Archive for June, 2011

What’s the best age to get your lawn care business started?

Starting your own lawn care business can be a dream that you ponder all your life and never get to or it can be something you jump on and make happen. To share with you the perspective of a business owner who waited until later in life to start his business, I want to point [...]

How to make more money with your current customer base.

Why do we all seem to look way out to the distance for answers to our problems? When we want to make more money, why do we feel the answer always comes down to printing more flyers and door hangers to distribute. Why do we feel new customers are the answer to making more money? [...]

Should your lawn care business be bonded?

Trying to run a legitimate lawn care business? There are many steps you must take to comply with laws that govern the lawn care industry. From time to time, one thing we see some new lawn care business owners interested in, is becoming ‘bonded.’ Most times new business owners who inquire about about becoming bonded, [...]

The pros and cons of including prices on your lawn care marketing.

Should you include a price on your lawn care marketing or shouldn’t you? I have seen many discussions on this topic but none have hit points on both side home so well than in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Here you will see the benefits and downsides to each marketing method. [...]

How to bid a lawn renovation job.

Job costs can play a large part in a lawn care customer’s decision making process when it comes to what services they will hire you to perform. Some customers will want top of the line service and be willing to pay a top of the line price. Others will want the most bang they can [...]

How you may be getting paid and still losing money.

A big mistake new lawn care business owners make early on is not knowing what their hourly operating costs are. You need to know this figure to accurately bid jobs and make a profit on each and every job. To calculate this figure, you need to add up all your operating costs for the year [...]

12 steps to get more commercial lawn care customers.

One of the biggest questions we see on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum is about getting new customers. There are some techniques that are similar between getting commercial and residential customers but there are some techniques that differ as well. Here is a list of 12 steps your lawn care business should consider taking [...]

Taxes and credit card processing fee issues.

The amount of regulations and requirements a new lawn care business owner needs to comply with seems to grow by leaps and bounds each and every year. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, it’s a lot easier to get things right early on than it is to [...]

An irrigation checklist.

A great upsell to add to your lawn care service is checking the operation of a lawn care customer’s irrigation system. It’s fairly easy to do when you use an irrigation checklist. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, following certain procedures can ensure the customer’s irrigation system [...]

My lawn care business is small and I feel out of place.

Most of us will find ourselves feeling insecure when we try new things. Starting a new lawn care business can make us feel very insecure because it can take a bit of time before we see our bank account grow and reaffirm that we are on the proper path. As we will see from this [...]

Lawn care sales techniques to help you sell more.

Your initial call to a customer’s home may appear at first to be for one specific service. In fact, there are times where the customer may only want a one time service. However, as we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, your initial call to a new customer’s house [...]

Using inside contacts to land commercial lawn care bid

Marketing to your social network is a great way to find new lawn care jobs. All too often, new lawn care business owners spend a ton of money trying to reach out to people they don’t know when they could spend a lot less to gain customers from people they do know. Here is a [...]

How far is too far?

Getting that first call from your first potential lawn care customer can be very exciting. It can make you feel like your entire business plan has now been validated. But what should you do if your first potential job is outside a reasonable service area? That is what one lawn care business owner was dealing [...]

Can I run my lawn care business with a smaller truck?

As gas prices go up, more people are looking for ways to save money at the pump. One of the ways to do it is to drive a smaller, more fuel efficient vehicle. But how would using a smaller truck effect a lawn care business owner’s ability to make money? That is a question that [...]

How good and bad luck can play a role in your business.

It is hard enough to start a new business, even when you have the capital and the knowledge to operate such a business. Something that can make it even worse is taking on debt to do it. Debt will put a lot more pressure on any business owner to find the right ingredients faster. [...]

Should I advertise $12.50 per lawn?

Creating a niche and trying to differentiate your lawn care business from others is a great thing to do. However at times, newer lawn care business owners feel they have fewer options to play with in their marketing, therefore they like to experiment with creating a low cost mowing niche. Trying to stand out and [...]

How to bid a 30ft hedge trimming job.

Offering new services is a great idea to help your lawn care business grow but figuring out how to bid them can initially be tricky. Here is a hedge trimming job bid example that was discussed on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. I think seeing this example will help not only with how to [...]

A marketing idea that was under my nose.

It’s amazing how we all tend to look for the complex path to get us where we want to be when an easy path is standing there right in front of us. Sometimes is just so obvious that we don’t pay it any mind. That is what happened to this lawn care business owner when [...]