Archive for the 'How to sell' Category

Reflections on the first week running my lawn care business.

If you get your lawn care business started up later in the season, your first obstacle may be accurately bidding leaf removal jobs. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, such jobs can really catch you off guard and require a lot more time than you may initially [...]

How would you handle this fall cleanup situation?

Have you ever run into a situation where you have already provided a fall yard cleanup only to have that same customer call you back a week later asking when you are going to be there to pick up the rest of the leaves? That is what is going on in this discussion from the [...]

Should I offer cheaper lawn mowing prices to neighbors?

There is this myth n the minds of the newbie landscaper that if they come into an area and charge the cheapest price, they will be able to scoop up enough clients that the volume of clients will make up for the cheap price. The reality of it all is that doesn’t work. As we [...]

How my fall lawn care marketing strategy worked out.

Have you ever wished you had a friend in the lawn care industry that would share with you how their fall lawn care marketing plan worked? How many pieces of marketing material they handed out and what kind of jobs resulted from it? Well luckily you have the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum as that [...]

My lawn care marketing strategy and response rate.

Here is some great insight shared with us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum about the lawn care marketing strategies and responses an entrepreneur found. If there is one lesson to be learned from it, you never know what kind of response you will get until you try, and try, and try again. The [...]

Lawn pricing and bi-weekly mowing.

If you are just getting your business started and a customer either wants bi-weekly lawn mowing or none at all, most will take the bi-weekly job. However as you grow, you are going to want to either transition those customers to weekly lawn service or drop them from your route. As we will see here [...]

Lessons I learned from my previously failed business.

As a business owner, you can learn something from all sorts of industries. A little advice from here and a little from there can add up to a lot of useful day to day knowledge for successful operations. In this discussion from a member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear lessons that [...]

Should you send out a thank you letter before a renewal letter?

How often should you be reaching out to your current lawn care customers? The number of times successful lawn care businesses send out mailers, throughout the year, may surprise you. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, you shouldn’t wait until the end of the year to contact [...]

How to fix this brick patio job?

Have you ever been in a situation where a mowing customer wanted you to perform some hardscaping services yet you were unsure of what to do? Here is a great discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum on how to repair a brick patio that has been installed improperly. Hopefully this information will broaden [...]

Getting back at a former employer.

We all have crazy situations we find ourselves in from time to time. Here is a great example of that from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum where one member discusses how he wants to take his revenge on a former employer by stealing his accounts. Should you ever do this? Should it ever be [...]

Being friendly to gain more lawn care customers.

This is one of those business lessons you might not pick up on without paying close attention to nuances. If you think running a successful lawn care business is just about mowing straight lines, you are a long way off. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we look into the importance [...]

Thinking of offering a free landscape project to promote my business.

When it comes to promoting your lawn care business, you can either spend your time or your money. When you are limited on time, you can spend money to get your marketing message out. When you are limited on money, you can spend your time. If you choose to do this as we will see [...]

I started my lawn care business, now what?

We tend to make this idea in our heads that starting a business is this huge deal. Like it is some mammoth effort. Then we go through the handful of steps to become a legitimate business and the next thing that happens is nothing. No phones start to miraculously ring because we opened up shop. [...]

How to trim overgrown Daylilies?

If you ever get a phone call from a customer asking you to trim some of their landscaping, it is important to do a little research on the type of plant before you just go ahead and break out your hedge trimmers. Sometimes there is a better way to handle things than by simply hacking [...]

Bidding a flower bed weeding job.

When you are used to bidding lawn mowing jobs, you can find yourself caught off guard when a customer asks you for a bid to perform another service. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one contractor who way underbid his mulch bed weeding job and ultimately spend double [...]

A warning about taking on landscape services you know nothing about.

There is a constant desire and drive by new entrepreneurs to go out and explore. The boundary of how far they are willing to explore seems to forever be pushed further forwards. If you find yourself doing this with your own lawn care business, here is a cautionary tale from someone who has been there [...]

I made a lawn mowing pricing mistake! Now what!

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you bid a lawn for mowing at one price, only to find out after you mow it that it took a lot longer than you expected and you underbid the job? What should you do if this happens and you bid the job for an entire [...]

Using lawn signs to promote your mowing business.

Most every lawn care business owner is always looking for more ways to attract customers. Sure you can hand out flyers or door hangers, they will take some time out of your schedule. But have considered using lawn signs on the yards you are actively mowing? That is what this entrepreneur did and he shared [...]

What kind of shrub warranty should you offer?

You get a call about a potential job that includes some plant installs. So you stop by the potential customer’s house. You walk the property, find out what the homeowner wants, and present a bid. Great news, the customer accepts and you are off to the nursery to purchase a trailer full of shrubs. The [...]

Working for a realty agency and bidding on their lawn care jobs.

Here is a situation that not every new lawn care business owner will run into. However, the lesson learned in this story can be applied to everyone. The importance of communication and holding firm to your price of performing a job, is the cornerstone to running a successful company. As we will see from this [...]

A method to sell more landscaping jobs.

It is difficult to create your own lawn care marketing message from scratch without any outside influence. Sometimes getting a little help in the form of an example can really help you get going. Here is that help thanks to a member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. In this discussion, a fellow landscaper [...]

How I got my first lawn aeration job.

Here is a way you can find lawn care aeration customers. This one member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum shared with us how he gained his first customer of the season via a newspaper ad. It wasn’t just any old newspaper ad, it was something the newspaper calls Daily Deals. This section allows [...]

Gaining lawn care customers with a route sales company.

Here is an interesting look at how route sales companies work, the pros and cons to using them, and if they are worth while. At first glance you may think this concept is insane for many reasons. This company discussed seems to charge a lot per lawn care customer and sells the lawn service for [...]

Where to start getting new lawn care customers?

Getting a lawn mower, line trimmer, and a truck is the easy part when it comes to starting up a new lawn care business. Finding mowing customers is the tough part that will take you a little time. If you find yourself frustrated in your attempts to increase your customer roster consider some of these [...]

Spring cleanups, what to do and what to charge?

Spring and fall cleanups are great add on services you can offer your lawn mowing customer. For those customer you have who are on annual property contracts, they are great services to include and increase your profit. But what services should you include in these cleanups and how should customers be billed for them? That [...]

I am going broke bidding on commercial lawn care jobs.

It can be tough enough trying to get commercial lawn care accounts but when you add to it the skill set needed to bid them accurately, it’s no wonder so many new start up mowing business owners stay clear of them for at least a year if not more. If you are trying to figure [...]

Charging for lawn care estimates?

If you have been in the lawn care business for a short time, you probably have had potential customers call you to their home and ask you for a bid to improve their property. Sometimes you get the job and sometimes you don’t. Have you ever gotten to the point where you are spending quite [...]

Was my landscape bid high or was I lowballed?

If you have estimated more than a few landscape jobs, you have been in a situation where you didn’t get a job because of price. When that happens, you may sometimes reflect on your estimate and wonder if your landscape bid was too high or if you simply got lowballed by a competitor. In this [...]

Should your new lawn care business use mowing contracts?

Your first year in business can be a real trial by fire. Everything is new and there are so many issues you are going to be running into, it can make you want to pull your hair out. One specific issue we are going to focus on, from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, is [...]

How to bid lawn mowing jobs when the property is in bad shape.

How important is it to you that a property you are servicing looks top of the line? Do you care if you are hired to mow a lawn weekly and the hedges are out of control? What about if the property needs edging but the customer only requests lawn mowing? How do you handle this [...]