Archive for the 'Lawn Care Business' Category

My lawn care competitor runs things so different!

We all can get stuck in our own cycles or schedule of running our business and sometimes it works out well, while other times, it doesn’t. The only way to know for sure if what we are doing is really optimal is by talking to others and hearing stories on how they are operating. That [...]

Non-paying lawn care customer story.

Sometimes it’s the lawn clients you never think you would have any problems with, that give you problems. Then other times it’s those overgrown lawn clients that give you problems. You just can’t tell for sure at the beginning which clients are going to be trouble as we will see in this discussion from the [...]

A quick way to estimate a brick paver landscape job.

Your phone rings and it is one of your lawn mowing customers asking you how much it would cost them to get a brick paver patio area built in their back yard. Because you never bid on such a job before, you start to panic because you don’t know how long the job will take. [...]

Got caught spraying lawn chemical without license.

Do you spray weed killers at times without having a pesticide application license? Sure some do it and some get away with it. But some get caught. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one landscaper who ran into big problems from what started off as a small situation.

Overgrown lawn handled with modified lawn mower.

Sometimes having the right tool for the job requires you to make the right tool. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one member who altered his lawn mower to allow him to mow down overgrown lawns faster. Although this design may be a little too dangerous to use, [...]

Promoting student lawn care services.

With the way college prices have been going up up up and student debt has been following suit, it’s great when you can avoid going into debt by paying for college yourself. But how can you do that? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who decided [...]

Taxes and insurance issues with a home business.

Setting up a home office to run your landscaping business can be a very helpful step to facilitating growth, but what should you do when it comes to taxes and insurance? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from a number of entrepreneurs who have gone through some traumatic experiences [...]

Landscaping with shorts or long pants?

Do you wear shorts or long pants when you are out mowing lawns? Your answer may depend on your geographic location, or it might depend on the weather. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from some entrepreneurs who are talking about what types of protection they wear when they [...]

Lawn care business start up lessons.

Are you new to running a lawn care business and feel like you really have no overhead expenses? Do you feel like what ever you make is profit? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who thought that way early on but eventually came around to the [...]

How to bill customers for an annual mowing contract?

Say you have a bunch of weekly or even bi-weekly mowing customers and you want to get them to agree to an annual mowing contract. How do you go about pricing it? How do you charge them? Do you just add the annual mowing total up and divide by 12 months and bill them that [...]

Lawn stopped growing cause of heat. Now what?

Temperatures will change throughout the year. Sometimes you will get a lot of rain and sometimes you will have drought conditions. If there is one thing you can guarantee, the weather will not always be consistent. You can’t change the weather but you can be creative in the services you offer. As we will see [...]

How to get bi-weekly mowing customers to become weekly.

Have you found that the only mowing customers you service are those that want bi-weekly mowing? Do you find it really cuts down on your profits? If so, consider some of these business tactics we learned from The Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Maybe utilize a few of these strategies will help you improve your [...]

My landscape company made $200,000 last year.

In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one landscaper who has been in the business 8 years and has finally figured out how much he needs to make each day to break even. From that figure, we learn how it makes it easier for him to know how much [...]

Investing your landscaping profits in the stock market.

If you have gotten to the stage where your landscaping business is making more money than your expenses and you are able to start putting money away, have you thought about investing it? Sure you can take what ever money you have left over and buy more landscaping equipment, but is that going to give [...]

1st year lawn care business lessons.

Some new lawn care business owners really seem to hit the ground running as we see in this discussion from a member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. In it, he shares with us some of the marketing tips he has used to attract a total of 150 mowing clients in his first year. [...]

Tips on mowing pricing.

Does a mowing customer ever counter your price and expect you to do your work for less than you can afford to do it? Do they tease you with the offering of more work in the future if only you give them a discount on a job today? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn [...]

Here is my lawn care operation daily checklist.

Does your lawn care business have a checklist of things to do to your mowing equipment at the end of each day? Keeping processes structured and consistent will help you improve your operation. Maintaining your equipment will minimize down time and help you increase profits. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, [...]

How to price a 4 acre mowing job.

Have you ever gotten a call where a homeowner wanted you to bid on mowing a large acreage property? If you have only mowed smaller properties up to that point, you might not know where to begin your pricing. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear [...]

Should I drop off commercial lawn care proposals?

Have you seen commercial properties that you would like to bid on but weren’t sure on how to go about it? Have you experimented with various methods only to get no response? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who came up with a novel way to [...]

I got lowballed on a lawn bid again!

Have you ever pulled up to a lawn care customer’s property, only to find another landscaping company already there and mowing the yard? What should you do when this happens? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one landscaper who had this experience and wanted help on the best [...]

Someone has my business name incorporated!

It happens more times than you might think. A landscaper gets his business started and comes up with a name that he feels will be unique. Then he puts a bunch of years into the business, building up his brand and one day, he decides he wants to incorporate. When he does a search for [...]

Did I mess up this lawn care bid?

Have you ever come upon a property that looked challenging to mow? Did you wonder why it was overgrown? Possibly the home owner couldn’t get anyone else to mow the yard at the price they wanted to pay. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who was [...]

How to bid a 3/4 acre residential lawn mowing job.

What do you do when you are used to bidding on and mowing lawns no larger than 2,000 sq ft and a potential customer calls to ask you to bid on their 3/4 acre property? How much is the job worth? Should you take it on if you don’t have anything other equipment than a [...]

Do I have what it takes to get started?

There are many variables involved in starting up a business. Do you have enough cash to get yourself started? Will you be able to get the equipment you need? Will you have enough money to market your business? What about having a partner? Is that important to improve your chances of success? In this discussion [...]

Best way to remove ground ivy.

Ground Ivy is used in various landscapes for many reasons. The Ivy though has a tendency to envelope everything around it, if it is not managed properly. In this discussion form the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one landscaper looking for the best options on how to remove an area covered in [...]

Mowing very tall grass for the city.

If you are new to the lawn care business and are finding it tough to get new customers, one of the things you can do is sign up with your local town to mow overgrown properties when they get complaints. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur [...]

When should you reopen a lawn care contract, midseason?

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you landed a mowing contract and sometime mid season, the customer alters their property which then takes more time from you to perform the job you bid on? What do you do in such a situation? That is what one landscaper was curious about in his [...]

In the landscape business for 20 years, but what is different?

Have you ever wondered what the biggest difference is between a smaller landscaping business and a larger one? Maybe you have no one that is larger you can talk with to find out. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who looks back over his past two [...]

Looking professional right out of the gate?

When to start? Is it better to start your lawn care business in the spring, summer, or fall? Should you wait until next year to get started or get started now? Is it important to look professional right out of the gate or can you just get started with what ever resources you have access [...]

Making money on overgrown lawns.

Most townships and counties have laws on their books regarding overgrown lawns. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from some entrepreneurs who have figured out ways to profit from these laws. Maybe you could use one or more of these ideas to make more money for your business as [...]