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Steve
09-13-2007, 06:55 PM
Quote[/b] ]Hi My name is Peter Serrano.
Owner and operator of Serrano Landscaping, Im located in Emmaus PA and business is pretty slow for me. Im sorrounded by 20 LLC in my town. I've been in business for 6 months now. 5 residential accounts and 1 commercial. I came to Gopher to get help and learn more.

Im currently a Penn Foster Student going for my Landscaping Diploma. And i cant wait for 2008, things should be a little better for me and the business.

thanks

Serrano Landscaping
484 201 7056

Here is your new banner http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/uploads/post-26-27478-serrano.gif

Hi Pete,

Welcome to our forum! What got you to start your own business? What are you studying in college?

SerranoLandscaping
09-13-2007, 07:41 PM
What got me started in this business was 2 of my buddies own their own business in Landscaping and Lawn Care. I learned alot from them and it got me motivated to get started. Im attending Penn Foster Career School to become a Professional Landscaper. Is a good school and you can do all the classes online.

thanks for the banner. It looks good

is there a way i could use this banner for my webpage. How can i get the link for this banner.

Steve
09-13-2007, 08:13 PM
Save the banner to your computer and then upload it to your website. Maybe place it at the top of your site. If you have trouble with the html let us know.


What kinds of things are you doing to market your business?

SerranoLandscaping
09-13-2007, 08:58 PM
So far i've been passing out flyers 30 mile radius of my house. Lots of driving and .6 cents X 500 flyers every weekend. Been doing it for 3 months now.:blush: Also i placed a Ad in the local news paper. My truck has some pretty nice decals.. I get atleast 2 Lawn care customers a month. And about 3 Landscaping jobs in a month. This month has been the best one so far. Im doing fall clean-ups and snow removal as well.

I dont want to Advertice in the yellow pages. Too much money. Word of mouth has worked for me. Im planning on doing some free cuts for churches near me in return i just want to place myyard sign. Maybe i'll get 1 or 2 call from this.

The only bad thing is there's 20 Lawn care and landscaping Company in my area. I say about 25% of these LLC are legit and are making bank. 75% of these guys are just part time and are giving there service for cheap. So is very hard to even compete cause no one want to pay my minimum $33. They rather pay $25 and have ****ty work. :blush:

Steve
09-14-2007, 01:09 AM
Have you thought about finding something to specialize in? Creating a niche?

When you hand out your flyers, are you talking to many of the home owners on no?

SerranoLandscaping
09-14-2007, 01:44 AM
I Offer many services. I have the knowledge and equip to do just about everything. I've been around landscaping for over 5 years but just this year i grew some ***** to start my own. Since im only in the bizz for 6 month not many homeowners heard or seen me around. But i try to meet alot of people when i hand out my flyers. I do know that the 1st year is *hard, and even the second year aswell. But i just want to stand out just a little bit from all the other companies in the area. Should i advertice my on my truck more than what i already have? should i get bigger and more bolder lettering? Or do i lower my minimum charge? *

I was thinking about placing bids on alot of commercial properties just in case i get lucky and get called for next years contracts.

I want to focus on Fall Clean-ups on my next batch of flyers, I want to keep the flyer simple. If i get called to give an estimate and lucky enough to get the job then maybe i could convince them to try me out for next years lawn care services. I was in the sales business so i have a way to convince customers to try my service atleast.

Im going to place a bid tomorrow on a Turkey hill. Maybe i could post a picture and you guys can tell me what you will charge for Cut, trim, Weeding. The manager is my ex so i have a 99% chance to get this job. I just dont want to over bid on the job and have to http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif with her. *

Well i'll let you know how the mesurements went on this Turkey Hill..

SerranoLandscaping
09-14-2007, 03:15 PM
Does anyone know where i can find a sample letter from a LCO to a Realtor. My next step is to write an email to few realtors in my area, offering my service on properties they have in the market.

Im not very good writting letters.

Steve
09-14-2007, 04:08 PM
Quote[/b] ]Im going to place a bid tomorrow on a Turkey hill. Maybe i could post a picture and you guys can tell me what you will charge for Cut, trim, Weeding. The manager is my ex so i have a 99% chance to get this job. I just dont want to over bid on the job and have to http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif with her.
Can she tell you what they paid last year and what range they are looking at this year?

Quote[/b] ]Does anyone know where i can find a sample letter from a LCO to a Realtor. My next step is to write an email to few realtors in my area, offering my service on properties they have in the market.
In another post, we were talking about working with realtors where they could use your services to help sell their houses. For instance, they offer the home buyer a year of free lawn care and the realtor pays you to do this service. What's your view on that idea?

Otherwise, what were you looking to say to the realtors? Just like an introduction?

Also we do have some lawn care customer letters here (http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/cgi-bin/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST;f=1;t=1541).

SerranoLandscaping
09-14-2007, 04:30 PM
Quote[/b] ]In another post, we were talking about working with realtors where they could use your services to help sell their houses. For instance, they offer the home buyer a year of free lawn care and the realtor pays you to do this service. What's your view on that idea?


I will like to learn more about this. Can you post the link to this thread. Thanks.

I want to write a decent email to introduce my self and my service. But like i said i want to learn more about this before i write something thats not going to make any sense to the realtor.

SerranoLandscaping
09-14-2007, 04:32 PM
Quote[/b] ]Can she tell you what they paid last year and what range they are looking at this year?


Should i ask her this then?

Steve
09-14-2007, 04:38 PM
Quote[/b] ]Should i ask her this then?

If you are still tight with her and she will tell you. Why not! Gain as much info as you can! It would be a great advantage to you!

Quote[/b] ]
I will like to learn more about this. Can you post the link to this thread. Thanks.
http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum....t=2476; (http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/cgi-bin/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST;f=1;t=2476;)

Does this help?

SerranoLandscaping
09-14-2007, 09:52 PM
thanks alot, the info was very helpful and im going to look into it more. Maybe if i can find home flippers and work something out with them.

Steve
09-15-2007, 06:19 PM
I would think finding realtors would be a lot easier than finding home flippers.

Maybe you could look up realtors in your area and send them a letter or email them.

Maybe something like this.

"Dear Realtor,

As you know, the real estate market has taken a downward turn. It has become a buyers market but sellers are still unwilling to lower their home prices much to attract a sale. This can put you in a tough position which won't allow you to sell as many houses as you'd like.
I have a solution to this problem. As an added kicker to help finalize the sale, you could offer the buyer a year's worth of free lawn care & snow removal services. You'd be surprised how many potential buyers may bite when you make this offer.
If you are interested in selling more homes, please contact me. I am John Smith, owner of Smith's Lawn Care and we can work out a deal to make this happen. My schedule is filling up for next year so please call me soon. In fact if you call by Oct 30th, I will make my first lawn servicing for free.

