With anything in life, there will be some who find more success than others. This applies to the lawn care business as well. Those who are constantly on the hunt to improve their business will more than likely do so while those who get complacent and simply repeat the same steps day in and day out will find nothing changes. This discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum really highlights why it is the case and what you can do about it.
One lawn care business owner wrote “I ran into an old friend the other day who ran a lawn care business for quite some time until he recently decided to get out. I asked him why and to make a long story short, he got out of it because he felt there was no money in it. He was saying he maxed out his income potential when he would bring in about $2,000 per month which he felt was just not acceptable. Why is it that some people seem to do well while others hit a brick wall and never seem to get past their limited earning potential?”
A second lawn care business owner shared “my experience is you can make as much money as you want. I look at the big picture when I am at a property looking to bid on yard services while I find a lot of other business owners just look at lawn mowing. Because of this, I find a lot more services to offer a customer and I am not afraid to experiment and find which ones make money. If I find there is a demand for a service, I will obtain the equipment to do the job. Anything from lawn mowing, pressure washing, various spray programs, tree cutting, wood chipping, lawn and garden tilling, mini excavation, garden beds, new, replacement or driveway grading and the list goes on.
If you look at the lawn/yard care business as simply lawn mowing, your profits will reflect it. If you look at the home owners needs and what you can do, you will make a serious profit.
I am in this to make money. Since I got my start I have found myself constantly tweaking things to maximize my profit potential. My initial business plan did not take into account there would be so many others mowing lawns so cheaply. Once I found this out I quickly bought the equipment to take the company in a slightly different direction and man did it take off, far beyond my wildest dreams.
Yes I mow lawns, I have 30 +/- customers however I do not advertise it or promote it anymore. If someone asks then yes I will give them a quote, but many times, it is merely a way to get my foot in the door as there is far too much money to be made in other services.
The low ballers out there do not have the capital or access to it to do buy equipment that I have and to do what I am doing. They simply load a fifty dollar mower and thirty dollar trimmer in a fifty dollar trailer and hit the road offering lawn mowing for twenty to twenty five bucks, more power to them.”
A third lawn care business owner added “if you are going to make ‘real’ money mowing lawns you need to;
- own productive equipment
- don’t low ball, be competitive
- offer superior workmanship
- be detail oriented
- track all your hours to find out productivity rates
You can make good money mowing lawns. However, you’ll find that if you offer a variety of services such as gardening, seasonal cleanups, weed/insect control, fertilizing, etc… you’ll be more successful, and it will improve your bottom line.
Anyone can cut grass and make a few bucks a month…but it takes a lot more to mow lawns to make thousands. I know it can be done, you just need the right mindset and attitude.”
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