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How your lawn care business should estimate mowing jobs.

How your lawn care business should estimate mowing jobs.

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When you are first starting your lawn care business, how do you find how much you should charge to mow a lawn? This is a question that was recently asked to us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Here are a few ideas.

First off, if you haven’t done so, log onto our lawn care business forum at and post your question along with your region. There is a good chance another lawn care business owner in the area can give you the going rate. You may also want to ask yourself, do you have any friends in the business? If so, ask them what they charge per lawn.

Middle East To Be A Knowledge Hub

Middle East To Be A Knowledge Hub

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Dubai's ruler has recently made an announcement of donating $10bn for a newly formed education body. The idea behind this charity is to raise the standards of education and create more jobs for the Arab people. The foundation, called after the ruler's name, the Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum Foundation, is expected to work on human development in the Middle East. As per Sheikh's own words, Arabs needed to develop a "knowledge-based society" to meet with the challenges of a new millennium. There is a growing fear across the Arab world that a lacking education and scientific research might adversely affect their economic growth.

Despite having attained a fair deal of economic growth in the last few decades, the Arab world is still adamant in accepting the outside world's influences, which includes modern education and scientific knowhow. They may cooperate with the outside world for economic reasons, but wouldn't allow that association to grow any further. The prevalence of orthodox Islam makes it only difficult for them to have any significant exchanges with the outside world. As a result many look at modern education with a shade of suspicion. There is a growing sense among the more aware people however, that this attitude might be taking them towards a disaster.

How to get 50 new customers for your lawn care business.

How to get 50 new customers for your lawn care business.

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New lawn care business owners are constantly writing me and asking how they can gain new clients. When responding to these questions, I like to give specific examples a lawn care business owner could do today or tomorrow to help them achieve their goals. Here is a specific example of how one lawn care business owner marketed his business and gained over 50 new lawn care customers in less than 5 months.

Recently on our lawn care business forum, a new member Egreen wrote and said “This is my first season in business. Last winter I called several businesses ex. gas stations,7-11 small shopping centers in my area and explained to the manager that I was NOT trying to sell them anything. I told them I was considering a lawn care business and was taking a survey about their current lawn care service provider. This allowed me to build a rapport with the business owner. I asked who serviced their property, how often, how much they charged and if they were happy with the service provided. Before hanging up I told them if I considered opening shop I would call them and let them know how it was going.

A bikini landscaping business helps a veteran and gains popularity.

A bikini landscaping business helps a veteran and gains popularity.

In our latest lawn care business show GopherHaul, viewable at http://www.gophergraphics.com, we asked our entrepreneur viewers to reach out to their community and assist a veteran in observance of Veteran's Day. We certainly weren't let down. Lee Cathey and his staff at Tiger Time Lawn Care were up to the challenge and assisted veteran Ed Debarry. Ed, who is a widower and no longer able to care for his property, is a veteran of WWII. "I was able to meet Ed Debarry through a friend of mind," Lee said. Lee was able to cut Ed's lawn and redo his flower beds to create more curb appeal. Photos of the lawn makeover can be seen here.

Attention: New Lawn Care Businesses, keep those flyers simple!

Attention: New Lawn Care Businesses, keep those flyers simple!

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Attention: New Lawn Care Businesses, keep those flyers simple!

So often when a new lawn care business owner is starting out, they tend to make the simple, complicated. The message we want to convey to you is when you are starting out with your lawn care business, keep things simple.

Recently we had a new lawn care business owner write us, "If your business could use a GopherHaul, please email us." so, I'm contacting you. I have seen your flyers and such on your web site/forum. I have been in the business part time since 2005. I made my own flyers based on what I saw on those web sites. The first year I had 8 customers, The second year, I had problems with my truck and got a late start, then my 36" w/b broke and I didn't have the $400 for the part. I had 3 customers and only a 21" mower so I stopped advertising. I got a new (used) 48" w/b for free (cost me $55.33 in parts and about 8 hours to get it going) in July and did some more advertising. Got 1 call, didn't get the job. This year I spent $3,300 on new equipment and repairs and advertising. Put out about 1500 flyers so far this year (I'll include them) and only got about 3 calls. I really need help BUT, I don't think I can afford it. Anything you guys can do would be greatly appreciated.

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