Sincerely,
John Smith"

How about something like this?

SerranoLandscaping
09-16-2007, 11:16 PM
This letter is just perfect. This will help out alot and i need to school my self more on this type of contract. I just do want to give a years worth of work and get screwed over big time. Lost of gas, oil and milage added to my truck and hours to my mowers. But like i said im going to do some more reading and find a way to provide a service but get some type of $$ for the work im doing on the agents properties.

Thanks for the letter.

Steve
09-17-2007, 03:31 AM
Pete,

You are welcome. You can keep this simple though. If you want to use a contract have it between you and the realtor. They will ultimately be paying you for the service monthly. If they don't pay you, then you stop working. And then if it came to that maybe you would then be able to explain it to the customer and they could have a few words with the realtor.

Keep us posted.

SerranoLandscaping
09-17-2007, 09:26 PM
Ok so I have my last question on this realtor gig.

Lets say I get a call from a Realtor. How will i deal with him when he is offering his buyer a 1year lawn service free. And the Agent has to pay me for this service. How is he winning on this deal.

Can some1 explain this to me. I need a little bit more info

Thanks

Steve
09-17-2007, 09:56 PM
Well ultimately, it gives the agent one more tool to help push the potential buyer into buying the house. Either the agent pays you or the seller does.

The goal is, offering the year lawn care is worth it to them because it seems like a big thing to put into the deal but in real $ terms it isn't. It would be cheaper for the seller and agent to offer such a service to sweeten the deal than it would be to drop the home price another $10,000 or more.

It's like when builders throw in new appliances in order to sweeten the deal. They don't have to lower their sale price but the buyer feels like they are getting more from the deal.

Does this help?

SerranoLandscaping
09-17-2007, 10:22 PM
i totally understand it now. Thanks again man your a great help, if i get any response from this type of deal i will share all my info to others.

I will be sending out around 20 emails this weekend when i have spare time. So if i get some emails back i will let you guys know..

thanks http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/yourock.gif

Steve
09-17-2007, 10:34 PM
Who are you sending them too? Is there a way you can bump the number higher? Say 100? 20 might be too small to get feedback. Maybe look locally for realtor contact information? Or even make a flyer and hand them out to homes for sale in your area? Would that be worth a try?

SerranoLandscaping
09-17-2007, 10:38 PM
Sorry about that i meant 200 emails. Yea i'll be busy this weekend working on this

Steve
09-17-2007, 10:40 PM
Oh that will be good! Can you give us an idea how you compiled that list and which types of businesses you included?

SerranoLandscaping
09-17-2007, 11:03 PM
yea im working on this right now. Here where I live is consider The Lehigh Valley and theres 5 major city and dozens of towns around. Im getting all the emails all the agents posted in their Ad. Well sundays paper in the real estate section. I found over 200 emails that the agents posted on their small Ads.

these are the companies im looking to email to.

CENTURY21
REMAX
GOLDWELL
WEICHERT

should be fun.

Steve
09-17-2007, 11:09 PM
Oh that rocks! You know I had another crazy idea. What if, you posted on craigslist in the real estate area, don't buy that new house unless the homeowner offers you free lawn care for a year from us! It's a buyers market now. The buyer calls the shot. With so many homes on the market, you deserve to get something more out of the deal. Call us for details on how we can work with you to achieve this.

What about something like that?

It's kinda crazy but what if you can get the buyers to say yea I want free lawn care for a year. Plus the post on craigslist is free.

What do you think about that?

Steve
09-17-2007, 11:13 PM
Another thought is what if you offered a discount on a pre-pay for the year of your lawn care service and you had a contract on it so they knew what you would follow through on. Then create a package around it.

Call it something like the Realtor's Lawn Care Package.

Then maybe you could rename it something else to attract other clients. 'The Serrano Landscaping Pre-Pay Package' prepay your lawn care for the year and save big!

SerranoLandscaping
09-17-2007, 11:21 PM
Dude thats a great idea. Sounds like a deal to me. Let me put something together and i'll show you how it looks when im done. I like your idea alot.

Steve
09-18-2007, 07:01 AM
I am looking forwards to this! http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Steve
09-18-2007, 06:35 PM
Pete,

Do you have a video camera that you could video tape some of your 'volunteer/goodwill work.' ?

Would you be interested in doing stuff like that to build goodwill within your community and build you and your business up as the local business hero?

Steve
09-18-2007, 06:59 PM
Here is an idea of what you could do. Make a page like this. It would include the different community projects you worked on. Then at the bottom you could include a link to each project, complete with video and photos.

I think if you did a project once a month or once every two month, you would become the biggest lawn care business in your area and the most talked about business man http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

What do you think?

SerranoLandscaping
09-18-2007, 09:57 PM
This is awsome man. This will boost my business alot cause this month alone i've completed 4 projects and I have tons of pictures that I will be adding to my Myspace page. How do I get this to work for my page. I will update my page very soon once I get so free time. Since I work from 6am to 7:30pm everyday.

Thanks again. You really have gave me positive ideas since i've been on this site. And running a business with no1 helping you gets very hard sometimes, but i'll manage to make it work. My fiance thinks im working way to much, but the bank account dollars are going up $100 by every 3hrs during my 13hrs days. So im super happy for having such a great month.

Goals for next months
* Increase my income
* Buy a new ZR turn
* A inclose trailers
* Land 3 residential customers for lawn care for next year
* And 1 commercial customer
* And keep markerting to land some realtors friendship
* And be happy.

My list will grow as the months go by.

SerranoLandscaping
09-18-2007, 10:02 PM
Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ Sep. 18 2007,7:35)]Pete,

Do you have a video camera that you could video tape some of your 'volunteer/goodwill work.' ?

Would you be interested in doing stuff like that to build goodwill within your community and build you and your business up as the local business hero?
Yea i have a nice one. I have tons of pics that i'll be posting shortly on my myspace page.

Steve
09-18-2007, 10:03 PM
Let's work together on this project.

Give me the street addresses (so I can make a map) of where you worked (also a description of what you did and where it was) and either post the pictures here or put them up on your server or (put them on your myspace site and label them so I know which picture is from what) and I will put together a functioning page idea to get you started on this.

You can then use the page on your website if you'd like.

SerranoLandscaping
09-20-2007, 08:02 PM
I'll send over the pictures and info this weekend. I've been pretty busy with alot of work this week. But i'll have more time to work on the computer this weekend.

I cant wait to get started with this map thing.

I picked up 2 more customers for lawn service this week.

