Archive for the 'Growth' Category

Low Ballers, Part Timers, And Self Employed Landscapers.

When it comes to the lawn care industry, what makes a low baller? What is so bad about part timers? What about solo operators? Why does there seem to be so much said by the larger mowing companies about the smaller ones? That was the topic, from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, that we [...]

That 5 evil letter word ‘Taxes’.

To become a successful entrepreneur, there is so much you need to learn about. Financial planning and taxes is an important part of it. Some new business owners tend to feel they need to spend everything they make by then end of the year to build there business while others feel it is important right [...]

Dealing with lawn care employee competition.

As your lawn care business grows, you will invariably take on employees. Along with employees comes new challenges that you will need to manage. There are a lot of issues you won’t see coming until they happen, but there are others you can try and nip in the bud to avoid the issue in the [...]

A first year lawn care business has a halfway point review.

Was your first year in business a good one or a bad one? How did you know either way? Did you compare your situation to others or did you simply set goals to achieve and hoped you hit your benchmarks? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one entrepreneur shared with us [...]

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 [...]

Should I create a lawn care crew leader position?

Expanding your lawn care company from a one man / crew operation to a two man crew or more, is a delicate process. Human nature needs to be taken into account once you start paying employees you aren’t able to immediately supervise and send them off in their own landscape truck. You need to have [...]

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 [...]

How to create a bid for the lawn care of 32 cabins.

When presented with a potential mowing job on an average sized property for one home, the average new lawn care business owner would more than likely go to the property and check it out before bidding. But when presented with the opportunity to bid on a larger lawn mowing job with a limited time to [...]

Should you add this clause to your lawn care contracts?

There are times where a clause in a lawn care contract can really help better explain a process a home owner is agreeing to with a lawn service provider but there are other times where clauses can wildly spin out of control and cause more problems than they solve. Here is a great discussion on [...]

Local competitor asked if I would buy his lawn care business.

Sometimes you need to actively go out searching for new opportunities and other times opportunities come looking for you. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one entrepreneur talks about how he was contacted with an offer to buy out a local competitor. The question he wondered though was should he do [...]

Lawn care business improvement tips.

One may think that starting a lawn care business would be quite simple. That it is not too tough to hand out some flyers and go out and mow lawns. Once you are in the mix of things though, it doesn’t take too long to realize that not everyone is right for you and the [...]

How much should your lawn care business grow each year?

There is a range a lawn care business can grow without it having the problem of potentially imploding upon itself. This range tends to be between 10% and 20% growth a year. The first couple of years may not follow this range because you may be functioning with a lot of unused [...]

Business lessons from a lawn care mower dealer.

You can get a lot of great business advice from entrepreneurs who operate in many different fields. Yes their businesses may differ from yours in many ways, but a big part of what is involved in being successful is similar across the board. So by picking up a few pieces of information here and there, [...]

Incorporating my lawn care business and how to pay myself.

When you are running a basic sole proprietor business, it is pretty easy how to pay yourself. Basically anything left in your bank account after expenses and taxes is yours to do what you want with. If at a point you decide you want to incorporate your lawn care business, how do you then pay [...]

A lawn care business owner who is starting to panic.

The early days of starting any business are sure to make you panic. You begin to question yourself. Do you have what it takes? Are you cut out to be an entrepreneur? Will you run out of funds before your business begins to pay for itself? That kind of self doubt is what is going [...]

The best way to get lawn care customers fast!

Every business owner wants to know the best and fastest way to acquire new customers as fast as possible. There are many methods to gain customers and some of them will work better than other. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one entrepreneur talks about how he got his customers and [...]

Advice to take your lawn care business full time.

Oh the things you wish you knew when you got started. If you only did this or if you only did that. Sure we all can look back on anything we started and find ways we could have made growth come easier and faster but what were the real important issues? What steps could we [...]

Should you go with a 36″ or 48″ lawn mower deck?

When your next walk behind mower choice comes down to a 36″ or 48″ walk behind, it is quite amazing how much more money a larger mower can make you throughout the year for just a little extra in purchase cost. How much more and is it worth it? That is the question asked on [...]

Why you shouldn’t mow lawns too fast.

Most business owners think they have a firm grasp on what their customers want and how to give that to them. But, how often do those business owners really ask their clients what they want and what they don’t want? How often do they ask for feedback on the service they provide? I bet most [...]

Best way to invoice your lawn care customers.

You might think that invoicing and billing customers would be a priority for most every lawn care business owner. However as we will see from this discussion in the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, this is yet another issue that tends to take time to get figured out by the new entrepreneur. There are many [...]

Additional commercial property maintenance services to offer.

A few thousand dollars can often be the difference in making it through your first year of business or not. So often the focus of a new entrepreneur is in obtaining clients when it should be in maximizing the income you can make per client by offering more to them. As we will see in [...]

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 [...]

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 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 [...]

Got the biggest landscape job yet all because I showed up.

You might think in order to win larger mowing accounts than you are used to, it would take some kind of skill only larger companies possess. That couldn’t be any further from the truth. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, sometimes that secret skill is simply being [...]

How to set your lawn care prices.

Setting prices for your different services can be extremely tough or incredibly easy depending on how you do it. Some services will make you great profits, while others won’t make any money at all. To figure out which services to offer and at what prices they should be, all you have to do is follow [...]

Harnessing the ‘old lady network’ to grow your lawn care business.

We say it often here that people buy from people they know. So if you want to sell more, whether it be cars, soup, or lawn care services, you need to go out and meet people. In this great example from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who’s mother created [...]

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 [...]