Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Business > General Business Discussions

General Business Discussions A place to talk about general business discussions.

Long term planning vs short term growth


General Business Discussions

A place to talk about general business discussions.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 12-27-2007, 10:30 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 38,042
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Do you ever find yourself doing something for your business that is for short term growth and takes away from the time you could be spending on working on long term growth issues?

Do such things exist and if so, does working on short term growth issues ultimately keep us from growing in the long run?

As an example. Picking a small job here or there instead of working on building your brand.
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 12-27-2007, 02:24 PM
realhuntin
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Quote:
Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ Dec. 27 2007,11:30)]Do you ever find yourself doing something for your business that is for short term growth and takes away from the time you could be spending on working on long term growth issues?

Do such things exist and if so, does working on short term growth issues ultimately keep us from growing in the long run?

As an example. Picking a small job here or there instead of working on building your brand.
This is a part of GROWING OUR BUSINESS being able to adapt to change and working with it. Most people do not handle change well, so being able to adapt to it makes you one step ahead of the other guys. Short term is never bad if it is handled properly and supports the growth of long term business.

As an example if you didn't offer a certain service but then didnt have work in your normal service line then offered this service, this dosn't mean you need to offer this short term srevice all the time or ever again, but on the other hand if you profit from this new found service then it may be adopted into your long trem growth, "PEOPLE TELLING PEOPLE" generates more business.


Just my view on it.
Tim
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 12-28-2007, 02:49 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 38,042
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

When you reflect on business, how important is it to build your brand in the lawn care industry?

Is this something you feel is just a result of doing good work or is there more to it?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 12-28-2007, 05:18 PM
realhuntin
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ Dec. 28 2007,3:49)]When you reflect on business, how important is it to build your brand in the lawn care industry?

Is this something you feel is just a result of doing good work or is there more to it?
Building a BRAND is building your business. If you are working to build a GOOD name (BRAND) for yourself.

I'm from old school, you are only as good as your word and your word is only as good as you are.

So if you arent doing what you said you were to do or not doing your very best and reflecting upon that then you are building bad brand business.

One BAD or VERY unhappy customer will tell evryone and anyone that will listen.

One VERY HAPPY customer will tell a few at best just in general talk, but if asked they will hype it up about you.

So if your doing the very best you can at the work you do then take pride in saying "I DID THAT JOB" or "THERE'S ONE OF MY CUSTOMERS", you shouldn't need to worry. You can satisfy most people, making them happy 100% of the time, good luck with that.

Basicly do good work and the CUSTOMERS will BRAND you as a guy or gal to go to get lawn care landscape services. This works both ways if YOu do BAD work.

Always ask the customers if they are satisfied, sometimes its hard for someone to tell another they arent happy with the work or that they think it could have been better or just a little more wouldn't hurt. If this is the case FIX IT! right then and there, don't say ok we'll come back later and take care of it. This will just disapoint them and if you do it then and there it will make better impression of you and your business.

BE a customer business and get the customers approval on the work at hand, let them get involed not all want to and thats ok but this is great customer relations so practice this.

Word of mouth is better than a million fliers and mailers. Seeing is believing. I can go on and on with these one liners and they are all true and proven.

Hope this answers the question.

Tim
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 12-29-2007, 10:52 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 38,042
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] ]Always ask the customers if they are satisfied, sometimes its hard for someone to tell another they arent happy with the work or that they think it could have been better or just a little more wouldn't hurt.
This makes me think of something that happened to me the other day that reaffirms your point.

I was at a restaurant and I ordered some raviolis. After a little while the waiter comes out and gives me a plate of spaghetti and meatballs. It wasn't ravioli but I was thinking, ok, no big deal, it was a simple mistake and I will just have this instead.

As I started to eat it, the waitor comes back and says "oh did you start to eat it? Oh no." And he wisks off to the back with the plate and after a little while comes back with the ravioli.

Ultimately, he gave me someone else's order.

After he served the food, if he asked me if everything is ok, I might have told him at that moment, this wasn't what I ordered and he could have resolved it.

It makes you think, how many things in life do you do where you might have messed something up and the customer didn't want a confrontation so they went along with it, but they decided then and there to never use your services again.

