Archive for the 'training' Category

Good lawn care employees.

Do you find certain people make better employees than others? Does their work history become a good predictor of their future interaction with you? Do you set up any ground rules before getting a new employee started? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from some entrepreneurs who have their [...]

Lawn care employees can be such a pain in the ass!

Good lawn care employees can be so difficult to find. So if you are in a situation where you are going through employee after employee, don’t feel like you are alone. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from some entrepreneurs who are all experiencing problems getting staff to show [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Should I create a lawn care crew leader position?

Expanding your lawn care company from a one man / crew operation to a two man crew or more, is a delicate process. Human nature needs to be taken into account once you start paying employees you aren’t able to immediately supervise and send them off in their own landscape truck. You need to have [...]

Lawn care employee manual example.

There is no better way to consistently get a new lawn care employee up to speed with what you expect of them and how they should perform their job than with a lawn care employee manual. One member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum was having a difficult time trying to put such a [...]

The best way to get lawn care customers fast!

Every business owner wants to know the best and fastest way to acquire new customers as fast as possible. There are many methods to gain customers and some of them will work better than other. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one entrepreneur talks about how he got his customers and [...]

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 [...]

How much do you push your employees before you fire them?

Hiring a new lawn care employee can be a crap shoot. Sometimes you find a good one while other times you find one that just doesn’t work out. You can improve your success rate when hiring a new lawn care employee by improving your interview and training process. Understanding the points where new staff members [...]

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 [...]

When employees take on jobs without you knowing.

Even when everything is running smoothly with your lawn care business, employees are still an X-factor. You just never know what they are going to do. Unless you are there, on the job site, supervising everything, something is bound to go wrong. Here is a fine example, from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, on [...]

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 do your employees represent you and your company?

You could have spent tens of thousands of dollars this year on a new truck, trailer, vehicles signs and equipment all to impress your customer base and the pool of potential customers in your area, but one small misstep by an employee can make your efforts worthless. How your employees represent you and your lawn [...]

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 [...]

How to manage when you can only be in one place at a time.

Running your lawn care business as a one man show has it’s advantages and disadvantages. When it’s only you performing the work and dealing with the customers, you know you are getting the job done and treating the customers the way you want them to be treated. But what about when you grow. When you [...]

Six do’s and don’t for the start up lawn care business.

I can never get enough of good start up business advice. When ever the opportunity arises, I like to ask successful business owners to share some insight as to how they were able to cross that very difficult mine field from start up business to successful operation. The best answers are never quick two or [...]

Franchising your lawn care business? You better think.

Do you think you have a great business model? Is your model a lot better than others. Do you feel you need more money and resources in order to grow? If so maybe you have considered franchising your lawn care business. But before you go out and start trying to sign people up, you better [...]

John Deere X749 tractor vs. a ZTR mower.

Being that a lot of start up lawn care businesses read the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, I asked the members what equipment would you suggest purchasing now that you have had some time to see what works well and what doesn’t. What I found was quite interesting and I hope it gets you thinking. [...]

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 are you training your lawn care employees to do?

What are you training your lawn care employees to do? You can join in on this discussion at the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum here.
When you hire employees for your lawn care business, they are on the front lines and the impressions they make with the public and your customer base is going to do [...]

What every lawn care employee should be taught.

Do you ever wonder how much training your employees should be given? For instance , do they need to be trained on how to change belts? Or is that just something that would be too much for most of them?”
Tim: “All employee’s should be trained on every minor mechanical repair detail you can do in [...]