Archive for the 'General Business' Category

How a lawn care business owner scaled up his use of employees.

There is a tendency with sole lawn care business owner operators to work themselves until they can’t work any more. They want to be in total control of every minute detail so they feel they can’t relinquish any control to staff. This can cause a lot of problems as the business naturally tries to grow. [...]

What you need to know before you aerate a lawn.

Spring and fall are great times to make extra money from your lawn care customers by offering them aeration, seeding, and fertilization. But where should you begin? A great and affordable way to do this is to book a bunch of jobs within a day or two. Rent an aeration machine and then get as [...]

Simple steps to improve your ability to sell to lawn care customers.

There are improvements you can make on your estimating and sales presentation that can improve your ability to sell. Some people naturally seem to excel at sales because of their extrovert nature while others who may be introverted have a difficult time being outgoing. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we [...]

Lawn care business sales procedures.

To improve upon your lawn care business sales procedures, you really need to handle everything uniformly. From the moment you first reach out to the customer to the most you finish a job, the more you handle each step the same, the better chance you have at seeing where you need to improve and then [...]

Should you start thinking about your spring lawn care marketing yet?

Each year new lawn care business owners question at the beginning of the season when is the best time for them to start their marketing. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, there is a sweet spot you should hit but the more experienced marketers tend to do [...]

Lawn care business advice from an accountant.

Bookkeeping is not something that seems to be an easy concept to grasp for most new lawn care business owners. Sure everyone understands they need to make a profit but how do you figure that out? How do you know from day to day if you are making money or losing it? Trying to keep [...]

Should lawn care employees be paid for their travel time?

When it comes to paying lawn care employees, there are many ways you can do it. The more complex the process is, the more opportunities there are for problems. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, keeping things simple with all parts of your operations is always the [...]

How to figure out patio installation costs.

As with any service you perform while running your lawn care business, you will need to figure out your operating costs to know how much you should be charging for your services. Installing patios is no different. Here is a great discussion on the topic from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, where one member [...]

Should the small lawn care business owners pay taxes?

I am sure there are quite a few new start up lawn care business owners who just don’t want to concern themselves with any extraneous issues other than mowing lawns and collecting their money. When it comes to being licensed, insured, and complying with tax laws, some business owners just don’t feel those rules, regulations, [...]

First landscape project and invoice.

Have you been performing lawn care for a while and had the desire to perform some landscape projects but were unsure of how to do them or bill them? One member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum shared with us a landscape project he created. The job was done for cost so that the [...]

A landscaping job turned disaster.

Sometimes a day can make a real bad turn for the worse and cause all types of problems. The longer you are in business, the better your chances are of having one of those days where everything goes to hell. Knowing that others go through similar situations can help you remember you are not alone [...]

Which lawn mower spare parts should you bring with you?

Mechanical failures can happen at any moment. If you are out mowing lawns during the day, having the right spare parts with you can make the difference between a quick fix and having to end your day early. But with limited space, and budget, which spare parts should you keep on hand? That is what [...]

Marketing yourself with every chance you get.

It is so very important to always be prepared. Whether that means always being prepared to take on new work or as we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, that we are prepared to network and sell when opportunities present themselves. Each and everyday, we are surrounded by many [...]

How should this retaining wall job be bid?

Learning how to build retaining walls, takes time. Starting off with smaller walls and scaling up the size as you go is the pathway many new landscapers follow to find success. You might even want to experiment with some wall on your property first to see what kind of results you get and learn from [...]

Where’s the money in the lawn care industry?

Depending how many competitors you have in your area, making serious money in the lawn care business can be tough if you simply try to go out there and stand out on price. Sometimes a better way to go about things is to offer additional services that your competitors don’t. Such upsell services can really [...]

Be a part of my lawn care business documentary.

I am putting together a lawn care business documentary as you can read more about on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. The ideal goal is to make it a real reflection of what is going on right now. As far as video quality goes, we will just make due with what we [...]

Landscaping upsell letter to send to customers.

Things can be pretty busy at times and you can find yourself very short sighted when this happens. Instead of seeing all the additional work you can get from the current lawn care customer you are services, you may be looking to other customers to increase your profits. As we will see from this discussion [...]

Estimating and bidding timber walls.

Bidding retaining walls, when you are new to landscaping, can be quite an undertaking. It’s always better to work with smaller walls first and scale up your projects as your experience grows. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, estimating and building timber walls can be a little [...]

Where is the best money in fence jobs?

A great way to gain new lawn care and landscaping work is to talk to as many people as you can. Even going door to door can help you find jobs you might not have even thought a home owner wanted. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we see how a [...]

What I learned from my Oleander removal bid.

Taking on new jobs can be so tempting, especially when you are new to the business, but you have to be smart in the jobs you decide to work on. Some jobs will make you quite a bit of profit, while others will be money losers. As we will see from this discussion on the [...]

Where should my lawn care business money be going?

Money management is a skill so many of us lack. It is especially difficult to manage your money in the first few years of starting your business because of the wide range of unknown variables. But if you are trying to come up with a money management process to keep your household and business running [...]

How to bid a gravel driveway regrading job.

If you are expanding your lawn care services to include landscaping, you may find yourself unsure of how to price such jobs. Here is a great example from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum on how to price a gravel driveway regrading job. It also talks about how long such a job would take and [...]

How to make $200 an hour offering tilling services.

There are many ways to make money when running a lawn care business. One great strategy we will see here in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, is offering smaller services that can open the door to upselling even more. There are times when people may not need you for mowing, at [...]

Is your lawn care business overlooking great opportunities?

Have you taken a moment lately to consider if you are missing potential business just because you didn’t see it or were simply looking past it? This happens plenty of times to all of us and it is quite amazing the results we can find when we think about what we are missing. Here is [...]

How a driveway regrading job led to a lot more work.

There is work out there if you want it. Here is a great example on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum of how one landscaper who was called to regrade a driveway ended up signing 6 more customers on, just by talking to people who were passing by. Imagine how many more new customers you [...]

Culvert installation and marketing.

There is plenty of work out there for your lawn care or landscaping business. Don’t expect the work to just come to you. You need to keep an eye out for it. Then once you find an opening, get yourself an opportunity to present yourself and sell the customer on why they need your services. [...]

Lawn mower gets caught on landscape trailer ramp.

Do you have landscape equipment that hangs up on your trailer ramp when you are loading it or unloading it? This can become a real problem because it not only slows down your operations but it can also wreck your equipment. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one lawn care business [...]

Sod bid estimate example.

Are you looking to place a sod bid for a new lawn care customer? Here is a great chance for you to compare how you put together your bid with how this landscaper put together their winning bid to re-sod a home with 750 sq. ft. of new sod. Read through this discussion from the [...]

10 tips to improve your lawn care business.

If you think you have had a tough time getting your lawn care business started, imagine trying to do it after you have been involved in a major auto accident and had to quickly learn how to run your business while you were in and out of rehab! That’s what happened to this lawn care [...]

Should you let your employees see your lawn care invoices?

Do you service commercial lawn care customers and due to contractual requirements, you need to have your crew chief and the property manager both sign a copy of the invoice? This signature is to show proof you were there on location at the time you are scheduled to be there and performed the jobs listed [...]