Archive for April, 2012

How to improve your landscape sales bid presentation.

Do you ever find yourself wishing you landed more lawn care or landscaping accounts? Do you find after putting a lot of energy into your landscaping bid that you get negative feedback from the potential lawn care customer? If you do, you are not alone. Putting together a well oiled landscape sales presentation machine takes [...]

What to do when you show up for a lawn care estimate and a competitor is there!

It’s going to happen to you inevitably. You are going to be called to a property to give a lawn care estimate, only to pull up and see a competitor already on site. How they handle themselves and how you do will decide who the potential customer goes with. But what should you do when [...]

3 weeks and no new lawn care customers! Why?

Are you struggling with your lawn care marketing? Do you feel that all your energy put into your marketing is just being wasted? The reason why may be in the methods you are choosing to reach out to new customers. Marketing methods tend to work better when they are focused and personalized as we will [...]

Lawn regrading estimate example.

Have you ever been called to a new lawn care customer’s home to bid on a regrading job but didn’t know what to do or where to begin? Here is a great landscaping estimate example where a customer needed their front lawn regraded to allow rain water to flow smoothly away from the house and [...]

New Lawn Care Business Book.

New 224 Page Lawn Care Business Book.
90% Of Lawn Care Businesses Fail In Their First Year. Learn How To Survive With These Tips!
Everyday you run your lawn care business, you are going to be coming into contact with new experiences, situations, and jobs that will change you. These experiences will also change the way you [...]

Should your lawn care business do a lot of experimenting or focus on a few services?

How good can you get at performing a certain landscaping or lawn care service? Can you get good at performing such a service if you never have enough time to understand it thoroughly and perfect it? Can you really profit from performing a top notch service if you never get good at it? How can [...]

How to handle family and friend requests for free lawn care.

As a lawn care business owner, you are going to be more knowledgeable than the average person when it comes to property care. You are also going to have a lot of lawn care equipment that most homeowners don’t have. This will ultimately lead to you taking requests from family and friends, to perform all [...]

Lawn Care Marketing and why you need to always be doing it - GopherHaul 72 Lawn Care Blog Show

Lawn Care Marketing and why you need to always be doing it - GopherHaul 72 Lawn Care Blog Show
Here is the latet GopherHaul Lawn Care Business Sow episode #72 available online in video format also in podcast format. In this episode I discuss why it’s important to always be doing some sort of lawn care [...]

Lawn care customer early warning signs.

It seems like 90% of your lawn care customers will never be a bother and will pay on time. They won’t ask for additional free lawn care services. They won’t try to haggle you down to the point you are losing money on a job. They will just be pleasant to work with. But then [...]

Lawn care presentation at a big box store got me 9 jobs!

Do you know a little about the different types of lawns in your area? If you are running a lawn care business, you probably know more than the average home owner. Did you ever think you could turn that knowledge into a lawn care marketing method that could bring you new customers? Well it can! [...]

Lawn care business success tips.

As you get your lawn care business started, do you ever just feel like winging it and seeing where things go? Or do you feel that you should be planning things out more? From this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we will see how having a lawn care business plan can really [...]

Lawn care customer communication breakdowns.

Miscommunication with your lawn care customers can lead to a break down. Break downs in communication can lead to cancellation of mowing services. The steps you take to interact with your customers and keep them in the loop can keep them happy and lead to a long profitable relationship. But what happens when you don’t [...]

Do you include a clean up charge for new lawn care customers?

Have you ever run into a situation where you were called to give an estimate on a lawn mowing job that had the potential to become a new annual lawn care contract customer for you, but the property was a mess? How did you handle that situation or how would you if presented with one? [...]

Condominium lawn care bid discussion.

When you are called to present an estimate for lawn care on a commercial property, there are a few tips that will help you improve your accuracy. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, knowing the previous bid price can be helpful. Breaking down the job into more [...]

Lawn care business growth tips and things to avoid.

Where do most lawn care businesses get tripped up when it comes to growth? It seems the big answers are, growing too fast and losing money due to non-payments. Here are some great lawn care business lessons from a veteran who has had a lot of ups and downs in his entrepreneurial career thus far. [...]

How to deal with a wide lawn mower and narrow gate?

Sometimes we get into such a rush to expand our lawn care business that we don’t think of the bigger picture. We don’t take into consideration how one action is going to have a reaction. For instance, buying a larger lawn mower and only realizing when you get to the lawn care customer’s house, that [...]

What’s better, hydro or belt drive lawn mowers?

What lawn care equipment is right for you? There are many options available and the choices can be daunting to the new lawn care business owner. When it comes down to commercial lawn mowers, a big choice is to either go with hydro or belt driven mowers. But which one would be best for the [...]

Give your lawn care customers a chance before you worry.

We’ve all heard the saying, don’t make a mountain out of a mole hill. There is a reason such a saying exists. It’s because we all have a tendency to do it at times. Sometimes we make a big issue out of something that is not an issue at all. The downside to doing this [...]

Spring lawn care business service to upsell.

Are you looking to offer your lawn care customers more services this spring? Well here is a great idea one member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum shared with us. The idea is creating and planting a vegetable garden for your current customer base. I think it’s going to be a big seller as [...]

How to estimate and perform a 3,500 sq ft lawn reseeding job.

As a lawn care business owner, you are going to be called to some jobs that are going to be easy where all you need to do is show up and mow. While there are going to be other properties where you totally need to re-do the entire lawn. Starting a lawn from scratch, especially [...]