Archive for the 'Lawn Care Contract' Category

How to make landscape customers understand man hours?

After reading this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, you will think, surely such a situation didn’t really happen. But it did happen and it happens everyday to new business owners. If you have a landscape cleanup you are working on and you have multiple employees working on the job, don’t let the [...]

Mowing customer won’t sign contract!

Many variables can effect the desire of a customer to have their lawn mowed. The economy, the weather, their attitude and yours. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one frustrated business owner trying to figure out why his customers are wanting their lawn mowed only on demand when [...]

Landscaping and credit card charge backs.

Imagine this scenario. You meet with a new landscape customer. You talk with that customer and listen to the job they want you to perform. You spend your time and money to complete the job. Then you process the payment through a credit card transaction. You think the money is now safely in your account. [...]

Should I refund this lawn care clients money?

Have you ever been in a situation where a lawn care customer signed up for a year’s worth of lawn care at a discounted monthly price and then backed out of the agreement half way through the year? Any time you are using annual contracts, this kind of thing can happen. How should you handle [...]

Beware of this craigslist lawn care business scam.

Do you have a couple of bucks burning a hole in your pocket and are you considering spending that money on a business you found in craiglist? You may want to reconsider that option after reading this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, in which we hear from one entrepreneur who got burned [...]

Dealing with lawn care customers that don’t want contracts.

A new mowing business may find itself having a difficult time getting customers to sign a mowing contract. If that is the case for consider this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Getting customers to sign up when you are new can be tough but there are definite benefits to it. If you [...]

Questions and lessons from a previous lawn care employee.

You can learn a lot by listening to your lawn care employees. If you don’t have any yet, here is an entrepreneur who recently quit his job as a landscape laborer and shared with us some of his insights. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one member talked about the biggest [...]

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 [...]

Got my first lawn care customers from word of mouth.

Having a large local social network can be a real asset when it comes to starting up a new business. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, a new entrepreneur was pleasantly surprised when his first few customers came to him through word of mouth, even before he [...]

My winter lawn care business budget is not looking too good.

It’s tough enough making it through your first year with your lawn care business during the mowing season, but when winter rolls around, the lack of income can wipe you out. There are steps you can take to improve your odds of getting through your first season or two as we see here in this [...]

Should you bid a lawn care job lower to get other work?

Have you ever been called to submit a lawn care bid on a property where the property owner promised more work later if the initial bid was low? This temptation can be used as an inducement to gain a lower bid. Once that bid is secured, the property owner can then put out for bid [...]

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 [...]

Dealing with dog waste as you mow lawns.

If you are out there promoting your mowing services to the general public, there is a good chance you are going to have customers who have dogs. National statistics point somewhere to 1 in 3 households have dogs. So what do you do when your mowing customer has a dog(s) and doesn’t clean up after [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Commercial lawn care bid assistance needed.

If you are new to bidding lawn care for commercial properties, here is a look, from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, at how a few different landscapers came up with their price. Quite possibly you could compare a current job you are looking to bid on with the job discussed here and get a [...]

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 [...]

Do you bill your lawn care customers monthly?

When it comes to when you should bill your lawn care customers, there are many variations as we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum but there is one important lesson to learn. The faster you are paid, the better it is for you. If you can get paid before [...]

Lawn care customer handbook.

When you first sign up a new lawn care customer for mowing services, do you give them a welcome kit or a mowing contract? Have you considered giving them a lawn care customer handbook? A handbook can be customized to fit your own needs and help educate and sell your unique services. In this discussion [...]

Getting lawn care customers to sign up again in the new year.

Getting through the first year of running your mowing business is tough no doubt, but when you make it through, you really have to start thinking of getting all your customers back in the spring. There are various methods to do this and they get easier to implement as you are in business longer. Here [...]

How many mowings should be included in a lawn care contract?

Implementing lawn care contracts can be rough for the newer business owner. It’s hard to know what you should expect of your customers and what they should expect of you without spending some years seeing which issues need to be addressed before they become problems. Such issues as how many times should you mow a [...]

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 [...]

Customer wants out of annual lawn care contract mid season.

Any time you interact with customers, there is always that potential to have conflict with them. To avoid conflict, you may find yourself utilizing a lawn care contract that explains your terms of service. However, as we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, there will always be some new [...]

The Lawn Care Business Can Get Dirty, Ugly, And Mean.: Stories Of Survival And Success To Get You Through The Rough Times.

The Lawn Care Business Can Get Dirty, Ugly, And Mean.: Stories Of Survival And Success To Get You Through The Rough Times.
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When I first got my business started, I didn’t really know anyone who was an entrepreneur. I had no one I could bounce ideas off of or compare my [...]

Have you considered offering customer’s 3 year lawn care contracts?

Are you in need of more cash now to upgrade your equipment but you don’t want to take out a loan? Why not consider this business owner’s method of raising a large amount of cash, offer a 3 year prepaid lawn care contract to a favorite customer. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care [...]

Having problems charging monthly lawn care customers.

Performing lawn care services is one thing but trying to get some customers to pay after the fact is a whole other potentially difficult and time wasting task. The way you get paid and the smoothness of your operation in collecting payment has a lot to do with how you set up your billing policies. [...]

Should you give free snow removal to get lawn care customers to sign up?

New business owners tend to come up with the wildest offers for their lawn care marketing. They tend to think the crazier the offer, the more customers they will attract. Here is a great example of that from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. What not to do and why.

To grow or not to grow your lawn care business.

Sometimes opportunities come your way that have the potential to really push your lawn care business way ahead of where you currently are. But how much growth should you be taking on at a time? Would you prefer large bursts of growth or slow steady steps? That is the dilemma one entrepreneur found himself in [...]

Monthly sprinkler maintenance lawn care contract perk.

Getting lawn care customers to sign up with you for annual lawn care maintenance is good thing. You get steady pay from them all year round and can easily get them to continue having you service them into the next year. But if you find it is difficult to get a customer to actually want [...]

To give or not to give a free lawn mowing.

Newer lawn care business owners tend to come up with a lot of creative inducements to try and get customers to behave in one manner or another. As you are in business longer, you tend to scale that back as you don’t need freebies to attract and keep customers. But what should you do if [...]