Grave Care Business – Turning Ideas into Action

Grave care is a very rewarding business and right now is a perfect time to start.

Motivation to help you start your own Grave Care Business

As I drove into the local cemetery this morning, my head was full of great ideas about how I wanted my day to progress. I always find great ideas come to me while I’m driving but, once I reach my destination, those ideas often fade into obscurity. I believe this is a common problem for many people.

It reminds me of an email I received recently from a gentleman who wants to start his own grave care business.
The letter starts: “Hi Keith. I have thought about starting my own grave care business for about 3 years…” He goes on to say that he’s really ready to start and wants to purchase the business course.

I find his email very interesting because he has thought about it for 3 years but is still waiting to turn his ideas into action. We all suffer from this type of procrastination sometimes. Great ideas in the car or in the shower (I often have great ideas in the shower) are often dismissed when it is time to take action.

The question is: how can we retain the resolve to turn great ideas into action?

I believe simple encouragement is one thing that many of us need to turn ideas into action. On a personal level, I enjoy having a few mentors that I can bounce ideas off and then look for encouragement to follow through with great ideas. Encouragement is a very important ingredient for turning great ideas into action.

This is one of the reasons my team and I developed the Grave Care Business Course. I know there are many people who are interested in cemeteries and want to start their own Grave Care Businesses. Maybe you have thought about this idea many times (while driving or in the shower) but once the initial excitement of the idea subsides, you fail to take action to turn your idea into reality.

I would like to encourage you. Grave care is a very rewarding business and right now is a perfect time to start. As I’m writing this, we are transitioning between seasons and it’s an easy time to start your business and build a strong client list. Yes, I would like you to purchase our grave care business course to help you get started but even if you don’t purchase it, I want to encourage you to take the steps necessary to turn your ideas into action.

If you have any questions, please let me know. I am passionate about cemeteries & grave care and I am always happy to help.

My best to you for a profitable and fulfilling September:
Keith

Cemetery Vandalism and your Grave Care Business

Grave Care Business Owners Deter Vandalism

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Cemetery Vandalism

Hi Everyone:

I want to address the serious subject of Cemetery Vandalism.  This is a subject very close to my heart.  We can do something to combat this serious problem.  It is my opinion that proper Cemetery Maintenance and Grave Care dissuades vandals from causing destruction to graveyards.

As a Grave Care Business owner, you can make a difference.

I cannot imagine why anyone would desecrate a cemetery or an individual’s gravesite. However, this is an ongoing problem. Cemetery management and families of those buried in these cemeteries
are looking for answers.

Well, I have some answers to help abate this problem.

Cemetery Vandalism is a Big Problem

I have studied cemeteries where vandalism takes place. I often find reoccurring themes that are common.  Cemeteries in decline and ones that don’t have many concerned visitors on a daily basis are often at risk of being vandalized.

I have been associated with Grave Care for many years and I help people start their own Grave Care Businesses. I can tell you that proper care and maintenance is vital to a cemetery’s long-term preservation.

So, how can a grave care business help solve this problem?

Grave Care Business Owners Dissuade Cemetery Vandals

Grave Care Business owners provide many services of upkeep for entire cemeteries and individual’s grave sites.  They provide plot maintenance, gravestone cleaning, and floral decoration placement in addition to many other services.

These activities give cemeteries a cared-for appearance. Since you will be there on a routine basis, you will help dissuade people who cause damage. Also, you can properly document instances of vandalism to help police find the culprits.

Owners of the cemeteries will be glad you are there, family members will gladly pay you for your services, and YOU will be operating your own business and making a positive difference for your community.
It is a Win-Win-Win solution.

I am not an anomaly and neither are you.

Start Your Own Grave Care Business

If you have an interest in cemeteries and have ever though about starting your own business, I hope you will read though our website.  We have developed a professionally produced business course that will help you start & grow your own Grave Care Business.

