comes to handling something that would seem to be a simple act of scheduling a weekly lawn cut. A member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum was at his wit’s end when he was trying to figure out how to handle [...]

Does your lawn care company have a signature service?

A very interesting question that came up on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum was does your lawn care company have a signature service? Now you may take a moment and think to yourself, what does that mean? It’s a service your company provides that it excels at and does an outstanding job with. If [...]

Buying that lawn care business was a shocker!

When you buy an existing lawn care or landscaping business, you can get yourself into a real mess real quickly unless you know what you are looking for and know how to read the warning signs. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, a new lawn care business owner shares with us [...]

Are you a lawn care business owner or ambassador?

There are a lot of things you can do to take your lawn care business to the next step. Sure you can send out more mailers, buy more equipment, or hire more employees. But the real growth will not come until you take that step from playing the role to living the role. Become an [...]

Promote your lawn care business at a bank fair.

There are plenty of opportunities around your town to promote yourself. One lawn care business owner was interested in hearing some feedback about taking part in a local business fair, held at his bank. Do any of the banks in your area do this? If so, find out how you can take part in it. [...]

My lawn care business motivational speech.

Do you ever stop and think why you own a lawn care business? Do you think about the parts you enjoy as well as the parts you don’t? Do you ever wonder what others think about their business as they lay in bed at night? Maybe you wonder how your thoughts compare with theirs? Here [...]

Why do I even bother with my lawn care business?

Running a lawn care business, just like any other business can be tough. It can be challenging. We grow up in a world where people are always telling us what to do. What time to show up. What time to leave. How much we will be paid. We dream of one day being out there [...]

How to improve your lawn care business this year.

The first year you start your lawn care business can be pretty rough. You spend quite a bit of money on equipment and marketing in the hopes of maybe breaking even that year. But once you get into your second year, you really want to start to hunker down and make some profits. You want [...]