How to Start a Lawn Care Business - Free Lawn Mowing Business Tips and Advice
Welcome to one of the largest websites on the Internet dedicated to the lawn care business.
I started researching the lawn mowing business in 2008 and over the past four years have compiled one of the largest, free online resources on the lawn care and landscape maintenance business.
This site will definitely be of interest to anyone running a lawn business or in the process of getting started. There is some good stuff here and I guarantee that if you read through this page I will be able to link you up with some useful information that.
Ken LaVoie adds: Hello everyone! I'm Ken LaVoie, retired owner of LaVoie's Landscape Mgmt.in Winslow Maine as well as author of "How To Start a Lawn Care Business a Whole New Way." My intention is to continue in my commitment to excellence in teaching others how to start and run a successful lawn care business. I managed our lawn and landscape business for 28 years, and learned or developed many strategies in running a lean, profitable operation. This website is well populated with great lawn care tips and links to useful resources from many other successful and knowledgeable lawn care business operators. I will work on bringing you better and better content, slow but sure. Have fun and may this be your best season yet!
Let me go through and introduce some of the sections that are included.
Best Lawn Care Business Guides
Many lawn mowing business owners have put together guides and startup kits that help newcomers get started in the lawn mowing business. But with so many guides being sold online it is difficult to know which ones to choose.
I've reviewed many of these guides over the years and would advise you to shop with caution. There are only a couple that I feel comfortable recommending and you can find out more about them here.
Starting a Lawn Care Business
This section of the site includes more than a dozen articles on the basics of the business. Find out if lawn care is the right industry for you and what steps you need to take to get started. Whether you are starting a part-time grass cutting business or a professional lawn maintenance service with advanced irrigation, fertilizing and aeration services, I've got something for you. Click here for a list of article titles.
Lawn Care Business Names
If you take the time to look around at some of the names that lawn care business owners have selected you will be amazed at some of the poor choices.
I have compiled what I feel is the largest lawn care business names list on the Internet. It should at least inspire you and give you an idea of what works well and what doesn't.
I've also put together a number of articles that cover everything that you need to know about naming a lawn care service. This section is the ultimate starting point and guide for you to follow as you proceed to make this important decision. To access the articles click here.
Lawn Care Business Plans
If you are new to the business plan game then you really need to see some templates and examples before you set out to write your own. I tell you where you can find some great lawn care business plan samples online.
You also get access to my free lawn care business plan template. This gives you a great layout to work with and offers section titles and content ideas.
This section also includes a couple of articles that will attempt to convince you to put together at least some kind of plan and tell you how to do it right. Read these here.
Lawn Care Marketing
Without the right marketing strategy you will not be able to succeed with lawn care or with most other business models. Focus on building a marketing machine that will keep you and your employees busy turning grass to cash on a daily basis.
You need to know how to make connections with prospective clients, how to sell your services to them and how to make the most of each customer that you have. Once you do win a new account you then need to focus on building a relationship with them to keep them loyal.
It's all about doing your research and then employing the right marketing tools, strategies and systems to make beneficial connections with the right people. You have to be there at the right time, in the right place with the right service and the right offer. Find out more in this detailed section on lawn mowing business marketing.
Lawn Care Pricing
It is no easy task to come up with lawn mowing prices that are profitable as well as acceptable to prospective clients. In fact, many of the lawn mowing business owners that I have talked to identified estimating as one of the most challenging aspects of the business.
If you are worried about coming up with and justifying your estimates then check out the information that I have set out here. I have an article that highlights the importance of pricing as well as an article that offers tips and advice on how to go about it. There are several approaches that are commonly used in the lawn cutting business and I go over these in detail. All is revealed here.
Lawn Care Business Flyers
Flyer marketing is still very popular in the lawn care industry. There are many approaches to take when it comes to designing, printing and distributing these direct marketing pieces to prospects in your community.
I provide links to some of the affordable and free lawn care flyer templates that are available online. In addition, I offer design tips for lawn mowing flyers and a list of ten distribution opportunities that may be open to you in your neighborhood. Click here to access all of the articles.
Running a Lawn Care Business
The best marketing strategy in the world won't help you if you don't know how to run a lawn care business on a day to day basis. You just will not make money if you can't handle all of the business that comes your way in an efficient and productive manner. This section on daily business operations and management focuses on lawn mowing productivity, equipment, route planning, employees, software and more. Find out more here.
Lawn Mowing Business Resources
This section is not some silly link exchange like you will find on other sites. I've searched the Internet thoroughly for anything related to the lawn care business. Links to the cream of the crop can be found on this page and they include links to articles, reports, forums, associations and more. Check out these great lawn care business resources here.
I sincerely hope that you enjoy reading through the site and I hope that you find something useful for your business.
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