Archive for the 'Business Failure' Category

Lessons learned after landscape trailer was stolen.

What would happen to your business if your landscape trailer and equipment were stolen today or tonight? Would you be able to recover fast enough that you wouldn’t lose any customers? Would you be able to recover at all? If not, why not? You need a plan to take effect if this were to happen [...]

Keeping your lawn care business from getting to you.

You can’t win a marathon race by sprinting right from the starting line. If you do, you will quickly lose steam and sputter out a short time into your race. If, however, you are able to keep a pace that is balanced with the distance you need to travel, you can make it across the [...]

Getting your lawn care business started can be very frustrating.

It can be very frustrating trying to get your lawn care business started. Unless you are 100% focused on making it work and have the time/funding to support your new business, the small problems can quickly become bigger ones and end up driving you crazy. Here is a story about how things can go wrong [...]

Why one entrepreneur may be done with the lawn care business.

At times things can seem real tough. The economy can be bad. Injuries can occur. Customers can leave. But if you keep focused and run as lean an operation as you can, you can make it through. Here is one entrepreneurs story that he shared with us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum about [...]

Should you be a jack of all trades or a master of one?

Focusing on a few services or even one service is probably not a wise move when you are starting your business. But as you progress with your company and have some time to experiment, you can find which services you like to perform the most and which make you the most money. From there you [...]

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 [...]

Giving away free fall leaf cleanups turned into a disaster.

Promotional ideas that may seem like a good idea initially can look terrible when you take a moment to think about them. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum we see one entrepreneur who decided to offer a free fall leaf cleanup to customers who signed up for his lawn mowing service. [...]

At my wits end with lawn care customers.

It can be very frustrating trying to collect money from late paying customers. Smaller companies tend to have a harder time dealing with this than larger ones. If you can set up a company policy that covers invoicing and payment collection which allows you to be paid before work begins, you may never have to [...]

An example of why you should use contracts when performing landscape jobs.

The vast majority of new lawn care business owners and landscapers seem to have an aversion to using contracts. Either it is a fear that somehow the contract will turn customers away or somehow maybe it will be used against them if they can’t perform the job properly. What ever the reason is, any business [...]

A teen reflects on the mistakes he made with his lawn care business.

It is quite easy to get overwhelmed when running your business. This is especially true in the first year. But as we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, it’s very important when things get frustrating, to take a step back, cool down and think things through. Otherwise, you may [...]

Getting started with $20 lawn mowings?

It’s easy to underestimate the amount of expenses you have to operate your business. In fact, most first year business owners probably have no clue what their true costs are. That would explain why the vast majority of them go out of business before the end of their first season. Here is a great discussion [...]

A lawn care collection horror story.

You may think it should be fairly easy to collect payment from your lawn care customers. You perform the work, bill the customer, and receive your payment. But what if that one customer represented a large percentage of your income? What if they had previously bounced checks before but had always made you whole in [...]

Collecting lawn care payments the 2nd year has become a lot more challenging.

Every year you are in business, you are going to learn new lessons. Variables and dynamics will change from year to year and with these changes must come responses. Some changes will be small and simple, while others may require you to rethink your standard operating procedures. Here is a great example from the Gopher [...]

Finding that sweet spot of equipment size that is perfect for your lawn care company.

No matter what size your lawn care business is, there is an ideal size and selection of equipment that will maximize your profitability. Having equipment that is too small or slow will limit your ability to finish a job within a reasonable period of time needed to make a profit. Having equipment that is too [...]

I can’t seem to get ahead.

As a business owners, you need to wear a lot of hats and juggle a lot of responsibilities. Performing the work, is but one small task within a larger picture of jobs that need to be done. As we will see in this discussion, from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, you really need to [...]

Reflections on the lawn care season.

Every year we are in business is another great opportunity to learn. Hopefully in the following year(s), new guidelines or standard operating procedures can be put into place to make everything run smoother. This past year, a member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, learn the importance of choosing his customers wisely and not [...]

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 [...]

Knucklehead mistakes made by one lawn care business owner.

You can learn a lot of lessons from trial and error. But there are many lessons you would rather know about beforehand so you don’t have to go out and experience them. Here is a great collection of some of those mistakes from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Taking note of these mistakes and [...]

When one problem ends, another seems to begin.

Keeping things fun and fresh is very important if you want to enjoy a long and happy career in your chosen profession. Running a small businesses always has the potential of grinding you down if you let it. One little problem can lead to another and another unless they are addressed early on and dealt [...]

Sometimes it seems relaxing just isn’t possible.

Running a business can be very difficult for many reasons. It’s tough to figure out your trade and perform it to the best of your abilities. But it can be even tougher trying to satisfied customers you simply don’t mesh with. In this discussion, from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, an entrepreneur talks about [...]

Be careful and learn from my mistakes.

Anything can happen in life and sometimes that ‘anything’ turns out being an injury which keeps you from working. What would you do if you were injured or sick in some manner and had to take a week off from running your business? Would you be able to keep your business going? That is the [...]

In one month a new lawn care business owner is too busy.

Some entrepreneurs will hit the ground running a lot faster than others. A lot of it has to do with variables outside their control. Certain areas are underserved when it comes to lawn care while other areas are highly competitive. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, it’s [...]

What drove one entrepreneur to quit the lawn care business.

Nothing can be more frustrating than trying to start a business. If you do decide to take that step, you need to be prepared to stay the course. Giving up too soon will not only take away any chance you have at finding success, it can also effect your chances at success in any other [...]

Losing your temper with a lawn care customer.

Some lawn care customers are just going through a rough time in their life and are looking for others to take their anger out on. There is no winning with them. The more you engage them, the more fuel you give them to be angrier. Here is a great example of that from the Gopher [...]

Twelve lawn care business rules to live by.

It can be difficult to create rules or guidelines your lawn care business should follow. Sometimes you just don’t have a single moment to sit down, take a break, and reflect on lessons learned that past day, past month, or past year. Here in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one entrepreneur [...]

How to bid & mow lawns with steep inclines.

There are some jobs you will come across that aren’t taken by other lawn care business owners for a reason. Sure you might get some extra money out of mowing on a hazardous property, but you have to consider if it is worth it. You also have to confidently know your limitations and the limitations [...]

Should you blow grass clippings into the street?

You can spend a lot of time mowing a lawn and then miss getting that final perfect look all because you were in a race to get to the next property. One of those small steps you can do when you finish mowing is clear the grass clippings that might have been flung off the [...]

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 [...]

Two man lawn care crews are tough to keep productive.

It can be difficult to find good employees. Then finding ways to keep them productive is a whole other story. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, if an employee has a moment to rest, they tend to have a difficult time getting re-engaged into the work. This [...]

Lawn care business growing pains.

A one man show can only take on so much work in a day. Then going from a solo operation to adding your first employee can be a huge step. This one member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum shared with us his angst as he tried to figure out the next step he [...]