Archive for December, 2013

Lawn mowing equipment tips when getting started.

What the best way to go about your lawn care equipment purchases when you are just starting out? Should you go big and get all commercial equipment or should you stay conservative and either use what you already own or buy some consumer grade equipment? That is what one entrepreneur was looking for advice in [...]

Advice to take your lawn care business full time.

Oh the things you wish you knew when you got started. If you only did this or if you only did that. Sure we all can look back on anything we started and find ways we could have made growth come easier and faster but what were the real important issues? What steps could we [...]

How to estimate a leaf removal job.

Bidding on leaf cleanup jobs can be difficult for the new start up business owner. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we get some insight into the process. There are many questions you may have about performing such work such as how to actually remove the leaves, what to do with [...]

How to charge for hanging outdoor Christmas lights and decorations.

If you are interested in keeping busy with your landscape company all year long there are plenty of services you can offer during the winter months. There is snow removal in the colder climates and there is also holiday outdoor lighting and decoration installs. Here is a great discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business [...]

Lessons learned after landscape trailer was stolen.

What would happen to your business if your landscape trailer and equipment were stolen today or tonight? Would you be able to recover fast enough that you wouldn’t lose any customers? Would you be able to recover at all? If not, why not? You need a plan to take effect if this were to happen [...]

Should you go with a 36″ or 48″ lawn mower deck?

When your next walk behind mower choice comes down to a 36″ or 48″ walk behind, it is quite amazing how much more money a larger mower can make you throughout the year for just a little extra in purchase cost. How much more and is it worth it? That is the question asked on [...]

Which lawn mower should I start off with?

What is the best lawn mower for a new start up landscape business owner? A small walk behind consumer grade model? A larger commercial grade ztr? What about a larger walk behind unit with a sulke? One part of the decision should be based on how much you are willing to spend, another part is [...]

Would you let a homeowner help you with a landscape project?

A novel method to making your landscape customers happy and getting them to talk about you and your business may be to get them involved in the project. Everyone loves operating machinery but should you get your customers this involved? That is the question asked on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Sure it might [...]

How to use a box blade and landscape rake to install a new lawn.

Installing a new lawn can be a very labor intensive job if you let it be. If you harness the power of a compact utility tractor, you can do a lot more work, in a shorter time, with less staff you need to pay. Here is a great discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business [...]

Lawn care customer is certain rabbits are eating her lawn.

When problems arise with a lawn or landscape if the customer can’t figure out a real reason for it, they tend to fill in the blanks with guesses. Sometimes these guesses go from just simple guessing to behavior that one might deem a little ‘off’. As a lawn care professional, it’s your job to figure [...]

Why you shouldn’t mow lawns too fast.

Most business owners think they have a firm grasp on what their customers want and how to give that to them. But, how often do those business owners really ask their clients what they want and what they don’t want? How often do they ask for feedback on the service they provide? I bet most [...]

What’s the real difference in commercial lawn care equipment?

There is a step a new lawn care business owner takes when they go from using their own home mowing equipment, to needing more productivity from their mower with less down time. That is when they start looking around and either wanting a larger cutting deck, or more engine power, or maybe a commercial grade [...]

Getting lawn care customers to sign up again in the new year.

Getting through the first year of running your mowing business is tough no doubt, but when you make it through, you really have to start thinking of getting all your customers back in the spring. There are various methods to do this and they get easier to implement as you are in business longer. Here [...]

What health issues should a lawn care business owner be concerned with?

Any industry has the potential to cause you medical problems if you find yourself doing the same thing over and over again. Repetitive stress issues can occur using most equipment, from heavy mowers, to computer keyboards. Inhaling fumes from gas as well as sprayed fertilizer can also cause health problems, so be aware and stay [...]

Best way to invoice your lawn care customers.

You might think that invoicing and billing customers would be a priority for most every lawn care business owner. However as we will see from this discussion in the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, this is yet another issue that tends to take time to get figured out by the new entrepreneur. There are many [...]

Lawn care business insurance agent requires 3 years of experience?

It’s odd at times the barriers you come upon when you are new to being an entrepreneur. The thing about being new is that you don’t know what is a standard industry practice and what is absolute nonsense. Here is a great discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum that shows how you can [...]

Additional commercial property maintenance services to offer.

A few thousand dollars can often be the difference in making it through your first year of business or not. So often the focus of a new entrepreneur is in obtaining clients when it should be in maximizing the income you can make per client by offering more to them. As we will see in [...]

Sometimes you just have to turn down landscape jobs.

Most of the time you are fighting tooth and nail to get new landscape customers to call you by using various methods of marketing. But what do you do when a call comes in from a potential client that lives a little outside your immediate service area? It creates a dilemma that you must weigh [...]