Asking could avert all this.

What's your view on all this?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
fliers
joshp
08-19-2016 03:23 PM
Today 04:24 PM
by Steve
10 559
My Invention
biglee
01-11-2015 06:51 PM
Today 04:19 PM
by Steve
18 2,846
fert/lawn programs
joshp
Yesterday 10:43 AM
Today 04:17 PM
by Steve
1 129
Landscaper taking on odd...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
08-07-2016 06:57 PM
Yesterday 10:31 AM
by joshp
7 740
Review of our lawn care...
Lawnline
07-12-2016 06:40 PM
08-27-2016 10:51 AM
by Steve
7 1,830
Start My Own Business?
mowandblow1980
01-12-2016 07:43 PM
08-25-2016 12:55 PM
by Steve
19 2,167
Looking for new host
Just for Cuts
11-26-2015 06:58 AM
08-24-2016 09:05 PM
by Stephen Alberts
10 1,925
Facebook advertising
Just for Cuts
12-13-2015 07:49 AM
08-24-2016 08:59 PM
by Stephen Alberts
14 13,116
Breaking into commercial...
SGL1
08-19-2016 07:02 AM
08-24-2016 10:12 AM
by mowandblow1980
7 537
Snow Plow
acrajchel
08-17-2016 10:21 AM
08-22-2016 11:21 AM
by Steve
5 511
Quarter Acre Woodland...
ew411
08-16-2016 06:50 AM
08-18-2016 12:25 PM
by Steve
4 493
Bidding Bushhogging
acrajchel
08-15-2016 11:52 AM
08-17-2016 05:32 PM
by acrajchel
4 490
Hello From the Florida...
KevinShuman
08-15-2016 08:57 PM
08-16-2016 01:52 PM
by SC93
2 483
I'm making stupid money...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
08-07-2016 07:07 PM
08-16-2016 12:42 AM
by SC93
5 784
A quick Intro
BLE
08-14-2016 05:17 PM
08-15-2016 10:54 AM
by acrajchel
2 481
New Customer - Gettting...
acrajchel
08-05-2016 05:00 PM
08-15-2016 10:52 AM
by acrajchel
4 749
helping out a friend set...
Doug D
08-13-2016 11:33 AM
08-15-2016 09:45 AM
by Steve
1 491
Small bed job
Bradcook21
08-09-2016 09:52 PM
08-10-2016 03:51 PM
by Steve
1 609
Hello from NoVa
jtwlawn
08-03-2016 11:20 AM
08-09-2016 10:45 AM
by jtwlawn
4 746
How much to charge for...
jymie
03-31-2013 05:59 PM
08-08-2016 04:33 PM
by Steve
27 6,667
Needing a website built
burtle
06-17-2015 09:02 AM
08-07-2016 10:21 AM
by Just for Cuts
18 19,836
New Site Hows it look
Infinitelawn
03-16-2015 10:32 AM
08-07-2016 08:37 AM
by Lawnline
8 11,302
Hey guys! Greetings from...
thegardener
08-05-2016 05:45 AM
08-05-2016 03:26 PM
by Steve
1 654
First Time Bidding-Need...
capitallawncrew
08-01-2016 08:30 AM
08-03-2016 09:52 AM
by Steve
3 697
Show us your stripes
Just for Cuts
05-21-2015 03:07 PM
08-01-2016 08:28 PM
by ExclusiveLawns
7 3,804
String trim BEFORE mow...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 08:13 AM
07-31-2016 10:36 AM
by joshp
13 5,952
» Popular Tags
apartment become an entrepreneur best mower be your own boss bidding break business business education business help business management complex contractor hacks contracts deck lift dethatcher edging entrepreneur entrepreneur education estimate estimates fuel problems fuel pump half moon blade intro introduction jjandm lawncare l.t.rich landscape landscape design landscaping landscaping design company landscaping richmond va landscping lawn lawncare lawnservice lowering grade marketing mulch planting raising grade residential lawn care richmond va richmond virginia lawn care safety scag snowblower snow plowing snow shovel sprayer start a business start a lawn care business start business start up toro timecutter townhome tree tree service video web design websites what to charge work from home z-max z-spray
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:35 PM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:35 PM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy