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Steve
11-15-2007, 06:36 PM
This is going to be a blast.

Here is what we are calling the Custom Lawn Care Holiday Card Giveaway '07.

2 Winners !!!

What do you have to do to win?

- Simply make a new post in the Introduction section and tell us a little about your business and how you got started.

- Then tell all your friends in the lawn care industry to make a reply to your post and have them tell us about their business.

- The forum member with the most post responses will win 50 custom printed holiday cards compliments of http://www.cardscheaper.com.

- Then we will pick one of your friends who responds to your post and tells us about their business. The friend who has the highest post count will get preferential choice.

Simple enough?

Contest may end at any time so I would suggest you get on this now and start contacting your friends to respond to your post.

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I made a few graphics and what you can do is put them on your web site, put them on your myspace page or post them on other forums. Make sure the image ad links to your post so you get credit for your friends who respond to your post.

To use the below ad use the following code and insert the url of your post.

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Steve
11-15-2007, 06:38 PM
Here is more information on the cards.

Choose from any Santa’s Workshop Landscaping/Green Industry Cards

www.CardsCheaper.com (http://www.CardsCheaper.com)

click on Santa’s Workshop

click on Gardening & Landscaping



FREE Card: quantity 50 + 50 blank white envelopes

§ SW-00026

§ SW-00029

§ SW-00004

§ SW-00005

§ SW-00016

§ SW-00015

§ SW-00002

§ SW-00003



FREE Standard Greeting/Imprint (prints in red)

§ Greeting Head Options (A, B or C)

(plus)

§ Greeting Body Options (A, B, C or D)

(plus)

§ Company Imprint (up to 50 characters – spaces included)



FREE Shipping/Handling

§ 50 cards + 50 envelopes *



Total value of (each) gift = $83.38 *



* Disclaimer: California residents must pay $5.92 in sales tax. Shipping is to the contiguous 48 US states. $9.38 will be deducted from shipping total charged for AK or HI winners. All 50 must be the same card number. Additional cards, envelope imprinting or customization is available for an additional cost. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.



We are currently running 5-7 business days to turn orders. As the season progresses this timeframe will likely increase. Please suggest placing the order as soon as possible as a result.



As additional information, our pricing is better than most other greeting card companies even with their 50% off early order discounts.



House of Cards

www.CardsCheaper.com

800/431-9161

pnplawn
11-19-2007, 06:59 PM
I started out in early spring of 2004. I had old john deer riding mower 42 ' deck and a borrowed 12ft trailer. I went to pawn shop and bought a used weed eater, and a old style 3 wheel edger. I gas up the truck started riding the streets looking for yards to mow. I did not know about "Lawn Care Forums" on the internet, when I started. I think this fourm would of helped me if I had knew about it.


One thing I can remember is that I wished I had got my customers under a contract that first year in business. I did not realize how important it was until winter arrived. When I did not have much income coming in and it was then that I realized the yearly contracts are important.


Another thing I can remember was my first commercial bid. It was scary and I did not have a clue on how to bid the job.So I decided to just bid the job high and not worry about it. That was what I did and I won the bid. I cut that property for 2 years.Until I moved here to new county and started over.


Another thing I wanted to say is if your just starting out try to put 50% income back into your business. Now after all these years I have built up a lot of equipment. Because when I went from that John Deer 42" riding mower to a small 42" (ZTR) I found out that it cut my time in half on all my jobs I had room to expand my customers. So if you are thinking about upgrading to a ZTR I would suggest that you do so when you can afford to do it. I now own 3 ZTRs One Ford 1310 Tractor with bush hog,box blade,rake,5ft finish mower,and auger. 4 diesel trucks alot misc hand tools. Utillity 4x2 ( Rover ) for clean ups.



I found its very important to keep double weed eaters , edgers , back pack blowers. Reason is you will need them incase of break downs. Trust me its embarrassing to tell the customer you can not finished there lawn because your weed eater or edger is broken.

If you found any of this interesting let me know. Check back tomorrow I will add to this post on further things I learned as I started the business. This will be great Opportunity for you new guys to learn from the old timers mistakes. Maybe you will not have to learn the heard way like I did.




Rodman
PNP

Steve
11-19-2007, 09:45 PM
Rodman,

You are now in the running for the holiday cards!

Of all the things you could do, why did you choose lawn care?

If you could do anything else, what would it be?

pnplawn
11-20-2007, 12:04 AM
Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ Nov. 19 2007,10:45)]Rodman,

You are now in the running for the holiday cards!

Of all the things you could do, why did you choose lawn care?

If you could do anything else, what would it be?
I kinda feel into it. I had my horses on someone else property and I had to maintain it. So I bought that riding mower and I was in between jobs. I thought to my self why dont i look for few yards to mow sense I owned this mower. Thats how I got started. I started finding jobs one after another I have been doing it ever sense.

Steve
11-20-2007, 08:09 AM
Quote[/b] ]If you found any of this interesting let me know. Check back tomorrow I will add to this post on further things I learned as I started the business. This will be great Opportunity for you new guys to learn from the old timers mistakes. Maybe you will not have to learn the heard way like I did.

