Archive for the 'Trials and Tribulations' Category

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 [...]

Lawn care business insurance agent requires 3 years of experience?

It’s odd at times the barriers you come upon when you are new to being an entrepreneur. The thing about being new is that you don’t know what is a standard industry practice and what is absolute nonsense. Here is a great discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum that shows how you can [...]

Sometimes you just have to turn down landscape jobs.

Most of the time you are fighting tooth and nail to get new landscape customers to call you by using various methods of marketing. But what do you do when a call comes in from a potential client that lives a little outside your immediate service area? It creates a dilemma that you must weigh [...]

Keeping your lawn care business from getting to you.

You can’t win a marathon race by sprinting right from the starting line. If you do, you will quickly lose steam and sputter out a short time into your race. If, however, you are able to keep a pace that is balanced with the distance you need to travel, you can make it across the [...]

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 [...]

A newbie lawn care business owner’s battles.

Every new start up business goes through a lot to get themselves up and running. Some do seem to have an easier time than others though. A lot of that depends on previous experience, their current situation, and the entrepreneur’s ability to adapt to new situations that present themselves. To help you improve your chances, [...]