10 tips to improve your lawn care business.

If you think you have had a tough time getting your lawn care business started, imagine trying to do it after you have been involved in a major auto accident and had to quickly learn how to run your business while you were in and out of rehab! That’s what happened to this lawn care business owner and all that stress really forced him to be more focused. What could you learn from his experience? Plenty! Check out his top 10 lawn care business improvement tips that he shared with us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum and see how they can help you.

He wrote “I have been in the landscape maintenance business for close to 10 years now. I ran it part time for many years to help supplement my income. Then as luck would have it, I ended up being in a major car wreck and hurt my back and shoulder which caused me to not be able to go back to my full time job. That is when I decided to go full time with my business. Over the years I grew my staff and hired crews to do most of the work while I went to vocational rehab to try and get back to where I used to be physically.

As I look back on my business career so far, honestly I see a few things I’d like to share with others…

1. I would suggest to others to learn as much as you can about what makes the successful outfits successful. I would also REALLY pay close attention to the mistakes others make and learn from those mistakes, so your lawn care business avoids those pitfalls. Realize no business is perfect. Pitfalls will come and it is how you adapt and overcome that seems to define not only you as an individual, but your business as well.

2. Take pride in your job/business it is a reflection of you.

3. Have a good sense of humor. Don’t ever take things too seriously. Be able to laugh at yourself.

4. Have the right priorities and motives in all that you do. Business is important, but family and health are more important!

5. Figure out what works and what doesn’t. If something isn’t working, dump it like a bad stock. Always look for ways to make something just a little bit better.

6. Have good insurance, and the amount you need.

7. Take care of your lawn care equipment and it will take care of you.

8. Stay in shape (or get in shape) you will see why when you hit your 30’s and even more so your 40’s.

9. Plan ahead.

10. Visit sites like this and others to learn..learn.. LEARN!

These tips I have learned really helped me get through my rough times and as I go, I see there is still more to learn! So never stop learning, experimenting, and growing.”

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