If you have questions about the business course, please reach out to us via our Contact Form

You can order the course directly:  Grave Care Business Course

Thank you:
Keith

 

Grave Care Business – July 2017

Grave Care Business owners should understand the power of increasing their businesses and building their client lists during July.

July is a pivotal month for Grave Care Business owners.  It’s important for you to understand the power of July in starting and/or expanding your business.

2017 is flying by.  Six months are down and there are another six months to go before the end of the year.  While the first day of July is a milestone (halfway through the year), the importance of July comes from the fact that your efforts this month will guide your business for the rest of the year.

Grave care maintenance is in full swing right now.  Grave site maintenance (mowing & landscaping), floral placements, and gravestone cleaning are in big demand right now.  However, the end of summer is right around the corner.  Then autumn will follow closely behind.  I have always found that efforts I make in July to develop my client list for end-of-summer services have a big and positive effect in the coming months.   However, I’ve found that if I delay until August, it’s difficult to build the same excitement in a customer base than if I started in July.

I do not know why this seems to be true.  However, it’s something I first noticed many years ago when I was studying marketing and human psychology in school.  I theorize that by mid-July, people are beginning to tire of summer.  However, they don’t realize it yet…it’s subliminal.

Why is this important for Grave Care Business owners?  This is an easy answer.  End-of-summer grave care and Autumn grave care is very important for this business.  There is a lot of money to be made during this time and this is a great time to increase your client base.

The take-away is this: the efforts you make in July will have very positive effects for your business in the coming months and for the rest of the year.  “Don’t delay. Start today.”

The Grave Care Business package is packed with information to help you start and expand your business.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

www.GraveCareBusiness.com

 

Cemeteries of The British Virgin Islands – Continuing Education

Cemetery research trips help me learn about cemetery maintenance and grave care in different cultures around the world so I can pass that knowledge onto you.

Single stack Cemetery Plots
Moravian Cemetery U.S. Virgin Islands

Grave Care Business –
Continuing Education

I take my continuing education of grave care and cemetery maintenance seriously. As part of my work and as part of my dedication to helping develop the Grave Care Business Course, I attempt to undertake one Formal Educational Experience & one Cemetery Research Trip each year.

This continuing education helps me maintain knowledge of current trends in grave care. Since I keep my knowledge up-to-date, I can continue to share that information with you.

Cemetery Research Trips

For my Cemetery Research trips, I always try to journey outside of my immediate area. I’m located in Eastern Tennessee. Therefore, I
take trips away from this area to study cemeteries.

One year, my trip took me to the New England states to study old colonial slate gravestones.  Another trip took me to the highlands of Scotland to study grotesque carvings in 16th Century burying grounds.  Still, another trip took me to the lava fields of Hawaii to study cemeteries that have been affected by volcanic activities.

This year, 2017, I ventured to a part of the World I’ve never visited before. I’ve studied the Cemeteries of Bermuda, but I’ve never been
southward toward the Caribbean.  Last month, I was lucky enough to be offered an opportunity to spend several days in the U.S. Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands.

Grave Sites St. Thomas US Virgin Islands

Cemeteries of The U.S. and British Virgin Islands

One of the most fascinating cemeteries I visited is called Moravian Cemetery.

Iguana In A Cemetery

As I wandered the tight isles of double-stacked burial crypts, I discovered
I needed to be cautious of Iguanas which roam the grounds. We certainly do not have Iguanas roaming the grounds of our local cemeteries in Tennessee.

Iguana in a Cemetery
Moravian Cemetery U.S. Virgin Islands

 

 

Cemetery Maintenance

I interacted with several cemetery maintenance people working in the
graveyard and learned about their methods of care in this cemetery.

Cemetery Maintenance
Moravian Cemetery U.S. Virgin Islands
Moravian Cemetery
Moravian Cemetery U.S. Virgin Islands
Grave Care on St. Thomas
Moravian Cemetery U.S. Virgin Islands

Interesting Features of Virgin Island Cemeteries

Like in most cemeteries, sensitivity and respect must be present at all times as they are going about their work. The thing I found most fascinating about this cemetery were the hand written notes inscribed in concrete foot pads of each burial crypt. As you can imagine, these are highly personalized inscription. Therefore, utmost delicacy much be practiced when cleaning the graves and grooming the grass and the grounds of each cemetery plot.

