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Larry's Lawns
01-20-2008, 12:14 PM
Don't know if a free animated banner ad will be used soon because I haven't gotten a web site yet. Figured I'd say hello anyway and use it later when I do. I noticed you asked another for some insight to how he got started, so I'll give a little of mine.

Hello to all from Larry's Lawns in Seguin Texas. I'm joining your forum in hopes of learning some of the basics through advice, hopefully avoiding having to make the mistakes for the lesson.

Overview of my startup situation. - I reached burnout in the hi-tech field a couple years ago and escaped corporate ####. I spent some time doing mostly two things, sightseeing on my new bike and restoring an elder’s property to livable. Caring needs for this family member will continue. Some say I'm stuck in mid-life crisis now. True or not, I intend to never go back into such an atmosphere.

I started Larry's Lawns last year as a part-time income generator using equipment already in the garage. Although most would find mowing lawns a huge prestige demotion from my previous life, it's much more compatible with my principles and soul. Having confirmed this to myself, and having completed the huge project of restoring the property, it's time to build the business.

This year it needs to start becoming a full-time income. My desires are to keep it simple though. I think for this year I still want to stick to mowing and trimming as what I mostly do, but also expecting to fulfill some additional needs of existing customers as requested. I will start the year working alone and am undecided on getting help. We'll see what the future brings.

Seguin is a smaller town but growing due to two cities encroaching on it, San Antonio and Austin. Last year I advertised only once, for one week, in the local radio station's freebee newsletter. That tiny effort kept me as busy as I needed to be until the weather became dry again. This year I will be in the phone book's yellow pages. It may be enough to get me ramped up to speed, but I will advertise more if my time isn't filled.

Well.. got a lot of questions for y'all about things like; equipment, methods, bookkeeping, etc... but I see this is getting long. I'm looking forward to discussions with you and hoping as time goes by I can return more to the forum than I receive.

Larry Puckette
Larry's Lawns
Seguin Texas

realhuntin
01-20-2008, 12:33 PM
Quote[/b] (Larry's Lawns @ Jan. 20 2008,12:14)]Don't know if a free animated banner ad will be used soon because I haven't gotten a web site yet. Figured I'd say hello anyway and use it later when I do. I noticed you asked another for some insight to how he got started, so I'll give a little of mine.

Hello to all from Larry's Lawns in Seguin Texas. I'm joining your forum in hopes of learning some of the basics through advice, hopefully avoiding having to make the mistakes for the lesson.

Overview of my startup situation. - I reached burnout in the hi-tech field a couple years ago and escaped corporate ####. I spent some time doing mostly two things, sightseeing on my new bike and restoring an elder’s property to livable. Caring needs for this family member will continue. Some say I'm stuck in mid-life crisis now. True or not, I intend to never go back into such an atmosphere.

I started Larry's Lawns last year as a part-time income generator using equipment already in the garage. Although most would find mowing lawns a huge prestige demotion from my previous life, it's much more compatible with my principles and soul. Having confirmed this to myself, and having completed the huge project of restoring the property, it's time to build the business.

This year it needs to start becoming a full-time income. My desires are to keep it simple though. I think for this year I still want to stick to mowing and trimming as what I mostly do, but also expecting to fulfill some additional needs of existing customers as requested. I will start the year working alone and am undecided on getting help. We'll see what the future brings.

Seguin is a smaller town but growing due to two cities encroaching on it, San Antonio and Austin. Last year I advertised only once, for one week, in the local radio station's freebee newsletter. That tiny effort kept me as busy as I needed to be until the weather became dry again. This year I will be in the phone book's yellow pages. It may be enough to get me ramped up to speed, but I will advertise more if my time isn't filled.

Well.. got a lot of questions for y'all about things like; equipment, methods, bookkeeping, etc... *but I see this is getting long. I'm looking forward to discussions with you and hoping as time goes by I can return more to the forum than I receive.

Larry Puckette
Larry's Lawns
Seguin Texas
Hi Larry, Welcome to the Green Industry and the Gopher Forum.

