Archive for April, 2013

Crazy lawn mower hauling stories.

Most all of us take our personal safety seriously when we get into a car. Before we even start the engine, the first thing we do is buckle up. But it seems a lot of times, there is a disconnect when it comes to carrying equipment or materials. The same level of importance isn’t put [...]

Rain and lawn care customers that owe you money.

Some of the biggest annoyances a lawn care business owner dreads is rainy days and late paying customers. So when you mix the two of them together, you get a day that is REALLY dreadful. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, there are ways to benefit and [...]

What tools do you need to do your first hardscape?

Taking on your first hardscape construction project can seem a little overwhelming when you haven’t had any experience with such work in the past. If you have any interest in expanding your company into offering hardscaping, you should consider slowly buying some basic tools and working on projects in your yard first. Which tools should [...]

What can you do to get more lawn care clients?

There is nothing more frustrating than spending time and money on lawn care marketing and not hearing the phone ring because of it. This can happen for a lot of reasons. Are the services you are marketing in need at the moment? Are potential customers getting your marketing message? Is it too late to start [...]

So far, so good this spring lawn care season.

There are some steps you can take that will really improve your company’s ability to grow. Here is a great example of a few steps to take to improve your sales process, get more jobs, and reach out to new potential customers from a discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum.

The Lawn Care Business Can Get Dirty, Ugly, And Mean.: Stories Of Survival And Success To Get You Through The Rough Times.

The Lawn Care Business Can Get Dirty, Ugly, And Mean.: Stories Of Survival And Success To Get You Through The Rough Times.
Lawn Care Business Book.
When I first got my business started, I didn’t really know anyone who was an entrepreneur. I had no one I could bounce ideas off of or compare my [...]

5 things I am doing differently next year with my lawn care business.

Each season you operate your lawn care business you can really learn a lot of great lessons that just might help you improve your operation in the future. Here are 5 lessons one business owner shared with us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. From this list, he decided he would change the way [...]

Laws your lawn care business may be effected by.

There are many laws that effect lawn care businesses. Some you probably know, but I bet there are some you don’t know about. For instance, does your local community have a time when you can start mowing lawns? If so, when is it? That is a very simple law to avoid breaking by knowing it [...]

How a lawn care business implodes.

We can learn a lot from a business that is doing great as we can from a business that is failing. In this story, shared on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we get an inside look at a company that is suffering a slow death. It’s quite amazing to look at from the outside, [...]

Trying to get commercial lawn care customers for your ego?

People do strange things at times because they think certain things are ‘in’ or ‘out’. If they think something is ‘in’ or cool, they may pay more for something than they would normally pay to get what ever it is they want. This applies to cars, shoes, and even the type of customers a lawn [...]

Pricing lawn care services for duplexes.

New lawn care business owners come up with a lot of creative methods for pricing lawn care, but the problem is, a lot of these methods used are just not profitable. Take for instance this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. In it, one entrepreneur talks about how he is interested in signing [...]

Why you shouldn’t install mulch next to a home foundation.

Drive down any street in the spring or summer and you are almost guaranteed to see a home with mulch around it’s foundation. With so many people doing that, you might figure it’s a good idea. But wait before you install your next mulch job and read this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business [...]

Have you considered offering customer’s 3 year lawn care contracts?

Are you in need of more cash now to upgrade your equipment but you don’t want to take out a loan? Why not consider this business owner’s method of raising a large amount of cash, offer a 3 year prepaid lawn care contract to a favorite customer. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care [...]

Need to get my lawn care flyers out now!

On that first nice spring day when the weather finally warms up, do you start to get the bug to want to go out and distribute some of your newly printed lawn care flyers? You aren’t alone if you do. Here is a discussion from some members of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum about [...]

My wife says there is no money in running a lawn care business.

There’s no two ways about it, starting a new business is tough. If it were easy, everyone would do it. It’s tough because there is so much to learn. If you give yourself time to learn and you are determined to be the best you can be, there is a good chance you can make [...]

Having problems charging monthly lawn care customers.

Performing lawn care services is one thing but trying to get some customers to pay after the fact is a whole other potentially difficult and time wasting task. The way you get paid and the smoothness of your operation in collecting payment has a lot to do with how you set up your billing policies. [...]

Lessons learned from the first lawn care business attempt.

Sometimes, the first time you try an idea out, it just doesn’t work and that is it. No second attempt and no second chances for improvement. Then, some times you take some time to think about what went wrong and recharge your batteries to go out and try it again while applying the lessons you [...]