Archive for the 'Partnership' Category

I am going to try to be a snow removal subcontractor again this winter.

Offering sub-contractor services for snow removal can be a good source of revenue during the slower months. However as we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, there are a lot of ways things can go wrong. If you want to offer snow removal services, you may want to consider [...]

Should my lawn care business take on a silent partner?

There are times as a small business owner that you will meet someone interested in investing in a small business. Sometimes these situations work and sometimes they don’t. One thing is for sure, taking on an investor whether active or silent can complicate an already complicated process of trying to get a business off the [...]

If only I had started my lawn care business earlier.

Have you ever found yourself pondering if you should start a lawn care business? If you did take that step, have you found yourself at times thinking of giving up? I am sure every entrepreneur has those thoughts at one time or another, but take it from these two business owners on how important it [...]

Using facebook to gain new lawn care customers.

If you are not very sociable in person, it may be easier for you to be sociable on the internet, especially when you see how networking online can bring you plenty of business. In this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we see how one new entrepreneur was able to utilize facebook to [...]

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 [...]

How a lawn care business implodes.

We can learn a lot from a business that is doing great as we can from a business that is failing. In this story, shared on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we get an inside look at a company that is suffering a slow death. It’s quite amazing to look at from the outside, [...]

A friend wants to start a division of my lawn care company.

For what ever reason, business owners are constantly being asked to allow a friend or a family member in on the business. Everyone has a great idea on how they can improve upon your business. Yet when you take a moment to talk to them, most of the times, you find they don’t have a [...]

How should you split your lawn care business income with a partner?

Many new entrepreneurs enjoy going into a business with a partner because they fear going it alone. They also want the companionship of another as they travel down this new business adventure path. But with partners, comes problems. Instead of having one boss, now there are two. Inevitably ideals will clash and one’s desires and [...]

I want to fire my lawn care business partner.

It’s tough enough trying to start a lawn care business by yourself but when you bring in a partner, you are most likely gonna make the situation worse. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, partnerships add another level of complexity to everything and when they go bad, [...]

Going from a 2 man partnership to a 20 man lawn care company.

Do you ever wonder what it takes to grow your lawn care business from a one or two man operation up to a 20 man company? There is more to it than you might initially have thought. To grow to that size, it’s not simply a matter of just adding more customers, it’s more a [...]

Learn to say no and stop burning yourself out.

At the end of the day, whether you are mowing, edging, trimming or cleaning up leaves, you are selling your time. You only have so many hours in the day you can sell. When you find others are asking for too much of your time you have to learn to say no. Here is a [...]

A school lawn care bid gone bad.

It seems pretty simple enough to say, don’t start mowing until you get an agreement in place. This especially holds true for large commercial jobs. But you would be amazed at how many times lawn care businesses will start mowing first and then ask questions later. As you sit there reading this, you may think [...]

How to pay landscape business owner partners.

Say you decided to start your landscape business with a friend of yours, one issue you may find yourself dealing with early on is how do you actually pay each other? That is a great question that came up on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. When a new business owner asked “I am a [...]

Lawn care business tips, tricks, & secrets

If you haven’t started your lawn care business yet, what are you waiting for? If you don’t start your lawn care business this year, you’ll be at least one year older when you do, so get started today!
The vast majority of new lawn care businesses fail. Most of the time they fail [...]

If you get sick, what will happen to your lawn care business?

The vast majority of lawn care businesses that exist are solo operations. What I mean by this is that they are a one man show. There are good sides to running your operation like this because it’s easy to get started and you get to keep all the profit. There are downsides too. The big [...]

The pitfalls of buying an existing lawn care business.

Purchasing an existing lawn care business can seem very tempting for some who want to hit the ground running. There are upsides to it but there are a lot of downsides which you sometimes can’t see at face value. Take for instance this new member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. He shared with [...]

A look at how partnerships can fail.

Partnerships can be very easy to get into and very tricky to get out of. They tend to start innocently enough. You have a friend interested in doing the same thing as you, so you figure two heads are better than one and you pool your resources together. Well as we will see in this [...]

Should I combine my lawn care company with another?

You have probably heard the word synergy before. It means the value of the whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts. This holds true in many uses except potentially for this one. A lawn care business owner asked on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum if he should consider partnering up with his [...]