Archive for June, 2014

Charging for lawn care estimates?

If you have been in the lawn care business for a short time, you probably have had potential customers call you to their home and ask you for a bid to improve their property. Sometimes you get the job and sometimes you don’t. Have you ever gotten to the point where you are spending quite [...]

Commercial lawn care bid assistance needed.

If you are new to bidding lawn care for commercial properties, here is a look, from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, at how a few different landscapers came up with their price. Quite possibly you could compare a current job you are looking to bid on with the job discussed here and get a [...]

I have the practical skills but don’t have the lawn care business know how.

Sometimes when you get your business started, you have a little business experience from somewhere else or maybe you have a little hands on experiences from a previous job. Other times, you might get started with no experience at all! In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur [...]

Was my landscape bid high or was I lowballed?

If you have estimated more than a few landscape jobs, you have been in a situation where you didn’t get a job because of price. When that happens, you may sometimes reflect on your estimate and wonder if your landscape bid was too high or if you simply got lowballed by a competitor. In this [...]

Should your new lawn care business use mowing contracts?

Your first year in business can be a real trial by fire. Everything is new and there are so many issues you are going to be running into, it can make you want to pull your hair out. One specific issue we are going to focus on, from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, is [...]

Lawn care business cards with special offer on them.

Promoting special offers in your lawn care marketing material can be a great way to fill up your mowing schedule. As your route gets filled, you can then bid your jobs higher to improve your profit margin and get rid of lower profitable jobs. Here is a great example of promoting special offers on business [...]

Home and garden show booth ideas for a lawn care business.

Have you ever gone door to door with your lawn care marketing material and tried to talk to home owners? If so, you know how difficult it can be to get them at the moment they are looking to buy. But what if instead of you going to look for them, they came looking for [...]

A lawn edger education.

Using a lawn mower is the first tool that a new lawn care business owner learns about. Next is using a line trimmer to keep the areas you can’t mow, trimmed back. Other tools like hedge trimmers and pole saws then come into play. Lastly it seems the lawn edger is the least used tool [...]

Local competitor asked if I would buy his lawn care business.

Sometimes you need to actively go out searching for new opportunities and other times opportunities come looking for you. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one entrepreneur talks about how he was contacted with an offer to buy out a local competitor. The question he wondered though was should he do [...]

How to bid lawn mowing jobs when the property is in bad shape.

How important is it to you that a property you are servicing looks top of the line? Do you care if you are hired to mow a lawn weekly and the hedges are out of control? What about if the property needs edging but the customer only requests lawn mowing? How do you handle this [...]

Starting a mobile lawn mower repair shop.

Are you the type of entrepreneur that is constantly looking for new opportunities to expand your business empire? If so, here is a great discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum about how one business owner expanded his services from offering lawn care to offering mobile lawn mower repair services. Maybe these ideas will [...]

Why do you want commercial lawn care properties?

Many newer lawn care business owners tend to think their residential customers can be flighty when it comes to retention and that maybe going after commercial clients would be the way to go. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, the commercial customers can be a lot less [...]