Archive for the 'Trials and Tribulations' Category

My winter lawn care business budget is not looking too good.

It’s tough enough making it through your first year with your lawn care business during the mowing season, but when winter rolls around, the lack of income can wipe you out. There are steps you can take to improve your odds of getting through your first season or two as we see here in this [...]

When one door closes another opens.

Having a lawn care customer end service can be frustrating. You may spend a lot of money acquiring them, or they may have been a long time customer, or with them, your lawn route may have finally been running smoothly. What ever the case may be, you need to remember an important lesson we learned [...]

I am thinking of using a fake co-owner to deal with my lawn care customers.

There are many ways to deal with issues you will run into during your day. Some owners may choose to handle their problems head on while others may choose to find a way to hide from them. Think for a moment about how you handle your lawn care customer and business issues. Does your method [...]

Why I find myself avoiding my lawn care clients.

Here is a great lesson about how dealing with non-paying customers can lead to total burnout. Sometimes an entrepreneur can start a business with grand aspirations, only to see it fall apart when things don’t go according to their plan. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, there [...]

Should I be looking to expand into tree removal services?

There are plenty of services you can experiment with as a lawn care business owner. Some of them are easier to get into and offer than others. Some have a low financial barrier of entry while others have a higher one. Some have a low technical skill requirement while others require years of training. Which [...]

I lost a lawn care customer today and couldn’t be happier.

Sometimes you will get lawn care customers who becomes the bane of your existence. Having to deal with just a few of such customers can really negatively impact you and change the way you feel about your business. Difficult customers can be difficult to please and when they move on, it tends to remind you [...]

I feel like I picked the wrong time to start my lawn care business.

The lawn care business is dependent on good grass growing weather. If it is too hot, the grass won’t grow and there will be nothing to mow. If it is too cold, there won’t be any grass growth either. But as we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, as [...]

Lawn care customer mad that I removed too much in clean up.

When a lawn care customer calls you to remove overgrowth from an area that has been ignored for a while, you may want to consider finding out exactly what they want removed before you begin. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we see how a bad situation can arise when there [...]

Is your lawn care business growing too fast?

It’s every new lawn care business owner’s dream to have all the growth they could ever want and then some. If a little is good then more is better right? Well that is not the case as we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. There is a healthy growth [...]

Getting back at a former employer.

We all have crazy situations we find ourselves in from time to time. Here is a great example of that from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum where one member discusses how he wants to take his revenge on a former employer by stealing his accounts. Should you ever do this? Should it ever be [...]

The importance of lawn care customer service.

It’s one thing to provide lawn care services but it is quite another to do that AND provide quality customer support. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, there are a lot of business ideals out there. Anyone can preach ideals. You should do this, you should do [...]

Learning the lawn care business as you go.

Should you start a lawn care business before you have studied all there is to know about the business? Or can you get started with no experience and still find success? That is a question which was brought up on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. As we will see from this discussion below, sometimes [...]

Dealing with lawn care employee competition.

As your lawn care business grows, you will invariably take on employees. Along with employees comes new challenges that you will need to manage. There are a lot of issues you won’t see coming until they happen, but there are others you can try and nip in the bud to avoid the issue in the [...]

A warning about taking on landscape services you know nothing about.

There is a constant desire and drive by new entrepreneurs to go out and explore. The boundary of how far they are willing to explore seems to forever be pushed further forwards. If you find yourself doing this with your own lawn care business, here is a cautionary tale from someone who has been there [...]

Newbie lawn care business owner is looking for motivation.

Starting a new business can involve a lot of frustration. When you come up with a business idea and a plan, it is up to you to breathe life into your creation. No one else is going to do it for you. If you are not accustomed to being a self starter, you are going [...]

Lawn care employees and the requests they have.

Having ground rules set before you hire any lawn care employees can go a long way in preventing issues from popping up later. If you aren’t sure what kind of ground rules you should set, do a quick internet search for lawn care employee handbooks to find some ideas from others who have dealt with [...]

Be prepared to have one of those weeks.

The longer you are in business, the more you learn the importance of being able to handle those weeks. You know which weeks I am talking about. The ones where everything goes wrong. The weather turns foul. Your equipment dies. Repair bills are through the roof. Customers drop you. Sometimes it seems like it just [...]

How do I run my part time mowing business while I’m at my full time job?

Having a full time job and trying to get a lawn care business up off the ground is possible, it’s just tougher for a number of reasons. You only have so much time in your week to apply to your business when you are working full time elsewhere and that can cause [...]

Dealing with dog waste as you mow lawns.

If you are out there promoting your mowing services to the general public, there is a good chance you are going to have customers who have dogs. National statistics point somewhere to 1 in 3 households have dogs. So what do you do when your mowing customer has a dog(s) and doesn’t clean up after [...]

What happens when a lawn care business owner dies and leaves the business to a spouse?

No one ever thinks about contingency plans to continue running a lawn care business if something bad were to happen to the owner/founder. But maybe it would be better if a little planning were to be put into place. Here is a story from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum about what happens when the [...]

Someone stole my lawn care company name.

It can be very frustrating trying to come up with a lawn care business name for your new mowing company. But what should you do if after you register a name, you find someone else is using it? Should this be a big deal or no? Are there ways to protect yourself? As we will [...]

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 [...]

Why some people keep putting off starting their own lawn care business.

Learning how to start a business is a lot like learning how to swim. With both, you can just dive head first into a deep hole to sink or swim with a great potential for failure. Or you can put on a life jacket and wade in, taking the process slowly but surely. In the [...]

The issues with mowing and servicing forclosed properties.

If your area has been hard hit by the economy slow down, you might see ads to work for asset companies or banks to take care of foreclosed properties. To some, this opportunity may seem like a great chance at bringing in more income, but as we will see in this discussion from the Gopher [...]

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 [...]

Help! New lawn care business owner with upset wife.

Finding balance in everything we do is important. So how do you handle the balance between a family’s desire to go on vacation with a business owner’s desire to grow his business? Where can a business owner find common ground in that situation to make everyone happy? That is the question asked on the Gopher [...]

Help! Too many leaf cleanups and not enough time!

The end of the year can bring along with it a frantic pace of yard cleanup. But what do you do when you schedule in too many yard cleanups and run out of time? Another thing to consider is this poor planning on your part? Do you need to re-think the way you handle fall [...]

Lessons learned after landscape trailer was stolen.

What would happen to your business if your landscape trailer and equipment were stolen today or tonight? Would you be able to recover fast enough that you wouldn’t lose any customers? Would you be able to recover at all? If not, why not? You need a plan to take effect if this were to happen [...]

Lawn care customer is certain rabbits are eating her lawn.

When problems arise with a lawn or landscape if the customer can’t figure out a real reason for it, they tend to fill in the blanks with guesses. Sometimes these guesses go from just simple guessing to behavior that one might deem a little ‘off’. As a lawn care professional, it’s your job to figure [...]

What health issues should a lawn care business owner be concerned with?

Any industry has the potential to cause you medical problems if you find yourself doing the same thing over and over again. Repetitive stress issues can occur using most equipment, from heavy mowers, to computer keyboards. Inhaling fumes from gas as well as sprayed fertilizer can also cause health problems, so be aware and stay [...]