Archive for July, 2012

How early should you start mowing lawns?

As the old saying goes, early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. But when it comes to running loud gas powered lawn care equipment in residential areas, how early is too early? That is what one member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum was curious to know when [...]

Can I put a commercial motor in a consumer mower?

Entrepreneurs are creative thinkers and problem solvers by nature, so it is no wonder they would be thinking about creative ways to save money on lawn mower upgrades. From a discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum we see a great question on whether it would be worthwhile to put a commercial grade motor [...]

Where should my lawn care business money be going?

Money management is a skill so many of us lack. It is especially difficult to manage your money in the first few years of starting your business because of the wide range of unknown variables. But if you are trying to come up with a money management process to keep your household and business running [...]

Feeling overwhelmed at the thought of starting your lawn care business?

In the beginning, trying to pull everything you need to do together to get your lawn care business launched can feel overwhelming. Which services should you offer, which should you pass on? Which services are best to start with and which are better to add on later? All these questions can make you feel a [...]

How to bid a gravel driveway regrading job.

If you are expanding your lawn care services to include landscaping, you may find yourself unsure of how to price such jobs. Here is a great example from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum on how to price a gravel driveway regrading job. It also talks about how long such a job would take and [...]

Focusing solely on tree service is feast or famine.

Sometimes due to unforeseeable situations, certain services become more important than others. When this happens, the amount of money one can make for these needed services, during such times can increase, but be forewarned. Such times usually don’t last long and when demand scales back, the part of your business that provides these services will [...]

Mowing the wrong yard by mistake? It happens!

There are many mistakes you can make with your lawn care business, but one of the simplest ones to prevent is mowing at the wrong house. If you think it doesn’t happen, here are two landscapers from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, who have had run into similar situations. If there is a lesson [...]

Can your employees run your lawn care business?

Have you been wanting to start up your lawn care business but just seem to have the time to do it? Maybe you got creative in your business planning and thought if you hired a few employees, they could run and build up the business for you. If this were possible, you could then have [...]

Lawn care lowballing lessons learned.

Sometimes lawn care business owners are so focused on getting jobs that they don’t consider they need to be making money with them. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, a landscaper shares with us how this happens, why it happens, and what to do about it. If you catch yourself wanting [...]

How to make $200 an hour offering tilling services.

There are many ways to make money when running a lawn care business. One great strategy we will see here in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, is offering smaller services that can open the door to upselling even more. There are times when people may not need you for mowing, at [...]

Is your lawn care business overlooking great opportunities?

Have you taken a moment lately to consider if you are missing potential business just because you didn’t see it or were simply looking past it? This happens plenty of times to all of us and it is quite amazing the results we can find when we think about what we are missing. Here is [...]

Will I be good enough to sell my lawn care services?

It can be so difficult to get your new lawn care business off the ground. Many times though, the difficult isn’t so much out there somewhere as it is within you. Battling yourself and your own doubtfulness can keep you from ever actually taking one positive step forwards to achieve your dream. But knowing that [...]

Being obsessed about your own lawn care business.

Are you a stickler for high quality when it comes to lawn care? Do you find you need to perform a perfect mowing each and every time? If a job is not completed up to your standards, do you go back and redo it or do you just pass it by and work on it [...]

How a driveway regrading job led to a lot more work.

There is work out there if you want it. Here is a great example on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum of how one landscaper who was called to regrade a driveway ended up signing 6 more customers on, just by talking to people who were passing by. Imagine how many more new customers you [...]

Learn more about lawn mower belts.

Lawn mower belts are the ink that directs the energy produced by the lawn mower engine and directs it to spin the mower blade. The are not visible when you look at a mower from above and because of that, they tend to not get much attention. But there is much we can learn about [...]

Culvert installation and marketing.

There is plenty of work out there for your lawn care or landscaping business. Don’t expect the work to just come to you. You need to keep an eye out for it. Then once you find an opening, get yourself an opportunity to present yourself and sell the customer on why they need your services. [...]

How important is image for a lawn care business?

Does appearance matter when you pull up in front of a new potential lawn care customer’s house to give an estimate? Do you need to show up with a brand new truck or can you show up in an old beat up one? Does the customer mind either way? What about the way your lawn [...]

Bidding a 16 acre lawn mowing job.

Bidding on smaller residential properties can be relatively easy for the average lawn care business owner after they have performed a few of them. But what do you do when you are called on to give a mowing estimate on a much larger property? How do you give an accurate lawn care estimate and not [...]

I’ve got to keep my lawn care business going.

We all have our dark moments when we pause from traveling on our dream pathway to ponder if we have what it takes to make it. Sometimes these moments charge us up to push onwards ever stronger. Sometimes we further discourage ourselves and end up quitting too soon. If your dream is to own and [...]

Winning over HOA’s to win their lawn care bids.

If you want to land large commercial lawn care mowing bids, you can play by the normal rules. Call the home office, find the date to submit your lawn care bid. Go out to the property, review the area and then get your bid in. Cross your fingers all the while hoping you stood out [...]

4 tips for successful lawn care marketing.

Some lawn care business owners seem to be able to market themselves without any problems while others seem to have quite a bit of difficulty doing it. What makes one marketer get their message across while another meets with resistance? How can we learn from the experiences of those who are successful and apply [...]