Sounds as if you and I got off the same boat. One thing I would like to bring to mind is what you said, "Although most would find mowing lawns a huge prestige demotion from my previous life, it's much more compatible with my principles and soul." I can't agree more.

Just remembr " I'd rather be a failure at somthing I enjoy, than be a success at something I hate." -George Burns

Basicly let people think what they want, as you laugh your way to the bank.
Hope you can find the answers your looking for here, adn look forward to reading your point of view.

Best of Luck
Tim

pmblair
01-20-2008, 12:38 PM
Quote[/b] ]Don't know if a free animated banner ad will be used soon because I haven't gotten a web site yet.

I can help you with your website, a logo, and many other graphic designs. Email me at pmblair@blairprod.com.

Welcome to the forums!

Steve
01-20-2008, 09:30 PM
Here is one for Shade Tree.

nyse420
01-22-2008, 09:32 AM
Thank you for the new banner, much appreicated! Do you still have the snow removal one or is that not around anymore?

kmg365
01-25-2008, 05:31 PM
The animated banners look great and I'd really appreciate one. Biz name is Straight Line Lawns, phone (309)-314-3901. If your wondering why i started in the lawn biz, part stupidity, part crazyness. thanks.

Steve
01-25-2008, 10:07 PM
Hi kmg365,

Here is your banner! Welcome to our forum!

Steve
01-26-2008, 03:29 AM
Hi nyse420,

Here you go.

nyse420
01-27-2008, 03:53 PM
Thank you for the snow one as well! I had to get a new phone number, and loved the way that they looked on my website. Thanks again

Robertson
01-28-2008, 10:17 AM
Just want to say hello to all. I'm located in Arlington Texas. I service about 30 yards a week. I plan on using this banner on a local website.

ROBERTSON'S LAWN CARE 817-681-6578

Steve
01-28-2008, 10:32 AM
Hi Bob,

Welcome to our forum! What got you started in the lawn care business? Did you ever run any other kind of business?

Robertson
01-28-2008, 03:26 PM
I was in the network cabling business. I have several friends in DFW area that have a lawn business. I have been tinkering with doing a business for years.For the last 4 summers I have had 30 yards. I am ready to make it happen this year. My goal is to be a property management business owner in three years. Until then I am self-employed. I did buy the software last year and it helped me with my work. I like it.

Robertson
01-29-2008, 01:01 PM
How do I copy and save this? I have tried and all I get is the blue sky part.

Steve
01-29-2008, 02:20 PM
Hi Bob,

Can you right click on the image and save it? Make sure you are saving it as a gif file. That's the only way it will be animated. Let me know if this works.

ronpip
01-29-2008, 02:28 PM
Hello everybody,
My name is Ron Pipkin, my company is Ron's Home Repair & Maintenence. I've been in business for about two years. I'm adding lawn care this year, as I work toward being the one company in my area that someone can call to get anything on their property taken care of quickly and professionally. I worked in construction (mainly plumbing) for 25 years before I finally decided to go it on my own. It's been challenging, starting a new business on a tight budget (no loans) and being new to the area (moved from Memphis about two and a half years ago), but I enjoy what I'm doing.

Steve
01-30-2008, 10:16 AM
Hi Ron,

Thanks for saying hello to us!

What got you interested in adding lawn care to your business and are you at all concerned you might be spread too thin?

What advice do you have for other entrepreneurs looking to start their own business?

robster341
02-02-2008, 07:05 PM
Hello My name is Robert owner and operator of Evans Landscaping LLC. I hale from the great state of Arkansas! I have a beautiful wife of 14 years and two wonderful kids ages 5 and 9. We have been in business full time for 3 years. Our business is strictly new installations including raised beds, lighting and maintenance. We are looking at the possibility of lawn care but so far our focus has been building beautiful landscapes for both residential and commercial identities.
I am a certified Landscaper through the Arkansas Green Industry and we are proud members of the Arkansas Green Industry Association. We also take part in the Delta Master Gardeners Association and strive to be civic minded to improve our surroundings and help build a stronger community.