Going this weekend to bid on a new bank for landscaping work and then going to the baptist church to offer them a free cut every week in exchange to place my yard sign. So lets see how things go this week..

Funny story:
*I got called yesterday by Emmaus Gulf Course to come and give an estimate on 32 acres of lawn. They left their name and number to call back. But I found this weird a gulf course calling to mow their grass and on top of that 32 acres. So I called the number and no answer. Called again no answer. Listened to the voicemail about 5 times just to make sure I got the number right. But then I was reconizing something about this voicemail. My buddy's voice, it sound like my Stone mason buddy Carlos. So I called him and said yea im here to give you an estimate on the 32 acres of lawn, he starts to laugh and I knew right way. I got pranked. Too bad this was a joke, I would love to mow 32 acres, but not a gulf course.

Steve
09-20-2007, 08:12 PM
Quote[/b] ]I'll send over the pictures and info this weekend. I've been pretty busy with alot of work this week. But i'll have more time to work on the computer this weekend.

I cant wait to get started with this map thing.
Yea it's gonna be awesome!

Quote[/b] ]I picked up 2 more customers for lawn service this week.
Did you askt the new customers how they found out about your business?
Quote[/b] ]I got called yesterday by Emmaus Gulf Course to come and give an estimate on 32 acres of lawn. They left their name and number to call back. But I found this weird a gulf course calling to mow their grass and on top of that 32 acres. So I called the number and no answer. Called again no answer. Listened to the voicemail about 5 times just to make sure I got the number right. But then I was reconizing something about this voicemail. My buddy's voice, it sound like my Stone mason buddy Carlos. So I called him and said yea im here to give you an estimate on the 32 acres of lawn, he starts to laugh and I knew right way. I got pranked. Too bad this was a joke, I would love to mow 32 acres, but not a gulf course.

Oh that was wrong LOL

SerranoLandscaping
09-20-2007, 08:31 PM
Quote[/b] ]Did you askt the new customers how they found out about your business?

Word of mouth, one is about 1 1/2 acres and his grass has never seen green due to the previous lco cutting way way to low. I told him ready for a baseball field look. He's excited and so am I. It feels good when you fix other people's problem and you make the home owners happy.. I need to get a new ZRT this week coming up. This is my first big property, all my other ones are 1/2 or 1/4 acre big.

Quote[/b] ]Oh that was wrong LOL

I know it is. I'll get him back. I'll call and say I need an estimate on a new home stone installation. But i'll say the job is in New York and the home is about 10,000 square feet in stone work. That will get him excited LOL. And i'll keep him going cause he believes everything. Then if he decides to actully take on the job and call back saying that he is on his way. I'll then tell him ok i'll be waiting. Then call him walf way down to new york and tell him he's been pranked. lol

Steve
09-20-2007, 09:56 PM
Quote[/b] ]Word of mouth, one is about 1 1/2 acres and his grass has never seen green due to the previous lco cutting way way to low. I told him ready for a baseball field look. He's excited and so am I. It feels good when you fix other people's problem and you make the home owners happy.. I need to get a new ZRT this week coming up. This is my first big property, all my other ones are 1/2 or 1/4 acre big.
Do you take before and after pics of such lawns? It sounds like there will be a big difference when you are done.

What kind of mower are you looking to get?

SerranoLandscaping
09-20-2007, 10:14 PM
I do take pictures sometime. But i will post a before and after on my page when it get healthy again.

SerranoLandscaping
09-20-2007, 10:18 PM
<table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tr><td>Code Sample </td></tr><tr><td id="CODE">What kind of mower are you looking to get?[/QUOTE]
Looking at a Gravely or a hustler. I dont want to finance no more than 6k for right now. If I get a second then i'll have a bigger budget for a Dixie.

Steve
09-20-2007, 10:18 PM
What kind of mower are you looking to get?

SerranoLandscaping
09-21-2007, 08:31 PM
Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ Sep. 20 2007,11:18)]What kind of mower are you looking to get?
Looking at a Gravely or a hustler. I dont want to finance no more than 6k for right now. If I get a second then i'll have a bigger budget for a Dixie.

Steve
09-21-2007, 08:39 PM
Have you ever thought of the Better quick36?

Any thoughts on them at all?

SerranoLandscaping
09-21-2007, 11:00 PM
dont know much about them. Not many dealers around here carry them. I like the hustlers they are pretty fast and cut very well. But i want to get something thats going to leave great stripes.

Steve
09-21-2007, 11:08 PM
Oh, the reason why I asked is that I know the owner Gary Partridge sales@betteroutdoorproducts.com . Maybe if you sent him an email and said something like you were refered to him by me, maybe you could get some kind of special offer.

Who knows, I figure it would be worth a try http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

SerranoLandscaping
09-24-2007, 10:02 AM
Is he in my area or out of the state?

Steve
09-24-2007, 10:29 AM
Well the company is HQed in North Carolina, but they should have dealerships somewhere in your area I would think.

SerranoLandscaping
09-24-2007, 10:34 AM
Im interested do they have a website that i can check out.

Steve
09-24-2007, 10:38 AM
Yea. http://www.betteroutdoorproducts.com

Let me know what you think.

SerranoLandscaping
09-25-2007, 12:39 AM
I might sign up for financing on a quick36.

Steve
09-25-2007, 01:21 AM
Keep us posted! http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

SerranoLandscaping
09-30-2007, 10:36 PM
going to pick up a gravely zrt this week. Hope i can finance one with no problem.

Steve
10-01-2007, 02:10 AM
Pete,

I know a lot of readers wonder when the time is right to make a jump to a larger mower. Can you explain to us what made you decide that now was the time?

SerranoLandscaping
10-10-2007, 01:46 PM
Is been been a dead month for me so far. Going crazy, no 1 wants leave clean since the city comes out every week to vac all the leave of the streets.

I might have to go out and find a second job to keep up with some expenses. * http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif

Steve
10-10-2007, 02:16 PM
Cmon! There have got to be more services you can offer ! We just have to be creative to figure them out.

What other services have you been considering?

SerranoLandscaping
10-10-2007, 03:45 PM
I do everything. Is just no1 wants to pay.

I have alot of services to offer. But like i said before i live in a town where there is 22 lawn care and landscape companys. Is getting crazy no1 wants to pay my minimum $35 because the low ball lawn care dude with the cheap equip. is charging 20 bucks.

Im thinking about moving out of this town..

SerranoLandscaping
10-10-2007, 03:49 PM
I need to work on a flyer that will catch everyones attention. Something i could use all year round.

Something crazy good. lol

I dont know but i need to figure something out fast.

StartALawnCareBusiness
10-10-2007, 04:09 PM
A couple thoughts come to mind.

