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 > Just starting your lawn care or landscaping business? > Starting a lawn care business.

Starting a lawn care business. How to start a lawn mowing business, lawn care business, or landscaping business. If you are starting a lawn care business, ask your questions here.

Top Five Pitfalls Every New Business


Starting a lawn care business.

How to start a lawn mowing business, lawn care business, or landscaping business. If you are starting a lawn care business, ask your questions here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 12-01-2006, 08:26 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,002
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

This is some great stuff. How many small business owners fail at #5. How many do you know that can't take a vacation without worrying their business will collapse without them?

Do you ever find that to be the case?

Top Five Pitfalls Every New Business Needs to Avoid

5. CREATING A BUSINESS THAT CAN'T SURVIVE WITHOUT YOU

Financial guru Robert Kiyosaki sums it up when he relates McDonald's to hamburgers. McDonald's isn't a billion-dollar business because it has the best burgers - it's the system that has enabled the company to become the largest restaurant in the world. Organizing manuals, procedures, employee handbooks, bookkeeping, marketing, customer service - that doesn't happen overnight - but it's critical to turn all the unknowns into a consistent, functioning system. The point of starting your own business isn't so you can work like an indentured servant for the rest of your life. Create a superstar team, delegate the work, and for God's sake, learn to pass on the reigns. Consider the business successful when you can walk away and it doesn't burst into flames without you.

4. BELIEVING IN SHORTCUTS

Are there faster ways to do things? Of course. But when it comes to rising up in the business world, don't even kid yourself. When we first opened the car wash, trying to juggle work, school and a social life made 100-hour work weeks the standard protocol. Ironically, as much as the world admires ambitious entrepreneurs who start businesses out of their garages, people who work "too hard" are often frowned upon. We're accused of letting our lives pass us by, and in some ways, that might be true. But in reality, all we're concerned about is reaching financial freedom while we're still young and healthy. Bottom line: There are no shortcuts. Do your homework, work hard and work some more.

3. COMPLICATING A SINGLE, BASIC STRATEGY

Ask bestselling author Eliyahu Goldratt what the goal of any company should be and he'll tell you it's one simple thing: "To make money." It may seem blunt, perhaps even callous at first, but if it's not guiding your business, then surviving in the long run would be near impossible. Most new business owners fail to control their spending. Start-up costs may be high, but you've got to keep your thumb over that erratic financial pulse. Focus your energy and resources only on the activities that count. Spend your money wisely.

2. NOT ENOUGH CASH ON HAND

Don't fool yourself into thinking you can survive the first year with a small nest egg or your father-in-law's wallet. Before we owned the car washes, all of us invested heavily in the Arizona real estate market prior to the big boom. Property values soared at astronomical rates and enabled us to borrow against the existing equity. It was a good thing, too, because our early spending was out of control. In fact, our original budget miraculously doubled for no apparent reason (or so we say). Not only did the power of leverage keep us afloat during this highly uncertain phase of ownership, but we didn't go stir crazy wondering if we'd be able to pay our water bill. Whether it's a line of credit against your primary residence or a small business loan from a bank, make sure that cash is readily available.

1. TAKING YOUR BUSINESS PERSONALLY

If there's one lesson we've all learned from owning a business, it's this: Don't take it personally. This thing is your business, not your baby, and anyone who tells you different will burn out by age 30. Vendors will screw you over. Customers might spit in your face. But sometimes, there's just nothing you can do about it. Have you ever seen the formula "Observation + Reaction = Outcome"? I can guarantee you right now that unexpected nightmares will inevitably occur, but it's your reaction to them that counts. You can't control everything, but you can mitigate the impact by reacting quickly and intelligently. Expect the worst, hope for the best, and above all, don't let things get to you.
__________________
- 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


