Archive for the 'Trailer' Category

How to keep equipment busy making money.

A good way to improve your chances of success in business early on is to explore different avenues and see which one is the most profitable. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who is trying to find out ways to utilize the equipment he has, to [...]

4th mowing season update on where I am at.

Every lawn care business grows at different paces but it’s always nice to know a little about how others are doing compared to you. Maybe you can pick up a tip about which mowing setup works best? Or possible which landscape trailer is ideal. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one [...]

How to clean the interior of my landscape trailer.

Have you ever purchased a used landscape trailer in rough condition and wanted to improved the way it looks? If so, how did you do it? That’s what one member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum was wondering when he started this discussion. A good pressure washing and treatment of the wood can really [...]

Using a dually pickup for your lawn care business.

Every lawn care business owner seems to have a different ideal rig setup. Some prefer a single pickup. Others like an enclosed landscape trailer. But how many of you have experimented with using a dually pickup as your main truck? That is what this entrepreneur did and he shared with us his insights on the [...]

I want to start a lawn care business but I only have a car.

What to do when you are interested in starting your own lawn care business but you are driving around in a car with no money to buy a truck any time in the near future. If you think you have no options though, think again. Here are a couple great ideas, from the Gopher Lawn [...]

Building your own landscape trailer.

Depending on your skill set, time available, and the tools you have at your disposal, you may find building your own landscape trailer to be more fun and cheaper than going out and buying one already made. That is what this one entrepreneur did on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. He shared with us [...]

How running a lawn care business effects your auto insurance needs.

Getting your lawn care business started can be very exciting. Getting the proper insurance for your vehicle and equipment can seem like quite the opposite. Many new entrepreneurs put off getting the right insurance or even asking their agent about what insurance they need for fear of finding out the costs will be too much [...]

What’s the best lawn care work truck to buy?

Getting the right landscape truck for your needs is something you may need to fine tune over time. Some trucks tend to be purchased over others for various reasons but if you are looking to just start up your lawn care business and are trying to do it on the cheap, here are a few [...]

Second year in the lawn care business.

How often do you have a few thousand dollars laying around that you just don’t know what to do with it? When you do, does your mind start spinning thinking about all the lawn care equipment you could buy? Or do you take the extra cash and stick it in the bank where you leave [...]

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 [...]

Lessons learned after landscape trailer was stolen.

What would happen to your business if your landscape trailer and equipment were stolen today or tonight? Would you be able to recover fast enough that you wouldn’t lose any customers? Would you be able to recover at all? If not, why not? You need a plan to take effect if this were to happen [...]

Ideas on how to make your own lawn care trailer.

A big part of being successful as an entrepreneur lies in your ability to be creative and experimental. Sometimes you apply that creativity in your marketing, other times you can apply it in the tools and equipment you use. There is nothing like customizing your equipment to perform a function you need it to perform. [...]

Should you use wind banners on your landscape trailer?

If you are looking for a way to promote your different seasonal services, why not consider this marketing method. Having different wind banners that you could attach to your mowing trailer may be a great way to catch the eye of neighbors or motorists driving past a property you are servicing. Here is a discussion [...]

Lawn trailer modifications.

In general any equipment you buy can be customized and altered to better fit it’s use. Lawn care trailers are no exception to this. There are plenty of bland flat bed trailers out there you can buy but after using them for a bit, you may find options you would like add. That is exactly [...]

Shrub planting job estimate.

Every landscape job you take on will be unique in some way. Here is one of those jobs that really stands out because of the tight area the job must be performed in. Normally planting a handful of shrubs along a property line wouldn’t stand out too much. But as we will see in this [...]

5 lawn care business startup questions.

Sure you may have a lot of questions when you are starting up your lawn care business but here is a great collection of 5 questions one new entrepreneur had. He asked them on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum and got a few great responses to help better direct him as he sets off [...]

Crazy lawn mower hauling stories.

Most all of us take our personal safety seriously when we get into a car. Before we even start the engine, the first thing we do is buckle up. But it seems a lot of times, there is a disconnect when it comes to carrying equipment or materials. The same level of importance isn’t put [...]

A mobile small engine service company is a great way of adding more profits.

Experimenting with different services is a great way to test out what may make you money and what won’t. If you can keep your costs down, you can do quite a bit of experimenting. That’s exactly what this one entrepreneur did when he decided to not only offer lawn care services to home owners but [...]

Where should you park your open landscape trailer?

If you are limited on funds and space, as most new business owners are, this discussion, from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, will give you some ideas of what to do when you have an open landscape trailer that you are trying to use daily with little space to store it. After reading this, [...]

What to do about landscape equipment tire problems?

There are a lot of different things that can go wrong with your equipment during the work day. Getting a flat tire is one of them that can be real frustrating and time consuming to deal with. There are alternatives to the standard tubeless tire but are those alternatives worthwhile? That is what one landscaper [...]

Buying old versus new lawn care equipment.

Buying new lawn care equipment can save you with repair headaches. They are less prone to breaking down and you usually have a dealer warranty that covers repair issues that pop up. The down side though is the price. If you are trying to save some money, you could consider doing what these other business [...]

Topsoil and mulch, when is it better to pickup versus have it delivered?

Decisions, decisions. Every day you operate your lawn care business you are going to have to make decisions that hopefully will benefit your company. You will have to weigh both sides of an equation to figure out which path will help you come out ahead. That is the case when it comes to picking up [...]

The best and worst of landscape trailers.

Finding the ideal sized landscape trailer can be tough especially for a new lawn care business that is working within a tight budget. You initially may desire to get a small enclosed trailer to keep all of your equipment in. You might think it would be great for transporting your mower as well as storing [...]

Lawn mower gets caught on landscape trailer ramp.

Do you have landscape equipment that hangs up on your trailer ramp when you are loading it or unloading it? This can become a real problem because it not only slows down your operations but it can also wreck your equipment. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one lawn care business [...]

How to deal with lawn care customer yard debris.

What to do with your lawn care customer’s yard debris? That question may not seem like a big deal early on but as you go, you will find it can quickly become a money sucking burden! If you haven’t thought about it or your policy is still undetermined, consider what this lawn care business owner [...]

On the fence about getting a landscape trailer.

It seems like whenever we start something new, we are always trying to copy what we see others doing. Sometimes we do this even when it’s not something that works to our advantage. Take for instance this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. In it, one new lawn care business owner questions if [...]

Sometimes you just gotta call it a day.

Sometimes you have a good day, week, or month, but every once in a while, you are going to have one of those days where everything works against you. When you are running a lawn care business, such days will cost you financially. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care [...]

The perfect sized start up lawn care business trailer.

What size landscape trailer does your lawn care business need? Do you need a big one that shouts ‘Hey my company is big, and I am successful!’ or could you get away with a smaller one that doesn’t shout at all. When you pull up next to another landscaper at a stop light, do you [...]

Should I start with a lawn mower or a tractor?

When you are out driving around town, you will probably see many lawn care businesses mowing properties. Most may appear to only use mowers but some do use lawn tractors. Which piece of equipment is right for you when you get started comes down to a matter of opinion. Here is a great discussion on [...]

How to protect your lawn care business from being wiped out!

You may be surprised on how fast you can go from being a lawn care business owner to being the owner of nothing but a business name and concept. A theft can take place in the blink of an eye and leave you left with no equipment. Here are some stories from the Gopher Lawn [...]