1) The city comes to pick up the leaves. But, the home owners have to get them to the street. Also, your city probably has specific days that they target each area of the community. Find out their schedule. Then 3 or 4 days before they are to do leaf pickup, target that area heavily saying that the leaf truck will be there Wednesday and you will come by on Tuesday to make sure all the leaves are raked to the street. Offer a gutter special. You'll clean out their gutters and rake the leaves to the street the day before the truck is to arrive.

2) Yes, it's tough with 22 companies in your town. Can you think of a customer base that no one else is targeting? I'm sure everyone is targeting the expensive homes with big yards. What if you focus on duplexes with small yards? From your above post, it looks like you are considering a 36 inch mower. A 36 inch mower lets you get into tight areas. Lots of people with fenced in back yards only have 36" gates. Most bigger lawn care companies can't get their equipment through these gates. What if you speak with the owners of the local fence companies for customer lists of people with 36" gates? How about using Google Earth to look for fenced in back yards and then visit those homes.

These are just a couple ideas.

Don't give up, keep plugging away, you'll make it.

Keith

SerranoLandscaping
10-10-2007, 04:30 PM
Thanks Alot. I'll figure something out fast I do need to pick up some leave clean-up jobs asap.

Steve
10-10-2007, 07:25 PM
This might sound crazy but would there be any benefit to marketing hand raked yards? No blaring leaf blowers, good for the environment etc? Is there be a market base that would prefer this kind of service?

Would this make a lawn care operator stand out?

StartALawnCareBusiness
10-10-2007, 08:21 PM
Actually, it's a great idea to operate a lawn care company on the basis of environmental impact. *

There are certain earth-friendly actions you can take for you lawn care company. *Here are some spur of the moment ideas:

1) *Keep lawn mower blades sharp, engine tuned, gas cap tight, filters changed, oil changed, spark arrestors maintained, etc.

2) *Always keep gas cannisters and caps in good repair so gasoline does not spill or leak.

3) *Don't cut grass ultra short. *Longer grass has better drought resistance and chokes out weeds better. *This reduces the need for watering and chemical applications.

4) *Use hand rakes and brooms instead of blowers.

5) *For super small yards, use a push powered reel mower. *Also, wear areator clogs while you work.

Calculate your "Carbon Footprint" using something like this * "Carbon Footprint Calculator (http://www.climatecrisis.net/takeaction/carboncalculator/)" *and compare your lawn care company with a normal company of the same size. That's not a great calculator. Maybe there's one dealing strictly with lawn care machinery.

Advertise your company (using recycled paper for your flyers) as a steward of the earth. *Advertise with an eco-friendly name.

There are some customers where this wouldn't work for. *However, there are loads of impact-minded people who will be more than willing to pay a good price for this type of service.

How many more ideas can you think of for your lawn care company?

Keith

SerranoLandscaping
10-10-2007, 09:09 PM
This sound like a great idea. Im actualy working something out with a DJ from a Radio Station. Him and Alex from CRYSTAL ROXX are working a summer clean energy promotion. And he asked me if i can sponsor this project. I told him yea im down. So this clean earth friendly idea you posted will help me out in many ways.

Since i dont have any huge vacs or huge blowers i'll be using my huge rake and echo backpack. I went out tonight to hand out some flyers but i only passed out 100 since my fiance is working and i have the V10 not the gas friendly saturn ION. But i need to work on a good flyer to get to these homeowners.

pmblair
10-10-2007, 10:28 PM
Here's an idea me and my partner have been considering as well...

So we have a LOT of people around our area that LOVE to get out and do their own yard work. That's fine. All we have to do is send out a flier saying we will come by their house in the fall and winter and SERVICE THEIR EQUIPMENT for them. That way, when they get ready to fire up the mowers in early spring, all they need to do is connect the battery and fire them up! They call us with the equipment list they want serviced (including the models) and we'll get the parts, bring the parts and tools to their house, sharpen the blades, change the oil, etc etc etc...

What do you think?

Steve
10-12-2007, 11:14 AM
That is an awesome idea! And why not! What would you suggest charging? Are there other services you would add?

I put together this flyer maybe it will be helpful.

Download file here (http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/cgi-bin/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST&f=31&t=3456&st=30&&#entry25861). <span style='color:Red'>Make sure you logged into the forum to download all files</span>

http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/uploads/post-8-09206-mower_repair_flyer.jpg

pmblair
10-12-2007, 02:36 PM
Nice!

Don't forget, you can also...

...inspect tires and inflate to proper pressure (if necessary)...
...sharpen hedge trimmer blades (manual trimmers)...
...check/change sparkplugs on weedeaters and blowers...

What else can you guys come up with?

SerranoLandscaping
10-12-2007, 08:46 PM
Thats an awsome flyer and I have little knowledge on servicing a mower. I have a small engine mechanic that works on all my small engine equip. But this could help out some1 that has alot of skills in small engine repairs.

Today was a good day for me. I've been posting my Services on Craigslist.com and of course Myspace. I received an email from a Snow Removal contracting company that deals with placing bids on large commercial properties like Rite Aid. He asked me if I was interested in taking over 2 Rite Aids in my town that just got built. I told him sure i'll stop over and check how big they are so I know how much its going to be.
I figured its going to take me about 2hrs cleaning sidewalks and the lot and spreading salt. So I have my numbers now I want to see how much they are willing to pay me for this service. If they pay close to what I want i'll take them. *

Also picked up 2 jobs on myspace and they are not even friends they just saw my page by looking at other peoples pages. So thats a good thing.

And still no fall clean up jobs yet http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif I hope they call me soon I need the extra cash.

Steve
10-12-2007, 08:54 PM
Quote[/b] ]And still no fall clean up jobs yet http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif I hope they call me soon I need the extra cash.

I think maybe a flyer that says you'll rake the leaves to the curb and get it out in the area would be helpful.

pmblair
10-12-2007, 09:25 PM
Quote[/b] (SerranoLandscaping @ Oct. 12 2007,4:46)]Thats an awsome flyer and I have little knowledge on servicing a mower. I have a small engine mechanic that works on all my small engine equip. But this could help out some1 that has alot of skills in small engine repairs.
You don't have to have a ton of knowledge about small engine repairs. Just change the oil and filter, change the air filter, and maybe clean it up a little.

I'm sure you could find some online resources with enough information to get you through. As we were talking about in another post... "Fake it till you make it!" http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

...and congrats on the snow clearing jobs!!

Steve
10-12-2007, 09:29 PM
Yea I think those parts could be really easy. The blade sharpening could be tougher but can you imagine if you could offer that mobile! WOW!

