Entrepreneurs are people and people sometimes just get burned. The get bored. They don’t find the results they were hoping to find or they simply want to try something new. There are many why business owners give up on their businesses. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one business owner shares with us why he left the lawn care business. Maybe some of these insights will help you with your business plans and goals. Knowing why others quit or gave up can help you avoid those situations.
He wrote “I left the lawn care business. The main reason for leaving is the 45 lawn care contracts I had. There was a lot of work and I tried hiring someone on to help me. I ended up having three different employees and all of them were fired for stupidity or not showing up. All of those contracts were for one customer. What I learned from that is don’t put all your eggs all in one basket as they say. The property maintenance contracts were all for one client and the agreement wasn’t the best for me in the end. I had under bid the properties.
Gas prices on the rise didn’t help either.
I am now kicking around the idea of starting up another company again but after learning how to bid jobs and learning more from other lawn care business owners, it seems that it would be hard to make any money just mowing. Next time I will try to find niche to make a better profit and go for it.
I love working for myself and wouldn’t want it any other way.”
Another lawn care business owner shared “It’s not impossible to make money in the lawn care business. It’s like anything. It’s not chance or luck, it’s basically having the right mind set in order to create fresh strategies to progress.
It’s hard to make money on EVERY job you bid when you are just starting out. You need to allow yourself some time to learn and grow. Don’t expect everything to work right the first time out and don’t jump into contracts right away and lock yourself in potentially bad bids for a year. You gotta play your cards right in order to achieve success.
For instance I honestly didn’t think I’d be able to triple my client base this season. I wanted to badly, but I didn’t want to get my hopes up. I hunkered down and focused on the basics. I took my truck out & chatted with every person I saw on the road. Handed out business cards. Added signs to my truck and trailer and I found with a little extra kick in the butt, you can get what you want.
It’s all about the drive you have. Personally I had no drive when I was in school. I didn’t understand the future school would provide me with. From that experience I learned I needed to take charge & do things on my own. I needed to become self reliant.
Since then I have never been happier. I wanted to learn what I wanted to learn, not what everyone else was. I found an inner drive to keep me going. When I wake up in the morning I ask myself what I want and then I go for it!
If I want 50+ lawn care customers, once I leave my driveway in the morning I then am on a mission & it’s as simple as that. I’m not saying I have the most drive out of everybody but I have to admit, I have yet to feel like I am giving it EVERYTHING I’ve got, so there is quite some room for improvement.
The more comfortable I get with myself and the more confidence I build, I find that getting clients isÂ a lot easier. I used to just make flyers to promote my business and I knew they didn’t work but I still handed thousands out anyway. That was me just being lazy. I admit it.
But the thing is, if I wanted more customers, I had to ask myself what’s really stopping me? Is it a level of comfort I’d have to sacrifice? Of course! In order to achieve, you’ve gotta get a little uncomfortable. Instead of just handing out flyers and sticking them in mail boxes, you gotta meet people and get to know them.
You have it in you to answer almost any problem you would experience in this industry. We all have what it takes to succeed. We have to go out there, experiment and give ourselves time to adjust and learn from our mistakes. Then we will grow.”