Archive for the 'Lawn Care Contract' Category

What to do when you show up for a lawn care estimate and a competitor is there!

It’s going to happen to you inevitably. You are going to be called to a property to give a lawn care estimate, only to pull up and see a competitor already on site. How they handle themselves and how you do will decide who the potential customer goes with. But what should you do when [...]

Lawn care customer communication breakdowns.

Miscommunication with your lawn care customers can lead to a break down. Break downs in communication can lead to cancellation of mowing services. The steps you take to interact with your customers and keep them in the loop can keep them happy and lead to a long profitable relationship. But what happens when you don’t [...]

Do you include a clean up charge for new lawn care customers?

Have you ever run into a situation where you were called to give an estimate on a lawn mowing job that had the potential to become a new annual lawn care contract customer for you, but the property was a mess? How did you handle that situation or how would you if presented with one? [...]

Should I fire this lawn care customer?

It’s fascinating to see how your lawn care business can change and grow over time. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one entrepreneur talks to us about how he is considering firing a lawn care customer he took on early in his career but he has since grown beyond and now [...]

What I have learned in my lawn care business part 4.

Continuing on from part 3 of my previous blog article on lawn care business lessons I have learned, here are more insights one lawn care business owner learned from his experience of getting his lawn care business started. In the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, he shared with us his thoughts on [...]

Does your lawn care contract scare your customers?

The longer you are in business, the longer your lawn care contracts tend to get. Why? The simple reason is, as you go through life and operate your business, you run into new and interesting situations with your customers that you feel could have been resolved if only you had that in your lawn care [...]

Lawn care contract sample.

Here is a sample lawn care contract you can download in a doc file format from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. One of our members was kind enough to share with us what he uses.
This is a general service agreement outlining the rights and responsibilities of both the Client and YOUR COMPANY. By [...]

How to keep your lawn care customers all year long.

It can be really difficult to keep your lawn care customers signed up with you for service all year long, especially when the season slows down. If you lose contact with them during the slow months, it can be tough to get in touch with them to sign up and start again in the Spring. [...]

Watch out for goofy lawn care contracts.

Anyone can create a lawn care contract. All they need to do is put pen to paper and write whatever it is floating around in their head. Then when they ask you to sign it, no matter how goofy it is, you are agreeing to it. So think before you sign any contract. What may [...]

Snow plow contract sample.

Are you just getting started offering snow plowing services this year but you are unsure of how to go about it? This situation was discussed on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum when a new member wrote “I’m going to be plowing this winter for the first time with my own truck. I don’t know [...]

Should you use lawn care contracts?

New lawn care business owners quite often think about if they should or shouldn’t be using lawn care contracts with their residential clients. What works best? This was a question that was posted on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. A business owner wrote “My thought is to steer away from “paper” contracts with residential [...]

Lawn Care Business Estimate & Contract Template

A big thanks goes out to Justin for sharing with us his lawn care business estimate and contract template on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. I asked him if this was his first year implementing lawn care business contracts and he said “this will be my first year.. I am doing this so I [...]

Should I raise lawn care prices mid-season?

Many times when a new lawn care business gets started, they tend to under price their services. In order to jump start their lawn care business, they figure if they undercut the aver price to mow a lawn, they will quickly fill up their customer base. While this tends to work for an initial jolt, [...]

Should I go with a signed or verbal lawn care agreement?

There are a lot of new lawn care business owners just getting started this year due to many economic factors. Because they are new, they don’t know where they can get away with using a verbal agreement when providing lawn care services or when they need to use a signed agreement. I want to use [...]

Free lawn mowing flyer and bid sheet.

Thanks to Matt for posting this great lawn mowing flyer and bid sheet on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. He wrote us “I just recently came up with a couple different forms I’m planning on using. These aren’t my primary flyers. The one is to stir up new business this year and the other [...]

Collections at the end of the lawn care season.

Are you find it difficult to collect on your overdue lawn care business accounts? Are your lawn care customers holding off on paying? This article should help you with some tips and tricks on how to collect payments.
Gary got on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum and asked ” last year was my first year [...]