I am interesed in meeting and collaborating with other green industry professionals to gain ideas and friendship.

You can learn more about us at www.myspace.com/landscaper36 we have some recent project pics on there to view and critique

http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/cool.gif My Webpage (http://www.myspace.com/landscaper36)

yarddawg
02-02-2008, 08:21 PM
Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ Mar. 19 2007,11:18)]Welcome new forum members! Make a new post and say hello to us. Tell us a little about your company and we will make a free customized banner ad for you.
Hi, my name is Chad Boone and I am a Owner/Operator of Yard Dawgs LLC based out of Batavia, OH. We are about 20 minutes South East of Cincinnati. We just opened our doors in July 2007 and we had one tuff year let me tell ya. We didn't do it the traditional way, we decided to go out and buy all new equipment. We wanted to look big without being big, but this proved to be a rough way of doing things due to the weather in Ohio. We struggled to get accounts for the first several months due to the drought and when business started to pick up winter came rolling in. We did however happen to get lucky towards the end of the season and get hooked up with a reality company taking care of foreclosures. We are now getting $70 to mow quarter acre lots and the money should come a little easier this year. We are looking for a unique way to advertise that is fairly inexpensive, if anyone has any ideas. As far as equipment we bought a 2007 Chevrolet
2500 HD with a Boss 7'6" straight blade snow plow, a 2007 Cub Cadet M60 Tank, a 2007 Cub Cadet Hydo 36" walk behind, Cub Cadet 20" push mower, Stihl BR550 Blower, Stihl FS90 line trimmer and a 16' enclosed Haulmark trailer. Like I said all new equipment and a lot of overhead, but we didn't get into this business to fail.

justin_time
02-02-2008, 10:31 PM
Quote[/b] (yarddawg @ Feb. 02 2008,8:21)]I am looking for a unique way to advertise that is fairly inexpensive, if anyone has any ideas.
Good advertising ideas... easy.. simple.. and it works for me

Phone tear offs


If you have Microsoft Publisher...

Advertising is easy.. make your own for cheap.. all it really cost is your ink and your paper...

All you have to do is the following

1. Start with an empty Publisher document
2. Insert your logo, services, and your phone number
3. Insert the phone tear off (see picture)
4. Publisher will ask you for your business name and phone number and will automatically align the phone numbers


This simple phone tear off flyer works good for me.. I put those around the city in the bulletin boards... and everybody seems to get my name from that

Hope this helps

http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d192/justinpitre/Publisher3.jpg

http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d192/justinpitre/Publisher2.jpg

http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d192/justinpitre/Publisher1.jpg

yarddawg
02-02-2008, 11:08 PM
Okay, Thanks I hadn't really thought about taking that route. I was
considering the newspaper or something, but I here from most people that it is a waste of time and money. I'm really just not sure at this point.

ronpip
02-03-2008, 01:41 AM
Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ Jan. 30 2008,10:16)]What got you interested in adding lawn care to your business and are you at all concerned you might be spread too thin?


What advice do you have for other entrepreneurs looking to start their own business?
Adding lawn care is something I've wanted to do from day one, I already take care of my 3.5 acres and my mom's 5 acres so the equipment investment has already been made. As far as being spread too thin I'm going to try to start out with about 20 - 24 clients and do those myself. When this part of the business can justify full time employees I'll add them.


As far as advice that I would give to someone starting their own business I'm still learning more about that every day. Some of the things that have really stuck with me would be: Document everything. Always have an answer for the customer. Be thorough in everything you do. If you can (it's not easy) don't get any loans, a business partner maybe, don't let the bank own you. Those are just a few that come to mind right away. Most importantly though, make time for and don't forget about your family. They will be the first ones to suffer when the 80 - 100 hour weeks come back to back to back.

07RICH
02-04-2008, 08:11 PM
Hey Steve i would like to have on for myspace page. Rich from R.C.E. LAWN CARE

Steve
02-05-2008, 06:01 AM
Hi Rich,

Welcome to our forum! What got you to start your lawn care business?

