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Hello everyone and welcome to GopherHaul. GopherHaul is a show for entrepreneurs and new business owners. In it we discuss business tips and tricks we have learned over the years and share with you some real world experiences on how to help your lawn care business or any other business grow.
A few nights ago I got a phone call from a friend who's father had just died.
He had worked for 35 years and dreamed of his retirement.
When he retired he suffered a heart attack.
Declining health followed for two years before his body finally gave out.
He had dreams of going on a cruise to Alaska with his wife.
He had dreams of fishing on his favorite lake.
All these dreams are now gone.
My message to you today is to make your dreams happen today.
There may not be a tomorrow.
Do it today.
Enjoy your life today.
Don't wait until you retire to have fun.
Time is fleeting!
Have fun and get your business started today!
Now let's get started with the show.
Whatís the big story of the month?
Our friend Lee Cathey of Tiger Time Lawn Care has really done it.
He has managed to attract international media coverage for his lawn care business.
I canít ever remember any lawn care business being able to get so much advertising for free.
How did he do it?
He was mentioned in China, India, Australia.
On the front page of CNNís site, on Fox & Friends, The New York Times and even in the monologue of the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
If you have been active in our business forum, you probably already know how just 3 months ago, Lee left his job and decided to start a lawn care business.
He posted on the Gopher lawn care business forum that he was looking for ways to attract customers.
After going through a few ideas, he decided to go with the bikini lawn care service.
Here is Lee giving a plug to us on Fox & Friends
Lee is now franchising his Tiger Time Lawn Care business. If you are thinking about getting into the lawn care industry but have no idea how to get started, why not contact Lee and get started in a Tiger Time Franchise. Lee was kind enough to allow us to give away 3 free franchises. Normally there would be an initial franchise fee of thousands of dollars to get started. If you contact Lee and mention you saw the free franchise deal you saw here on the GopherHaul show, you might be one of the lucky 3 who get a free franchise. Lee also wanted me to make note he would love to see people within a 200 miles radius of Memphis Tennessee contact him, but ultimately he will be choosing those applicants who are the most enthusiastic to make their franchise grow.
What can we learn from the experience of GopherHauling Leeís lawn care business? If you are going to go into business, you need to stand out. Ask yourself, how do you differ from your competitors? What makes your business unique? What unique services can you offer that will generate media buzz about your company?
If your business could use a GopherHaul and you need new ideas how to make your business grow send us an email at email@example.com
Who knows maybe some of the ideas will help your business grow as much if not more than the international media attention Tiger Time Lawn Care was able to achieve from the brain storming that went on for his GopherHaul.
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The GopherHaul business book of the month is L.L. Bean: The Making of an American Icon. In this book we see how L.L.ís first attempt at getting into business was when he created a new hunting boot. He borrowed money from his family to send out ads to residents with hunting and fishing licenses. He was amazed to find that he sold 100 pairs of boots! Within a short period of time 90 boots were sent back because they were defective. This could have sunk his business and he might have never tried another business again. What did he do? He refunded those 90 sales and reengineered his boot and tried again.
Whatís the business lesson we can learn from LL Bean? NEVER GIVE UP! If you fail at one attempt, review what happened and learn from your mistakes. Then give it another go and try to make it better the second time and the third time and the forth! Everyone makes mistakes but not everyone learns from their mistakes and tries again.
If you are going to be in business, donít ever give up.
If you are in need of free marketing material for your lawn care business, please visit our site at http://www.gophersoftware.com. We have hundreds of free lawn care logo, flyer, door hanger and web templates you can download and use for your lawn care business. We also have free lawn care business contracts. Also download our trial version of Gopher Lawn Care Business Software. Gopher will help your lawn care business schedule and invoice more customers in less time, allowing you more time to grow or enjoy your life. If you are on myspace send us a friend request. We are located at http://www.myspace.com/teamgopher.