The Green Revolution: Propane-Powered Transformations in Lawn Maintenance

Dec 06, 2023

Today we are joined by Michael Newland from The Propane Education & Research Council, sharing with us about their revolution in powering equipment. If you’re looking for alternative ways to power your equipment, we encourage you to take a strong look at propane to power your fleet.
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In this episode, you will learn:

  • Discussion about the role of the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) in safety training and consumer education
  • Explanation of how propane can be used to power lawn equipment
  • Mention of the environmental benefits of propane compared to gasoline, diesel, and battery options
  • Consideration of the cost and affordability of propane compared to other fuel sources
  • Discussion of the challenges and benefits of using propane for lawn equipment
  • Mention of the potential for propane to be a more cost-effective alternative to upgrading electrical systems for battery-powered equipment
  • Highlighting the importance of considering...
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Unlock Business Growth: Work ON Your Business, Not IN Your Business

Dec 05, 2023

At Lawntrepreneur Academy Live we were treated to a wealth of wisdom from some standout speakers, including Sam Gembel, the owner and founder of Atlas Outdoor. Sam dished out the kind of truths that might sting a bit but are exactly what we need to hear to push our businesses forward. One golden nugget he dropped? The importance of working on your business, not just in it.

Sam cut to the chase, highlighting the real need to evaluate where your time as the business owner is truly going. If you're stuck in the weeds, spending too much time on tasks like mowing that distract you from steering the ship or handling crucial back-office stuff, it's time to reassess. His advice? Calculate the cost of replacing those time-sucking tasks and just do it. Every hour spent mowing is an hour you could be using to scale up your business, focusing on the bigger picture.

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Your “Don’t” List For 2024!

Dec 04, 2023

Today, we’re joined by returning guest and friend of the show, Jeremiah Jennings, owner of Growing Green Landscapes out of Birmingham, AL. Jeremiah provides us a business update from 2023, takeaways from our live event (LAL 2023!), and his “don’t” list for his business in 2024.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • The importance of working on your business versus in your business
  • The realization that delegation is necessary for business growth
  • The impact of being tied down in the field on the vision and growth of the business
  • The need to build a team and create a strong company culture
  • The value of implementing systems and processes to streamline operations
  • The importance of technology and utilizing tools like iPads or iPhones for efficiency
  • The need to market, sell, and produce revenue for business success.

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The Real Deel! 4th Year In Business & Primed For Growth!

Dec 01, 2023

Today, we're joined by Michael Deel, owner of Deel's Lawn Care down in Vero Beach FL. Listen in as Michael shares about his company's growth, including how he got started in the lawn care business as a transplant to Florida!

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Michael Deel shares his background and journey from coal mining to lawn care in Florida.

  • Michael discusses the challenges and changes he faced when transitioning from a different climate and turf type.

  • He talks about the importance of learning and adapting to the new market and turf conditions in Florida.

  • Michael shares his experience in starting and growing his lawn care business, including the number of accounts he manages.

  • He mentions the potential for expanding his business to include landscaping and enhancement services.

  • Michael emphasizes the importance of knowing your numbers and not giving away services for free.

  • He discusses the challenges of working in extreme heat and the need for proper hydration and...

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Your Community for Growth and Connection

Nov 30, 2023

After years of planning and preparation, we are thrilled to have launched Lawntrepreneur Academy LINK, a community designed to help you grow your business and connect with like-minded individuals.

We understand the challenges of being self-employed, especially when it comes to finding support and guidance from others in your industry. That's why we created LINK - a place where you can find belonging, ask questions, and learn from experienced mentors.

With LINK membership, you gain access to our exclusive Facebook group, where the conversation never stops. This is not your typical online community. We've worked hard to create a safe and positive space where you can freely ask questions, share insights, and receive valuable feedback.

But that's not all. As a LINK member, you'll also have the opportunity to participate in weekly Zoom meetings and webinars. These sessions cover a range of topics, from coaching calls to bidding strategies, and even feature guest experts who will share...

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Working ON vs IN Our Business! 2023 Business Recap

Nov 29, 2023

The Importance of Focusing on Your Business, Not Just in It

Today, Liz and I sit down and discuss the experience we’ve had this year with running the company and for the first time exclusively working on verses in the business. It’s been a lot of firsts and changes, but we are primed for growth to take Brian’s Lawn Maintenance to the next level in 2024.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • The challenges of working in the business versus working on the business
  • The importance of delegating tasks and hiring the right people
  • The need to set new goals and ambitions for the future of the business
  • The importance of maintaining a healthy margin and profitability
  • The benefits of buying back time
  • The ongoing conversation about the future direction of the business and potential growth
  • The personal growth that comes with delegating tasks and stepping back from the field work

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Driving Growth: The Right Work Truck At The Right Time!

Nov 27, 2023

In this episode, you will learn:

  • The conversation between Brian Fullerton and Christian from C&I Services, discussing their experiences in the industry and the growth of their businesses
  • Insights into the evolution of Christian's business and the vehicles and equipment he has acquired over the years
  • The importance of having a reliable and efficient crew in the success of a business
  • The discussion about the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship and the need to focus on growth and continuous improvement.

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LINK IS HERE! Your Link To Success!

Nov 24, 2023


Taking Your Business to the Next Level: LINK to Success

Today, we're sharing about the launch of Lawntrepreneur Academy LINK! Link is our community-driven membership to help lawn care professionals grow and have a platform to interact with peers who are on the grow. This environment is unique in its focus on helping folks with accountability, community conversations, Q&As, weekly webinars, and so much more.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Announcement of the launch of a new community called "LINK" for lawntrepreneurs
  • The purpose of the LINK community and the need for a safe and supportive space for business owners
  • The benefits of joining the LINK community, including access to a Facebook group and weekly meetings
  • Mention of the involvement of mentors and experts in the community to provide guidance and answer questions
  • Emphasis on the importance of community and collaboration in the business world
  • Explanation of the pricing structure for the membership and the goal of...
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Thriving Together: Building Lawntrepreneur Academy LINK

Nov 21, 2023

Being an entrepreneur can be an isolating experience. At times, it feels like no one truly understands the challenges you face on a daily basis. There's often no one to turn to when problems arise. As the boss of your company, the question arises: to whom do you turn for advice or guidance? Even in the day-to-day tasks, whether it's mowing or invoicing, the loneliness can be palpable, especially for owner-operators. Who do you lean on in such moments?

Amidst our busy endeavors to grow our businesses, it's easy to forget that we are not alone. We're not the sole entrepreneurs on this planet—heck, we're not even the only lawn care company out there. Perhaps there are other lawn care companies, but do they truly comprehend the daily struggles you face? It's different in Michigan, Vermont, Alabama—insert your state here. You're not wrong; it is different! However, are you the only lawn care professional in your area? Probably not.

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Best FIRST TRUCK For A Teen Lawntrepreneur?!

Nov 21, 2023

Maximizing Profits and Investing in Your Business

Today we're joined by a great group of guys who share their experience buying their first work truck. This episode was recorded at the first annual Teen Hype House at Equip Expo 2023 and has a bunch of great nuggets of wisdom and information inside.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Discussion about the hosts' experiences with different trucks
  • Recommendations for buying a first truck
  • Importance of having a reliable and presentable truck for a professional image
  • Considerations for functionality and specific needs, such as trailer brakes and attachments
  • Importance of tracking and monitoring employee use of company vehicles
  • The impact of image and professionalism on attracting customers
  • The idea of starting small and growing over time, rather than immediately investing in an expensive truck
  • The importance of doing good work, communication, and setting goals for company growth

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