Archive for the 'Your First Employee' 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 [...]

Using a line trimmer 101. Do you know the basics?

Most everyone has used a line trimmer before. That includes anyone you may be looking to hire to help you during your day. But most don’t know the basics on how to use a line trimmer properly in order to get a top notch result. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, [...]

What I do to take on larger landscape jobs.

You get a call for a job that sounds very enticing. It’s a larger landscape job that you cringe when you think about taking it on alone. Instead of simply turning the job down at first glance, have you considered your options? That is what one landscaper thought about when he wrote on the Gopher [...]

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 [...]

Hiring undocumented lawn care employees.

In some areas, the population of illegal immigrants is higher than in others. Because of this, certain areas have more of a problem with competitors hiring undocumented workers to gain an advantage. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one entrepreneur wonders what he should do about this problem and how he [...]

How did my first year in the lawn care business go?

Have you made it through your first year running your lawn care business? If so, how do you feel you did? That is what one entrepreneur was wondering when he asked for advice on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Interestingly enough, it wasn’t the job he was doing, or the amount of customer he [...]

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 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 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. [...]

Where to find great lawn care employees?

There are many paths you can take to build your lawn care business. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, some ways are better than others. This is especially true when it comes to finding good solid lawn care employees and the best ways to utilize them. To [...]

How to use part time employees to grow your lawn care business.

It is great to learn from those who are out there running successful lawn care businesses and hearing what makes them run so smoothly. A lot of variables are involved in achieving longevity in the lawn care industry. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we will learn a lot of simple [...]

What I have learned in my lawn care business part 4.

Continuing on from part 3 of my previous blog article on lawn care business lessons I have learned, here are more insights one lawn care business owner learned from his experience of getting his lawn care business started. In the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, he shared with us his thoughts on [...]

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 [...]

How working with friends can turn into a mess.

When you get your lawn care business started, many times you have no idea what you are doing because this business world is new to you. Since you have a limited working knowledge of how to run your business, you may look to your friends for help and support. That is all fine and well [...]

Lawn care employees and workmans comp.

Are you a sole owner / operator of a lawn care business and finding yourself at the point where you want to hire an employee? You may be quite amazed at all the extra hoops you have to jump through in order to do this legally. Let’s have a look at one lawn care business [...]

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 [...]

Best way to advertise for new lawn care employees.

With anything you want to do in business and in life, there is a good way to do it and a bad way to do it. Even when it comes to advertising for a new lawn care business employee. That’s what we learned in this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. One of [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

How to come up with your lawn care customer base goals for next year?

If you are like most lawn care business owners, you want to see your business grow over time. How are you going to do this though? Do you have a plan? What are your lawn care customer base goals? That is the amount of base customers you want to be servicing weekly.
I asked this question [...]