The Pros and Cons of using lawn care contracts.

There are upsides and downsides to using lawn care contracts as we will see in this discussion. The more you know about the up and downsides, the better informed choice you will be able to make about if you should be using them in your lawn care business. Let’s now review a discussion from the [...]

What freebies work to get lawn care contracts signed?

When you are trying to get a new potential lawn care client to sign up with an annual lawn care contract, sometimes you may want to offer some kind of inducement to get them to jump on it. That is exactly what was being discussed in a post at the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. [...]

What you should include in a commercial lawn care bid.

When you are looking to submit a bid for a commercial lawn care property maintenance contract, here are some words of advice from our friend, Tim, as to what to include in your commercial lawn care bid.
He said “A brochure is a nice added touch to the professionalism of your presentation of your company. I [...]

Lawn care business proposal and estimate templates.

Randy made a new post on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum and asked “Hello all, I was just wondering if anyone has a template of a proposal they could post.  I have been given a wonderful opportunity to possibly get 12 yards from a local real estate developer and he had asked me to [...]

Review of Podcast with Lawn Care Business author Ken LaVoie

I had a great podcast last Thursday night with lawn care business author Ken LaVoie . Check out his site at http://www.lawnguru.net. The podcast lasted about an hour and we covered a lot of interesting topics. We also had many of our Gopher Lawn Care Forum friends call in and ask Ken questions as well. [...]

Sample lawn care estimate forms

Spring is here and many new lawn care business owners are going to be out and about providing estimates to new potential customers. Pat posted a question in our lawn care forum here and asked if we had any sample lawn care proposal or estimate forms he could download and use on job sites.

Here is [...]

How to get your customer base to sign up on your lawn care contract.

Greenmind jumped onto our Gopher Lawn Care Business forum and asked “I have about 35 maintenance customers that are either biweekly or weekly accounts.  Last year was my first year full time and non of my customers except for 5  of the 35 accounts stayed with me through the winter months. Most accounts were average [...]

Should you place a referral ad in your invoice?

Emerald Green Lawn Care jumped on the Gopher Lawn Care Forum to ask if it would be a good idea to include an advertisement in their invoice to promote their referral program.

I liked the concept and brought it up in a GopherHaul Podcast. We talked about it for a little while and Chestin from LawnCareMarketingMagic.com [...]

Lawn Care Customer credit card authorization letter.

Here is a lawn care customer credit card authorization letter from Mark as well. Thanks Mark!
You can download the file here. Make sure you logged into the forum to download all files

GopherHaul Lawn Care Business Marketing Podcast 2-14-08

Hello everyone and welcome to the GopherHaul Lawn Care Business Marketing Podcast. This episode was recorded on 2/14/08.
Here is the mp3 file of the podcast.
We recorded this podcast with 6 members of our Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, through Skype. If you are interested in taking part in future podcasts with us, download Skype and [...]

GopherHaul 19 plus great lawn care marketing ideas.

Hello and welcome to GopherHaul 19 – Lawn Care Entrepreneur Business Show.

In this episode we will be talking about

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Our lawn care business forum member of the month is Tim.

Tim has shared with us three new contracts including a lawn cutting contract, a full [...]

Added three new lawn care and snow plow contracts

I’d like to send a big thanks to our forum member Tim for sharing with us three new contracts. One is a lawn maintenance agreement, the other is a full service agreement and the third is a snow plowing agreement. I hope you are able to find them useful. If so, send or post a [...]

GopherHaul 16 Lawn Care Entrepreneur Business Show Released

GopherHaul 16 is now online.
In this episode we will be talking about some new free downloads we have added to our lawn care business forum.

One is a flyer and the other is a lawn care business bid proposal template.

Next we will be talking about a new section we have added to the lawn care business [...]

Free Lawn Care Business Proposal Template

I’d like to thank Brandon for posting this lawn care business proposal contract. It is in Microsoft Word format. If you don’ have that program, download the free version from openoffice.org.
You can download this template in our lawn care business forum here.