Archive for September, 2011

How a quick lawn mowing favor for a friend turned into a day long disaster.

Do you ever find yourself taking a call from someone you know and as a favor, you agree to mow their lawn sight unseen for a predetermined price? Well, after you read this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, you will always remember to never bid a property without visiting it first. Once [...]

How to deal with sprinkler heads when mowing.

There are all sorts of obstacles that can get in your way of mowing a lawn. Some of these you can easily deal with while others may be more difficult. Depending on how you handle the job, sprinkler heads that don’t fully retract can be easy to deal with and make you extra money while [...]

Why I bought a lawn care franchise and why I am moving on from it.

Are you having a hard time figuring out what you need to do to get your lawn care business started? Have you found yourself running into dead ends when creating your business plan? Well you are not alone. Planning out how to get your lawn care business started can be really difficult. For some entrepreneurs [...]

How to deal with seasonal out of state mulch suppliers and installers.

There are competitors in the lawn care business everywhere. From small start up companies to large corporate sized ones. But what would you do if you found yourself having to compete with an out of state competitor who was marketing to your lawn care customers and offering to do your job for a cheaper price [...]

Depressed beyond reason and can’t find any lawn care jobs.

We can be our own most valuable resource and also our own worst enemy. Depending on our mental state of mind, we can see our business as growing and moving forwards or being doomed. Which path you choose is up to you. If you can realize you control the destiny of your business, you can [...]

How to make an additional $20,000 during the fall.

There are plenty of ways to make more money during the fall. Mowing tends to slow down and leaf clean ups begin but there is another great and easy way to make some big cash in the fall you might not have even considered performing before. The service is irrigation blowouts. Let’s check out this [...]

Two things that can help your lawn care business succeed.

Two things led one lawn care business owner to find success and they will help you as well. These two things are networks and education. By expanding your networks and your education, you will be able to take your business to a new level.
This lawn care business owner wrote us about his experience and said [...]

What makes more money, lawn care or hardscaping?

There are up sides and down sides to every choice you make as you run your business. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we get a chance to look into the ups and downs of focusing solely on lawn care versus focusing on hardscaping. Which services you choose to offer can [...]

Not enough lawn care liability insurance? Customer might not pay!

There are so many things that go on in life where you just wish you knew something was going to become a problem, before you got into it. To help you take one of those unknowns off your list, how about this one from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Did you know commercial lawn [...]

Tips on getting your lawn care business started late in the season.

There are certain times throughout the year when it seems easier to attract new lawn care clients. The peak times tend to be mid spring into early summer. The slowest times seem to be late fall into winter. If you happen to find yourself starting a lawn care business during a slow time of the [...]

Learn to say no and stop burning yourself out.

At the end of the day, whether you are mowing, edging, trimming or cleaning up leaves, you are selling your time. You only have so many hours in the day you can sell. When you find others are asking for too much of your time you have to learn to say no. Here is a [...]

Should you charge more for double cutting lawns?

When a lawn grows beyond a certain point, it can require you to double cut the property in order to clear it of any grass clumpings that occur. But if you have to double cut it, that adds time and time is money. So as we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn [...]

How to use part time employees to grow your lawn care business.

It is great to learn from those who are out there running successful lawn care businesses and hearing what makes them run so smoothly. A lot of variables are involved in achieving longevity in the lawn care industry. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we will learn a lot of simple [...]

Should you give away free fall leaf cleanups?

Early on in your lawn care business start up phase, you may find yourself desperate to try anything that will bring you lawn care customers. Ideas that may not be logical to veterans of the lawn care industry may be experimented with by new business owners and come with disastrous results. As we will see [...]

Lawn care business cards.

There are many different ways to design your lawn care business cards, so if you are thinking of re-designing your current card or looking to create one from scratch, here are some designs that may inspire you. These cards were shared with us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Click on the link and [...]