Another 10 Mistakes made by Contractors starting their own Lawnmowing Business

Another 10 Mistakes made by Contractors Starting their own Lawnmowing Business

Here is another 10 mistakes made by Contractors Starting their own Lawn Mowing and Gardening Business:

1. Collecting and Bagging Grass Clippings:  If you can, mulch the lawn clippings back into the lawn. If not, make sure the customer agrees to you disposing of the clippings in their green waste bin or compost heap.

2. Not getting Paid for any extras and add-ons: Don’t be the hero and do extras for customers without them paying. Be sure to have an agreement in place (verbal or written) that says charges will apply for any additional work completed.

3. Not having Clear Goals for the different Seaons: In the Australian climate we have distinctly different seasons. The warmer season is around 6 months long, and a sort of slow period in the winter. Once you recognise the seasonal patterns, you can plan your work and set goals for the year.

4. Inadequate Experience in the business: This is easily rectified by starting off small, and starting in the easier part of the business. By Small, I mean just do as much as you have to without compromising on Quality & Workmanship. By Starting in the Easier Part of the Business, I mean lawn mowing. As you go along, you will accumulate experience with the more challenging Gardening side of things.

5. Quitting job security too soon: There is a lot to be said for planning, planning and planning. Then quit the old job!

6. Launching yourself into the business without a business plan: This is taken care of by subscribing to The “Zero To A Hundred K in 30 Days” Blueprint. This Blueprint is effectively a Business Plan that shows You how to build a $100,000 a year Lawn & Garden Business in 30 Days, and for less than $300. The Blueprint will “hit the shelves” so to speak in the next month or so.

7. Inadequate Cash Flow, or in other words “running out of money”:

8. Partnerships: Why bother with partnerships, unless the partnershiop is with your wife! Just work on your own with help from subbies and employees.

9. Lack of selling and marketing know-how: Goes without saying!

10. Expanding too rapidl: This alos ties in with Cash Flow issues, subbies etc.


  1. Rob Esdaile says:

    Hi Gerry,
    I can see that a unique approach to marketing is an important factor in creating a successful business. However, this is definitely not one of my strong points. If I was to subscribe what level of assistance would you offer? For example am I able to e-mail preliminary ideas for your comments? Lastly if I subscribe is it on a monthly or yearly basis?
    I really want to have my own business, however, I am finding all this information (marketing, business plans, etc) overwhelming.
    Thanks, Rob

    • Rob, thank you for your feedback.

      We are in the process of re-configuring this Blog – it is a work in progress. So stay with us.

      You seem concerned about the overwhelming nature of business…my advice is to take one piece of advice or one of the business tips and concentrate on implementing that into your business. If you do this each week, after 3 months your business will have improved out of sight…

      Thanks for joining us.

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