How's this?

To add this to your site copy and paste this html 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/uploads/post-26-09291-rce.gif">

[/QUOTE]

Dzielak51
02-05-2008, 08:22 AM
Could you do one up for me? Id appreciate it.

Z-Best Property Maintenance
(239)-340-6601

Steve
02-05-2008, 08:23 AM
Hi Jesse,

Welcome and Here you go! What got you to start your lawn care business?

jab1472
02-15-2008, 09:33 AM
I would love an animated banner Four Seasons Lawn & Landscaping (757) 789-3470

Steve
02-15-2008, 04:24 PM
Here you go Jay!

jab1472
02-15-2008, 08:07 PM
cool thanks http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Sydenstricker Landscaping
02-17-2008, 12:57 PM
Hello! I have been using Gopher for a while now and noticed that i have not posted in the forums yet.
Oh a banner would be awesome! http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/badger.gif Can you only make it 12K?

Sydenstricker Landscaping
Honest High Quality Work for Fair Prices!
(440) 942-6045

A&amp;Llandscape
02-17-2008, 07:12 PM
A & L Landscaping
586-792-3882
Quality not Quanity

Rouskey Landscaping
02-18-2008, 02:50 AM
Hello, my name is Chris and I am in my second year of business. I started Rouskey Landscaping in 2006 and it has been going very well. I went to college and majored in landscape management with a minor in turf management. I would just like to say that i found this site very helpful as far as flyers and contracts go. I would like to suggest to anyone looking for commercial clients to look into the blue book for construction. It really gets your name out there. Thanks,
Chris Rouskey

Steve
02-18-2008, 11:03 AM
Hi Sydenstricker Landscaping,

Here you go.

Steve
02-18-2008, 11:04 AM
Hi Al,

Here is your banner.

Steve
02-18-2008, 11:05 AM
Quote[/b] ]I would like to suggest to anyone looking for commercial clients to look into the blue book for construction. It really gets your name out there. Thanks,

Hi Chris,

Thank you for the idea! Can you tell us a little about what this is? Have you used it? How has it helped you?

jab1472
02-21-2008, 08:59 PM
Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ Feb. 15 2008,4:24)]Here you go Jay!
hello can i get the myspace code for the banner as well thanks ...jay

Steve
02-21-2008, 11:29 PM
Try this Jay.

<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/uploads/post-26-10651-four_seasons.gif">

[/QUOTE]

lsylvain
02-24-2008, 10:05 PM
Company Name We-Mow Florida, LLC
DBA: We-Mow Bradenton

I started my first company in West Virginia sold out and moved to FL in 2004. I worked in real estate for awhile until I got sick of it and descided to go back into the lawn biz in May of 2007. By the end of 2007 we had generated 60 or so accounts and we are still growing, just recently our part time employee made the switch to full time.

We plan on doubling to 120 accounts by the end of 2008.

I would love an animated bannor.

Rouskey Landscaping
02-25-2008, 02:42 AM
The blue book is a complete reference book for contractors. It is based on regions of the country, for instance my ad is in the chicagoland and n.w. indiana edition. It is a fixed monthly price and can be a little expensive depending on the ad size.

This book is delivered to all the contractors and property managers in that specific region. Ads are also available at www.thebluebook.com. This has helped me a lot, because I receive any where from 3 to 15 leads per day. The leads range from landscape construction to service contracts. Even if you dont get the jobs the networking possibilities are endless. If you have any more questions you can go to there website.

Steve
02-25-2008, 02:16 PM
Hi lsylvain,

Welcome to our forum! Very nice logo you have there!

Here is your banner!

Steve
02-25-2008, 02:19 PM
Thank you Chris for your insight into the blue book. Did you want a banner? If so what did you want on it?

Thanks, Steve

Badboyztr
02-25-2008, 07:31 PM
Hello I am just here checking things out. I have grown up in the lawn equipment industry as my Father had a Lawn Equipment Dealership. While in college I tried my hand at commercial mowing but did not want to bid against customers of the family business. I left the industry when it appeared that the mass merchant was taking it over, however when my father picked up an exciting company named Bad Boy, I came back to expand the business into power tool repair and prepare to grow the business.

