Archive for November, 2011

Lessons from my first year of running a lawn care business.

Do you find yourself wondering where all the lawn care customers are? How can you find them? Do you think there is one magic trick you are missing? Well, there is a method to attracting customers and it is fairly easy to follow. If you are interested in growing your lawn care business, consider these [...]

How to bill your lawn care customers.

There are many ways your lawn care business can bill your customers for work performed. Some ways will work better than others though. Before you choose which billing policy to adopt, see if this billing procedure, shared with us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, might work better than the way you are currently [...]

How to find brush clearing and tree removal work.

Most every lawn care and landscape business is constantly on the hunt for more customers, but how do you go about getting them? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum we hear from one lawn care business owner who was able to go through a new development and pick up a lot [...]

Should you use Google Earth to bid lawn care jobs?

As a lawn care business owner, you are probably always trying to figure out ways to get the most bang for your buck and bring in the most return for your time. Which leads me to this question posted on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum on whether you should bid lawn mowing jobs based [...]

Mulch and lawn care bid pricing example.

Here are some great pictures of a lawn care and mulch job a lawn care business owner shared with us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Along with the pictures, he gave us some insight on how much he charged to perform this job. Compare this to jobs that you are looking to bid [...]

How many acre of grass can you mow in 1 hour?

Ever find yourself stuck trying to figure out how long it will take you to mow an acre of grass and weeds? Sure there are a few variables you need to know first before you bid on a job such as, how wide is your mower and how fast can you mow? Thanks to this [...]

Should I get a chipper/shredder or a vac/shredder?

There are many ways to perform leaf cleanups in the fall. Some lawn care business owners do things a very manual way by raking leaves into a pile and then hauling that pile away. Others utilize more expensive equipment to speed up the process while improving their profits. If you find yourself wondering which equipment [...]

How hedge trimming is a great niche to grow your lawn care business.

It’s always a nice thing to have a family member teach you the secrets of running a lawn care business, especially when they are doing well with running their own business. If you aren’t lucky enough to have such guidance, the next best thing is to read advice from those that do. In this discussion [...]

Should a lawn care business owner be concerned about his age?

Are you concerned that you are too old to start your own lawn care business? Or maybe you feel you are too young? How will your potential customers feel about you performing lawn care on their property based on your age? Will they feel you can do a good job or will they feel you [...]

Is your problem your lawn care marketing material or your methods?

Lawn care marketing can seem like this unknown black box to the uninformed or new lawn care business owner. This mystical box is one that you pour your hard earned money into in hopes that new customers come out of it. Many times new lawn care business owners try marketing once or twice and find [...]

Have you forgotten what lawn care marketing methods work?

Sometimes it seems we are so desperate to go big time with our lawn care marketing that we forget the simple steps we took early on that worked. We see other, larger lawn care businesses marketing in a certain manner and we figure it is best to abandon our current marketing methods only to embrace [...]

Who should I be targeting to get more commercial lawn customers?

Are you looking to scale up your lawn care business from residential customers to gaining some local commercial lawn care customers in the form of local stores? If so, there is a certain process to follow that will improve your chances of success as discussed here in the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum.

How to charge for tree limb removal, damaged by winter storms.

Winter weather can bring many money making opportunities to the lawn care business owners. You don’t just have to provide snow plowing and salting to make money during snow storms. You can also make money by pruning and removing tree limbs that break off or are damaged by the weight of heavy snow but what [...]

Lawn care business owners and relationship problems.

Running a lawn care business can be a rough path to take when you are also trying to balance a relationship. It gets even dicier when the person you are in a relationship with is not on board and supportive of you being a business owner. As we will see from this discussion on the [...]

Do you need a lawn care business plan?

Should you or shouldn’t you create a lawn care business plan before you get your business started? That is a great question which was asked on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. It’s quite surprising how newer business owners can be so lackadaisical on this topic while veterans of the business world know how important [...]

Lawn care business tax tips, is this a business expense?

Trying to calculate your tax burden at the end of the year can be daunting. It can get worse when you fail to budget in your quarterly estimated tax payments. There are so many intricacies in the tax code, it can make you want to pull your hair out. Here are a few tips, from [...]