Personalized Foot Slabs
Moravian Cemetery U.S. Virgin Islands
Foot slabs of a grave.
Moravian Cemetery U.S. Virgin Islands

Egyptian Revival Grave Crypt

During my stay in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, I found several notable examples of Egyptian Revival Grave Crypts. This is an excellent example of one of the finest Pyramid vaults I have seen. In particular, look closely at the top of the structure. You will see a wonderful Ankh placed at the top. The trees are drooping over the ankh making for cooling shade under the blazing Caribbean sunshine.

Egyptian Revival Crypt
Moravian Cemetery U.S. Virgin Islands

The Grave Care Business &
Grave Site Maintenance Business Course

I attempt to pour the knowledge I learn into the Grave Care Business Course. If you have ever thought about starting your own grave care business, I hope you consider purchasing the course
to help you get your business started and to help you grow a strong client base for your own Grave Care Business.

We are very passionate about proper maintenance and care within cemeteries. Please let us know if you have any questions. We are always happy to help.

Read about the course here:
https://GraveCareBusiness.com

Order the course directly via the website here:  https://gravecarebusiness.com/order-here/

Or you can order over the phone with your credit card:
267-31-GRAVE
267-314-7283

I wish you all the best.

Sincerely:
Keith
www.GraveCareBusiness.com

Stacked grave vaults. St. Thomas Cemetery
Moravian Cemetery U.S. Virgin Islands

Cemeteries Face Budget Pressures – Good News For Grave Care Business Owners

Perpetual Care of Buttram CemeteryAll cemeteries are under constant budgetary issues. Starting a Grave Care Business is a win-win solution.

Shrubs need to be trimmed, grass needs to be mowed, and general plot maintenance needs to be undertaken.  Cemeteries, ALL CEMETERIES, require constant upkeep. Likewise, ALL CEMETERIES face budgetary issues.

Cemeteries – low on money

While researching a cemetery in Dayton, Tennessee, I found a newspaper article with pleas from the Perpetual Care Organization (PCO). This cemetery is in dire need of funds. To continue upkeep of their cemetery, the PCO is requesting $40 annually from every family who has members interred there. The newspaper article does not mention the number of different families. However, Find-A-Grave lists over 3,000 burials. Multiply a percentage of this number by $40 and you can see for yourself there is a lot money in cemetery maintenance.

I have been a firm believer, for almost 2 decades, that the answer to this problem lies with private Grave Care Business owners. Grave care business owners take care of plot maintenance, mowing, floral decoration placement (and removal), tombstone cleaning, basic upkeep, cemetery mapping, and many other services. Business owners contact family members with lists of services and they bill those families on an “as-needed” or on a “contractual” basis.

Make money offering Grave Care Services

An independent grave care business owner alleviates the pressure on cemetery management.  By shifting a portion of the workload to the business owner, cemetery management resources are freed up to take care of the larger maintenance items.

Families are relieved too.  When hiring a Grave Care Business, family members can cater and request services based on their needs and desires.  The work is performed to their standards.  They  get personalized care for their loved-one’s grave site.  They are willing to pay good money for these services.

Grave Care – A Rewarding Small Business

Grave care is a rewarding business.  It’s beneficial to cemetery management.  It’s beneficial to families who want the best of care for their loved-one’s grave site.  And, it’s beneficial to the business owner who makes good money providing these services.

You can start and operate your own grave care business with our professionally produced Grave Care Business Course.  Learn more about our course by clicking the link below:

Grave Care Business Course

Grave Care – March 2017

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The exact moment of springtime – 2014

Springtime Grave Care – In Like A Lion

Across the country, springtime is coming to us in rapid fashion.  Look at the news.  There is harsh weather everywhere.  Here in the southeast, there have been super-cell thunderstorms and a few tornado warnings.

