Archive for January, 2013

Is it me or does every landscaper seem to be constantly buying new equipment?

There seems to be a constant arms race going on in the lawn care industry. New equipment, mowers, trimmers, blowers, saws, trucks, trailers all seem to constantly being replaced. But how cost effective are all those purchases? If you can save up to buy some new equipment, should you? Or should you hold off? That [...]

Start up lawn care business tax questions.

An important step you should take when getting your lawn care business started your first year is keep track of all your receipts, income, and expenses. Doing so will help you tremendously. All of this information will make the entire tax reporting process a lot easier. The next step you will need to take is [...]

Should you promote that you are a new lawn care business?

There are many points business owners will promote about themselves and their business. Should you promote that you are a new start up company though? Is there a benefit to it? If you shouldn’t, why not? That is the question brought up on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum and the responses to it made [...]

Results from last year’s lawn care marketing efforts.

You simply will never know for sure what will work and what won’t until you experiment. Changing certain variables and testing is the only way to narrow down what lawn care marketing methods work for you and what ones don’t. The second best thing after doing your own experimenting, is to learn what has and [...]

Simple steps to improve your ability to sell to lawn care customers.

There are improvements you can make on your estimating and sales presentation that can improve your ability to sell. Some people naturally seem to excel at sales because of their extrovert nature while others who may be introverted have a difficult time being outgoing. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we [...]

Lawn care business sales procedures.

To improve upon your lawn care business sales procedures, you really need to handle everything uniformly. From the moment you first reach out to the customer to the most you finish a job, the more you handle each step the same, the better chance you have at seeing where you need to improve and then [...]

Should you start thinking about your spring lawn care marketing yet?

Each year new lawn care business owners question at the beginning of the season when is the best time for them to start their marketing. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, there is a sweet spot you should hit but the more experienced marketers tend to do [...]

Lawn care business advice from an accountant.

Bookkeeping is not something that seems to be an easy concept to grasp for most new lawn care business owners. Sure everyone understands they need to make a profit but how do you figure that out? How do you know from day to day if you are making money or losing it? Trying to keep [...]

How to land your first snow plowing customer.

Getting your first customer can become a monumental task. There are many reasons why it is so difficult. You are new to business, you lack the confidence to sell, and you just haven’t had the experience to know who to make your sales presentation too! As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher [...]

How to prevent your lawn care website domain from being stolen.

Can you imagine starting up your lawn care business, picking a domain name, and setting up a website only to have it stolen right from underneath your nose? You wouldn’t think it could happen. Especially after all the time you spent in making your website and all the money you spent promoting it. But this [...]

How to bid lot clearing jobs.

Making a $100 an hour with your landscaping business is possible with the proper tools. Here in this great discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who can make $100 - $150 an hour with lot clearing services. He also does a pretty good job at marketing himself while [...]

How to handle a lawn care customer you never met.

Lawn care customers dream up some pretty amazing requests, situations, and scenarios. The quicker you can deal with them, the smoother the situation will go. Here is a great example of a crazy situation as discussed on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Once you read it, you will be better prepared to handle such [...]

Should lawn care employees be paid for their travel time?

When it comes to paying lawn care employees, there are many ways you can do it. The more complex the process is, the more opportunities there are for problems. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, keeping things simple with all parts of your operations is always the [...]

Is it too late to get into snow plowing?

There are times when situations present themselves unplanned and you have to react quickly to them. It’s great to be able to plan everything out in advance, but what if winter came and you found yourself needing more money than you had planned on. What if you were into the winter seasons by a few [...]

Over extending your lawn care business.

In most every business, there seems this constant push to want to grow and get bigger. There is a point you can reach though where you go from growth to over extending yourself. You may not notice when it is happening. You also may not know the downsides to doing it. Here is a great [...]

Wrapping up the end of the lawn care season.

Wrapping up the lawn care season is just one part of a bigger picture. Just because the grass stops growing for winter doesn’t mean you need to wait until next spring to make money with your lawn care business. Let’s check out what one entrepreneur does to keep himself busy and keep making money through [...]

What’s the best way to remove small trees and shrubs?

A simple landscaping job you may be called on to perform is removing small trees and shrubs. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, you can do things the hard way and make some money, or do things the easy way and make more money. Which option you [...]

Focusing on small properties brought this lawn care business good profits.

There is always time to improve your lawn care company and focus on a niche. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one middle aged lawn care entrepreneur turned his life around with a focused vision and a desire to improve his presentation. I hope his story inspires [...]

How to figure out patio installation costs.

As with any service you perform while running your lawn care business, you will need to figure out your operating costs to know how much you should be charging for your services. Installing patios is no different. Here is a great discussion on the topic from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, where one member [...]

When should you send out your lawn care renewal letters?

If you were operating your lawn care business last year, you may be wondering what is the best way to reach out and contact your customers to renew service for this new year. That is something one member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Owner was curious to know about and we got a great [...]

Think about it before you turn down a small landscape job.

A lot of time, energy, and money is spent trying to get the attention of new potential customers. To get the opportunity to present a landscape bid, however small, is a great first step towards plugging into a new persons network. Much money can be made over time from that one customer as well as [...]

Raising prices as your mowing schedule fills.

Everyone landscaper dreams of hitting the big time as soon as possible. Of having so many lawn care customers, you don’t know what to do with them all. Of growing growing at leaps and bounds so fast that local competitors sit their scratching their heads wondering what you did to achieve that. Here is some [...]