Steve
02-25-2008, 07:39 PM
Hi Robert,

It's great to have you on the forum. Can you tell us a little about how much a difference BadBoy Mowers made for you? From your post it seems like it made a big difference.

What I am wondering is from an outsiders perspective, what makes them stand out so much to you? What do you like most about them?

Glenco Lawn
03-01-2008, 09:57 PM
hello everyone, my name is Glenn and I am glad to finally find a website that I can learn from, I grew up since I can remember helping out pops in his lawn service business. growing up I learned the biz without even knowing, my younger brother stayed helping my father and later branched off to start his own, I on the other hand took the easy way out and got into sales aka,corporate,aka 9 to 5 , all through those years I was still an employee of my fathers business, meaning on my days off my "real" job I was helping my father. after 10 years in sales I was tired of making other people money and decided to start a landscape company, now , please help me. where do I start?

Steve
03-01-2008, 10:49 PM
Hi Glen,

It's great to have you here. Have your brother and father been helpful in getting you started?

I would think that would give you a great advantage over other lawn care start ups.

F3Nelson
03-03-2008, 12:03 PM
I PM'd ya but here goes again.

I would like one also puuhhhlleezzz!

PINNACLE LAWN & LANDSCAPE

COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE
(913) 915-1208

Thanks in advance!

Steve
03-03-2008, 03:53 PM
Hi Mike,

Here you go.

F3Nelson
03-03-2008, 04:10 PM
Kudos brotha, thanks again

03-11-2008, 02:03 AM
Will you please make a banner for me?

Trinity Images
Precision Landscape Management

Steve
03-11-2008, 07:26 AM
Hi Eric,

Here you go!

manandamower
03-17-2008, 10:44 PM
could you make one with the name Apple Lawns. And the website applelawns.com

manandamower
03-17-2008, 11:43 PM
what software do i need to edit the banners?

justin_time
03-18-2008, 12:06 AM
Steve, I was wondering if I can change my banner to this

Just in Time Yard Services
www.jitys.ca

Thanks

Steve
03-18-2008, 07:52 AM
All you need to edit them is a simple animated gif editing software package. There are probably a lot of free ones out there.

justin_time
03-18-2008, 09:34 AM
Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ Mar. 18 2008,6:52)]All you need to edit them is a simple animated gif editing software package. There are probably a lot of free ones out there.
Thanks

manandamower
03-19-2008, 01:43 PM
You guys are great! I use your website for everything. Could you make me one:
AppleLawns
Lawn care that cares

www.applelawns.com

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

Steve
03-19-2008, 04:38 PM
Hi Robert,

Here you go.

Steve
03-19-2008, 04:40 PM
Here is one for Brandon.

manandamower
03-20-2008, 12:00 AM
Thanks! it looks great. Could you make me the on the other page where it say "dont let insects destroy your beautiful lawn" Call 000-000-0000 for a free estimate" and put the phone number "314-221-0719" and our website "applelawns.com"
Thanks again. You guys are great!!!!! http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/yourock.gif

Steve
03-20-2008, 09:56 AM
Where is the link to that one?

Apple Lawns
03-20-2008, 09:06 PM
http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/uploads/post-1-76482-dont_let_insects.gif

If you go there thats the one.

Steve
03-21-2008, 08:10 AM
Here you go Rob.

Sensible Lawns
03-27-2008, 04:13 PM
Hello! Jason of "Sensible Lawns" here, the banners are great! Is this something I can use on my website?

www.SensibleLawns.com

...once I get it up and going!

Steve
03-27-2008, 07:14 PM
Here you go Jason.

Let us know when you get your website up.

Sensible Lawns
03-28-2008, 08:10 PM
Hey Steve!
Yeah, I already own the website...I just have to piece it together now. Any suggestions on that? I have a rough draft put together, but the guy running all this stuff for me is going to set it up. Any information about these sites that I should tell him about?