High winds bring down tree limb and cause general disarray to cemetery grounds.  These problems are an amazing source of opportunities for Grave Care Business owners.

Storms Damage Local Cemeteries

We’ve been out in the local cemeteries this month picking up branches, chainsawing problematic trees, and generally tidying things up.  I have to admit, it’s hard work but it’s fun work.  And, it’s VERY rewarding work.

Do you love cemeteries?
Do you love helping people?
Do you love making great money?
Do you love fulfilling and rewarding work?

If any of these are true, have you considered starting a Grave Care Business?

Start A Grave Care Business

You don’t have to be handy with a chainsaw.  There are lots of other services you can offer your clients.

  1. General plot maintenance.
  2. Grave side floral decoration placement.
  3. Tombstone cleaning.

These are just 3 of the services you can offer.  We cover many other services in our professionally produced Grave Care Business Course.

Check out our main page to learn more about the Grave Care course. There is a tremendous amount of information and business tools to help you learn how to do this business.  If you have any questions about the course (before or after your purchase), let me know.

Best of luck this spring….right now is a perfect time to get started.

Keith

 

How To Start A Grave Care Business

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How To Make Money With A Grave Care Business

Are you passionate about cemeteries? Have you ever thought how neat it would be to start a Grave Care Business?
I’ve had a passion for cemeteries since childhood. It thrills me to derive an income following my love of cemeteries.
If this sounds great to you, why not take the steps to start your own business?

These 5 tips will help you on your way to starting your own Grave Care Business.

1) Assess the demand for grave care in your area.

To determine your local level of demand, take a quick look at the number of cemeteries in your area. You will find dozens (or hundreds) of cemeteries in your immediate area. You will find many types of cemeteries: private, managed care, family, churchyard, community & volunteer, and neglected & abandoned cemeteries.
They ALL require specialized care.
We will show you how to start your own Grave Care Business by providing: plot maintenance, grave flowers, grave stone cleaning, and more.

2) Check local competition for similar businesses.

Do a quick Google Search for Grave Care companies in your area. In most areas, there is little (or zero) competition. Even if there is someone else already doing grave care, there is plenty of opportunity for your company to do a better job.

3) Determine your “menu of services.”

Grave plot maintenance, flower placement, and tombstone cleaning are the ‘big 3’ grave services. We show you these services plus many other services to offer your clients. Tombstone resetting, plot landscaping, message delivery, photography & videography, cemetery mapping, and many other services will be of interest to your clients.

4) Determine your need for licenses and permits.

Rules and regulations vary from one state to the next and from one cemetery to the next. It is particularly important to pay adherence to the local laws regulating cemeteries in your community.

5) Advertise your Grave Care Business.

Marketing for this business is unlike any other business. This is very personal for your clients. Your potential clients are sensitive about this and they don’t want to feel like you are strictly advertising to make money off them. Sensitive advertising is vital to gaining and building a strong client list of satisfied clients who will trust your business and the services you provide.


Of course there is MUCH MORE to operating a Grave Care Business than just these 5 steps.

If you think this is a business you would like to start, please read through our website to learn more about us.

We have developed a professionally produced Grave Care Business Course designed to help you start and operate your own business.
Our Course Overview page shows you everything that is included in the business program.

If you have any questions, please let us know through our contact page.

How To Clean A Tombstone

Cleaning tombstones is a delicate process. Each and every stone is different and requires individual attention.

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Cleaning Tombstones and Gravestones Without Causing Damage

We are often asked how to properly clean a tombstone. The most important aspect of tombstone cleaning is to DO NO DAMAGE. Gravestones can be fragile and they can contain hidden, subsurface flaws that will be exacerbated by rough handling.
This quick 5 step process will help you assess a tombstone and take gentle steps to perform a proper cleaning, if necessary.

