When I got my lawn care business started, I didn’t have access to all this great online content that we have now simply because the internet wasn’t around. In my early days, you could either read a monthly landscape trade magazine, read a book from the library, or try to get a competitor to share with you their secrets. Good luck on that last method. But today, business owners have access to an unlimited amount of free content! It’s unbelievable what we can now find on the internet.
With all that said, I have to say my favorite method for continuing my lawn care knowledge is to read lawn care blogs. I currently have myslef signed up for five different blogs. Each of them specializes on different sections of the business. Some talk about treating diseases that effect soil. Others talk about mowing equipment and the best type to use for specific jobs. A third blog discusses how to improve the way you operate your landscaping business. There is just so much great information available.
Initially to find these great sites, I went to a search engine and sought out these sites. Then I signed up to receive their email updates. The best part of this is that when I wake up in the morning, have my coffee, I can turn on my laptop and check my email that will include the latest blog articles. Instead of reading the morning paper, I instead read these different lawn care blog articles that are sent to me. Within 10 or 15 minutes, I am usually done and moving on to the next part of my day. Sometimes I will try and implement a lesson I just recently learned that morning.
A recent article that I read which really opened my eyes was a discussion on the importance of using lawn care business software to manage my mowing company. As my company grows and grows, I find it more difficult to keep track of my weekly mowing schedules as well as who owes me money. For a long time, I was able to keep things humming along pretty well with my paper scheduling method but now more and more I find myself getting overwhelmed. The last thing I want to see is all my hardwork lead to an implosion of my company so this is a step I plan on implementing asap.
If you are looking to grow your landscaping or mowing business, you really owe it to yourself to get online and look for more information online. You will be happy you did. As always remember to Dream it, Build it, Gopher it!