Archive for the 'Trials and Tribulations' Category

How does ego and pride effect your lawn care business?

With time spent running a lawn care business, veterans of the industry can reflect back and think about life lessons they learned along the way. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who learned a big lesson when it came to ego. He reflects on how his [...]

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 [...]

Should I offer a warranty on a sod installation?

In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one landscaper who put in a bid to install sod on a property. That is the only part of the situation that appears relatively normal. After that, everything becomes murky. Dealing with an existing client who constantly throws up red flags, to [...]

When to say goodbye to a mowing customer.

There are easy mowing customers to deal with and there are difficult ones. The easy ones agree to a simple list of services, don’t knit pick, and pay you promptly. Then there are those customers who always want you to do one or two more extra things for free. ‘Could you just do this, while [...]

Closing our landscape doors with lessons learned.

Have you ever gotten that burned out feeling from your business when you are in the peak time of the mowing season? A member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum had been getting it for years and ultimately decided he was going to try something different. Check out his story below on what he [...]

My first lawn care bidding experience. Shot down.

Is this your first season and are you out looking to get mowing jobs? The first few jobs you bid on are usually the toughest to get because you don’t have the infrastructure in place to properly estimate how much a property should be charged. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, [...]

How long do you wait for your money?

Billing lawn mowing clients and being paid in a timely matter can be a monthly battle if you don’t set up a system that makes sense and is relatively standard across the industry. Too many new landscapers will go out and buy expensive equipment, take their time to perform the work, and then wait and [...]

Why won’t my bermuda grass germinate?

So many things can go wrong when you are trying to perform a lawn renovation. You are probably starting with a lawn that has weeds or has issues in the first place, Next you have to get rid of the weeds, treat the soil to get it to where you need it to be for [...]

Smoking and lawn care employees.

Your lawn care employee’s personal habits can have an effect on your bottom line. You may let some things slide if you feel they do good work, but should you? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who wants to know if he should allow his employees [...]

Someone stole my landscape trailer!

Sometimes it can take one small event to really mess up your business. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who was gone from his house for a short appointment only to return to find his landscape trailers and equipment stolen. This story should give us all [...]

Should I take this realtor on as a lawn care customer?

Some mowing customers you will never see. You will show up, mow their property and at the end of the month collect your money like clock work. Others will watch you through their window and complain about everything, including the price. Then, there are customers who promise you the world. They will tell you that [...]

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. [...]

Having troubles collecting payment from your mowing customers?

Depending on how you operate your mowing business, you can run into a lot of troubles trying to collect money from customers once your services are performed. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from entrepreneurs on the various methods they use to ensure they are paid for services rendered. [...]

Dealing with a lawn care customer who has 6 dogs!

Some lawn care customers you just can’t ever please. For what ever reason, some people will come up with the most insane requests. Maybe they do it just to see how far they can push you. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who was dealing with [...]

Lawn care employees can be such a pain in the ass!

Good lawn care employees can be so difficult to find. So if you are in a situation where you are going through employee after employee, don’t feel like you are alone. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from some entrepreneurs who are all experiencing problems getting staff to show [...]

Some mowing customer just suck the life out of me.

Some new callers will really put you to the test. They will try your patience and press every button you have. Some of your current customer base will do this too from time to time. How you handle it can make the difference between making money from them or not as we will see from [...]

Blew my truck’s transmission, now what!

We are so used to having our vehicles work when we start them up that more often than not, we don’t have a plan in place to use if our truck breaks down for any reason. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from some business owners who ran into [...]

Worst pain ever while mowing.

Mowing lawns for a living can be a very hazardous occupation. Beyond the constant threat of injury from the mechanical equipment, you also need to be wary of mother nature. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from a few entrepreneurs who were on the receiving end of  wasp and [...]

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 [...]

How your driving can effect your business.

Here is something to think about when you are out driving around in your company vehicle. Every action you take on the public roads can be recorded. The good things you do may be forgotten but the bad things can be remembered for a long time and have a negative effect on your business. As [...]

Is this offer to help develop my lawn care business legit?

When you are new to business, you tend to be targeted by nonsense scammers trying to harness your energy for their business goals. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one new entrepreneur who was contacted and ask to attend a meeting that supposedly would help him double his [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The way my life has changed since becoming a business owner.

A business, any business, whether it’s lawn care, window cleaning, house building, or whatever can eat you alive. If you don’t pace yourself, you can spend endless amounts of time chasing that next elusive customer or that next job. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we take a moment and look [...]

Is $5 worth confronting a lawn care customer over?

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you get called to give an estimate on a lawn care job, then perform the job, only to find out a week or so later when you get your check that the customer didn’t pay the exact amount you bid? What do you do in such [...]

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 [...]

Going big with your lawn care business or staying small.

The business you create reflects a lot about you. Some entrepreneurs want to build the biggest business they can imagine while others want to stay small. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we look into how one business got big and why others decided it wasn’t the right move for them. [...]

The aftermath of a lawn care season.

There are many problems you can run into through out your mowing season. One problem you want to keep a close eye on is your money. Are your lawn care customers paying you in a timely manner or are you so busy that you don’t have time to stop and review who owes you what. [...]

Living my American dream after my American sacrifice.

It’s so easy to take things for granted when they are given to us. For instance, how about freedom? Why is it that with all the freedoms we have, many of us feel we are stuck? When we feel stuck, we tend to hate that which we are stuck in. Sometimes, you have to see [...]