Archive for September, 2013

Should you keep your business and personal finances separated?

If you don’t have enough choices to make when starting your business, here is yet another one to consider. What is the best way to keep your financial books? Should you keep your business finances separate from your personal finances? Should they be combined? As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn [...]

Should you use wind banners on your landscape trailer?

If you are looking for a way to promote your different seasonal services, why not consider this marketing method. Having different wind banners that you could attach to your mowing trailer may be a great way to catch the eye of neighbors or motorists driving past a property you are servicing. Here is a discussion [...]

Don’t forget to grease your mower spindle bearings.

Do you have a preventative maintenance checklist for all of your lawn care equipment? If not, you need to remember that machines are destined to fail. Sometimes the failure is a small component but sometimes it’s a pricey one. In this example from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we see how 1 hour of [...]

Giving away free fall leaf cleanups turned into a disaster.

Promotional ideas that may seem like a good idea initially can look terrible when you take a moment to think about them. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum we see one entrepreneur who decided to offer a free fall leaf cleanup to customers who signed up for his lawn mowing service. [...]

At my wits end with lawn care customers.

It can be very frustrating trying to collect money from late paying customers. Smaller companies tend to have a harder time dealing with this than larger ones. If you can set up a company policy that covers invoicing and payment collection which allows you to be paid before work begins, you may never have to [...]

How long will a consumer grade mower last doing commercial mowing?

Starting out with a minimal budget leads many a business owner to consider saving a few bucks by purchasing consumer grade lawn care equipment. Sure it can cost a lot less, but what is the downside to it? That is what one entrepreneur was curious to know when he asked on the Gopher Lawn Care [...]

How many mowings should be included in a lawn care contract?

Implementing lawn care contracts can be rough for the newer business owner. It’s hard to know what you should expect of your customers and what they should expect of you without spending some years seeing which issues need to be addressed before they become problems. Such issues as how many times should you mow a [...]

An example of why you should use contracts when performing landscape jobs.

The vast majority of new lawn care business owners and landscapers seem to have an aversion to using contracts. Either it is a fear that somehow the contract will turn customers away or somehow maybe it will be used against them if they can’t perform the job properly. What ever the reason is, any business [...]

Lawn care marketing and making money.

What marketing methods work best? Figuring this out can take a lot of time and energy. A short cut to finding success quicker than spending a lot of time experimenting is to read what works for others and then implement those suggestions. Here we have a great collection of methods, from the Gopher Lawn Care [...]

Fall tilling service ideas.

How often are you able to take a scrap that you would normally have to pay to dispose of and turn around and sell it to make a profit? I would bet it doesn’t happen too often. Well here is a great discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum that details how you can [...]

How to make extra money sharpening lawn mower blades.

There are many opportunities you can jump on to not only increase your revenues but to meet new customers by offering them one service and later upselling them on another. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one entrepreneur needed his mowing blades sharpened and could not find anyone to do it. [...]

How to set your lawn care prices.

Setting prices for your different services can be extremely tough or incredibly easy depending on how you do it. Some services will make you great profits, while others won’t make any money at all. To figure out which services to offer and at what prices they should be, all you have to do is follow [...]

Lessons for your first year leaf removal season.

There are many variables you need to take into account for fall leaf cleanups. Do you wait until all the leaves have fallen or keep up on the property until the last leaf has dropped?  What about equipment? Is it worthwhile simply starting off with a rake and some bags or will you need more [...]

A teen reflects on the mistakes he made with his lawn care business.

It is quite easy to get overwhelmed when running your business. This is especially true in the first year. But as we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, it’s very important when things get frustrating, to take a step back, cool down and think things through. Otherwise, you may [...]

Getting started with $20 lawn mowings?

It’s easy to underestimate the amount of expenses you have to operate your business. In fact, most first year business owners probably have no clue what their true costs are. That would explain why the vast majority of them go out of business before the end of their first season. Here is a great discussion [...]

Should you implement an end of the season mowing price hike?

Sometimes it’s not until late in your first mowing season that you begin to realize that you are not making money on some customer properties. So much is going on through out the year that you might be too busy to really sit down and review your profitability. When you do take a moment and [...]