Archive for the 'Scheduling' Category

My lawn care competitor runs things so different!

We all can get stuck in our own cycles or schedule of running our business and sometimes it works out well, while other times, it doesn’t. The only way to know for sure if what we are doing is really optimal is by talking to others and hearing stories on how they are operating. That [...]

Are you mowing angry?

Are you ‘mowing angry’ during the day? Is your mowing schedule full and yet you find you are not making the profit you thought you would be? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from entrepreneurs who have gone through multiple phases in their business and came to the realization [...]

How to deal with mowing and rain.

Certain areas of the country gets a lot of rain. So what is a new lawn care business owner to do when the rain throws off their mowing schedule, especially for lawn care customers who get mowing every other week? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from some owners [...]

Installing mulch beds and lawn mowing.

It’s not an easy step to take going from simply lawn mowing to providing landscaping services. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from multiple business owners on how they handle the difficulty of scheduling landscaping jobs around their weekly mowing customers. With the right time management strategy, you can [...]

Incoming Call Sheet for Lawn Care Estimates and Jobs.

It’s easier in the early stages of your lawn care business to not have to keep detailed records. Sure you might remember your mowing schedule in your head. Keep a listing of a few phone numbers in your phone and run everything else on post it notes as new calls come in. At some point, [...]

Should you offer one time mowings?

Can one time lawn mowings turn into regular lawn mowing customers? Sure they can, but it seems that doesn’t happen too often. With that said, should you offer one time lawn mowings? That is what one business owner was interested in knowing when he asked his question on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. As [...]

How do you schedule your lawn mowings?

Every lawn mowing business owner has their own way of scheduling their customers, but there are some common methods they tend to share and alter to fit their needs. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, which method you use is based on the amount of customers you [...]

Should you move lawn care customers to make your route more efficient?

Have you taken the time to sit down and think about your lawn care route? Is it an efficient route that allows you to mow customers that live in the same neighborhoods on the same day? Or is your route a mess that causes you to have to drive all around town every day of [...]

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 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 [...]

Lawn care business classified ad review.

It can be difficult coming up with a classified ad’s wording. Here are a couple of lawn care classified ads that an entrepreneur put together to promote himself online. He asked the members of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum to help make it better and got a few constructive points that will help him [...]

What drove one entrepreneur to quit the lawn care business.

Nothing can be more frustrating than trying to start a business. If you do decide to take that step, you need to be prepared to stay the course. Giving up too soon will not only take away any chance you have at finding success, it can also effect your chances at success in any other [...]

Rain and lawn care customers that owe you money.

Some of the biggest annoyances a lawn care business owner dreads is rainy days and late paying customers. So when you mix the two of them together, you get a day that is REALLY dreadful. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, there are ways to benefit and [...]

Dealing with A.D.D. as a lawn care business owner.

Many business owners are self motivated and have lots of energy to focus. Some have an easier time than others when it comes to focusing. If you find that you jump from one project to another and it is difficult for you to get projects completed, you may want to consider applying some of these [...]

A lawn care business owner’s lesson on debt and debt collection.

A real simple step you can take to help you improve your chances of success is to limit the amount of time a customer can take to pay you. Even better, if you can get paid in advance, that cuts out all the time you might have wasted tracking down late payers. Here is a [...]

How a lawn care business owner scaled up his use of employees.

There is a tendency with sole lawn care business owner operators to work themselves until they can’t work any more. They want to be in total control of every minute detail so they feel they can’t relinquish any control to staff. This can cause a lot of problems as the business naturally tries to grow. [...]

What to do when a customer says you didn’t mow their lawn, when you did.

There will always be conflicts you have to deal with as a business owner. Some customers will be picky about your performance. Others will be late payers. Then there will be a small group that will want to fight you over whether or not you had ever showed up on a given day to mow [...]

Lawn care business sales procedures.

To improve upon your lawn care business sales procedures, you really need to handle everything uniformly. From the moment you first reach out to the customer to the most you finish a job, the more you handle each step the same, the better chance you have at seeing where you need to improve and then [...]

When should you send out your lawn care renewal letters?

If you were operating your lawn care business last year, you may be wondering what is the best way to reach out and contact your customers to renew service for this new year. That is something one member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Owner was curious to know about and we got a great [...]

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 [...]

What’s your lawn mowing schedule like?

When it comes to scheduling your mowing jobs, it seems like each lawn care business owner has their own way of doing things. Some seem to have certain days for certain services, while others are performing as many jobs as they can, 6 days a week. See how your mowing schedule compares with these other [...]

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 [...]

What I have learned in my lawn care business part 1.

There is nothing like learning from those on the front lines of the lawn care industry. They are the ones in the trenches, putting ideas, equipment and know how together to keep their businesses going and growing. Here are some great insight from a member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum who is out [...]

How to make more money with your lawn care business.

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Should I be giving lawn care estimates in person or over the phone?

To have a finely tuned lawn care business that generates consistent profits, you may be required to look at your lawn care operation as a whole. When you take a step back and compare your business to other successful ones, you may find that there isn’t just one element you need to change but instead, [...]

How to schedule bi-weekly lawn care customers.

Setting up your lawn care mowing schedules can be challenging, especially when you have weekly and bi-weekly customers all mixed together. If you aren’t using a Lawn Care Business Software package like Gopher to handle it, you may be curious to know how others keep their mowing schedule organized. That is the question proposed to [...]

The benefits of a 4 or 5 man lawn care crew.

When does it make sense to utilize a 4 or 5 man lawn care crew to perform your lawn care maintenance? It’s a very good question to consider as your lawn care business grows and you are looking to improve efficiency. Depending on the way you have your routes set up, a 4 or 5 [...]

What to do with a customer that doesn’t want to be scheduled?

Oh the games customers play. It’s amazing the creativity they have when it comes to handling something that would seem to be a simple act of scheduling a weekly lawn cut. A member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum was at his wit’s end when he was trying to figure out how to handle [...]