Archive for October, 2011

Power washing tips to know before you get started.

Pressure washing and deck sealing takes skill to perform properly. If you use to high of a water pressure or the wrong cleaning chemicals, you can not only damage the part you are trying to clean but you can also cause damage to the surrounding environment. As we will see in this discussion from the [...]

How to avoid having new jobs being cancelled by the customer.

Oh the games that people play. Have you ever run into a situation where you go to a potential lawn care customer’s home and give them an estimate on their property for mowing or another project only to return later to find someone else performed the job? Or maybe the customer calls you the day [...]

Should I be charging for those small service calls?

You have probably been in a situation before where you get constant service calls from a lawn care customer who never seems to be satisfied. They may expect you to perform these additional service calls for free as well. This raises an important question about when you should be charging for such services and when [...]

Lawn care customer warning signs.

Are there certain warning signs you look for when interacting with a new lawn care customer for the first time? If not, you probably haven’t been burnt by a customer yet. For those that have, they notice certain similar warning signs that they use to read if a lawn care customer is going to be [...]

Is it too late to get lawn care customers?

New lawn care business owners seem to always worry if it is too late to get started and to get lawn care customers. If you put off getting started now, you may find that there is never an ideal time and you end up doing nothing. As we will see from this discussion on the [...]

Crazy lawn care customer complaints.

There are many things lawn care customers call to complain about. You cut the lawn too high, cut the lawn too low, didn’t cut the lawn at all. Most of these things are simple and easy to deal with, but what do you do when you get a phone call complaining about something you never [...]

Should I give away free lawn care?

Desperate times call for desperate measures, but as we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, you should never feel desperate enough to want to give your lawn care services away for free. There are other, better ways to attract lawn care customers. If you are going to be exerting [...]

Becareful who you take lawn care business advice from.

Be wary of those you take advice from. Especially when it comes from another local lawn care business competitor who has nothing to gain from you being in business in the same town as them. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, if people can lead you astray, [...]

Expanding my services with my new utility work machine.

Most every lawn care business owner is looking for ways to make more money. There are many ways to go about doing this. You can offer more services, hire more employees to perform more work, or if you want to stay small you can look to perform specialized services that bring you a higher profit [...]

Biggest mistakes young lawn care business owners make.

There are a lot of mistakes new lawn care business owners make regardless of their age. But there are some mistakes that are more unique to younger lawn care business owners that need to be pointed out and addressed if they are to be overcome. Here is a collection of some of the top mistakes [...]

Do it for the love but don’t be above the money.

“And when’s it’s all over they can say he did it for the love, but he was not above the money.ā€¯ That is a quote from one of my favorite Willie Nelson movies entitled “Songwriter.” I think this quote resonates still today and can help give us direction in understanding what drives us to continue [...]

How to bid a brush clearing job when it’s huge.

There are going to be many times you will be confronted with a job to bid on where it seems just too big for you and is outside your level of comfort to bid. When this happens, you may not want to be so quick to pass on a job that could help push your [...]

Getting the landscape customer involved can get you more work.

How important is it to get customers involved with landscape work when they show signs they are interested in doing so? Plenty important as we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Once you get the landscape customer involved at the job site, more work tends to come your way. [...]

How to handle dead beat realtor customers.

There is quite a lot of work you can find when you network up with local realtors. They are constantly selling homes and many times these homes need yard clean ups. Performing these jobs can mean great money but what happens when the realtors don’t pay you for your work? That’s what happened to this [...]

How networking with people landed me a $12,000 lawn care account.

Things can be tough when you first get your lawn care business started because you haven’t tapped into your social network yet. You may not even know at the time, the power of utilizing your social network to promote your business. As you become more aware of what your social network can do for your [...]

Compare your lawn care marketing plan to this one.

Every area is different when it comes to lawn care marketing. What works in one area may not work in another due to many factors. With that being said, if you are looking to hear some general feedback of how one lawn care business owner marketed his business this past year, check out this discussion [...]

Should I lowball my lawn care prices a little?

Is it ever a good idea to lowball your lawn care prices? If so, when is it the best time to do it? Can you perhaps lowball just a little to give yourself a competitive edge over another local lawn care business? That is the question which was asked on the Gopher Lawn Care Business [...]

A craigslist scam that can cost your lawn care business thousands!

There are all sorts of scams being played out there on the internet. As an owner of a lawn care business, you need to know what is going on that is effecting your industry because it may be personally effecting you at some time in the future. If you advertise your lawn care services on [...]

13 tips that helped me go from the corporate world to lawn care.

Sometimes you wake up in the morning and decide you need to make a change in your life and in your career. If the change you want to make is one of switching from the corporate world to that of being a lawn care business owner, there are a bunch of things you will need [...]