The first rule of running a lawn care business.

Many of us over time create a list of rules we try and live by. We create rules for our day to day lives like don’t smoke and always wear your seat belt in a car. We also create rules for our businesses. But there are times, for whatever reason, we break these rules and we kick ourselves for doing it later. Maybe we were momentarily in a hurry, maybe we distracted by thinking of something else or maybe it was just that we got caught at the end of a long day and we were too tired.

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A member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum shared with us his experience on how he broke the first rule of running a lawn care business and he paid for it. He wrote “My number 1 rule is - Don’t ever quote over the phone. I did today and paid for it. I only had one job today until I received a call early this morning. A man wanted his lawn mowed for a reunion party Saturday. He told me the size, type of grass, when last mowed. The lot was 100′ x 120′.

This job was about 2 blocks from the other job I already was going to do today so I said I would do it for $60.00.

When I got there, the job was exactly as described. Except - the back yard was fenced in with a gate too small for my rider and it was a hill. There was no one home and there was an envelope on the door with my name on it. Inside was a check for the agreed $60.00.

What I thought would take an hour ended up taking 2 and a half!

I did the lawn and put one of my referral coupons and 2 magnetic business cards back in the envelope. Maybe I can get some referrals.

The point is - When you make rules, follow them!”

Another member shared “don’t be too hard on yourself, look at it another way. Sometimes we all have to lose to win. I have done it and still catch myself doing it at times, however the quote over the phone or email is something I flat refuse to do. Sometimes though I will lower a bid on a smaller project if I see it as a way to get my foot in the door and get more work from the customer. Trust me, this customer will remember you and something good will probably come your way for it.”

What are some rules you set up for yourself when running your business? Share them on this post at the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum.

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