Archive for the 'Insurance' Category

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 [...]

Someone stole my landscape trailer!

Sometimes it can take one small event to really mess up your business. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who was gone from his house for a short appointment only to return to find his landscape trailers and equipment stolen. This story should give us all [...]

Starting a lawn care business only for the summer?

Two students looking to start a summer mowing company are curious to find out more what steps to take to begin. It is amazing how much regulation is involved to simply try and get a small business going for a few months. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one veteran shares [...]

I need a license for this?

Licenses are created to regulate industries, to train and educated people to operate under the current legal guidelines, and to raise revenue for the state. Regulating too much can lead to over-regulation. When that happens, people either decide not to t comply with the laws or they just avoid getting into industries that they feel [...]

Should you take on a 9 story building pressure washing job?

There are times when jobs will present themselves and they will be a perfect fit for you. Not too big of a job and not too small. There are other times however when the jobs will be just way too far outside of your reach. When you come across them, you may have an inclination [...]

How running a lawn care business effects your auto insurance needs.

Getting your lawn care business started can be very exciting. Getting the proper insurance for your vehicle and equipment can seem like quite the opposite. Many new entrepreneurs put off getting the right insurance or even asking their agent about what insurance they need for fear of finding out the costs will be too much [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The easy and tough parts to starting a lawn care business.

Sometimes it’s the easy things that are the most difficult to do and the things you are thinking will be difficult become the easiest. I don’t know how many people end up never getting their lawn care business started because they spend to much time contemplating how to do things and never take any concrete [...]

Lawn care business insurance agent requires 3 years of experience?

It’s odd at times the barriers you come upon when you are new to being an entrepreneur. The thing about being new is that you don’t know what is a standard industry practice and what is absolute nonsense. Here is a great discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum that shows how you can [...]

A newbie lawn care business owner’s battles.

Every new start up business goes through a lot to get themselves up and running. Some do seem to have an easier time than others though. A lot of that depends on previous experience, their current situation, and the entrepreneur’s ability to adapt to new situations that present themselves. To help you improve your chances, [...]

What to look out for with a rock and tree removal job.

Every type of landscape job has issues you need to be wary of. So what are some of the things you should be concerned with before you take on a tree and rock removal job? That is what one entrepreneur was interested in knowing when he wrote about an upcoming job he bid on and [...]

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 [...]

First steps to lawn care business legitimacy.

Starting anything from scratch can be difficult because you don’t know the intricacies of the interest you are exploring. Getting a business going is no different. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur about the steps he took to get his mowing business up and running. Sure [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Got fined by the county for spraying pesticides without a license.

Every year, the laws stating what you can and can’t spray on a customer’s lawn gets longer and more restrictive. Yet every year, there are still new lawn care business owners who get themselves started and think they don’t need any licensing because they are spraying chemicals on a small scale. Well here is a [...]

So far, so good this spring lawn care season.

There are some steps you can take that will really improve your company’s ability to grow. Here is a great example of a few steps to take to improve your sales process, get more jobs, and reach out to new potential customers from a discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum.

What should you do to scale up your pressure washing services?

When your competition zigs, you need to zag. If there are a ton of uninsured, unregistered lawn care business owners in your area, why not look to expand the list of services you offer. That way you can find more services that have a higher profit potential than simply offering lawn care. That’s what one [...]

Caught myself lowering my mowing prices again.

There are going to be times when you are so fixated on getting a lawn care job, for what ever reason, you will not pay attention to what your costs are when figuring the price. When this happens, you run the risk of breaking even or losing money on a job. With such low priced [...]

Lawn care licensing and insurance questions.

When starting out, should I get a business license? That is a question many new lawn care business owners ponder as they get started. It seems easy enough not to have any licenses or insurance but there are many downsides to going that route as we will see here from this discussion on the Gopher [...]

Focusing solely on tree service is feast or famine.

Sometimes due to unforeseeable situations, certain services become more important than others. When this happens, the amount of money one can make for these needed services, during such times can increase, but be forewarned. Such times usually don’t last long and when demand scales back, the part of your business that provides these services will [...]

How to get Walmart lawn care accounts.

Has your lawn care business been growing over the years and you feel like you finally are at the point where you want to take on some commercial lawn care customers? Maybe you have even had your eyes on some of the big box stores in your area but weren’t sure how to go about [...]

Commercial liability insurance and lawn care mowing contracts.

Having the proper commercial liability insurance is an important step in taking on commercial lawn care customers but there is more to it than that if you want to land these contracts and keep everyone happy. It is fairly simple to know what amount of liability insurance you will need, simply ask them. Follow their [...]

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 [...]

$10 a Lawn and making a profit?

In general, it seems the first way a new lawn care business owner comes up with to stand out from their competitors is to charge a lower fee for mowing. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that when you are new, you don’t know much about the business so [...]

Should you advertise your lawn care business is insured?

Sometimes it seems you can’t win one way or another. That’s what this one lawn care business owner was thinking when he brought up the topic of lawn care business insurance. He wrote us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum and was concerned if he should advertise that he is insured or would that [...]

How to deal with odd lawn care customer requests.

When you get called to give a lawn care estimate, do you ever find yourself dealing with a strange request that catches you off guard and leaves you momentarily stunned looking for a way to respond? It happens. The more time you spend running your lawn care business, the more odd ball requests will come [...]

The top three most asked lawn care business start up questions.

We see many great questions asked on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, some seem to appear more often than others. Start up questions seem to be really popular because that is a time when you know the least about the trade and what you don’t know can hurt you. So here are the top [...]

Not enough lawn care liability insurance? Customer might not pay!

There are so many things that go on in life where you just wish you knew something was going to become a problem, before you got into it. To help you take one of those unknowns off your list, how about this one from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Did you know commercial lawn [...]