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How to get your biggest landscape job just by showing up - GopherHaul 76 Lawn Care Blog Show

How to get your biggest landscape job just by showing up - GopherHaul 76 Lawn Care Business Blog Show.
You might think there is a big trick to landing those larger landscape jobs. But as we will see here in this discussion, a big part of success comes from showing up. If you can get yourself [...]

Got the biggest landscape job yet all because I showed up.

You might think in order to win larger mowing accounts than you are used to, it would take some kind of skill only larger companies possess. That couldn’t be any further from the truth. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, sometimes that secret skill is simply being [...]

How the lawn care business can effect your health.

Think your current physical conditioning may be keeping you from performing lawn care services? Well here are a couple of great insights shared with us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum about how all the activities running a lawn care business requires can really get you into great shape.

What are overhead costs and how do they effect a lawn care business?

Have you ever heard of the term overhead costs? If so, could you name three of your overhead costs? When was the last time you created an income statement to check on your profitability? Do you create one after each job you bid on? Some business owners do that often and have a great understanding [...]

Lawn Care Marketing and why you need to always be doing it - GopherHaul 72 Lawn Care Blog Show

Lawn Care Marketing and why you need to always be doing it - GopherHaul 72 Lawn Care Blog Show
Here is the latet GopherHaul Lawn Care Business Sow episode #72 available online in video format also in podcast format. In this episode I discuss why it’s important to always be doing some sort of lawn care [...]

Lawn care marketing allows you to replace bad customers.

One of the many benefits of always doing some sort of lawn care marketing is you gain new customers. Now that is a good thing, but there is an even better benefit than that. You can get to the point where you don’t have to take every customer that calls. Instead you can be picky [...]

Is your problem your lawn care marketing material or your methods?

Lawn care marketing can seem like this unknown black box to the uninformed or new lawn care business owner. This mystical box is one that you pour your hard earned money into in hopes that new customers come out of it. Many times new lawn care business owners try marketing once or twice and find [...]

How you may be getting paid and still losing money.

A big mistake new lawn care business owners make early on is not knowing what their hourly operating costs are. You need to know this figure to accurately bid jobs and make a profit on each and every job. To calculate this figure, you need to add up all your operating costs for the year [...]

When to start your spring lawn care advertising.

If you have been in the lawn care business for a few seasons, you probably have developed your own way to know when it is time to send out your spring marketing material. Time seems to be pretty crucial when it comes to sending this marketing material out. If you send it out too early, [...]

What’s the quickest ways to pick up leaves?

As soon as early September, leaves start to fall from the trees. When this happens, customers start getting itchy to have these leaves removed. As a lawn care business owner, your job should be to find ways to minimize the time spent picking up these leaves in order for you to spend the least time [...]

Excited, unsure, too much, not ready, all mixed together!!!

What would you do if you received a phone call from a local landscaping company and they offered to give you all their lawn care customers? Would you find this to be a curse or a blessing? At first glance it may seem like a fantastic opportunity to jump on, however there are many issues [...]

How a few calls landed some big jobs.

A great way to get jobs is to keep your eyes open when you are out driving around town. If you see a site that seems like it could use your services, don’t wait for the land owner to come to you, go to them. That is exactly what this lawn care business owner did [...]

I thought because I was a great landscaper people would call. I thought wrong.

It’s fascinating the lessons learned by new lawn care business owners who leave their full time jobs to go off on their own and start their own business. A member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum shared with us some of the issues he ran into when he got started. He wrote “It’s one [...]

Pricing lawn care and yard cleanups.

How to price lawn mowing or a yard cleanup seems to be one of the more popular questions asked on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Many new lawn care business owners tend to be lost with this and understandably so, it can be very difficult to wrap your mind around proper bidding concepts.
To help [...]

Worst lawn care customer.

Everyone who runs a business has customers. Sometimes those customers are a delight to work with while other times they can be nightmares. Everyone seems to do alright handling the happy customers but it can be a serious challenge to handle a difficult customer. Depending on the choices you make, such situations can be turned [...]