I am looking forwards to hearing more about this too!

justin_time
11-24-2007, 10:28 PM
I've already introduced myself in another thread

My introduction (http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/cgi-bin/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST;f=26;t=4523;st=80)

I'd just like to say i'm about to start my 3rd year in business in the spring..

I will be expanding my business from summer full time to seasonal full time this means i will be able to serve my customers from May to October instead of May to August

I'm pretty sure I will be getting more contracts this year since I can offer a bit more than last year.

Just have a tip for the little guys out there like me.. don't try to expand to quick otherwise your gonna run out of cash and fail.

I hope i've inspired everybody, I've got GopherHaul episodes on my site now

Just in Time Yard Services - GopherHaul (http://www.jitys.ca/eng/aboutus_eng.html)

Steve
11-25-2007, 01:48 PM
Oh Justin,

Thank you so much!

pnplawn
11-28-2007, 03:48 AM
Ok its timie to end this thing its been up few days shy of 2 weeks. WE need get our order b4 christmas so we can send out the cards to our customers. Doesnt look like anyone else going to post...

Steve
11-28-2007, 12:14 PM
Good Point.

It looks like you and Justin are the winners. Justin, you might have a problem because you live in Canada and she only wanted to ship in the U.S. so maybe at worst you could pay the difference in shipping.

Let me know how this works. I will send you both a PM.

Send pictures of what you get.

justin_time
11-30-2007, 04:16 PM
My order for the card have been processed today and I'm suppose to get them sometime next week

I'll post some pics when i do get them http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Steve
11-30-2007, 04:29 PM
Awesome! I can't wait to see what you get!

realhuntin
12-03-2007, 01:18 PM
Hello and Thank you. We are R & R Lawn Care located in Northen Kentucky, we started this past spring (May 2007)with a few cutting jobs and some small landscape renovation. I am a retired High End Security Contractor. We were in business for over 20 years with this and I need something less stressful, so I started this business with the labor help from my 2 youngest childern 17 & 18. As I said we started out doing some small cutting jobs and now it has progressed to a full service lawncare landscape company. We have completed several very large retaining wall and patio paver projects and have found a way to make full lawn maintenance *a 12 month business in an area that normally only has 9 to 10 months at best. We supply monthly contracts for our customers on a even billing to help make it more attractive. (there is more to it than I can describe here). We have completed over 150k in work and have accuired over 10k per month in reoccurring revenue and it's not even a full year. Please feel free to visit our website http://www.rrlawncare.com. Thank you for promoteing NO LOW BALLING, this act will kill or damage any industry and it only hurts yourself if you get caught up in this type of bussiness practice. Remember the best market place for our industry is in the age group for 25-40 and 55+ years of age. Don't forget to offer Senior Discounts and watch your customer base grow. Thank you again Tim, R & R Lawn Care Landscape Services.

Steve
12-03-2007, 02:06 PM
Hi Tim,

Thanks for joining us here on our forum! What's been the most difficult part of getting your business up and running?

What are you most looking forwards too now?

justin_time
12-03-2007, 09:42 PM
Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ Nov. 30 2007,5:29)]Awesome! I can't wait to see what you get!
Getting pretty anxious to get my x-mas cards now !!!

Ahhhh

Can't wait !!! http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

justin_time
12-07-2007, 11:27 AM
Should receive my cards by the 12 of December

I can't wait this long !! http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif

pnplawn
12-07-2007, 09:38 PM
Quote[/b] (realhuntin @ Dec. 03 2007,2:18)]Hello and Thank you. We are R & R Lawn Care located in Northen Kentucky, we started this past spring (May 2007)with a few cutting jobs and some small landscape renovation. I am a retired High End Security Contractor. We were in business for over 20 years with this and I need something less stressful, so I started this business with the labor help from my 2 youngest childern 17 & 18. As I said we started out doing some small cutting jobs and now it has progressed to a full service lawncare landscape company. We have completed several very large retaining wall and patio paver projects and have found a way to make full lawn maintenance a 12 month business in an area that normally only has 9 to 10 months at best. We supply monthly contracts for our customers on a even billing to help make it more attractive. (there is more to it than I can describe here). We have completed over 150k in work and have accuired over 10k per month in reoccurring revenue and it's not even a full year. Please feel free to visit our website http://www.rrlawncare.com. Thank you for promoteing NO LOW BALLING, this act will kill or damage any industry and it only hurts yourself if you get caught up in this type of bussiness practice. Remember the best market place for our industry is in the age group for 25-40 and 55+ years of age. Don't forget to offer Senior Discounts and watch your customer base grow. Thank you again Tim, R & R Lawn Care Landscape Services.
Change your index on your site for me. Where you have Press Release 1 put this there. R & R Lawn Care Alexandria, KY Then check google in about 2 to 4 weeks see if youe site comes up when you type lawn care Alexandria, KY .


Rodman