1: Inspect the Tombstone to look for preexisting damage or the potential of future damage.

Tombstone cleaning can cause, reveal, and exacerbate damage to the tombstone. Before attempting to clean a tombstone, thoroughly inspect the entirety of the stone. Look for surface and subsurface cracks and faults that will be damaged if improperly handled. Assess the type of stone and its stability. Soft stone material and stones with tendencies to flake or crumble require much more delicate handling.
Stones that are unstable or damaged should be avoided and reported to cemetery management.
If the tombstone is unsuitable for cleaning, it is much better to leave it alone rather than to cause damage or increase existing damage.

2: Use plenty of water to wet and wash the gravestone.

Surface dirt can often be washed away with generous quantities of water. In cemeteries with available running water, use a water hose to gently rinse away surface dirt and lichen growth. “Gently” is the keyword here. Never use pressure washers on gravestones. One technique I like to use is to place my thumb over the open end of the water hose to form a gentle spray. There is a special method of wetting the stone that will greatly improve the final look once you complete your tombstone cleaning. We describe this technique in the Grave Care Business Course.

3: Use a non-ionic cleaner, if necessary.

Cemetery preservationists suggest using non-ionic cleaners to kill biological growth on gravestones. Grave markers are porous. Therefore, it’s important to use cleaners that will not damage the stone by seeping inside and causing corrosion. Harsh chemicals should never be used as they can damage stones even if the damage is not readily apparent.

4: Scrub gently with a soft bristled brush.

If scrubbing is necessary, use soft bristled brushes and plenty of water to gently scrub away surface debris. Once again, “gently” is the keyword. Harsh scrubbing is never recommended since abrasion can damage tombstone material. Additionally, the courses training video on tombstone cleaning describes methods to properly clear heavy lichen and mosses from gravestone surfaces.

5: Rinse the tombstone with generous quantities of filtered or distilled water.

As a final rinse of the tombstone to remove residual dirt or cleaner, use copious amounts of water. If your tap water is high in mineral content (as it is in some parts of the country), filtered or distilled water is preferable.

In closing, the first step is the most important. It is better to delay cleaning a stone rather than to cause irreparable damage to the stone. Take a gentle, methodical approach to your tombstone cleaning.
Here is a government resources you may find helpful:
The U.S. Government Center for Preservation


Cleaning tombstones is a delicate process. Each and every stone is different and requires individual attention.

Have you ever thought about starting your own tombstone cleaning and grave care business?

We have developed a professionally produced business course to help you start & operate your own Grave Care Business. The course teaches you how to incorporate cleaning methods into your Grave Care Business. Video lessons teach you how to clean the stones appropriately. You will also learn how to build a strong client list of customers who will pay you good money to clean tombstones, maintain their loved one’s grave plots, and pay for yearly maintenance packages and yearly floral decoration package. The course also includes pricing strategies and pricing calculators to help you learn how much to charge for your services.

The cost of the Full Course is only $260.00

Read through our other blog posts and also look though the main pages of our website to learn about the Grave Care Business materials.
Order the full course directly through our website and we will ship it to you directly via USPS Priority Mail.

If you have any questions, please let us know. We are always happy to help.

Leaf Maintenance in an Autumn Cemetery

Have you ever thought about starting your own Grave Care Business?

cemetery_leaf_maintenanceCemetery Leaf Maintenance

The leaves on the trees were tenacious this year.  Summer’s drought and a lack of mid-autumn storms allowed leaves to remain on trees longer than expected.

However, with last week’s high winds and heavy rains, the leaves have finally let loose from their branches.  Falling to the ground, leaf piles need to be cleaned up before they make huge winter messes in our local cemeteries.

This is the time of year Grave Care companies can make a lot of money performing basic plot maintenance for your customers.  Whether you are work on whole-cemetery cleanup or if you are performing single jobs for individual clients, this is an important season for Grave Care Business owners.

