It can be so difficult to get your new lawn care business off the ground. Many times though, the difficult isn’t so much out there somewhere as it is within you. Battling yourself and your own doubtfulness can keep you from ever actually taking one positive step forwards to achieve your dream. But knowing that others deal with these same issues, can help you realize you are not alone in this. A member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum shared with us the personal battles he was going through as he tried to get up and running while another business owner shared how he got through that phase.
He wrote “my full time job of 15 years in a family owned business got cut to 3 days a week with more ‘Days Off’, coming my way. This has pushed me to finally go for my dream of starting my own lawn care business and I am now thinking about the best way to pick up some yards. I’m 29 and love being in my yard or working on my house. Everyone says to do what you love and the money will follow. I think lawn care is really going to be something I will love doing.
My biggest problem right now is going out and over coming my pride to ask for work. I know I can do it, I just sometimes don’t believe I can do it. Does that make sense? I feel like it’s hard to move forwards with everything because I have all kinds of questions on pricing lawns, getting started, a fear of undercutting or overbidding others. I don’t know where to begin but I know I want a piece of the pie and I feel there is a place for me out there.
I have been volunteering my time over the years to help my community. It’s nothing for me to start up a conversation up with a stranger for the first time in any place. I guess I feel like I lose confidence in myself when doing something where money is on the line. It’s hard to explain… This has been my main obstacle over the past years when I thought about getting my lawn care business started. Last year I picked up non-running lawn equipment off craigslist before the public threw it away and I would fix it and sell. But, with that being said I was taking it, fixing it and selling it compared to doing a service for someone. Maybe I just need to overcome selling the first service out there and then I will feel better.
I guess I question will my service be worth the price to the customer, Will I be able to build a good trustworthy bond between the homeowner and myself? Will my customers share positive stories about my lawn care service with their friends or will they talk about what they don’t like about me?
I just don’t know. My mind is racing constantly about this. Last night before bed I was thinking of how stoked I am that day light savings time is this weekend and I need to jump on my horse and start meeting and greeting people. One thing that I need to change is, I need to stop thinking so much and start doing. Sometimes I can think myself out of doing something so simple. I think I’m gonna make it happen one way or another.
I guess its time to saddle up and get the job done.”
A second lawn care business owner said “don’t fear the ‘NO.’ That is the most important business lesson I have learned so far.
You’re not alone on this one. I can say I, along with many others, have felt that same way. Getting a new business started is a bit nerve racking when you are used to having people come to you and now you have to go to them. But don’t be afraid of getting told ‘NO’ when performing bids.
Have you ever heard the saying, 1 in 10 will say yes, so the sooner you get to the 9th no, the closer you will be to the ‘yes.’ Just think about it that way, and know this business is a numbers business. What I mean by that is if you get a yes for every 9 no’s, then you should plan for a lot of no’s if you want to have a lot of clients.
Don’t take the no’s personally, it’s business. Consider it a job to go out there and get clients and be told no many times. I think this can help you as it helped me. The hardest step is the first one.
Good luck and I hope this is a successful season for you.”
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