Archive for August, 2012

The best and worst of landscape trailers.

Finding the ideal sized landscape trailer can be tough especially for a new lawn care business that is working within a tight budget. You initially may desire to get a small enclosed trailer to keep all of your equipment in. You might think it would be great for transporting your mower as well as storing [...]

45 lawn care customers in your first year can be too much.

Everyone dreams of having more lawn care customers than you can handle. But what happens when that dream comes true? Problems can and will arise because of it. Then you can find yourself swamped, running in every different direction, constantly trying to put out fires. That is what happened to this one lawn care business [...]

What kind of lawn mower should I start my business with?

Decisions, decisions! Which lawn mower type is the best to start your mowing business with? Should you get a walk-behind? A lawn tractor? Or maybe even a ZTR? There are a bunch of factors that go into the decision making process but most landscapers will agree on one type to get started with as we [...]

How should this retaining wall job be bid?

Learning how to build retaining walls, takes time. Starting off with smaller walls and scaling up the size as you go is the pathway many new landscapers follow to find success. You might even want to experiment with some wall on your property first to see what kind of results you get and learn from [...]

Has your attitude changed while being a lawn care business owner?

There are many issues you will run into as a lawn care business owner. Some will be financial, some mechanical, and some will deal with people. When you are feeling good and processing the problems step by step, you can easily keep things in check. But when you can’t do that for what ever reason, [...]

Three simple steps to increase your profits.

There are three simple steps you can take to improve the profitability of your lawn care business. They don’t require you to go out and spend more money on marketing or buy expensive new mowing equipment. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, a few internal tweaks on [...]

Where’s the money in the lawn care industry?

Depending how many competitors you have in your area, making serious money in the lawn care business can be tough if you simply try to go out there and stand out on price. Sometimes a better way to go about things is to offer additional services that your competitors don’t. Such upsell services can really [...]

Be a part of my lawn care business documentary.

I am putting together a lawn care business documentary as you can read more about on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. The ideal goal is to make it a real reflection of what is going on right now. As far as video quality goes, we will just make due with what we [...]

Help with sprinkler system bidding.

Going from lawn care to offering sprinkler system repair can cause a new comer some problems, especially when it comes to diagnosing problems and bidding on jobs. As we will see in this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, there is quite a process that must be taken with new irrigation customers to [...]

Growing your lawn care business when you are shy.

Certain personality types really seem to do better with selling lawn care services than others, but this doesn’t mean a shy person can’t find success. In fact, they absolutely can if they work on their ability to interact and communicate with others. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business [...]

Landscaping upsell letter to send to customers.

Things can be pretty busy at times and you can find yourself very short sighted when this happens. Instead of seeing all the additional work you can get from the current lawn care customer you are services, you may be looking to other customers to increase your profits. As we will see from this discussion [...]

12 lawn care business owner questions.

Sometimes when things are slow, you can take a moment and reflect where you are, where you have been, and where you are going. It can be a great time to sit there and think about how the decisions you’ve made, have changed your life. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, [...]

Estimating and bidding timber walls.

Bidding retaining walls, when you are new to landscaping, can be quite an undertaking. It’s always better to work with smaller walls first and scale up your projects as your experience grows. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, estimating and building timber walls can be a little [...]

Properly pricing jobs can make the difference between success and failure.

It is amazing how your ability to price lawn care jobs properly can be the single most defining factor in whether your company succeeds or fails. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, pricing your jobs too low can leave you in a panic. But if you raise [...]

Where is the best money in fence jobs?

A great way to gain new lawn care and landscaping work is to talk to as many people as you can. Even going door to door can help you find jobs you might not have even thought a home owner wanted. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we see how a [...]

What I learned from my Oleander removal bid.

Taking on new jobs can be so tempting, especially when you are new to the business, but you have to be smart in the jobs you decide to work on. Some jobs will make you quite a bit of profit, while others will be money losers. As we will see from this discussion on the [...]

How to jump on opportunities and get more lawn care customers.

There are many ways to get lawn care customers. Some methods work better than others. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we learn some tips and tricks to gaining a lot of customers in a tight area to minimize your drive time. Included is some sample dialogue that you could use [...]

Are your lawn care employees ‘wildcatting?’

Do you have lawn care employees that are out mowing lawns during the day? If so, do you have any way of tracking what they are doing or where they are going? If not, you may be in for a rude awakening. This discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum was an eye opener [...]

How to deal with hedge pruning and customer expectations.

Normally, a new lawn care business can fairly quickly get the hang of bidding lawns because that is the most common of jobs they are called to bid on. But when it comes to bidding on a landscape project that involves a lot of smaller jobs, it can make the estimate more complicated to create. [...]