How to filter out bad leads

Many leads and phone calls come in on a regular basis, and the demand peaks during the busier times of the year. Being lesser staffed with the overhead this year, we were forced to make processes more efficient and focus on priorities. As they say, necessity is the other of creation! We get leads from […]

Going to be a good year

We have been working hard and are ready for a big year. I realize that in hindsight one of the biggest problems last year was that things were out of control. This year I feel like things are under much better control in terms of money, employees, and equipment. This is what we have done […]

How to get money when the bank won’t give you a loan

Sometimes in business, you need to do some tricky things and be creative to make things work. After being declined for a line of credit, and exhausting our small credit card limit, I was forced to be creative to get much needed funds in the spring. I have used a couple methods: 0% APR offers […]

Business Management Technology

GPS tracking for Landscaping Company GPS tracking is a great tool. I started out buying a little magnetic battery powered GPS receiver on one truck, which would record data on an SD memory card and I would put it into the computer later. Before using time tracking software, this was great to see how long […]

Cross Training

Last year one of the things we actually did RIGHT was cross training. Really, out of necessity it happened. I didn’t plan on cross training, but being short handed in certain positions I was forced to cross train. We had planned on having a mechanic when we started the lawn mowing service business last spring. […]

direct mail conversion rates

according to SA, we got 32 total clients/leads from source: direct mail in 2015. 18 of these leads were converted to clients so thats 56% win rate on these estimates from direct mail .02% response rate (32 leads out of 15000 sent) $5000 was spent on mail which means: $156 per lead and $278 per […]

Importance of enforcing rules

A major lesson I learned this year- the importance of enforcing rules and policies you set. When our trailblazer came and visited us, he kept mentioning suggestions on how to do things better. He would say something like, “you should really have the guys lock their trailers at night” or “they shouldn’t be stopping for […]

How to collect bad debt with mechanic’s lien.

Bad debt- yuck- not fun. Inevitably, some people are not going to pay their bills. The best thing is to not allow them the opportunity to do that in your invoicing system by means of prepays or credit cards. However, bad debt happens. I have tried chasing down bad debt in many ways. Collection calls- […]

Planet Trailblazer

Trailblazer visit This past week, our trailblazer stopped by our place of business. The trailblazer is a program through the national association of landscape professionals (NALP) in which an experienced veteran in the industry is sent to visit a less experienced entrepreneur. With the Trailblazer program, we are given the choice of whether we want […]

Asking for help

Sometimes, it helps to get tips (free tips are even better!) when starting a lawn care business. For that reason, we are members of PLANET, now called NALP, or National Association of Landscape Professionals which can be found here¬† Through our roughly $340 annual membership, we get tons of free help, tips and advice. One […]