Archive for February, 2012

$10 a Lawn and making a profit?

In general, it seems the first way a new lawn care business owner comes up with to stand out from their competitors is to charge a lower fee for mowing. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that when you are new, you don’t know much about the business so [...]

Getting lawn care customers no one else wants.

Early on as you are getting your lawn care business started, you may be willing to take on cheaper lawn care customers with properties that may not be show places. These are the customers, more established lawn care businesses may not want, but the upside is, they may be easier for you to get and [...]

Should you be charging for your landscape design work?

Have you ever gotten the feeling as you were spending quite a bit of time and energy designing a landscape project, that the potential customer was only going to take your design and price shop it around to other landscapers in the area? What should you be doing to prevent this from happening? How can [...]

How to use lawn care customer referals to improve your bottom line.

Acquiring lawn care customers can be difficult when you first get started. They can cost money to reach out too. But, if you play your cards right and harness the power of referrals, you might be amazed at the growth you see happening. Here is a great step by step discussion from the Gopher Lawn [...]

Should you advertise your lawn care business is insured?

Sometimes it seems you can’t win one way or another. That’s what this one lawn care business owner was thinking when he brought up the topic of lawn care business insurance. He wrote us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum and was concerned if he should advertise that he is insured or would that [...]

How to win an $11,000 apartment lawn care bid.

Have you had the chance yet to submit a lawn care bid for a local apartment complex? If you haven’t because the job seems like it is overwhelming, why not take a moment and break down the job into simple parts. Compare the smaller parts to the lawn care work you are currently providing for [...]

What’s the best way to raise your lawn care prices?

Spring is a great time to change your prices for lawn care. Before you raise them up though, there are a number of factors you need to consider first. As we will see here in the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, there is a downside to raising your mowing prices on a large scale without [...]

How to price an average lawn care aeration service.

Trying to figure out how to charge for lawn care aeration service can be tough especially for those lawn care business owners that don’t perform the service regularly. In this example from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we get to see a break down of expenses, bid price and the amount of time it [...]

How to prevent spreading weeds from one customer to the next.

Some lawn care customers might have quite a few weeds on their property that you don’t want to spread to your other customers. Or you might be specifically asked by a customer what your weed propagation prevention method is. If you find yourself in such a situation, consider these options shared with us on the [...]

The pros and cons of different lawn care business vehicle options.

There are many different styles of vehicles you can use for your lawn care business besides a standard pickup truck. Each has their pros & cons based on their designs. Choosing a vehicle which would be best for you depends how you will use it. It also might come down to what you have access [...]

How focused on demographics should you get with your lawn care marketing?

There are a lot of factors you can worry about with your lawn care marketing, so in order not to overwhelm yourself, how focused on demographics should you get with your lawn care marketing direct mail campaign? That is an interesting question which was brought up on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum and it [...]

Top 3 lawn care customer complaints and how to use them.

There are so many pitfalls when you are starting anything new and starting a lawn care business is no different. Early on, you may find yourself developing a business plan and strategy that you think makes sound sense, but it’s not until you run it by another business owner that has been in the game [...]

How to close on your lawn care sales presentation.

“When you are called to visit a lawn care client and asked to explain your services, what do you say to convince them into hiring you? How do you suggest closing on a sale?” That is what one lawn care business owner from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum was interested in knowing [...]

What should you do with grass clippings?

If you are new to the lawn care industry, you may find yourself in a situation where you are unsure of what to do with all those grass clippings you create from mowing your customer’s lawns. Should you bag them? Should you rake them up? Should you pile them in a corner of the customer’s [...]

How important is your lawn care business domain name?

As a lawn care business owner, there are many hats you need to wear. One that seems to cause a lot of difficulty is marketing or more specifically website search engine optimization. With that in mind, how important is the website domain name you choose for your business? Does it play a big role in [...]

5 simple tips to improve your lawn care business this year.

For every ten lawn care businesses that fail, a few will succeed. Those few successful lawn care business will have persevered and pushed through rough spots other lawn care businesses might not have had the strength, know how, or funding to get past. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear [...]

How to prevent buyer’s remorse with your lawn care customers.

Do you find it difficult to complete sales in your lawn care business? Is it difficult for you at times to know how to approach lawn care customers, how to present your products and services and how to seal the deal without the customer having buyer’s remorse? If so, check out this discussion on the [...]

Some good lawn care marketing ideas most do not think of.

I would venture to guess on average more lawn care business owners than not, would rather focus on their work in lawn care than focus on marketing and making new sales. So with that in mind, you may wonder what are some options a lawn care business owner might have where they could make new [...]

A small lawn clean up turned into a big profit job.

Small lawn care clean up jobs can grow and grow and grow at times. As we will see from this discussion in the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, keeping your eye open for opportunities can really help your bottom line. Just make sure as these projects grow, you can handle the job, and your bid [...]

Before you say yes to that lawn care job, think for a moment.

There is never a time in your life when you are more hungry for work and are so willing to say yes to a property care job than when you first get your lawn care business started. You have so much energy then. So much enthusiasm and are so eager to please that you may [...]