Archive for the 'General Business' Category

NEW BOOK - Newbie Landscaper Pro Landscaper

Newbie Landscaper Pro Landscaper, my newest book. At over 450 pages, this is the greatest collection of question and answers I have researched from my Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. At times the responses to questions can be a little long winded but I have left them that way intentionally. I wanted [...]

A warning about taking on landscape services you know nothing about.

There is a constant desire and drive by new entrepreneurs to go out and explore. The boundary of how far they are willing to explore seems to forever be pushed further forwards. If you find yourself doing this with your own lawn care business, here is a cautionary tale from someone who has been there [...]

Sample spring lawn care customer letter.

What will you be doing as spring nears to get back in touch with your lawn care customer base? Will you call them? Email them? Simply show up once the lawn starts to grow? Well you might want to consider sending out a spring lawn care customer letter and see if it can generate you [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Interlocking retaining walls and crushed stone delivery.

The longer your business is around and operating, the more times you are going to find yourself being asked if you would offer this service or that. Before you brush off a request on a service you have yet to offer, consider this story from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. One entrepreneur decided to [...]

How to price retaining walls.

There are a lot of methods out there one can use to create a price for building a retaining wall however most of them just don’t work. The biggest error done is basing a wall price on it’s total square feet. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we will see why [...]

The Pro Lawn Care Business Playbook.

I am happy to announce the release of my newest lawn care business book. The Pro Lawn Care Business Playbook. You can order it here in both paperback and kindle version.
So many new lawn care business owners pause at the moment when a decision is required of them. Or they fail to plan how [...]

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 [...]

How owning landscape equipment can bring you more jobs.

Having a bunch of landscaping equipment within your stable can be helpful in many ways. Sure it will help you get those landscape jobs done, but did you also know you can use it to attract the attention of even more clients? That is exactly what this one landscaper did. He has found his equipment [...]

Why am I not making money mowing 50 lawns?

Depending on a bunch of variables, you can find yourself plenty busy with lawn care work but producing little profit. This tends to especially be a big issue the first year a new company is in business. If you find this to be the case with your company, consider some of these tips to increase [...]

Apartment complex lawn care bid example.

It’s amazing how we can make concepts so complicated at times. How to find customers? Why does this become such a huge and unobtainable goal? Sometimes it’s as simple as going out and getting them. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, a simple goal to find a [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The reality of insurance and the start up lawn care business.

We all know the importance of having insurance, whether it be for your auto, theft, fire, medical, or liability. The reality of insurance though is it costs money to purchase and many start up businesses simply don’t have enough cash to go to all the things they would like to get. All too often insurance [...]

How to get wholesale prices for landscape materials.

A great way to make more profit on your landscape projects and have more room to be more competitive in your pricing is to purchase your landscape materials at wholesale prices. Why pay retail when you can potentially save up to 40% on materials? Sounds great, but how do you get those prices? That is [...]

Do you include a stop charge in your lawn care bid?

Do you include a stop charge in your lawn mowing estimates or do you estimate the amount of time the job will take and create a bid based on that number? If you find you have a hard time coming up with a bid price, this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum will [...]

What tools do you need to do your first hardscape?

Taking on your first hardscape construction project can seem a little overwhelming when you haven’t had any experience with such work in the past. If you have any interest in expanding your company into offering hardscaping, you should consider slowly buying some basic tools and working on projects in your yard first. Which tools should [...]

How a lawn care business implodes.

We can learn a lot from a business that is doing great as we can from a business that is failing. In this story, shared on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we get an inside look at a company that is suffering a slow death. It’s quite amazing to look at from the outside, [...]

Why you shouldn’t install mulch next to a home foundation.

Drive down any street in the spring or summer and you are almost guaranteed to see a home with mulch around it’s foundation. With so many people doing that, you might figure it’s a good idea. But wait before you install your next mulch job and read this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business [...]

Lessons learned from under bidding the removal of 6 holly bushes.

Sure it’s great to make as much money as you can but if that means bidding on unfamiliar jobs, you have to be careful not to lose money. That is what happened here with this landscaper when he underbid a bush removal job. When everything was completed, the job ended up taking twice as long [...]

How to bid plant install work.

Trying to offer a lot of different services in your early years of being an entrepreneur can be rough. Sure it’s great to be open to make as much money as you can, but the down side is you won’t know how to bid all the jobs that come your way. This is the case [...]

How do your landscape sales presentations compare to these?

When you are trying to sell a customer on a landscape project, how do you create the imagery? Do you walk around the property with a customer and talk about how you might add this plant here or put a mulch bed in over there? Do you hand draw out a design on paper? Or [...]

How much is that line trimmer costing you to operate per hour?

It can be a very difficult task trying to figure out what your actual operating costs are per hour. So many variables are involved with this process. With such complexities, it is no wonder that many new business owners fail to ever find a consistent price they need to charge per hour to cover all [...]

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 [...]