The biggest mistakes made by lawn care contractors.

Have you ever sat back and wondered what it is that is keeping your lawn care business from growing? Do you find it difficult to talk with new people? Do you have a difficult time trying to sell yourself and your services? If you do, you are not alone. I had a discussion on the [...]

Lawn care packages help you sell more.

We all like to know what works and what doesn’t when it comes to lawn care marketing. By reading such stories on the topic, we hope to cut out those marketing ideas that are ineffective. What amazes me about all the stories we see on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, it’s amazing how one [...]

Two simple keys to success in the lawn care industry.

How do I get new lawn care customers? How can I find more success in the lawn care industry? These are two of the big questions we often see on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. What amazes me is that all too often, business owners are looking for some secret to doing this when [...]

Telling lawn care customers your hourly rate.

When you are bidding jobs for lawn care or landscaping projects, should you let your customer know how much you are charging them per hour or should this be something you keep to yourself and simply bid on the job as a whole? That is a question that was brought up on the Gopher Lawn [...]

How to upsell snow removal services.

Depending on how you present your snow plowing bid can have a direct result on if you get hired or not and what kinds of services your customer will sign up for. I asked a member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum about his methods for estimating snow removal services and how he gets [...]

Tips for winning commercial snow plowing accounts.

Have you had difficulties landing commercial snow plowing accounts? It can be difficult to break through a companies layer of insulation before you get to the person in charge of making such decisions. Persistance seems to be a big part of the key to success. Let’s look into this discussion that took place on the [...]

How to win home owner association lawn jobs.

Trying to crack open customers that live within certain homeowner associations can be tough to do. Especially if the HOA is a gated community. One lawn care business owner figured out a way to get their foot in the door with a interesting marketing tip. They shared with us their lawn care marketing secret on [...]

How to speed up leaf collection.

When the leaves fall and you are hired to clean them up, a lot of times you are not only fighting with trying to collect wet leaves but with wind! How do you collect the leaves when the wind is blowing them all over? That is a question asked on the Gopher Lawn Care Business [...]

How to win over a property manager.

This is a very interesting topic. Lawn care business owners are always looking for ways to land commercial lawn care bids. But what’s the best way to do it? There are many ways to go about getting close with property managers to win bids but there is nothing like hearing the inside scoop straight from [...]

Being on site longer improves your chances of selling more.

With many small lawn care businesses, the owners tend to feel there is more money when you get in and get out fast. However as we will see in this discussion, offering more services than simply lawn mowing can help you be on the job site longer. The longer you are on the job site, [...]

The fear of getting too many lawn care customers.

Fear is an interesting topic. It is amazing how the fears we have can effect how we see the world and what we do in the world. A member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum brought up a great topic that has popped up in the past, leading me to think many lawn care [...]

Lawn Care Business Insurance Basics.

Understanding what insurance you need when you are just starting your lawn care business can be quite overwhelming. I have been able to have a few discussions on landscape contractor insurance over the years to help you understand the topic better. In this most recent discussion I had an opportunity to talk with an insurance [...]

Napkin dispenser lawn care marketing idea.

I just love the creative marketing ideas that get posted on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. There are so many ideas posted, you will never run out of ways to promote yourself. Let’s talk about the latest great idea. One of our members shared with us a story on how he uses napkin dispensers [...]

Making the most of potential lawn care business upsells?

How often are you performing a service on a customer’s property when you see a problem that you feel you could fix? Do you mention this problem to the customer? If not, why not? Offering basic weekly mowing services is a great way to open the lines of communication with a customer that can lead [...]

Lawn care customer sales funnel.

Have you spent much time thinking about your lawn care customer sales funnel? Many newer lawn care businesses don’t think about this so I thought it would be a good idea to bring it to their attention.
What is a sales funnel? Well think of it as a big scoop. You want to go out there [...]