...The banner is great by the way! Thanks again

this-n-thatlawncare
03-28-2008, 09:05 PM
Hi would love to have a banner. If you could have it say:

This-N-That Lawncare & Outscapes
"We do it all from lawns to decks"

**********************************-
We started our business about 6 years ago and it has done nothing but grown.

Steve
03-29-2008, 05:36 PM
Hi This-N-That,

Welcome to our forum!

Quote[/b] ] I already own the website...I just have to piece it together now. Any suggestions on that? I have a rough draft put together, but the guy running all this stuff for me is going to set it up. Any information about these sites that I should tell him about?
Hi Sensible,

The easiest way to get up and running is to download one of the web site templates we have and you should be up and running in a half hour or so.

esnite
04-04-2008, 09:07 PM
Hello everyone I new here and just wanted to stop by and say howdy! I've started a small lawn care business to supplement my income and was open for suggestions for easy customer building. I'm in Lithia, Fl and the lawn business is big around where I live.

Company Name: Knight's Lawn Care....Where your lawn is treated like Royalty!! One of those banners would be cool.
Thanks in advance

hotwired
04-05-2008, 06:42 AM
Hi and Welcome.
I'm happy to help you any way I can with your website. I also own CentralMaineWeb.com which I started as a response to putting my landscape website together www.lavoieslandscape.com and www.lawnguru.net

I'm happy to offer my advice OR my services! Welcome again and please ask lots of questions! We learn best by teaching.

Ken

Steve
04-05-2008, 12:17 PM
Hi esnite,

Here you go.

esnite
04-05-2008, 02:37 PM
Thanks! That's sweet http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/yourock.gif

Lawn Pro
04-10-2008, 08:10 PM
Here's my intro...
Link to intro (http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/cgi-bin/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST;f=26;t=7695)

Steve... can you hook me up w/ a banner please

Steve
04-10-2008, 10:42 PM
Hi Brian,

You want it to say Lawn Pro?

Anything else?

Lawn Pro
04-13-2008, 12:34 AM
Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ April 10 2008,10:42)]Hi Brian,

You want it to say Lawn Pro?

Anything else?
Steve,
Lawn Pro would be great....

Thanks in advance

Steve
04-13-2008, 01:18 AM
Hi Brian,

Here you go! http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif

Image
04-14-2008, 01:17 AM
Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ Mar. 19 2007,11:18)]Welcome new forum members! Make a new post and say hello to us. Tell us a little about your company and we will make a free customized banner ad for you.
Hi, my name is Steve. I own Image Property Service, a lawn maintence company in Fargo ND.

I have looked at this site before, but never really in detail. I found you again by doing a search on google for flyers. Thanks for all the great templates.

Would it be possible to get a banner ad that has the following?:

Image Property Service
Lawn and Snow Professionals
Proudly Serving Fargo Moorhead
Lawn Mowing
Snow Plowing
Veteran Owned and Operated
Free Estimates
Call Today (218) 205-7198
Enhance Your Image

Thanks!!

Steve
04-14-2008, 05:23 PM
I don't really have that much space to work with. How is this?

Image
04-16-2008, 08:43 PM
Thanks, it looks good except one thing. Our name is Image Property Service. not services.

Thanks, Steve

Steve
04-16-2008, 08:53 PM
Whoops, my bad. How is this.

musician/lawnman
04-20-2008, 02:12 AM
Steve, *I don't think I need to tell you about my business at this point as you already know what I'm up to. http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

But I never asked for a *banner before & I would like to put the animated mower on my website. *

AAA Quality Clean Cut
Great Rates & better Quality, Guaranteed.
(941) 380-3118

If that's to much text you can lose the phone number.

Thanks!

Steve
04-20-2008, 05:53 PM
Hi Chuck how is this?

liquidlawns
04-22-2008, 09:39 AM
Hey everyone. I'm curious as to why there is no Blackberry format. I don't want to have an extra piece of equipment when I have a phone that I already pay for that is more than capable for the software.

