Lawn care business maverick, Daniel Pepper brings his own unique way of teaching others about the lucrative realm of the lawn industry. This BLOG is for anyone who is interested in starting, running, or growing a lawn care business profitably.
Your Lawn Care & Landscaping Business and Haiti: What You Can Do Today To Affect Tomorrow
A lot of people who have accumulated wealth have shown that it pays to give back to those who aren't as fortunate. We have all seen this.
As most people already know, people and businesses (lawn care businesses) from all over the world are doing what they can to help in Haiti.
Bill Gates has started a foundation on global health and learning. Warren Buffet has also followed this 'giving spirit' and set up his children with sufficient inheritance and then decided to pledge the rest of his enormous fortune to the Gates' foundation.
Highly paid athletes and celebrities have also created foundations to help less fortunate children accomplish their dreams. Most of these people have more money than they can ever spend in their lifetime and perhaps their children's lifetime. That's an amazing thought.
But even those of us with a more modest fortune can help raise the fortunes of others - especially those in Haiti right now.
Think of ways that your lawn business can contribute to the betterment of society. Let your employees know that this is an essential part of your business plan. Include them in the conversation about which organizations your lawn company will support or set up a matching fund so that your company will contribute to charities that match their personal interests.
Adam Smith, the founding father of modern economics, knew the incredible value of social status. The same rules apply today some two hundred years later. So remember to use your good fortune to help others who are less fortunate and make a real difference.
Oftentimes we can be so down in the dumps that because we are sick and tired of being at the bottom of the barrel we pull out from within us such intensity and desire for change we astound everyone - including ourselves.
It seems to me that as we face difficulty, that is where change begins. That is where we make the decision that enough is enough!
This is where the miracle begins.
Here's an interesting point to consider. Most people don’t change themselves. They actually wait for change.
This group of people wallow in their victim rants. They never seem to suck it up and resolve to change. To take control of their life. They refuse to take responsibility and as a result never seem to get to that place of "having enough".
If you are facing a problem right now, don't fear. This terrible state you find yourself in is only temporary. You can and will rebound from this failure.
This too shall pass, if you dig deep and resolve to see things through. You need to pull yourself up by the boot straps and start to put together a "come back" plan.
It's funny now but in a difficult moment a while back, I didn't think my mentor's advice was correct. He said that I should be thankful for my current limitations or failures. He said they were the building blocks from which to create greatness.
Here's an example I absolutely rave about when talking to people who are facing what seems impossible in your lawn business.
Think of yourself as a frog in a jar of milk. If you keep kicking and kicking and kicking, pretty soon the milk will turn into a lump of butter and you'll be able to jump out.
That's exactly why defeat can be good. We all have to keep trying and trying and trying. We've got to dig deep and make a decision that we are going through this and will come out on the other side alive and well.
Defeat can be good. At the same time, make sure that it’s working for your future not against you. The world makes room for those who know where they are going. Once you decide that your present situation is only temporary, doors will open to help you get back on your feet and move ahead in life.
I used to say, "I don't care." This is wrong when in a difficult place. We have to care. Keep your eyes focused on the successful outcome. Dig down deep within yourself and resolve to commit to winning.
Lawn Care Maintenance Business Tip: If You ______ You Will ______
We've all heard this saying but it is true and so very relevant to business. "If you sow you will reap." Leaders, employers, parents, teachers and volunteers are rewarded for sowing into the lives of others.
If you sow into a child's life and take them time and again to hockey practice after hockey practice, you will see those rewards start to blossum in your life. Perhaps its the pride of seeing your child develop their skills. Maybe they develop them so much they can pay you back with more than just love and gratitude -- although that is all most want.
This is the way life works. All life wishes to respond to those who have taken the time and energy to sow. The ones who give their energy, their time, their money, their patience, their ideas, etc. The seed has been sown and is beginning to grow.
I was taught a wonderful principle that I pass onto you in this regard. Whatever you move towards tends to move towards you. When you move toward working out, stronger muscles, confidence, and all of that starts to move towards you and seeks you out.
You will always find this. Its predictable.
Put it to use in your life even more today and the days to follow.
Lawn Care Business Tip: We Have To Love The Chance
My mentor taught me that it isn't so much passion that needs to be behind running a business but simply loving the chance. The chance to change your life, gain success, build a future, and improve your health etc. Making a phone call or showing up to someone's front door may not be something you look forward to, but we have to love the chance of what might be behind that door of opportunity.
