In one month a new lawn care business owner is too busy.

Some entrepreneurs will hit the ground running a lot faster than others. A lot of it has to do with variables outside their control. Certain areas are underserved when it comes to lawn care while other areas are highly competitive. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, it’s best to have slow, steady growth than allow yourself to get overrun with growth.

One lawn care business owner wrote “I started this business up a month ago and may have run into being maxed out all ready. I have a new account coming up that may put me at 25 yards a day. I did not expect to grow this fast and was wondering what to do now? The business plan I had was to build up equipment and hire people next year when I had the extra equipment to do so. Now I am finding myself maxed out and have advertisements out there I can not stop. They are all ready in the customers hands.

So the different thoughts I have are, do I go into massive debt to buy new equipment and hire crews with no capital? Do I wait and turn down new customers until I can handle them? Or maybe I should make arrangements to sell these new accounts to other companies for a fee and if so what would be a good price to sell off some new customers?

It’s not like this is a bad thing but one does not expect to go from broke to such success in a little over one month. I don’t know how fast this business should grow or if this happens a lot? Should I have thought about this before I started the company? I am starting to hope the ads I have out there now are not that good and I will be able to service the accounts I already have. Then grow next year but I am not sure if I am missing out on the opportunity of a lifetime.

I am charging the standard price in my area to cut lawns and even get a little more at times when I bid a little higher to try and turn away new customers. I am getting on average $35 to $40 per 1,500 square foot yard. These accounts are taking me about 30 minutes to mow with my push mower.

My three year goal is to have at least three mowing crews set up and one manger in the field. Then I can look into other areas and get more accounts with me out in the field. I feel the only way to expand is for me to get out in the field, meet new people, and keep a watchful eye over everything. For the time being no pain no gain.”

A second lawn care business owner said “I have worked in this business for over 14 years and have seen it all. From my point of view, the biggest killer of small business is receivables and poor cash management. You need to manage your growth. Growing faster than 20% a year can become way too much to absorb.

Make sure you are having positive cash flow. Don’t let any customers get behind on their bills. If they do, get rid of them and replace them with higher profitable customers. The benefit of having a lot of interest in your services is that you can pick the customers who work best for you.

As far as sub-contracting or selling accounts, I wouldn’t get involved with that right now. If you can’t do the work, just be honest and upfront. Let the caller know you can’t do the job. Or go to the property and bid it high enough where if they say yes, you will have to take it on. Another thing to keep in mind is to stay out of debt. Only buy what you can pay for. Purchasing more than that will be setting you up to fail.

Congratulations on your success. Keep your eye on the ball. Too much success too soon can cause a new business to implode.”

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