Archive for July, 2013

Finding that sweet spot of equipment size that is perfect for your lawn care company.

No matter what size your lawn care business is, there is an ideal size and selection of equipment that will maximize your profitability. Having equipment that is too small or slow will limit your ability to finish a job within a reasonable period of time needed to make a profit. Having equipment that is too [...]

How to get more lawn care customers from craigslist.

Each time you put out a new piece of lawn care marketing material, you get a chance to experiment with your variables to see which ones bring you more callers. Over time, you can figure out which variables are more important and deserve more attention. If you don’t have the time to experiment at the [...]

It takes how long to get a landscape contractor license?

A lot of lawn care business owners besides mowing also offer landscape services as well. Each state seems to have it’s own laws that regulate these landscape services. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, sometimes you can get away with not having a license and sometimes you [...]

Should you charge commercial lawn care customers less than residential?

Should a lawn care company charge more for one type of customer over another? Will residential customers pay more for mowing than commercial clients or possibly is it the other way around? That is a question many new entrepreneurs ponder and ask on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Here we see some great insight [...]

Customer wants out of annual lawn care contract mid season.

Any time you interact with customers, there is always that potential to have conflict with them. To avoid conflict, you may find yourself utilizing a lawn care contract that explains your terms of service. However, as we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, there will always be some new [...]

Why it’s so hard to organize local lawn care business owner gatherings.

Getting together a group of local business owners to talk shop can be a very difficult task. It seems that, many times, these ideas come together initially with the best of intentions but end up not working out for a multitude of reasons. Here is a great discussion on this topic from the Gopher Lawn [...]

How are my bid prices on this big lawn care account?

Some landscape jobs will come along that might just seem outside your scope to accurately bid. When that happens, it is best to break the job down into smaller sized projects that you can more easily price. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, smaller pieces are a [...]

I can’t seem to get ahead.

As a business owners, you need to wear a lot of hats and juggle a lot of responsibilities. Performing the work, is but one small task within a larger picture of jobs that need to be done. As we will see in this discussion, from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, you really need to [...]

Newspaper classified ad ideas for a lawn care business.

Depending on the amount of competitors in your local newspaper, placing a classified ad can sometimes really lead to a windfall of new customers. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, choosing the right wording will give your potential customers a call to action. Let’s see an example [...]

Reflections on the lawn care season.

Every year we are in business is another great opportunity to learn. Hopefully in the following year(s), new guidelines or standard operating procedures can be put into place to make everything run smoother. This past year, a member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, learn the importance of choosing his customers wisely and not [...]

Dealing with new potential lawn care customers that are cheapskates..

There will always be a certain percentage of your new callers that will give off warning signs they are going to become problem customers if you take them on. Being able to read and properly handle these potential customers when you go on your initial estimate can make a big difference. You can choose to [...]

Why do we fail at business?

Why do so many of us fail at business? What makes it seem like it’s next to impossible for the average person to start a business? What kind of advice would you have to offer the average person, working a full time job who dreams of running a business? How should they even get to [...]

Promoting your lawn care services through an auction.

In most communities there are various social groups that raise money throughout the year for local projects. Some of these groups charge a monthly fee to be involved with. Those fees may be within the budget of some entrepreneurs, but what if they are out of your reach and you still would like to get [...]

Lawn care t-shirt review.

Creating marketing material can be a challenge. Trying to come up with the right words to use that will grab the readers attention is not as easy as it may appear. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we see how one entrepreneur came up with a t-shirt design he wanted to [...]

Shrub planting job estimate.

Every landscape job you take on will be unique in some way. Here is one of those jobs that really stands out because of the tight area the job must be performed in. Normally planting a handful of shrubs along a property line wouldn’t stand out too much. But as we will see in this [...]

Knucklehead mistakes made by one lawn care business owner.

You can learn a lot of lessons from trial and error. But there are many lessons you would rather know about beforehand so you don’t have to go out and experience them. Here is a great collection of some of those mistakes from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Taking note of these mistakes and [...]

When one problem ends, another seems to begin.

Keeping things fun and fresh is very important if you want to enjoy a long and happy career in your chosen profession. Running a small businesses always has the potential of grinding you down if you let it. One little problem can lead to another and another unless they are addressed early on and dealt [...]

How to find and get high end lawn care and landscaping customers.

Are you looking to attract more high end lawn care customers? Have you had a tough time figuring out how to do it? Here is a great discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum that looks into this process. You should be able to gain at least a few new sales techniques from these [...]

Should I replace my mower spindle bearings?

As soon as you buy that new lawn mower, it begins to wear itself apart. Different parts of the mower will fail at different times. The more knowledge you have on how to diagnose and repair these issues, the more money you can save and the faster you can move ahead. Here is a great [...]

Sometimes it seems relaxing just isn’t possible.

Running a business can be very difficult for many reasons. It’s tough to figure out your trade and perform it to the best of your abilities. But it can be even tougher trying to satisfied customers you simply don’t mesh with. In this discussion, from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, an entrepreneur talks about [...]