Archive for the 'Commercial Customers' Category

How to create a bid for the lawn care of 32 cabins.

When presented with a potential mowing job on an average sized property for one home, the average new lawn care business owner would more than likely go to the property and check it out before bidding. But when presented with the opportunity to bid on a larger lawn mowing job with a limited time to [...]

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 [...]

I am going broke bidding on commercial lawn care jobs.

It can be tough enough trying to get commercial lawn care accounts but when you add to it the skill set needed to bid them accurately, it’s no wonder so many new start up mowing business owners stay clear of them for at least a year if not more. If you are trying to figure [...]

Commercial lawn care bid assistance needed.

If you are new to bidding lawn care for commercial properties, here is a look, from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, at how a few different landscapers came up with their price. Quite possibly you could compare a current job you are looking to bid on with the job discussed here and get a [...]

Lawn care business cards with special offer on them.

Promoting special offers in your lawn care marketing material can be a great way to fill up your mowing schedule. As your route gets filled, you can then bid your jobs higher to improve your profit margin and get rid of lower profitable jobs. Here is a great example of promoting special offers on business [...]

Why do you want commercial lawn care properties?

Many newer lawn care business owners tend to think their residential customers can be flighty when it comes to retention and that maybe going after commercial clients would be the way to go. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, the commercial customers can be a lot less [...]

How much should your lawn care business grow each year?

There is a range a lawn care business can grow without it having the problem of potentially imploding upon itself. This range tends to be between 10% and 20% growth a year. The first couple of years may not follow this range because you may be functioning with a lot of unused [...]

New Lawn Care Business Website SEO Book Available.

We have talked for years about the importance of lawn care business website SEO on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. In fact we have an entire section dedicated to discussions and helping you learn how to improve the rankings of your website in search engine results. Even with all that information on the forum, [...]

Should you sanitize your lawn mower between jobs?

Sanitizing your lawn care equipment between mowing jobs tends to be something you don’t normally do unless you are specifically asked by a client to do so or you decide to use it as a way to stand out from competitors. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear a few [...]

How to bid commercial lawn care jobs that require a lot of materials.

Bidding some commercial lawn care customer jobs is fairly straight forwards and similar to the way you would bid a residential job. But as the jobs get larger and the amount of materials needed is increased, you can find yourself in a cash crunch. The last thing you want to have happen is finding yourself [...]

My first commercial lawn care bid pricing.

Taking on a larger commercial lawn care customer can be a daunting task when you aren’t used to estimating such properties. Here is an example, from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, of what one entrepreneur priced a commercial lawn care bid. Hopefully it will give you some insight as to how others break down [...]

The easy and tough parts to starting a lawn care business.

Sometimes it’s the easy things that are the most difficult to do and the things you are thinking will be difficult become the easiest. I don’t know how many people end up never getting their lawn care business started because they spend to much time contemplating how to do things and never take any concrete [...]

Lawn care marketing on race cars?

There are so many lawn care marketing methods to experiment with, you will never try them all, but seeing what works for others may be a good indicator at what might work for you too. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we talk about what marketing methods have worked for others [...]

A lawn care business owner who is starting to panic.

The early days of starting any business are sure to make you panic. You begin to question yourself. Do you have what it takes? Are you cut out to be an entrepreneur? Will you run out of funds before your business begins to pay for itself? That kind of self doubt is what is going [...]

Getting in good with people to sell more lawn care services.

You don’t need money to market yourself and gain new lawn care customers if you have spare time. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, harnessing your time to go out and meet people, attend meetings, and become known in your area can be as beneficial and spending [...]

Is it worthwhile submitting a lawn care bid for cemeteries?

Cemeteries may seem like the perfect customer to perform lawn care services on. They tend to be big areas that don’t have a homeowner looking out the window nagging you about all the little spots you missed. But on the flip side, there are a lot of reasons why you may not want to submit [...]

Annual lawn care bid example for a hotel.

Are you currently mowing residential properties and looking to scale up to commercial? Or maybe you are servicing commercial customers and would like to see how another entrepreneur breaks down and bids a property. Here is a great hotel lawn care bid example from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Hopefully this helps give you [...]

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 [...]

Sample lawn care business craigslist ad idea.

Some craigslist ads will do well and others won’t. Certain elements of an ad will attract readers while other ads may simply be passed. Different locations may bring better results than others as well. There are many elements involved in whether a craigslist ad will do well or not. As we will see in this [...]

A lawn care collection horror story.

You may think it should be fairly easy to collect payment from your lawn care customers. You perform the work, bill the customer, and receive your payment. But what if that one customer represented a large percentage of your income? What if they had previously bounced checks before but had always made you whole in [...]

Apartment complex lawn care bid example.

It’s amazing how we can make concepts so complicated at times. How to find customers? Why does this become such a huge and unobtainable goal? Sometimes it’s as simple as going out and getting them. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, a simple goal to find a [...]

How to get more lawn care customers from craigslist.

Each time you put out a new piece of lawn care marketing material, you get a chance to experiment with your variables to see which ones bring you more callers. Over time, you can figure out which variables are more important and deserve more attention. If you don’t have the time to experiment at the [...]

Should you charge commercial lawn care customers less than residential?

Should a lawn care company charge more for one type of customer over another? Will residential customers pay more for mowing than commercial clients or possibly is it the other way around? That is a question many new entrepreneurs ponder and ask on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Here we see some great insight [...]

How are my bid prices on this big lawn care account?

Some landscape jobs will come along that might just seem outside your scope to accurately bid. When that happens, it is best to break the job down into smaller sized projects that you can more easily price. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, smaller pieces are a [...]

What can you do to get more lawn care clients?

There is nothing more frustrating than spending time and money on lawn care marketing and not hearing the phone ring because of it. This can happen for a lot of reasons. Are the services you are marketing in need at the moment? Are potential customers getting your marketing message? Is it too late to start [...]

Trying to get commercial lawn care customers for your ego?

People do strange things at times because they think certain things are ‘in’ or ‘out’. If they think something is ‘in’ or cool, they may pay more for something than they would normally pay to get what ever it is they want. This applies to cars, shoes, and even the type of customers a lawn [...]

Have you considered offering customer’s 3 year lawn care contracts?

Are you in need of more cash now to upgrade your equipment but you don’t want to take out a loan? Why not consider this business owner’s method of raising a large amount of cash, offer a 3 year prepaid lawn care contract to a favorite customer. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care [...]

Reaching out to old friends can make new lawn care customers.

When it comes to marketing Realtors really know how to work their social networks. I have received many letters from old friends I hadn’t seen in a while that reach out to me and tell me what they are up to. Some will tell me they have become realtors and send out letters and [...]

How to land your first snow plowing customer.

Getting your first customer can become a monumental task. There are many reasons why it is so difficult. You are new to business, you lack the confidence to sell, and you just haven’t had the experience to know who to make your sales presentation too! As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher [...]

Why isn’t my phone ringing?

It can be very frustrating when you go out and buy a bunch of lawn care equipment, get signs made, and are ready to work but no one calls. There are many reasons as to why this happens and to help shed light on the topic, I’d like to look at a discussion from the [...]