Archive for the 'Bonus Pay' Category

Paying a lawn care employee per yard?

There are all sorts of methods you can use to figure out how to pay a lawn care employee. You might pay them by the hour, which is probably the most used method. You can pay them a % of what you make on a job. You can pay them per job. In this discussion [...]

Lawn care business growing pains.

A one man show can only take on so much work in a day. Then going from a solo operation to adding your first employee can be a huge step. This one member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum shared with us his angst as he tried to figure out the next step he [...]

How a lawn care business owner scaled up his use of employees.

There is a tendency with sole lawn care business owner operators to work themselves until they can’t work any more. They want to be in total control of every minute detail so they feel they can’t relinquish any control to staff. This can cause a lot of problems as the business naturally tries to grow. [...]

Should lawn care employees be paid for their travel time?

When it comes to paying lawn care employees, there are many ways you can do it. The more complex the process is, the more opportunities there are for problems. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, keeping things simple with all parts of your operations is always the [...]

How much should I be paying my lawn care employees?

When it comes to figuring out how much you should pay your lawn care employees, there is a sweet spot. Pay too much and you are going to lose money on each lawn mowing you perform. Pay too little and either you won’t attract any applicants or you will attract the wrong kind of applicant. [...]

How to motivate a slacker lawn care employee.

A good lawn care employee is hard to find. There is no doubt about that. But what should you do when you have a lawn care employee who seems to be seriously lacking motivation to get the work done and get it done right? That is the problem one business owner ran into when he [...]

Lessons I learned from a $15 million dollar a year lawn care business.

Have you ever wonder what secrets the big lawn care business owners know that you don’t? Maybe from time to time you wished you could sit down and talk with such business owners and pick their brains for a little while? Well we may not have talked to the owner of such a large company, [...]

How to pay landscape business owner partners.

Say you decided to start your landscape business with a friend of yours, one issue you may find yourself dealing with early on is how do you actually pay each other? That is a great question that came up on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. When a new business owner asked “I am a [...]

The biggest mistakes made by lawn care contractors.

Have you ever sat back and wondered what it is that is keeping your lawn care business from growing? Do you find it difficult to talk with new people? Do you have a difficult time trying to sell yourself and your services? If you do, you are not alone. I had a discussion on the [...]

Lawn care employees and incentives.

Many lawn care business owners I have met on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum have found success through a lot of trial and error. Talking about what works and what doesn’t gives us all a chance to move on quickly from what isn’t working to find what is. One lawn care business owner in [...]

GopherHaul Lawn Care Business School Now Open!

The GopherHaul Lawn Care Business School is now online.
If you look above along the brown bar header on the Gopher Forum, you will see a new section added to the forum. Our FREE online lawn care business school.
This FREE course the “Class 1 - Lawn Care Business Operator’s Certificate” is designed to give the new [...]

What keeps your lawn care business small?

One of our forum members created a post to show off part of his fleet of lawn care business trucks in this post at the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. In the post I had a great opportunity to learn a little about what stops most small lawn care businesses from ever getting themselves up [...]

Lawn care employee bonuses to help get them to sell more.

I thought this business card discussion was very interesting and I thank James for sharing with us some us his insights. He posted his new business cards and they didn’t have a person’s name on them, unlike most normal business cards. I asked James why and got some great insight from him that you might [...]