Steve
04-22-2008, 09:47 AM
Hi Brian,

Welcome to our forum. Do you want a banner made for your business? I will forward your tech question to support@gophersoftware.com

liquidlawns
04-22-2008, 11:20 AM
I would like the free banner. And thank you for sending the request. My website is LiquidLawns.net

Steve
04-22-2008, 11:26 AM
Here you go http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

AaronJL
04-22-2008, 11:06 PM
Hey Steve,
I'm Aaron, of Aaron J Landscaping, Just starting my business this year. I've been in the business over 10 years, working for pretty high end accounts.

I don't think I've learned as much about the the business side of landscaping, as I have in the last 2 months reading your site. You almost make it too easy for people to start a company.

Thanks for your help.
Aaron J.

Steve
04-23-2008, 09:05 AM
Hi Aaron,

Nice to have you on here with us.

What got you to start your lawn care business?

natureworks
04-30-2008, 02:44 AM
Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ Mar. 19 2007,11:18)]Welcome new forum members! Make a new post and say hello to us. Tell us a little about your company and we will make a free customized banner ad for you.
Hey everyone,
I am new to this forum and actually the first forum I have ever joined. I work overnights at a youth home and landscape 3-4 days as well. I have been gardening and landscaping all my life and worked for 2 companies over 8 years. This year is the first year I have started my own business here in northwest montana. I love my planet, people, gardening, and in general very happy to be alive and can't wait to learn from everyone. I have a lot of knowledge but as far as business knowledge is concerned, i need some help. I look forward to talking to everyone.

Steve
04-30-2008, 03:02 AM
Hi Matt,

Welcome to our forum!

What got you to decide to start your own business?

glowstick
05-04-2008, 03:40 PM
Hello everyone, my name is Randy and i have decided to start my own lawn care buisness. I feel i am probily starting too late in the season but i gotta give it a try anyway. I have a great Full-time job that allows me to work only 10 days a month and I am tired of working for other people part-time on my days off. I have allready registered my buisness name with the County Clerks office, made my own logo, magnetic banners for my truck, flyers and buisness cards to hand out thanks to the great idea's supported by this web-site. I cant recall the post where i saw it, but it was the free software from PagePlus SE 1.0 It works great except for the fact that when i send it people can not open it b/c its in ppp.format. Now I am just waiting on responses from my flyers and buisness cards so i can start making some money (hopefully).

Steve
05-04-2008, 04:46 PM
Hi Randy,

Welcome to our forum! Can we see any pictures of your truck or your setup?


Can you tell us a little about what you are doing to attract new customers?

glowstick
05-04-2008, 05:02 PM
Well my set up is pretty basic right now b/c i am just starting out but I did upgrade my weed-eater and blower to ECHO commercial grade. My mower is the one i use for my home lawn maintence which is the a TORO 22".....working on some pictures of the logo right now.

connor
05-07-2008, 06:18 PM
I love the banner!!! Can you make me one?


Teen Mowing

Steve
05-07-2008, 08:04 PM
Hi Conner,

Welcome to our forum.

Do you want a phone number on there or just Teen Mowing?

connor
05-07-2008, 08:27 PM
HEy, a phone number would be great.


402-212-9122


Thanks.

Steve
05-07-2008, 08:36 PM
Here you go!

What got you to start your lawn care business?

connor
05-07-2008, 10:26 PM
Well my dads friend needed someone to mow his lawn and my dad volunteered me. I loved it! So now I have just gotten started on my own business and only have two customers but I really want to expand my business.

Steve
05-08-2008, 06:03 AM
Good for you! What are your plans so far for expansion?

connor
05-08-2008, 04:21 PM
Well I'm going to try to start a referall program with my two customers now. Also I've been posting on Craigs List every once in ahwile, thats where I got my second customer. Any other ideas on how I could go about gaining some more customers??

Steve
05-08-2008, 09:02 PM
Oh gosh, this site is full of great marketing ideas.