SerranoLandscaping
10-12-2007, 11:52 PM
I'll give it a try. But thats another task on my list. I need to focus on raking leaves and making serious money. I have a baby on the way and I need to provide alot for him. It really slowed down for so far this month so I needs to pick up or im back to my 2nd shift job.

SerranoLandscaping
10-13-2007, 12:37 AM
Want to help out on a flyer like with a dude raking leaves and a good catchy note on the side of why they should call me instead of the other guys with the big vacs and loud expesive machines.

I'll put something together but Im not very good putting flyers together.

Maybe i can take a picture of my self raking leaves and my truck on the background. I dkn is late and my mind is not thinking very good.. im going to sleep and clear my busy mind for more thinking..

Steve
10-13-2007, 11:22 AM
Yea post a picture of you doing that and I will put it together in a flyer?

SerranoLandscaping
10-13-2007, 02:14 PM
Nice i'll get one soon..

Thanks

FourSeasons
10-13-2007, 10:37 PM
If you're thinking about doing a winterization service for peoples mowers theres more you need to do than just change the filters and oil. One very important thing that needs to be done so it will start in the spring is making sure that all the gas is out of the carb and drain it out of the tank. Or use a fuel stabilizer in the tank and run it so it gets into the carb. *Easiest way is just to run it out of gas. Otherwise the gas will start to turn to a varnish and gum up the carb jets and float. I did this with a chain saw I had and it started right up with fresh gas after 2 years of sitting. I used to be a small engine mechanic about 5 years ago. I forgot some of it but I still remember the basics. Sharpening the blades is easy once you do it a few times. Make sure you have a balancer with you.

You can look it up on the internet. Here is what one site listed:
1 StepEmpty the fuel tank. The easiest way to do this is simply to start the mower and leave it running until it runs out of gas. Leave it empty until you're ready to use it again next spring.

2 Step TwoEmpty the oil tank, if your mower has one.

3 Step ThreeTurn the mower on its side. Hose it down to soften dried grass and dirt; use a stick to scrape off any stubborn materials. Scrub with a soft brush and hot, soapy water to remove greasy matter. Rinse, and allow to dry thoroughly.

4 Step FourRemove any rust by rubbing the affected area vigorously with a small piece of steel wool. (Be sure to wear gloves.)

5 Step FiveRemove the mower blade and either sharpen it yourself or take it to a professional sharpener, usually listed in the yellow pages under "Lawn Mowers - Sharpening and Repair."

6 Step SixClean or replace your air filter. These should be changed once or twice during the mowing season. If the filter is paper, replace it. If the filter is made of paper and foam, remove the foam part and wash it in warm, soapy water; let it dry thoroughly. If the filter is plastic foam, remove it and wash it in warm, soapy water; allow it to dry thoroughly; and once it's dry, work a tablespoon or two of clean motor oil evenly across and into the filter - just enough to lightly coat it.

7 Step SevenRefill the mower's oil tank with fresh oil. Leave the gas tank empty until you're ready to use the mower in the spring.

8 Step EightCheck your lawn mower maintenance manual for other suggested season's-end care.

Theres others to. Just put together a check list. And practice on a family members or the neighbors. Its simple. Put a ad on craigslist for it.

pmblair
10-14-2007, 07:05 AM
I would like to make a suggestion...

I have heard in almost everything I have read to empty the gas tank and leave it empty. I would offer this for thought: I read in one particular set of instructions to do just the opposite... fill the gas tank to the maximum... add a conditioner to help prolong the life of the fuel and also keep it from freezing (not sure if gas even freezes). This way, the inside of your tank doesn't rust from any condensation that may occur. Nothing worse than trying to start your mower and immediately clogging your new, clean fuel filter.

I guess this also depends on what state you live in... how cold it gets and where your mowers are kept would play a role on my decision... like I live in Georgia... it doesn't get TOO cold here, so I'm not worried about the gas freezing (never has before). Plus, I've never drained the tanks before.

...and whether your gas tank is metal or plastic. My rider has a plastic tank, but my push mowers have metal ones... naturally, plastic doesn't rust. I guess it's just as easy to leave gas in a tank as it would be to leave it in a gas can.

Just my thoughts.

SerranoLandscaping
10-15-2007, 11:06 PM
For my equp i have a heated garage and im planning on starting my equipment twice a month during off season.

I dont think i have to winterrize my equipment. I dont think its going to hurt since the garage stays around 72 degrees all year round.

But i understand for other customers this service will really help.

Also how much will a service like this go for. Im guessing starting $35 depending on the size of the equipment.

pmblair
10-16-2007, 01:38 AM
Well, I guess it depends on if you're providing the supplies (oil, filter, etc) or not. If THEY provide the supplies, then yeah, I would say about $30-40... if you're providing it, then I would say add in the cost for the supplies.

SerranoLandscaping
10-16-2007, 02:14 PM
Sounds good I might give it a try. If I get any luck on this i'll let you guys know.

Steve
10-19-2007, 04:51 PM
Any updates on this?

SerranoLandscaping
10-21-2007, 11:01 PM
None I've been very very slow. This past week I worked for a friend of mine Superior Landscaping since im out of work and I mow all my customers one day of the week.

No luck yet.

Steve
10-21-2007, 11:17 PM
How long has your friend been in business?

Has he had any suggestions for you as to attracting more clients in the fall and winter?

What kind of services does he offer during the fall and winter?

What kind of marketing does he do?

SerranoLandscaping
10-21-2007, 11:43 PM
Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ Oct. 22 2007,12:17)]How long has your friend been in business?

Has he had any suggestions for you as to attracting more clients in the fall and winter?

What kind of services does he offer during the fall and winter?

What kind of marketing does he do?
5 Years. With 105 customers 60% commercial 40% Residential.

He tells me what every other LCO tells me it takes time. He tells me one day he'll see me out there mowing big properties.

He is so busy he still has about 500 yards of mulch to get done before this year is over. Was ranked #2 landscaper in the lehigh valley. For the winter he has over 45 lots to plow.

He doesn't do any marking or adverticing. Is like he has a huge magnet that attracts new customers. His trucks are simple, just has the name of his business on the side of his truck & phone number.

But I will work to be as great as him. My only problem was i started the business late in the year.

pmblair
10-22-2007, 12:02 AM
That's my problem, too... I started too late in the season... but I have faith that when spring rolls around, I'll be so busy I can't see straight.

My friend that I talk about who is in the lawn care business doesn't advertise either. He has all the lawns that he needs or wants. He has NO signs... NO business cards... NO fliers... and he is CONSTANTLY asked "Hey, can you do my yard, too?" He told me that in an average season, he probably turns down twice as many jobs as he does. He'll be sending me his "overflow" when he gets more requests! http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Steve
10-22-2007, 12:39 AM
I think it is fantastic you both have friends that offer you work. Either working for them or taking their overflow. This is so important because it keeps you working in the field you want to be working in. You are making contacts and you are learning.

