Archive for the 'Lawn Care Employees' Category

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 [...]

The Pro Lawn Care Business Playbook.

I am happy to announce the release of my newest lawn care business book. The Pro Lawn Care Business Playbook. You can order it here in both paperback and kindle version.
So many new lawn care business owners pause at the moment when a decision is required of them. Or they fail to plan how [...]

Why am I not making money mowing 50 lawns?

Depending on a bunch of variables, you can find yourself plenty busy with lawn care work but producing little profit. This tends to especially be a big issue the first year a new company is in business. If you find this to be the case with your company, consider some of these tips to increase [...]

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 [...]

I can’t seem to get ahead.

As a business owners, you need to wear a lot of hats and juggle a lot of responsibilities. Performing the work, is but one small task within a larger picture of jobs that need to be done. As we will see in this discussion, from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, you really need to [...]

How to find and get high end lawn care and landscaping customers.

Are you looking to attract more high end lawn care customers? Have you had a tough time figuring out how to do it? Here is a great discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum that looks into this process. You should be able to gain at least a few new sales techniques from these [...]

In one month a new lawn care business owner is too busy.

Some entrepreneurs will hit the ground running a lot faster than others. A lot of it has to do with variables outside their control. Certain areas are underserved when it comes to lawn care while other areas are highly competitive. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, it’s [...]

Two man lawn care crews are tough to keep productive.

It can be difficult to find good employees. Then finding ways to keep them productive is a whole other story. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, if an employee has a moment to rest, they tend to have a difficult time getting re-engaged into the work. This [...]

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 [...]

The Lawn Care Business Can Get Dirty, Ugly, And Mean.: Stories Of Survival And Success To Get You Through The Rough Times.

The Lawn Care Business Can Get Dirty, Ugly, And Mean.: Stories Of Survival And Success To Get You Through The Rough Times.
Lawn Care Business Book.
When I first got my business started, I didn’t really know anyone who was an entrepreneur. I had no one I could bounce ideas off of or compare my [...]

How a lawn care business implodes.

We can learn a lot from a business that is doing great as we can from a business that is failing. In this story, shared on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we get an inside look at a company that is suffering a slow death. It’s quite amazing to look at from the outside, [...]

What are overhead costs and how do they effect a lawn care business?

Have you ever heard of the term overhead costs? If so, could you name three of your overhead costs? When was the last time you created an income statement to check on your profitability? Do you create one after each job you bid on? Some business owners do that often and have a great understanding [...]

What should you do to scale up your pressure washing services?

When your competition zigs, you need to zag. If there are a ton of uninsured, unregistered lawn care business owners in your area, why not look to expand the list of services you offer. That way you can find more services that have a higher profit potential than simply offering lawn care. That’s what one [...]

Should you hand out lawn care business cards on an employers time?

There are a lot of business etiquette lessons we just may not know about until we are exposed to them. Here is a great example of that from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Many a new landscape business owner got their start by working for another mowing company. When you are working for someone [...]

Spring lawn care postcard design idea.

If you want to bring in more work, you need to incentivize your employees to look for work. You can employee this method yourself as well, if you are a sole proprietor. The idea is to keep on the look out for lawn care work and extra upsells that could be used. Whether this be [...]

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. [...]

A friend wants to start a division of my lawn care company.

For what ever reason, business owners are constantly being asked to allow a friend or a family member in on the business. Everyone has a great idea on how they can improve upon your business. Yet when you take a moment to talk to them, most of the times, you find they don’t have a [...]

Lawn care business sales procedures.

To improve upon your lawn care business sales procedures, you really need to handle everything uniformly. From the moment you first reach out to the customer to the most you finish a job, the more you handle each step the same, the better chance you have at seeing where you need to improve and then [...]

How to bid lot clearing jobs.

Making a $100 an hour with your landscaping business is possible with the proper tools. Here in this great discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who can make $100 - $150 an hour with lot clearing services. He also does a pretty good job at marketing himself while [...]

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 [...]

Over extending your lawn care business.

In most every business, there seems this constant push to want to grow and get bigger. There is a point you can reach though where you go from growth to over extending yourself. You may not notice when it is happening. You also may not know the downsides to doing it. Here is a great [...]

Raising prices as your mowing schedule fills.

Everyone landscaper dreams of hitting the big time as soon as possible. Of having so many lawn care customers, you don’t know what to do with them all. Of growing growing at leaps and bounds so fast that local competitors sit their scratching their heads wondering what you did to achieve that. Here is some [...]

Landed a big brush clearing job.

Have you ever been called to give an estimate on clearing a large wooded area of brush? Such projects can appear daunting at first because it’s hard to get a full grasp of what is in front of you and how long the job will take. That is why some lawn care business owners bid [...]

Should I drop lawn care customers to tighten my routes?

Thinking about business growth all the time can be really stressful. Equipment, employees, travel time, all of these issues can weigh heavily on your mind. So what should a small lawn care business owner do when they are trying to grow, yet they feel they are being run ragged by trying to maintain a service [...]

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 quickly scale up for a larger commercial lawn care job.

At times you may find your lawn care business presented with a growth opportunity that really challenge your current infrastructure. Either they require a large financial commitment to upgrade equipment or they need a lot more man power to perform that you currently are able to offer. The decisions you make on such jobs can [...]

Should you work for an ex boss to improve cash flow?

Getting your own lawn care business up and rolling can take time and money. Sometimes you have both. Then there are also times when you don’t and you need more cash to help you through a slow time. But if you find yourself in such a situation, should you go back and work part time [...]

Are you creating competitors from within your company?

Here is some great food for thought. If you think there are a lot of competitors in your area providing lawn care services, you may want to do what you can to not make the situation worse. One entrepreneur shared with us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, the events that got him to [...]

45 lawn care customers in your first year can be too much.

Everyone dreams of having more lawn care customers than you can handle. But what happens when that dream comes true? Problems can and will arise because of it. Then you can find yourself swamped, running in every different direction, constantly trying to put out fires. That is what happened to this one lawn care business [...]

Has your attitude changed while being a lawn care business owner?

There are many issues you will run into as a lawn care business owner. Some will be financial, some mechanical, and some will deal with people. When you are feeling good and processing the problems step by step, you can easily keep things in check. But when you can’t do that for what ever reason, [...]