For example, someone says, "I'm mowing lawns. Should I love mowing lawns?" The answer is, "No you don't have to love mowing lawns, but if it is your first step onto the ladder of success, you say, 'I'm happy someone gave me the chance to mow lawns and I'm going give it my all and do it so well, I won't be here for very long.'"
You can be excited by having found something even though you are making mistakes in the beginning and even though it isn't your favorite thing to do.
You don't have to like it, you just have to learn to appreciate the chance and appreciate the person who gave you the chance to start on the road to success.
If we will take on the disciplines that come with this chance to change our lives we will soon find that our self-confidence starts to grow. And soon when we go out person to person, talking to people, we will find it to be the most amazing opportunity in the world.
Think about it.
Every person we meet could change our lives. They could help lead you to a means of retiring. They may become a friend for life. The next person could be a business contact for many years to come. Wow. What a change in mindset.
Sometimes in the beginning when we are just getting the ball rolling we don't always see the big picture.
Hang on and push through. Remember this age old principle: All success is based on long term persistence, hard work, faith, the right attitude and a few obstacles to go through and hurdles to jump over along the way. You might not like where you're at right now, but the chance to change it all could be right around the corner.
Start a Lawn Care Maintenance Business Not a Franchise: Find Out Why
So you're thinking of starting a business huh? I am sure starting a franchise has crossed your path. According to “Entrepreneur Magazine” here are the top 10 franchise opportunities along with the “price of admission”:
1. Subway$74,00 to $222,800
2. Papa Johns $205,000
3. Sonic DriveIn$861,000 to $2,300,000
4. McDonald's$506,000 to $1,600,000
5. Jiffy Lube$214,000 to $273,000
6. Domino’s Pizza$141,400 to $415,100
7. UPS Store / Mail Boxes Etc.$153,800 to $266,960
8. 7 ElevenVaries
9. Jackson Hewitt Tax Service$48,600 to $91,800
10. Dunkin’ Donuts$179,000 to $1,600,000
* Source: Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 - 2007
Some of these prices are outside what people feel comfortable paying. If you've considered starting a lawn care business then you've come to the right place.
Everything you need to know about starting, running, and profiting from starting a lawn business from the comfort of your home without it costing an arm and a leg can be found here:
I've gotten so many emails lately because people heard I am in Mona Vie that I have to explain why running another business could be a smart move for us green thumbs.
For a while I'd gotten wind of this Mona Vie company. Really, its been everywhere. The London Times, Vogue, Men's Journal, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, CNNMoney.com, MTV Cribs, etc.
I just couldn't ignore it anymore. How could I? I saw Boston Red Sox players with the drink in hand. I saw certified doctors raving about it. It seemed to be in the fridge of so many celebrities and famous athletes on MTV Cribs and so on.
Strangely enough one of my lawn care customers approached me about it. I went a little reluctantly to what Mona Vie terms a "tasting" of the juice but I was also mildly curious because of the buzz.
Truth is I was blown away. Can't put it any other way. In fact most people involved in the company constantly say they pinch themselves every day because of how their health and pocketbook has changed.
Here was this drink with 19 fruits in it, the backbone being the acai berry and all people were doing were drinking it and telling their friends. It sounded too good to be true. But the more I listened to a former zamboni driver talk about how he grew his business in 20 months to over $10,000 a week (Yes, thats per week), the more I began to believe it.
So I got in.
I make six figures a year with lawn care but I wanted to start a "drinking" business. How ridiculous is that?
In reality, it was one of the healthiest choices I had ever made because I for one don't eat a lot of fruit. Certainly not the right amount of servings every day and everyone and their dog knows fruit plays a giant role in a person's health but very few people take the time to do anything about it.
Besides, the healthier I can stay, the more I can carry out lawn care services which means all the more money I can make.
And of course being business savvy, I saw an outlet of marketing to my existing lawn care customers with the juice. ;-)
Within 7 days of signing up I had 2 tasting parties and 4 people signed up under me with more waiting to come out to my tastings. It's been growing like wild fire ever since and it takes very little time committment so that I can continue to grow my lawn care business and other endeavors.
If you find another business you like and it can work while you run your lawn care business then go for it. The more residual income streams you can create long term, the better your future will be.
If you're interested in the Mona Vie buzz check out the website below. This is definitely one of the top businesses to consider starting because there's far too much authentic media attention surrounding it.
If you have additional questions about Mona Vie or any other home business then let me know. Lawn Care Business owners can have other business ventures outside of lawn care that they can pursue just do your homework about it first. My team and I will respond to all serious inquiries.