I think time is a very important key in business growth but so is doing everything you can to attract attention. There are so many business ideas that can be looked into and experimented with for late fall and into winter. Don't give up!

Do either of your friends do holiday decorations or lighting?

pmblair
10-22-2007, 12:52 AM
My friend, in addition to doing his lawn service, has just been promoted to Senior Master Sergeant in the Air National Guard (Band), is a school bus driver, sits on the grounds committee at our church, plays in the church orchestra (as do I), and has two teenage children (one is in college, the other is an avid soccer player). He just doesn't have the time. He does, however, do an occasional pine straw for a couple of his regular customers. He told me the other day that he would be needing some help next month with some of the pine straw jobs and offered it to me, which I gladly accepted.

SerranoLandscaping
10-22-2007, 07:26 AM
Quote[/b] ]He'll be sending me his "overflow" when he gets more requests!

Thats good man. Some just have the luck some just have to work harder.

SerranoLandscaping
10-22-2007, 01:46 PM
I guess craigslist.com is doing good for me. Picked up 3 fall clean-up jobs today.

SerranoLandscaping
10-23-2007, 12:33 AM
Here is my ad on craigslist. I think everyone should take advantage of craigslist.com i've landend 95% of the jobs and picked up around 6 jobs so far in less than a month.

Free and easy to use.

http://allentown.craigslist.org/hss/456932241.html

Steve
10-23-2007, 03:47 AM
Pete,

How do you find the graphics work vs. simple text? Is there any downside to it?

Like maybe does it not show up on search engines?

http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/3088/50658201om7.jpg

FourSeasons
10-23-2007, 10:01 PM
Hey that looks good. I've seen other businesses post their ad on craigslist like that.
How do you post it on their like that?

Did you have that made for you or did you make it yourself?

Even something simpler I would think stand out better than just plain text. I know if I was looking on there for a service I would call the one with the professional ad. It makes u seem more like a real company and not the hung over guy down the street doing side jobs because he can't hold a real job.

pmblair
10-23-2007, 10:56 PM
You guys know you can post HTML on there, too, right? That way, as Steve was saying, you can take advantage of the search engines by having text in your ad as well.

Little's
10-23-2007, 11:41 PM
Just thought I would mention something about winterizing your equipment. My Echo manual says to empty the gas and run out the remainder. Then to remove the air filter, and put a teaspoon of 30w oil in the cylinder and give it a couple of pulls to spread it through.

SerranoLandscaping
10-23-2007, 11:42 PM
Quote[/b] (FourSeasons @ Oct. 23 2007,11:01)]Hey that looks good. I've seen other businesses post their ad on craigslist like that.
How do you post it on their like that?

Did you have that made for you or did you make it yourself?

Even something simpler I would think stand out better than just plain text. I know if I was looking on there for a service I would call the one with the professional ad. It makes u seem more like a real company and not the hung over guy down the street doing side jobs because he can't hold a real job.
I created that one my self on photoshop. That ad is doing very well for me. I post all over eastern pa and Im getting calls everyday. Last week I was posting playing text ads and this weekend I made that ad and I got 5 jobs so far and is only tues.

FourSeasons
10-24-2007, 08:13 PM
Can you tell me how you are posting your flyer on craigslist.

Are you posting it under services offered?

I don't see anything that lets you post an attachment to a service ad in the services offered section.

Thanks

Steve
10-24-2007, 08:45 PM
well you could use html i think.

so for instance, say your avatar is your flyer here is the code

<table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tr><td>Code Sample </td></tr><tr><td id="CODE">

<img src="http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/avatars/smiley-evil.gif">

[/QUOTE]

and it would look like this.

http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/avatars/smiley-evil.gif

If you need further help, post your image on here and I will make the code for you.

FourSeasons
10-24-2007, 09:03 PM
I had my wife do it. She saved it as a picture. Then uploaded it to photobucket. Copied and pasted the html to craigslist and there was my ad. Thats great.

I don't know if thats the easiest way or not but it worked.

Here is my ad. I forgot to put licensed and insured and I'm going to change it later for some kind of discount.

I don't have photoshop so I used MS Publisher

Sorry I know this is off the topic of Serrano's Landscaping

Steve
10-24-2007, 09:08 PM
Where is the ad?

FourSeasons
10-24-2007, 09:12 PM
Maybe this will work. I don't know why it didn't come up.

Steve
10-24-2007, 09:17 PM
Hmmm well that worked without showing the images. Do you have a link to the add itself?

FourSeasons
10-24-2007, 09:42 PM
here you go
http://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/lbs/458850537.html

I think the left side of my ad might have is a little disorganized.
I'm gonna go see how much a photoshop program is. I really like what he was able to do with it.

Steve
10-24-2007, 11:02 PM
Here is the image.

I think it looks good! Very clean!

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g101/sadnEssgrL/flyer.gif

SerranoLandscaping
11-01-2007, 01:11 AM
Wow im back. Is been a week I dont visit the site. I switch internet providers so it took the new guys 7 days too come and install the new modem. Anyways I was talking about getting a second job a few weeks ago and I did. a 3pm to 11:30pm shift easy work sitting my butt all day. But now that I have this job im getting calls off the hook and i could barely keep up with the work. My second job is 30 mins west of my house and all the work im picking up is 1hr away east of my house. So if I work in the mornings I have to work till 12 to rush back home and get ready for my 2nd job. Is hard, but I dont want to quit my new job since im making easy money.

But I just wanted to say Craigslist is working more than great for me. Is been the best adverticing i've ever done. Is Free and I got tons of work now. If you guys havent try craigslist.com give it a try.

Steve
11-01-2007, 03:14 AM
Hi Pete,

Thanks for the update! Do you have a plan on how you will transition back to full time lawn care? Will it be in the spring? How will you go about making the switch?

pmblair
11-01-2007, 05:05 PM
I have actually tried Craigslist, but I'm simply not getting any calls from there. Most of my business seems to be coming from face-to-face contact with potential customers.

SerranoLandscaping
11-01-2007, 11:16 PM
Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ Nov. 01 2007,3:14)]Hi Pete,

Thanks for the update! Do you have a plan on how you will transition back to full time lawn care? Will it be in the spring? How will you go about making the switch?
Yea im going back full time in spring. Or if we get crazy amounts of snow this winter then i'll be plowing and making my money doing snow. But i'll be doing doing snow removal no matter what. More money better for me.

SerranoLandscaping
11-11-2007, 12:37 AM
Man is getting cold.

Fall clean up and Snow Removal from here on.

