Archive for the 'Start up' Category

Help bidding lawn mowing on multiple realtor properties.

Small lawn care companies, at times, may come upon large bidding opportunities through social connections they have or have made. Such opportunities can be a blessing or a curse. If you improperly bid the jobs, you could lose money on them and end up paying to work. If you bid too high, you risk losing [...]

How to keep equipment busy making money.

A good way to improve your chances of success in business early on is to explore different avenues and see which one is the most profitable. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who is trying to find out ways to utilize the equipment he has, to [...]

How I underbid a hedge removal job.

It doesn’t take the average start up lawn care business to figure out how much to charge to mow the average size lawn in their area. Once you start to branch out and begin to offer landscape services, properly estimating times and fees can become more difficult to do. In this discussion from the Gopher [...]

Scheduled my first mowing customer!

There is a lot of prep work and planning that goes into getting a lawn care business started. It can take quite a bit of time and money to be ready for your first mowing customer. Then all of a sudden, with the proper mixture of preparedness, know how, and equipment, you land your first [...]

Lawn care customers are restricting my income.

It’s relatively easy to paint yourself into a corner when it comes to the way you run your business. If you have done things one way for a while or only see things one way for too long, you may feel you only have one option. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business [...]

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, [...]

Here’s how my lawn care business has been booming!

Ever sit there and wonder what those larger lawn care businesses know about operations and success that you might not now? Maybe a few small suggestions could really help you take your mowing company to the next level. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who has [...]

Knowing the costs to operate your lawn care business.

What is more important to know as a new lawn care business owner? Is it more important to what your competitors are pricing jobs at or is it more important to know what your operating costs are and what you need to make per hour in order to keep growing? That is the question posed [...]

Should I take on mowing jobs 45 minutes away?

Pricing jobs accurately is tough to do. But when you live outside your service area and you need to make a long drive into town to service properties, your estimate prices can go through the roof. So, how should an entrepreneur handle these situations? Should you take on jobs that are out of the way? [...]

Bartering lawn care service for lawn care equipment?

It’s really important to keep an open mind when you are talking to your customer base. Sometimes real interesting deals can present themselves that will help your business grow. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who really struck gold with a townhouse complex he was servicing [...]

Trying to avoid bad customers before they act.

Trying to determine what potential customer is going to be a problem when you are new to business is tough to do. You may think you know all the warning signs and you may even act on them, but as we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, your preconceptions [...]

What you forget when bidding a lawn in the cool weather.

Have you ever looked at the prices you give customers for lawn mowing and checked to see if you bid jobs higher on warmer days than cooler days? One entrepreneur shared with us his experience on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, on how the difficult jobs seem to become when they are done in [...]

Quick lawn care business tips that make a difference.

You can go years running your lawn care business and not piece together this collection of tips that can make your life easier. Thankfully one entrepreneur shared with us some of his insights on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum that should help you. See how many of these ideas you have already implemented and [...]

How far should you go to win a commercial lawn care bid?

There is a big difference between gross income and net income. All too often when a new lawn care company is bidding on a property, they look at the gross income they will make on the job and disregard the actual amount they are going to be profiting. As we will see in this discussion [...]

How to write out my first commercial lawn care bid.

That first time you bid on a commercial property can really throw you for a loop if you are used to only working on residential properties. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one entrepreneur is trying to figure out how to include services like adding mulch to an annual lawn care [...]

I got my first lawn mowing job, now what?

There is this desire early in your business path to try and offer as many services as you can to experiment with and see what catches. The down side to this is different services require different skill sets and different equipment. Try taking on some jobs that you don’t know how to perform with the [...]

I need help breaking the per hour barrier.

Charging lawn care customers by the hour sounds great when you are new. With that pricing strategy you can guarantee you will get paid an agreed upon rate for every hour you are on the job site. There is a big downside to it though and it’s the reason why almost none of the companies [...]

Why lawn care businesses fail.

Here are some great insights from a business veteran on why he feels so many new start ups fail and what you can do to prevent it from happening to you. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, he also talks about ways he has been able to not only survive, but [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Losing passion in the lawn care business.

Every entrepreneur is different. Each person has a different personality, skill set, and temperament. Some are happy go lucky people and have no problem dealing with business slow downs or down time. Others find themselves overwhelmed at times and get into a depressive funk. What should you do though if you find that you are [...]

Reflections on the first week running my lawn care business.

If you get your lawn care business started up later in the season, your first obstacle may be accurately bidding leaf removal jobs. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, such jobs can really catch you off guard and require a lot more time than you may initially [...]

How would you handle this fall cleanup situation?

Have you ever run into a situation where you have already provided a fall yard cleanup only to have that same customer call you back a week later asking when you are going to be there to pick up the rest of the leaves? That is what is going on in this discussion from the [...]

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 [...]

Should I offer cheaper lawn mowing prices to neighbors?

There is this myth n the minds of the newbie landscaper that if they come into an area and charge the cheapest price, they will be able to scoop up enough clients that the volume of clients will make up for the cheap price. The reality of it all is that doesn’t work. As we [...]

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 [...]

1st year lawn care business plan.

Your first year of business tends to be so full of new experiences and surprises that you don’t have much time for planning. Every step you take forwards is difficult because you don’t have the benefit of years of experience behind you. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from [...]

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 [...]

Lessons I learned from my previously failed business.

As a business owner, you can learn something from all sorts of industries. A little advice from here and a little from there can add up to a lot of useful day to day knowledge for successful operations. In this discussion from a member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear lessons that [...]