Archive for the 'Business Plan' Category

How far should you go to win a commercial lawn care bid?

There is a big difference between gross income and net income. All too often when a new lawn care company is bidding on a property, they look at the gross income they will make on the job and disregard the actual amount they are going to be profiting. As we will see in this discussion [...]

Third year lawn care business plan.

Here is a great discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum that talks about business growth. Some entrepreneurs look for hyper growth, where each year their company grows by leaps and bounds. But as we will see from some veterans of the industry, slower growth can give you time to build a longer lasting [...]

Why lawn care businesses fail.

Here are some great insights from a business veteran on why he feels so many new start ups fail and what you can do to prevent it from happening to you. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, he also talks about ways he has been able to not only survive, but [...]

1st year lawn care business plan.

Your first year of business tends to be so full of new experiences and surprises that you don’t have much time for planning. Every step you take forwards is difficult because you don’t have the benefit of years of experience behind you. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from [...]

Someone took the lawn care business name I wanted to use.

Before you get your lawn care company started, you need to do a little research. If you come up with a business name you like, you need to search around and see if anyone else is using that name or if anyone else has that internet domain name. There is no sense [...]

Am I stupid trying to get my lawn care business started with just this?

As important as having a business plan is early on, it’s even more important to get started. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, you can over think things. Over analyze. Start to question your abilities or the abilities of your equipment and then fail to act. Doing [...]

Is your lawn care business growing too fast?

It’s every new lawn care business owner’s dream to have all the growth they could ever want and then some. If a little is good then more is better right? Well that is not the case as we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. There is a healthy growth [...]

Is my lawn care business plan practical?

Having goals to shoot for in your first year of business can really be helpful. In fact, the more preparation and planning you do, the better your chances are for success. Without goals to strive for, we all have a tendency not to push ourselves to get to where we want to be. Here is [...]

Before you try and expand, make sure your lawn care business is running smoothly.

Planning out a business and doing the hard work yourself is tough. It is that which filters out the entrepreneurs from those who would be better suited as employees. Thinking you don’t have to take those long hard learning steps other successful entrepreneurs have taken because you know more or feeling that you are prepared [...]

How do I run my part time mowing business while I’m at my full time job?

Having a full time job and trying to get a lawn care business up off the ground is possible, it’s just tougher for a number of reasons. You only have so much time in your week to apply to your business when you are working full time elsewhere and that can cause [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

5 lawn care business startup questions.

Sure you may have a lot of questions when you are starting up your lawn care business but here is a great collection of 5 questions one new entrepreneur had. He asked them on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum and got a few great responses to help better direct him as he sets off [...]

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, [...]

Have you ever come close to almost giving up on your lawn care business?

There are a lot of barriers an entrepreneur faces while running their business. If you find yourself dealing with some heavy issues, keep in mind you are not alone. Here is a collection, from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, of how other business owners deal with forces that try to stop them from succeeding. [...]

Raising prices as your mowing schedule fills.

Everyone landscaper dreams of hitting the big time as soon as possible. Of having so many lawn care customers, you don’t know what to do with them all. Of growing growing at leaps and bounds so fast that local competitors sit their scratching their heads wondering what you did to achieve that. Here is some [...]

Passing a lawn care business from father to son.

It’s many an entrepreneurs dream to build up a business that they can pass on to their children when they want to retire. But what is the best way to do this without losing your customers? That is a question asked on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum and it brought out a lot of [...]

Lawn Care Business Bidding Tips, Upsells, And Disasters To Avoid.

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Knowing the difference between gross income and net income.

Having a plan before you start your business is a great idea because it gets you thinking. It makes you realize you have expenses and you need to make a certain amount of money per hour to cover those expenses. Without having some kind of financial goal to hit, you can very easily underbid jobs [...]

$2,000 a month is not enough for me, I want more!

With anything in life, there will be some who find more success than others. This applies to the lawn care business as well. Those who are constantly on the hunt to improve their business will more than likely do so while those who get complacent and simply repeat the same steps day in and day [...]

Can your employees run your lawn care business?

Have you been wanting to start up your lawn care business but just seem to have the time to do it? Maybe you got creative in your business planning and thought if you hired a few employees, they could run and build up the business for you. If this were possible, you could then have [...]

Top 5 reasons why lawn care businesses fail.

Why do most lawn care businesses fail? I see this question posted quite a bit on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Sure there are many answers or reasons why, but I thought this response really nailed some key issues that are very important to keep focused on. As you read it, you may think, [...]

Lawn care marketing plan and business growth.

The first couple of years after you get your lawn care business started can be a trying time. Sure you can make some money, but with this business as with many other industries, it takes time for you to build your customer base and grow. Here is a great example, from the Gopher Lawn Care [...]

Why bother being a lawn care entrepreneur?

I was talking to a friend yesterday about business and being your own boss and he said ‘why bother with a business? Why bother being an entrepreneur?’ That struck me as odd because I had a feeling, he never had been in a situation where he was his own boss and the idea of having [...]

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 your lawn care business do a lot of experimenting or focus on a few services?

How good can you get at performing a certain landscaping or lawn care service? Can you get good at performing such a service if you never have enough time to understand it thoroughly and perfect it? Can you really profit from performing a top notch service if you never get good at it? How can [...]

Lawn care business success tips.

As you get your lawn care business started, do you ever just feel like winging it and seeing where things go? Or do you feel that you should be planning things out more? From this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we will see how having a lawn care business plan can really [...]