Steve
11-11-2007, 01:44 AM
Pete asked me to post this postcard he designed and said if anyone needs help creating such an add, to contact him at serranolandscaping@yahoo.com

Thanks Pete!

It looks great!

How has the craigslist or myspace reaction been to it so far?

SerranoLandscaping
11-11-2007, 08:15 AM
I created this Ad last night, Im hoping to get atleast 10 jobs from it for snow removal. And my other ad did very well for me. And it still is, I landed over 10 jobs in less than a month. Im very happy with the results.

Steve
11-11-2007, 08:48 AM
Was this all from myspace or craiglist or a combination?

SerranoLandscaping
11-14-2007, 07:37 PM
All from Craigslist.com

Picked up 4 more fall clean-up this week plus one more Contract for full service for the rest of 2007 and 2008.

SerranoLandscaping
11-14-2007, 09:00 PM
Hello everyone

I have a question and anyone can throw their 2 cents.
Ok I have an uncle that is loaded and is looking to invest his money on something. And I came up with the idea that I should ask him if he wants to invest his money into my business. So I spoke to him about the deal and he said yes lets do it but 1st come up with plan, and a percentage on what he will get back in return.

Im going to borrow 2k for now to see how things work. But he doesn't need the money right away he just want to see the money grow over the years.

I need some1 to give me an idea i have no accounting or investment knowledge. Help out some1 please

Steve
11-15-2007, 04:39 AM
Well, I guess my first question would be, how would $2000 help you? What would you do with it?

SerranoLandscaping
11-15-2007, 01:03 PM
Well i could borrow up to 10k but I dont want to borrow that kind money yet. Im taking it easy and growing little by little. I dont want to get into crazy debt.

I need a plow asap. Im getting 5 to 8 calls every day since I posted the ad on craigslist. A plow will help out alot and if we get snow im sure I'll make plenty of money.

I was thinking opening a seperate account for my ucles investment. Every month throw $50-100 depending on how good the month was for me. So this way i'll pay him back for what he let me borrow plus another $50-100 for his investment.

Does it sound fair. He could make $600-1200yr for doing nothing. My goal for next year is pull in 60k+ yr income.

pmblair
11-15-2007, 01:28 PM
How about this... You invest that $2000 in the plow. Let him know that he gets a percentage of every plow job you do this winter. If you stay rolling, this should pretty much take care of itself by the end of the snow season, don't you think?

Then, when spring rolls around, if you need some new equipment or something, talk to him again. Tell him what you did with the money over the winter and what kind of return he got off of it. Then tell him if he wants to invest another $X, that you're going to use it to buy (FOR EXAMPLE) a core aerator and that he'll get a certain percentage from every aeration you do...

Follow me?

Steve
11-15-2007, 02:11 PM
Well, tell me this, could you keep things cheaper? Like maybe this year use a snow blower or a snow shovel? It could help you save on insurance too and you never know how much snow will come?

What's your thoughts on that?

SerranoLandscaping
11-15-2007, 07:31 PM
Quote[/b] (pmblair @ Nov. 15 2007,2:28)]How about this... You invest that $2000 in the plow. *Let him know that he gets a percentage of every plow job you do this winter. *If you stay rolling, this should pretty much take care of itself by the end of the snow season, don't you think?

Then, when spring rolls around, if you need some new equipment or something, talk to him again. *Tell him what you did with the money over the winter and what kind of return he got off of it. *Then tell him if he wants to invest another $X, that you're going to use it to buy (FOR EXAMPLE) a core aerator and that he'll get a certain percentage from every aeration you do...

Follow me?
This sounds good. But what percentage will you give some one that is investing into your company.

Steve
11-15-2007, 07:34 PM
Well, maybe you could check out what interest rate you would pay a local bank for a loan? Would that help you ?

SerranoLandscaping
11-15-2007, 07:45 PM
Quote[/b] ]Well, tell me this, could you keep things cheaper? Like maybe this year use a snow blower or a snow shovel? It could help you save on insurance too and you never know how much snow will come?

What's your thoughts on that?

Thats true about snow prediction. I have a Ariens 27 in clearance blower and shovels but I want to get into the real money. All the calls im picking up are for lots, 2 residential and the other ones im just passing on to another lco till I get a plow.

Steve
11-15-2007, 07:47 PM
The other thing I wonder about is how much more will your insurance be to be covered for snowplowing?

SerranoLandscaping
11-15-2007, 08:01 PM
I havent checked on that yet. But I dont think it should be alot more

pmblair
11-15-2007, 10:38 PM
Another thing to consider... what happens if you don't get the business? What happens if you do, but they only want you for one time? What happens if (God forbid) you get very sick or injured?

Just some down-sides to think about, too...

SerranoLandscaping
11-15-2007, 11:13 PM
I try not to think about the down side. Every new customer I pick up has to sign a contract and if they dont want to sign one they can call the other 28 LCO in this area. I do many types of jobs, and business is picking up about 60% more from last month.

I dont think about the down side of a business cause I try not be at that point in life. I was in a bad situation about 2 or 3 weeks ago, I even got a 2nd job to pay some bills but I said to my self. I need to improve something about my adverticing and I did I created a money making ad for craigslist and I cant believe the results. Im happy again.

Got called for a fall clean up job today, and from this job I picked up lawn care, snow removal, Landscaping for the spring and $1,500 hardscape job for next week.

Also have 4 big jobs to get done this month. Making 8k income for the month of Nov. Very pleased and I thank craigslist so much for it.

Steve
11-16-2007, 08:21 AM
Pete congratulations on your success! Nice work!

You know I was thinking about this question of borrowing money and it made me think. I can remember quite a few entrepreneurs I have known that thought they needed a loan to help buy things but the ended up buying things they didnt need and didnt know it.

I do wonder at times if this could be similar to say a potted plant. It can only use so much water while it is growing. Too much water and it will die. Do you ever wonder if business is similar to that? Where you need organic growth. Growing step by step based on new jobs coming in to fuel the system to grow further? Learning as you go?

Can you actually throw too much money at a new business and have it be wasteful?

Please tell me your thoughts on that.

SerranoLandscaping
11-16-2007, 09:30 PM
Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ Nov. 16 2007,9:21)]Pete congratulations on your success! Nice work!

You know I was thinking about this question of borrowing money and it made me think. I can remember quite a few entrepreneurs I have known that thought they needed a loan to help buy things but the ended up buying things they didnt need and didnt know it.

I do wonder at times if this could be similar to say a potted plant. It can only use so much water while it is growing. Too much water and it will die. Do you ever wonder if business is similar to that? Where you need organic growth. Growing step by step based on new jobs coming in to fuel the system to grow further? Learning as you go?

