Before you try and expand, make sure your lawn care business is running smoothly.

Planning out a business and doing the hard work yourself is tough. It is that which filters out the entrepreneurs from those who would be better suited as employees. Thinking you don’t have to take those long hard learning steps other successful entrepreneurs have taken because you know more or feeling that you are prepared to lead others to perform tasks when you don’t know how to perform those same tasks yourself is foolish. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, you need to really have your act together before you can expand your business. If you try to take shortcuts you will more than likely fail.

One lawn care business owner wrote “I am getting enough customers where I am starting to get my butt kicked because of the weather. I am all by myself and I was thinking about possibly combining resources with another local business owner. What I was wondering was maybe there is another business owner out there that wants more clients, but can’t do it by themselves either. I would like to merge with you and my thoughts are that by doing this, we could eventually go nationwide.

I have been planning and am ready to take on another employee, as long as they have 26 or more customers they can bring to the table in the merger. I figure once we scaled up to 100 customers, we could then become a 3 man team, and next expand out further into different cities. I feel that if you want to make some real money in this industry, you need help from someone who has all their own equipment and is ready to go.

I have group of friends that are using the phone book and calling property owners like telemarketers, asking them if they have a lawn service and try to sell my services before anyone hangs up. As we start getting more clients that live too far to service, we will hire more teams where the clients are located. Finding entrepreneurs that want to make more money and need help with marketing to attract more customers, shouldn’t be that tough. I will offer them support services and we merge our companies into one. Ultimately though, they work for me.

I’m trying to get rich and to do this I need more clients. If someone new to the business is finding himself overwhelmed and needing more help, I can help them. We can merge, I will take all the accounts, and show him how to properly operate a business. Now I won’t be able to personally service more customers myself, so I need to find others who share the dream that I have, and eventually want to be I rich as well.

I am insured and technically I would be sub-contracting out the work to those I merge with. They would need to have their own insurance and their own team, but they would be selling my business name. If they mess up, I may have to deal with it, but that’s why we pay for insurance.”

A second lawn care business owner said “if you are lucky enough to take someone on that had their own clients, that wouldn’t be an employee, that’s a partner. And your expanding by ‘merging’ with other companies in other towns? What is the reason they would ‘merge’ with you? They are pretty much sharing their profits with you and not getting anything in return. Personally I am not going to merge with someone and not reap any benefits from it and then have to split my profits. It’s not like you are going to take over for a day if I am ill or anything.

By calling this ‘merging’ and trying to split the profit, this seems a lot like those contractor referral websites where they refer clients to you and you pay them $12, even if they choose not to use you. I’m just saying that I am not going to split my profits simply because you have a few friends making cold calls that I could do myself or pay someone to do for me and I then I get to keep all the profits.

I get calls all day long for jobs I don’t do or feel that are too big for me to handle. When that happens, I refer the caller to another local company. Do I ask that company for money? Absolutely not! But if they can refer me back customers they don’t want, I would really appreciate it. That’s my theory and I’m not sharing my income with someone else. Good luck to you on this path. If it works, great. I think it is going to be a tough sell.

If I could suggest a thought here, it would be to get your business growing first in your area. If you need employees, hire them. Build up a company that is viewed positively in your community and is profitable. Then, and only then should you consider expanding by buying out other larger lawn care companies and keeping their management team and staff to operate it.

Until you have your own company running smoothly and growing, you really have no business messing around with this ‘merging’ or ’sub-contracting’ out work, or anything else for that matter. People tend to think they can jump over step A to get to step C or D and that is where the riches are. No, the riches come from building a successful company where you passed through each and every step and learned from it so you can apply it to future growth.”

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