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JeffK26
12-03-2011, 08:27 PM
Ahhh. Feels good to work hard.

Finished my first official day of work as Owner/Operator of Saber LawnCare.

One gutter cleaning, mowing ( 3rd of December and mowed a lawn, freaky feeling )

One leaf cleanup.

Getting a frame for my first dollar on the way back from tomorrow's scheduled leaf removal.

I'll post pics after tomorrow's job.

fullblast
12-03-2011, 08:53 PM
Way to go, I wish you many more good days !!!

jma91678
12-04-2011, 07:27 AM
Awesome. Congradulations. hopefully many many more. best of luck

eMCeeW
12-04-2011, 01:46 PM
heck ya! today was my first day as well! I did one driveway and lined up another driveway for the entire winter. My goal today was to get one customer and bam 1st person I asked! I wish you much luck!

JeffK26
12-04-2011, 08:19 PM
Thanks guys....

I need to learn to take better pics... but here is one before and after of the front yard. Back yard came out blurry. I'll have the 2nd job up soon, a couple of the after pics are uploading with half the pic being gray.

Today's job got rained out

Before
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-_SwaRk_ACMk/TtwlV-xAGKI/AAAAAAAAAFw/769q6ggM1PA/s640/PICT0778.JPG
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-Z86XViRuR7E/TtwlWvTSxyI/AAAAAAAAAF4/Ortad0CGa4Q/s640/PICT0779.JPG

After
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-Lny8q0KQCU4/TtwlkfZ8oFI/AAAAAAAAAGI/lZfB4_iNK9g/s640/PICT0780.JPG

Steve
12-05-2011, 11:09 AM
Great job! When you are onsite working on these different jobs, do you also offer them lawn care service into the new year? Or look for other upsells?

JeffK26
12-05-2011, 04:48 PM
Steve, yup, I will be doing this lawn next season, plus spring cleanup and he wants a sidewalk poured from his back porch around to his driveway...

the pics in the next post is the yard of a lady that called me from Craigslist for snow removal. When I went to bid the job i asked her about her leaf problem so i got that job, plus she signed a service agreement for her lawn next season, and will be wanting mulch, and shrub and bush trimming and low branches on her trees.

The job i have on Wednesday because of the rain on Sunday called for leaf removal, i sold her on snow removal and lawn service next season. No service agreement signed on that one yet, but i'll present her with it on Wednesday.

JeffK26
12-05-2011, 05:20 PM
This is the 2nd job from Saturday, finally got the pics to upload properly...

I didn't get to mow the lawn, i had to finish dumping the leaves in the dark. I offered to come back the next day, but she said i don't have to since "mowing it now would be like putting ketchup on a burnt steak"... I don't quite get that but i laughed. I think she wants a good overhaul of lawn and landscape since she brought up mulching and replacement of decorative rocks and redoing her railroad tie wall. I'll know more at the beginning of Feb when she wants to go over everything. This one is going to be a good before and after advertising lawn. :D I mean before season and end of season, not using these pics. haha

before
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-dtZOZsnAEv4/TtwlyO_hKYI/AAAAAAAAAGg/UItV-cCwD1o/s640/PICT0784.JPG
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-X7aXEl-TDfE/Ttwly3ucQ9I/AAAAAAAAAGw/BD_pXKQWge8/s640/PICT0785.JPG

During
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-M_mJuuJ6HyU/Tt1LYM-wenI/AAAAAAAAAHg/Z63PIp5OjgA/s640/005.jpg
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-BmeNFlCfBp8/Tt1LX9cs5HI/AAAAAAAAAHc/mUWyR5WgJoc/s640/006.jpg
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-QynkqAM2oM8/Tt1LY37z3QI/AAAAAAAAAH0/h0XUtExsL2U/s640/007.jpg

After

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-UKH0vcSYxnE/Tt1LYUvU6tI/AAAAAAAAAHs/ePG5ww0gZUI/s640/004.jpg

JeffK26
12-05-2011, 05:26 PM
This pic wouldn't post in the previous posting. Trying it here.


https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-cVgHcSl2VeY/Tt1UGQmLvVI/AAAAAAAAAIU/cKt6kwYM_KA/s640/008.jpg

Steve
12-07-2011, 06:39 PM
the yard of a lady that called me from Craigslist for snow removal. When I went to bid the job i asked her about her leaf problem so i got that job

You really seem to be doing great!