Can you actually throw too much money at a new business and have it be wasteful?

Please tell me your thoughts on that.
Thanks..

Yes I do believe some people borrow way too much money to start a business and they go broke or dont make enough to pay the business bills. Like New truck payments, trailer payments, mower payment, Insurances, Adverticing, Decals for the truck, decals for the trailer, Blowers, trimmers, and all the good to make a complete business run smooth. I've seen this before. I actually met a guy who went all out with every single bit of equipment brand spanking new. He borrowed over 125k to start a landscape and lawn care biz. He only lasted 3 months, Sold some of the stuff and returned the rest. He ruined his credit and is stuck with a Huge Bill every month.

I learned from that and decided that im going to take my time to buy my stuff. I Sold my Pride and joy 11 second Volkswagen Gti and used the money to get a 2002 dodge ram 2500 loaded with the V10 and the 3500 1ton suspention kit. Then got my 1st job a week after starting the biz and the money I made from that used it to purchased the basic stuff, push mower, rake and shovels.

Now I got a walk behind over 10k in tools and equipment and im just 5 months into my business. and about 3k in business debt.

Next year 2008 I will trade the truck in for a New 2008 f-450 superduty dump bed. And get a In-closed trailer and 1 Zero turn. I have jobs already lined up for March that will make me around 10k in that month alone. Over 75 yards of mulch and 13 new custmers singned up to start off the season for 08 putting me at 25 total lawn care customers.

But I will say next year I have big plan to grow bigger, I dont want to spoil my plans by telling people about it and then nothing happens but i'll be here updating everyone about the success im having.

I've been reading this really good book called Year To Success by Bo Bennett, and i've learned so much from how to be positive 24-7 to how to speak to customers and so much more I reccomend this book to anyone looking for advice and info to success.

Steve
11-17-2007, 06:29 AM
Pete those are some great insights.

Quote[/b] ]But I will say next year I have big plan to grow bigger, I dont want to spoil my plans by telling people about it and then nothing happens but i'll be here updating everyone about the success im having.

One of my professors used to say if you want to achieve a goal, tell everyone what it is you want to achieve so then it will continually re-enforce that you strive for it.

I thought I would share that with you because maybe it will be helpful.

SerranoLandscaping
11-17-2007, 07:52 AM
I wrote down in a piece of paper that I look at every day.

Im working on a contract for next year, a decent size contract that will put in a tripple digit income. But I have to wait till next year to sit down and talk numbers. If i get this bid i'll be extremely thankful and happy..

But I have to wait.

Steve
11-17-2007, 08:26 AM
You can make it happen Pete http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

SerranoLandscaping
05-05-2008, 08:35 PM
Im back guy's..

Well this season is going pretty well for the business...
Here are some of the updates

I got another truck for the bizz
2 new trailers
60" Dixie

last time I was in here I was at 7 customers now I have 40 customers for wkly mowing

I've layed over 200 yards of mulch up to date and have another 75yrds to go.

Installed 4 new landscapes this year

Over 2 dozen spring clean ups

And Now im looking to hire 2 more guys to have one more crew to run the north end Pa while I run the South end PA area.

From Quakertown PA to Chester PA is my south end and my north end is from Bethlehem PA to Northhampton PA im covering over 50 miles of service. I travel alot but is helping out so much.

Last month revenue was over 15,500k.. This month looks better..

I havent advertice in 4 month.. Word of mouth is doing pretty well.. I dont have any letter on my truck or trailer. Simple and clean and im doing very well.

I hope everyone is doing well too..

Share some words the guys that started the same time I did...

SerranoLandscaping
05-05-2008, 08:41 PM
I forgot to mention Im leasing a 2,000 sq/ft warehouse.. I'll post pics of it when I clean it up and set up everything. Right now is a mess..

Steve
05-06-2008, 04:34 AM
Hi Pete,

I am looking forwards to seeing your pictures! If you could offer any advice now to readers who wonder how they can find the same level of success as you did, what would you say to them?

SerranoLandscaping
05-08-2008, 08:28 AM
How do I post pics....

I will take some more pics of the warehouse today.....

Steve
05-08-2008, 08:32 AM
When you make a post, below the text area there is a browse button and you can attach images like that

Or you can email them to me (slow@gophersoftware.com) and I will get them up for you.

SerranoLandscaping
05-10-2008, 08:40 AM
http://img50.imageshack.us/img50/7622/hpim2332iw6.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img50.imageshack.us/img50/7622/hpim2332iw6.11b60f0b16.jpg (http://g.imageshack.us/g.php?h=50&i=hpim2332iw6.jpg)
My Bins for stones the back end is for mulch. Total of six bins

http://img88.imageshack.us/img88/963/hpim2334wg4.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img88.imageshack.us/img88/963/hpim2334wg4.7aed1402ab.jpg (http://g.imageshack.us/g.php?h=88&i=hpim2334wg4.jpg)
The out side as for now im leasing 4 doors a total of 5,600 sq/ft plus about 3/4 acre..
http://img88.imageshack.us/img88/5701/hpim2338mh4.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img88.imageshack.us/img88/5701/hpim2338mh4.bd0757c2c3.jpg (http://g.imageshack.us/g.php?h=88&i=hpim2338mh4.jpg)
Pretty cool roof huh.. Is getting replace this week or the following.. The owner is taking care of that... I still need to clean up a bit more and start bringing all my equipment in and build a office.. Next month I'll post more pics when everything is more organized..

Steve
05-10-2008, 09:35 AM
Pete that is fantastic! It looks tailor made for exactly what you need! I love the bins for the materials!

What are your next plans with all of this now?

Will you be selling materials to other landscapers?

SerranoLandscaping
05-10-2008, 07:44 PM
This place is a gold mine. I love it I just started looking in the news paper and found a ad for one bay garage at a great price. So I called the number and asked what size the garage was and he told me well is 20x63 and I was like ok that sound good. I asked him if he has anything bigger and he said how big do you want to go> I told him my budget and he was like well what do you do. I told him i was a landscaper and he siad well I have the right place for you. And If you get this place I will also need some mowing and landscaping.. So out of this deal I got another deal on top.

The mowing and landscape work that I'll be doing for him will pay half of the rent for this place so thats a good thing.

I will be a supplier for mulch and stone and a dealer for stone veneer. And other landscape and Masonry materials.

The warehouse is getting a make over. A new roof, Powerwashing the floor till there is no dirt from the previous Co. I will be building 2 offices in the corner back. New lighting and top of the line security. Im partners with my best friend with this warehouse. So it helps both of us out alot..

Alot of thing are going to happen to the business, all my profits goes into my business. I just save for bills and taxes and the rest into the business.