Have you ever thought about starting your own Grave Care Business?  We have developed a professionally produced Grave Care Business Course designed to teach you how to operate your own Grave Care Business offering plot maintenance, tombstone cleaning, floral decorations, and many other Grave Care related services.

Please read through our entire site to learn more about the Grave Care Business Course

Every journey begins with a single step.

If you love helping people and if you have a fascination with cemeteries, tombstones, and mausoleums, a Grave Care Business might be perfect for you.

Take the first step and the path will reveal itself.

I can still recall the moment it happened.  I was sitting in a cubicle in a windowless office.  My boss was in a grumpy mood.  The other office workers were in grumpy moods.  I didn’t want to be in a grumpy mood but I, somehow, found myself grumpy, anyway.  It was lunchtime.  I couldn’t wait to turn off my computer monitor and have 60 minutes to myself.  On my way out of my cubicle, I reached for a book that a neighbor had given me on my college graduation a few years earlier.

What happened to the wide-eyed optimism I had when I graduated college?  I was going to take the world by storm and have a great time doing it.  I was going to rise quickly in the corporate world, make a fortune overnight, and be the envy of all those around me.  Ahhh…the enthusiasm of youth.

It only took me a couple years working in the accounting department of a huge international corporation before my enthusiasm began to wane.  Bosses were reluctant to offer promotions or pay raises.  Co-workers were only after their own best interests.  And, to the company’s executives, I was just another face in the crowd.  Ugh…

On my way out of my cubicle for lunch, I grabbed a copy of the book I’d been meaning to read.  It was a thin book that I could probably get half way through during my lunch hour.  The cover page was colorful and it looked like a fun read especially to someone who just wanted to escape reality for an hour.

With the book tucked securely under my left arm, I grabbed my coat and a sandwich I had brought for lunch in a brown paper sack.  Sometimes I would go to lunch with co-workers.  We’d sit at a local restaurant and talk about work while we waited for our food to be delivered to our tables.  Hmmm…sitting inside, talking about work, cramped into a booth full of co-workers.  Not to be rude but, NO THANK YOU!

So, on this day, with a sandwich in a brown paper bag and a paperback book tucked under my arm, I fled the office environment to sit outside in the sunshine.  And….that’s when I heard my bosses voice ring out: “Keith, I need you to work this weekend.”  I’d already worked 50 hours that week and didn’t want to spend the entire weekend stuck inside.  I always thought a college degree and a corporate job was supposed to help insulate you from spending your weekends at work.  Ha, was I mistaken?

Finally, I made it though the door.  The sun was shining and I just couldn’t believe how good it felt to be outside and away from the confines of work.  “What if I could do this all day every day?” I though to myself.  “What if I could figure out a way to work away from a stifling office environment with grumpy bosses and grumpy coworkers.  What if I didn’t need an office window because I could go outside and work in the beauty of nature as often as I liked?”

I reached down beside me to pull the sandwich out of my brown paper lunch bag.  With my other hand, I opened the book I had so looked forward to reading and I wondered what information I could glean from within its pages.

The title of the book was: Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow.

And…that…was…my…first…step.
It was my first step in starting my own business.

Have you ever thought about starting your own business?  Have you ever wanted to own a fulfilling, rewarding, and profitable business?  If you love helping people and if you have a fascination with cemeteries, tombstones, and mausoleums, a Grave Care Business might be perfect for you.

Once I quit my job, I never looked back.  That was in the mid-90.  Since that time many people have asked me for advice on starting their own grave care businesses.  After many year running my own business, I developed a professional produced business package to help you start & operate your own Grave Care Business.  The Grave Care Business Course is a huge course filled with reference materials, a business toolkit, instructional videos, estimating software, and much more.

Read through our entire website to learn about the Grave Care Business Course.  If you have any questions, please let me know.  We love cemeteries and we are always happy to help.

You can order the course through this website and we will make it to you directly via USPS Priority Mail.

Let this be your first step.

Keith
GraveCareBusiness.com