What advice would you have for others just getting started when it comes to being so successful at upsells like this?

How should they go about doing it?

JeffK26
12-07-2011, 07:09 PM
What advice would you have for others just getting started when it comes to being so successful at upsells like this?

How should they go about doing it?

I'm just being myself. They really sold themselves. After each quote i offered my business cards and explained the services on the card and they asked about each.

I didn't really do anything but explain my services. So really, just be polite, smile, be friendly and explain other services you perform.

Maybe i'll have better advice after a few more upsells.

JeffK26
12-07-2011, 07:16 PM
Today's leaf cleanup. Had somewhat of an emergency during this job and had to leave for a bit.
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-kRNn48V97OE/TuAHgO7se-I/AAAAAAAAAJo/HdRqRWOkwFA/s640/PICT0801.JPG


https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-hBkAW1S20Io/TuAHgwSdz7I/AAAAAAAAAJw/l__OisRkuHo/s640/PICT0803.JPG

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-K479UwuCeyU/TuAHrm6uthI/AAAAAAAAAJ4/Pf9tKTCoNaU/s640/PICT0804.JPG

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-7_HN_MaSIXE/TuAHtbqoasI/AAAAAAAAAKA/4cGLXG8DIrY/s640/PICT0805.JPG

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-0oPbT1x3uBM/TuAHtcZNxPI/AAAAAAAAAKE/aglQ7-n3m1g/s640/PICT0806.JPG

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Kg5LgGBCLFc/TuAH3RMNguI/AAAAAAAAAKQ/Cs2A_b2aIIs/s640/PICT0807.JPG

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-4wJFc9Iw5Uc/TuAIDOAhtBI/AAAAAAAAAKo/hqijoy_w2nc/s640/PICT0810.JPG

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-nR0ckWv3DiI/TuAIRu330DI/AAAAAAAAALI/n1_pH687Qj4/s640/PICT0814.JPG

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-G6AM7PpGR78/TuAIbgHMAaI/AAAAAAAAALY/T4869YrVc-U/s640/PICT0816.JPG

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-SJSS5SxSIgM/TuAIeZfQxAI/AAAAAAAAALg/lzkn5HhsGME/s640/PICT0817.JPG

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-MA0lBmHgY2s/TuAIjhquHtI/AAAAAAAAALo/FZmsy_1W3l0/s640/PICT0818.JPG

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-XmemxMxiI10/TuAIkTqViXI/AAAAAAAAALw/KGMyLo5Z8zw/s640/PICT0819.JPG

Steve
12-09-2011, 11:57 AM
That's a great clean up job! How long did you estimate it would take you and then how long did it actually take?

Were there any surprises on the job?

JeffK26
12-09-2011, 11:15 PM
It's been two years since i did lawn care with another company, and i never did the estimating, i just did the job so estimating leaf cleanup was pretty tricky for me...

This one hit me hard. I was low on my estimate..

The previous jobs i estimated accurately and after the job I ended up making 60 an hour minus expenses. This last job above, I ended up making 30 an hour minus expenses. It was an optical illusion when i bid it compared to when i cleaned it up....It was like the blower was blowing out leaves...by the time i got them in a pile i was thinking "how can there be this many leaves?" This was a Twilight Zone lawn...

I talked to my ex boss about this and he laughed and told me it happens...he's done the same....he has 25 years experience and once in awhile a lawn slaps him in the face with more leaves than he thought and a longer amount of time...his advice was...do it, whistle while you work and smile because you never know who is watching.

Experience doesn't mean you're always going to do things right, it only teaches you how to react when you are wrong.

Steve
12-10-2011, 11:14 AM
Do you find there is a better way to bid these jobs that you are picking up as you go? Do you have to rake a little first to see how many leaves there are? Or maybe another method?

JeffK26
12-12-2011, 04:20 PM
I may rake up a 5 ft square area to get an idea of volume and see how that goes.

What i have been doing is walking the property and kicking random areas to see how deep it is....

Steve
12-13-2011, 03:17 PM
For those looking at these jobs and trying to come up with a bid for a yard comparable to these, how long did these previous jobs take to remove the leaves?