Archive for the 'Referrals' Category

Third year lawn care business plan.

Here is a great discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum that talks about business growth. Some entrepreneurs look for hyper growth, where each year their company grows by leaps and bounds. But as we will see from some veterans of the industry, slower growth can give you time to build a longer lasting [...]

Someone took the lawn care business name I wanted to use.

Before you get your lawn care company started, you need to do a little research. If you come up with a business name you like, you need to search around and see if anyone else is using that name or if anyone else has that internet domain name. There is no sense [...]

Why do you want commercial lawn care properties?

Many newer lawn care business owners tend to think their residential customers can be flighty when it comes to retention and that maybe going after commercial clients would be the way to go. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, the commercial customers can be a lot less [...]

Knocking on doors to promote snow removal services works.

No matter what time of year it is, there is always a service you can sell to home owners as maintaining a property can be quite overwhelming for many. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who was able to build up his snow removal [...]

A lawn care business owner who is starting to panic.

The early days of starting any business are sure to make you panic. You begin to question yourself. Do you have what it takes? Are you cut out to be an entrepreneur? Will you run out of funds before your business begins to pay for itself? That kind of self doubt is what is going [...]

Sample spring lawn care customer letter.

What will you be doing as spring nears to get back in touch with your lawn care customer base? Will you call them? Email them? Simply show up once the lawn starts to grow? Well you might want to consider sending out a spring lawn care customer letter and see if it can generate you [...]

Using facebook to gain new lawn care customers.

If you are not very sociable in person, it may be easier for you to be sociable on the internet, especially when you see how networking online can bring you plenty of business. In this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we see how one new entrepreneur was able to utilize facebook to [...]

How to estimate a leaf removal job.

Bidding on leaf cleanup jobs can be difficult for the new start up business owner. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we get some insight into the process. There are many questions you may have about performing such work such as how to actually remove the leaves, what to do with [...]

Would you let a homeowner help you with a landscape project?

A novel method to making your landscape customers happy and getting them to talk about you and your business may be to get them involved in the project. Everyone loves operating machinery but should you get your customers this involved? That is the question asked on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Sure it might [...]

Lawn care customer is certain rabbits are eating her lawn.

When problems arise with a lawn or landscape if the customer can’t figure out a real reason for it, they tend to fill in the blanks with guesses. Sometimes these guesses go from just simple guessing to behavior that one might deem a little ‘off’. As a lawn care professional, it’s your job to figure [...]

Should I start my own lawn care business?

Taking that step from employee to entrepreneur can be quite frightening, especially when your current boss lives right next door to you. The idea of opening a competing mowing company can seem like open warfare. That is the situation one entrepreneur, from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, finds himself in as he contemplates his [...]

Put the benefit at the top of your lawn care flyer.

Sometimes it can’t take just a little tweaking of your advertisement to really improve response rates. Here is a great example of that from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. One entrepreneur was having no luck with his ads that basically consisted of his contact information when another business owner gave him some advice which [...]

Buy 6 mowings and get one free marketing idea?

Being observant to what other industries are doing to attract new customers can be a great way to get ideas to attract your own customers. Sometimes you can take an idea and use it exactly the same way you saw it used. Other times you can alter the idea a bit to better fit your [...]

Should you use the phone book to market your lawn care business?

With a limited marketing budget, a small business owner really needs to spend their money wisely. You need the biggest return for your investment. Every ad salesperson out there is going to think their marketing method is the best so it’s up to you to decide which to choose. In this discussion from the Gopher [...]

Lawn care marketing and making money.

What marketing methods work best? Figuring this out can take a lot of time and energy. A short cut to finding success quicker than spending a lot of time experimenting is to read what works for others and then implement those suggestions. Here we have a great collection of methods, from the Gopher Lawn Care [...]

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 [...]

How to market your lawn care services to gated communities.

Marketing to the average community is not that big of a deal. You can go door to door, put flyers in doors, send mailers, or a slew of other methods. But what about when you want to market your lawn care services to gated communities? How does one go about doing that? Such a question [...]

Ways my lawn care business made more money in my 2nd year.

As you go through life, the list of things you wish you had done earlier, tends to grow and grow. Here is a great example of that from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. One entrepreneur talks about how he wished he had offered additional services earlier when he had started up his business. The [...]

Door to door tips for the lawn care business owner.

The thought of going door to door to sell your mowing services can strike fear into the hearts of many entrepreneurs. The vast majority of business owners cringe at the idea and simply won’t do it. Here though is a great story, from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, on how you can find success [...]

Losing your temper with a lawn care customer.

Some lawn care customers are just going through a rough time in their life and are looking for others to take their anger out on. There is no winning with them. The more you engage them, the more fuel you give them to be angrier. Here is a great example of that from the Gopher [...]

Does putting flyers on doors constitute soliciting?

We have all seen signs that say no soliciting before but have you ever stopped and thought about what such a sign means to you? Especially when you are out distributing your lawn care door hangers, going door to door with them. Can you simply ignore such a sign if you see one on a [...]

Not every lawn care marketing idea is a good one.

If you spend a little time being creative, you can come up with a lot of lawn care marketing ideas that really stand out. After you create a list of ideas, go through them with a friend and see which ones sound like they could work well and which ones would just be a waste [...]

Twelve lawn care business rules to live by.

It can be difficult to create rules or guidelines your lawn care business should follow. Sometimes you just don’t have a single moment to sit down, take a break, and reflect on lessons learned that past day, past month, or past year. Here in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one entrepreneur [...]

A leaf job that just grew.

Knowledge is power and as we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, the more you know, the better you can sell. In this example, one entrepreneur was able to take a basic leaf cleanup on one yard, and turn it into a 3 yard job worth $469 all completed [...]

Mowing foreclosured properties and dealing with banks.

In many areas of the country, there are still high levels of property foreclosures and money to be made with them if you take your time to investigate the job. Look too desperate for work and take any job that comes your way and there is a good chance you may never see any payment. [...]

Can’t seem to bring in any new lawn care customers, help!

The first year of starting your lawn care business can be very frustrating, with the biggest frustration likely being the difficulty of adding new customers. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, it is so very important to talk to people. The more people you talk to, the [...]

What can you do to get more lawn care clients?

There is nothing more frustrating than spending time and money on lawn care marketing and not hearing the phone ring because of it. This can happen for a lot of reasons. Are the services you are marketing in need at the moment? Are potential customers getting your marketing message? Is it too late to start [...]

So far, so good this spring lawn care season.

There are some steps you can take that will really improve your company’s ability to grow. Here is a great example of a few steps to take to improve your sales process, get more jobs, and reach out to new potential customers from a discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum.

Trying to get commercial lawn care customers for your ego?

People do strange things at times because they think certain things are ‘in’ or ‘out’. If they think something is ‘in’ or cool, they may pay more for something than they would normally pay to get what ever it is they want. This applies to cars, shoes, and even the type of customers a lawn [...]

Secrets to success with lawn care ads in newspapers.

Sometimes all it takes is fine tuning one or two elements in your lawn care marketing campaign to really hit on something big. In this success story from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who played around with his newspaper ad position and found that it pays to be in [...]