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
Moss in grass in the...
tk4454
05-17-2013 12:19 AM
Today 09:08 AM
by Moki
4 1,574
Incentives for potential...
rmccutchan
02-02-2015 12:09 AM
Today 08:15 AM
by Moki
12 744
hoa bid
Bradcook21
Today 07:12 AM
Today 07:12 AM
by Bradcook21
0 15
Kawasaki Control Assembly
rsanchez1203
Yesterday 04:21 PM
Today 12:21 AM
by rsanchez1203
9 122
All NEW BRASS Black Rain...
BlackRain75
Yesterday 10:07 PM
Yesterday 10:07 PM
by BlackRain75
0 27
Opinions on truck wrap
Trupro
02-28-2015 04:21 PM
Yesterday 09:52 PM
by Trupro
12 275
Doug With Blades Of...
BladesofSteel
Yesterday 08:40 PM
Yesterday 08:40 PM
by BladesofSteel
0 27
Jesse with Curb Appeal...
CurbAppeal1
Yesterday 01:44 PM
Yesterday 06:48 PM
by CurbAppeal1
12 135
New guy from Columbia, SC
holymoly
Yesterday 05:27 PM
Yesterday 06:10 PM
by Steve
1 41
Diesel conversion?
Just for Cuts
03-02-2015 10:59 AM
Yesterday 06:08 PM
by Just for Cuts
4 110
stubbon people
Bradcook21
02-16-2015 04:25 PM
Yesterday 05:56 PM
by Steve
45 1,466
What's include in a bid?
ppl
03-02-2015 01:19 PM
Yesterday 05:53 PM
by Steve
9 200
New Website
brian'slawncare
03-01-2015 06:35 PM
Yesterday 05:48 PM
by Steve
8 163
How do YOU charge your...
Hard-Body lawn & garden
03-02-2015 09:28 PM
Yesterday 05:44 PM
by Steve
1 68
New Lawn Care Business
S&Z Lawncare
03-02-2015 04:13 PM
Yesterday 05:39 PM
by Steve
3 115
My Newborn son
avetslawncare
02-27-2015 01:07 PM
Yesterday 05:23 PM
by joshlawncare
7 165
New parking area
ExtremeLawncareServices
11-07-2014 09:47 PM
Yesterday 02:50 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
14 2,040
rock salt
Bradcook21
02-24-2015 11:17 AM
Yesterday 01:26 PM
by jrs.landscaping
30 649
tips on creating a...
BLAZIER-1991
01-08-2015 07:22 PM
Yesterday 10:38 AM
by brian'slawncare
9 811
pros and cons on...
Wolf4dk
03-02-2015 12:26 AM
03-02-2015 10:14 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
6 143
price for snow clearing?
Bradcook21
02-25-2015 09:11 PM
03-02-2015 08:32 PM
by Bradcook21
7 284
Ugliest lawn contest
Steve
02-23-2015 04:17 PM
03-02-2015 04:57 PM
by Steve
5 375
Hi from the beautiful...
nwgirl
02-07-2015 06:01 AM
03-02-2015 04:45 PM
by Steve
5 663
Online Estimator
acrajchel
03-01-2015 05:58 PM
03-02-2015 03:50 PM
by Steve
3 125
How to obtain more...
winkie61
02-17-2015 08:31 AM
03-02-2015 11:05 AM
by nwgirl
4 601
I'm Back With The Best...
aduttonater
02-21-2015 01:41 AM
03-02-2015 10:44 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
16 685
How to sell annual...
GroPro
02-17-2015 12:31 PM
03-01-2015 01:46 PM
by Chilehead
8 634
Facebook
element009
03-23-2011 09:36 AM
02-27-2015 11:37 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
52 11,872
Blade sharpener
Just for Cuts
07-04-2014 01:31 PM
02-26-2015 03:43 PM
by Mr. Mow
15 1,798
viking cyclon.
uppercut
01-29-2015 09:12 PM
02-26-2015 02:54 PM
by Steve
5 550
Start LIKING FACEBOOK...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 01:06 AM
02-26-2015 02:41 PM
by Steve
1 154
Another website update
Chilehead
02-26-2015 11:24 AM
02-26-2015 12:46 PM
by Just for Cuts
3 145
New Lawn Care Service...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 12:49 AM
02-26-2015 02:24 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
1 173
Finally!
SGL1
02-22-2015 09:46 PM
02-25-2015 10:15 PM
by SGL1
13 504
leaf removal.. mulching...
facework84
08-05-2011 03:26 PM
02-25-2015 08:07 PM
by Steve
5 2,839
How many customers?
SC93
02-25-2015 12:40 AM
02-25-2015 04:59 PM
by SC93
5 281
Irrigation...
charlieallen
02-24-2015 01:16 PM
02-25-2015 02:58 PM
by Steve
6 268
use a small business...
BLAZIER-1991
12-25-2014 12:21 AM
02-25-2015 12:46 AM
by SC93
33 2,895
honest opinion please
uppercut
02-17-2015 02:30 AM
02-24-2015 07:12 PM
by homey
10 721
2nd year advice anyone
Bradcook21
02-18-2015 07:00 PM
02-24-2015 05:15 PM
by Bradcook21
14 697
need help
lawnexpers115
02-23-2015 05:36 PM
02-24-2015 02:49 PM
by Steve
3 313
Hello People
nativikee
02-23-2015 07:17 PM
02-24-2015 02:43 PM
by Steve
4 313
New member
qua ke zik 001
02-23-2015 11:24 AM
02-23-2015 03:40 PM
by Steve
1 263
New Video
Sprinkler Buddy
02-22-2015 09:18 PM
02-23-2015 03:19 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 288
need help with SCAG...
apmAkron
02-23-2015 09:14 AM
02-23-2015 01:57 PM
by apmAkron
3 292
which degrees would be...
BLAZIER-1991
02-20-2015 04:46 PM
02-23-2015 01:47 PM
by Steve
9 458
Trouble logging in
avetslawncare
02-21-2015 02:06 PM
02-23-2015 01:44 PM
by Steve
1 703
John Deere Quik Track...
acrajchel
02-20-2015 03:12 PM
02-23-2015 01:40 PM
by Steve
1 326
Trimming and...
joshlawncare
02-15-2015 02:04 PM
02-22-2015 09:48 PM
by SGL1
5 664
where can i post this
zippy-phil
02-17-2015 07:58 PM
02-20-2015 02:02 PM
by Steve
7 541
» Popular Tags
2wd 4wd apartment complex bark blades blowout bob villa collections commercial curb appeal services demonstration edging employee problems facebook first truck flyers free advertising gopherhaul grass gravely growing a lawn care business hardscapes hills hiring how to hydraulic landscape landscape services landscaping training lawn aeration lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business podcast lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website marketing more customers business mr dave new business new mower ordinance past due patio install per hour charge podcast profit on employee push versus ride running a business scag v-ride scripts search engine optimization sell the vision seo shreaded small engine repair sq ft sulky tractor auger trailer mate pro trimmer rack truck new used landscape walk behind web design website won't return wood wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:51 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:51 AM.

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