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Bearcat
05-03-2010, 10:51 PM
Hello,
I am currently looking into starting a lawn care business I am located in Eastern Cincinnati. Is it to late in the year to start one up in the year ? Also with the current economy how many customers have you lost from it ? How do you estimate your lawn services per yard to be competitive with other business in the area ? What is the average gross profit on residential yawn services ? Ive found Zero degree mowers used with low hours that will help fight the cost. What is the expected investment to start out ? The business will consistent of my brother and I. What am I leaving out and what do I need to consider ? I'm very business savvy and willing to put the work in I just need to have the information so that i know what I'm up against.Any advice I would deeply appreciate it.

Thanks
Bearcat

townneckmowing
05-03-2010, 11:08 PM
Hello,
I am currently looking into starting a lawn care business I am located in Eastern Cincinnati. Is it to late in the year to start one up in the year ? Also with the current economy how many customers have you lost from it ? How do you estimate your lawn services per yard to be competitive with other business in the area ? What is the average gross profit on residential yawn services ? Ive found Zero degree mowers used with low hours that will help fight the cost. What is the expected investment to start out ? The business will consistent of my brother and I. What am I leaving out and what do I need to consider ? I'm very business savvy and willing to put the work in I just need to have the information so that i know what I'm up against.Any advice I would deeply appreciate it.

Thanks
Bearcat

I would like to share some of the things I use to run and promote my business.
Most of the things I use are free.

Advertising-
-Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/townneckmowing
-Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/people/Town-...ing/1384458299
-Yola.com: Make a website,It does not cost a lot(I pay $20.00 a year and I maintain it myself).
-Blogspot.com: Make a blog (It's Free).
-Google Local Business Center: Gets your website on Google.(Free)
-Yahoo Search Marketing: Get your website on Yahoo.(Free)
-Hotfrog.com: Free Listing
-Stumblehere.com: Free Listing
-Kijiji.com: Free Listing
-Find a local web site...On Cape Cod we have capecod.com and you can list your business for free.

Printing-
-Vistaprint.com: Business Cards
-123print.com: Business Cards
-Buildasign.com: Truck Signs

Misc.-
-Youmail.com: Voice Mail for your business phone(It's Free)
-Express Invoice: www.nchsoftware.com/invoice/index.html (Free version)You can e-mail invoices to customers.
-Paint.Net: I make flyers and Ads with this program(It's Free)

Know the Weather-
-radar.weather.gov/Conus/full_lite_loop.php: Radar Loop(website)
-http://www.intellicast.com/National/Radar/Current.aspx: Radar Loop(website)
-http://www.ambientweather.com/weex1.html(Free Program)

Post flyers and business cards at Post Offices,Grocery Stores,Banks,Hardware Stores.Most of them have bulletin boards.

I do have a listing in the local phone book but that does cost $$.
Get a P.O. Box.
Get a cell phone just for your business,don't use your personal cell phone or home phone.

Hope this helps

Edward Gilmartin
Town Neck Mowing
P.O. Box 201
Sandwich,Ma.02563
508-685-4527
tnmlc@gmx.com
www.townneckmowing.com

Bearcat
05-03-2010, 11:31 PM
Townneckmowing,
WOW thanks for the speedy and very informational reply. One question how do you estimate the cost of yard mowing so thats it is competitive but yet profitable ? What tips would you suggest for me ?

Thanks
Bearcat

JP Landscaping
05-03-2010, 11:42 PM
If you want to know the going rate in your area, call up as many local lawn care companies to give you an estimate to care for your lawn, or your parent's lawn, or your friends' lawns. This way you will have the different estimates from the local companies and you can see how much they are charging. You can then base your rates accordingly.

To start a business, register your business and get an Employer Identification Number (EIN) From the www.irs.gov.

Then pass out your business cards/fliers/door hangers and let everyone you know that you are providing lawn care services. post on craigslist. build a website. www.webs.com lets you build a free site.

Before you purchase mowers and equipment, look at the lawns you will be targeting to mow. If they are large and not fenced in, then a zero turn mower would be good. If most are fenced, make sure you can get a mower thru the door. Usually a 36'' walk behind will work for any type of lawn.

good luck, any more questions just ask.

townneckmowing
05-04-2010, 12:16 AM
Hi Bearcat,
when I first started doing this I was really bad at pricing jobs. After you do a few jobs you will get the hang of it. Also keep your eyes and ears open...what are other guys charging in your area.

Also if you are just starting out don't go out and buy expensive equipment. I stated out with a craftsman 22" mower and a weed eater weed whacker I got for $80.00. I still use a craftsman 22" and weed eater weed whacker today.
Next year I'll be looking in to getting more pro equipment.

Good Luck Bearcat

Bearcat
05-04-2010, 11:20 AM
Town,
How many customers do you currently service ? What process do you think was the best to gain customers ?

Thanks

kkkkkkk
05-04-2010, 01:49 PM
So far I have had my best response off of craigslist some by signs and cards but not as well if anyone has other ideas please let us no also after you start getting jobs and doing a good job you should start to get referals but starting out you need to get your name out there

townneckmowing
05-04-2010, 06:16 PM
Town,
How many customers do you currently service ? What process do you think was the best to gain customers ?

Thanks

Process?...
I live in the Town Neck area of Sandwich,MA., google it and you'll see the area i live in. I think the name of the company helps a lot, I have had customers tell me that.
On my cards it says Town Neck Mowing "Your Local Lawn Mowing Service".

I also have my truck parked out in front of my house with my sign on it, I have seen so many cars stop and write down my number.

Get a web site and get it on the internet, this will help you get customers.

I have 18 lawn mowing customers...It took me 3 years to get that many and I do all the work myself. Next year if I get more customers I'm going to have to get some help.

Happy to help.

townneckmowing
05-04-2010, 08:04 PM
Hi Bearcat,
made this for you.



http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd204/scanpro95/Scanpro%20designs/BEARCATMOWING1.jpg

Bearcat
05-04-2010, 10:44 PM
Town,
Wow NICE !!! Only problem since I live in the Cincinnati Area everything has the name Bearcat in it.

Thanks

gonecountry
05-04-2010, 11:03 PM
how do you make graphics like that and what program do u use?

townneckmowing
05-04-2010, 11:18 PM
how do you make graphics like that and what program do u use?

I use Paint.Net