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akessinger84
10-24-2009, 08:56 PM
hello from indiana

Steve
10-25-2009, 07:02 AM
Hello and welcome to our forum!

What got you to start your lawn care business?

arthur712
10-25-2009, 07:20 AM
Hello Indiana, Welcome to the forum!

akessinger84
10-26-2009, 03:13 PM
Thank you all for inviting me, really I havn't started my lawn care buisness, I will be focusing on contracts this winter. I was originally in the property preservation but, in the industry there is very low overhead (A truck and maybe a trailer) so there are so many "mom and pop" contractors popping up that for a $300.00 job they'll do it for 20 or 30 bucks to get a pack of cigs and a case of beer and I cant compete with that. I am focusing on getting a snow plow for the winter months coming up, and look forward to the snow fall.
For the mowing season of 2010 I'm planning on buying two(2) 54" John Deere ztrs, I already have 2 straight shaft weed eaters and a leaf blower but, I am also thinking about a gas powered edger. Does anyone have any tips or pointer on this equipment? I look forward to everyones responses.

Steve
10-27-2009, 04:38 AM
As far as equipment goes, why not scale up as you need it. You never know what you will need for sure until you start lining up customers and are able to check out their property. Is it fenced it? How wide is the fence? etc.

I was originally in the property preservation but, in the industry there is very low overhead (A truck and maybe a trailer) so there are so many "mom and pop" contractors popping up that for a $300.00 job they'll do it for 20 or 30 bucks to get a pack of cigs and a case of beer and I cant compete with that.

I am guessing this involved a lot of small home repairs? Couldn't you still promote that you offer these services? While you are at a home mowing the property, it would be nice to pick up any side jobs the customer may have around their house as well.

akessinger84
10-27-2009, 01:35 PM
That sounds like it would be wise as I plan to focus on residential and small comercial (Gas stations, Resturants, etc)
As far as equipment goes, why not scale up as you need it. You never know what you will need for sure until you start lining up customers and are able to check out their property. Is it fenced it? How wide is the fence? etc.

Steve
10-27-2009, 04:54 PM
What kinds of things are you doing now to market your business?

akessinger84
10-28-2009, 12:42 AM
At this time I'm not persuing any marketing, right now our focus is researching pricing, buisness tips, insurance, things like that. I figured it would be wise to get that in order first, then start marketing after the new year.

Steve
10-28-2009, 04:54 AM
Maybe you could get some business cards made up to hand out to people you know to help line up some snow plow accounts for Winter.

akessinger84
10-28-2009, 12:21 PM
I've already signed on as a sub-contractor for the 09-2010 snow season doing large accounts so I will be pretty tied up with those lots. But that is a good idea and my plan for the 2010-2011 season.

akessinger84
10-28-2009, 03:19 PM
How are you guys posting the graphics and animations in the threads? I have attached the file but i dont think that was right?

akessinger84
10-28-2009, 03:24 PM
think I figured it out

akessinger84
10-28-2009, 03:25 PM
nope not working???

Steve
10-29-2009, 07:01 AM
Is the file you are trying to attach a gif or a jpg file format?


For the animation to work, it has to be in gif format.

akessinger84
10-29-2009, 03:32 PM
Yes it is in GIF format but its not playing on the forum it works on my computer just not on the forum

akessinger84
10-29-2009, 06:02 PM
thanks Arthur712 for your help on the animation in my signature

Steve
10-29-2009, 07:15 PM
What did you do differently? It's working now. Good job!

akessinger84
10-29-2009, 07:27 PM
I went to photobucket.com and uploaded the animation, then instead of trying to upload to the signiture, I embeded the image html directly to the signature.

Steve
10-30-2009, 05:44 AM
It worked :) Good job!

akessinger84
11-03-2009, 07:03 PM
Ok Ijust got a myspace page setup its still under construction but there are photos and other stuff on there. Check it out and send us a friend request.

Steve
11-04-2009, 06:49 AM
Great job! I just sent you a friend request.

akessinger84
11-05-2009, 10:56 AM
Yes I recieved it and approved you. Wicked advatar on myspace by the way

Steve
11-06-2009, 08:51 AM
Thanks!

What have you been doing to promote your myspace site to attract more customers? How do you feel it should be best utilized?