If you want, make a new post in the marketing section and also you can download my lawn care marketing book for free here.

http://stores.lulu.com/GopherHaul

mattamus2005
05-09-2008, 04:17 PM
Hi Everybody,
I'm David, and im new here I live in lexington N.C and just started my lawn care busniess "Grass Patrol Landscaping" 1 month ago. I started with a 96' dodge dakota pick up truck, snapper 22'' self propelled walk behind, weed eater trimmer I got for 20 bucks. Recently I bought a echo brush trimmer, a poluan 14'' chainsaw, poluan 205mph blower/vaccum and I got some colored busniess cards 500ct, 3 magnetic truck signs, 10 yard signs 2x3', and I made 350 custom flyers.
So far I have 10 customers. 2 busniess properties, 1 residential development, 5 weekly residential properties, and 2 monthly residential properties. I work part time at Wal-mart and I go to a community college for horticulture, and busniess. I want to eventually do this full time when i build up my clientail where I have year round work. Right now its just me and my fiance' doing it all.

Steve
05-10-2008, 02:08 PM
Hi David,

Welcome to our forum!

Here you go.

Image
05-12-2008, 01:14 AM
Hey Thanks for the GIF banner. It looks great!

hardyslawn
05-26-2008, 08:49 AM
Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ Mar. 19 2007,11:18)]Welcome new forum members! Make a new post and say hello to us. Tell us a little about your company and we will make a free customized banner ad for you.
Hello, I've just started my lawncare business last year in Hartford CT. I've made many mistakes last year, underpricing. Through my errors I've learned a little better how to price. This year I want to make at least $1000/week. Can anyone share with me what you did or what I can do to generate that much income, starting from equipment up to bidding, anything will help me. at this time I am useing a crafstman 40in riding mower, a stihl 90 weed trimmer, 190 stihl chain saw, a 20in push craftsmen mower, a 63cc stihl backpack blower, a husqavana backpack blower and a 1987 150 Ford pickup. I am looking for a 6x12 trailer and a 30 inch ridding comercail mower. Can someone give me some advice?http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif??

Thank you http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/thankyou.gif

comanche
05-26-2008, 10:28 AM
hi steve,
Can u make a banner for Lukacs Property Maintenance or is that too long

Steve
05-26-2008, 02:38 PM
Hi hardyslawn,

Welcome to our forum!

You should make a new post and give us all the run down of what you are up too. How many customers you have and how many you are looking to get. Also what kind of marketing you are doing.

So we can focus our attention on you specifically.

Steve
05-26-2008, 02:41 PM
Hi Mike,

Here you go.

comanche
05-27-2008, 12:26 AM
Thanks steve, If you need anyting just ask.

jwyardmasterz
05-28-2008, 12:08 PM
i would like a banner.. J.W.'s Yard Masterz 757-270-6382

Being broke and sitting around is what got me started in doing this. Things are still slow but I know it takes time with everything..

Steve
05-28-2008, 12:38 PM
Here you go James.

jwyardmasterz
05-28-2008, 01:42 PM
Thank you steve.. now how do i use this banner... i wana put it on myspace. http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/newbie.gif

C&amp;TLandscaping
05-31-2008, 08:17 PM
I would love an animated banner!! Their sweet!!


My Info:



C & T Landscaping
"If It's Too Tall Just Call"



Owned and operated by a 14 year old male in Chester,Va. Just started and only have about 3 accounts. I don't have enough cash for a ztr but I have a Toro Straight Shaft Line Trimmer, L118 John Deere Rider, Blower, Electric Pruner, Poulan Pole Saw (Gas) and lots of hand tools. Can I put this on my myspace profile? http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/thankyou.gif

Steve
06-19-2008, 04:26 PM
Sorry about the delay in making this.

Yes you can put it on your myspace site.

C&amp;TLandscaping
06-20-2008, 09:02 PM
its okay it wasnt that long but can you give me instructions on how too thanks

Steve
06-20-2008, 09:08 PM
Try this code and let me know if it works.

<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/uploads/post-26-07176-c_t.gif">

[/QUOTE]

C&amp;TLandscaping
06-20-2008, 10:36 PM
yea it works thanks for the banner it looks great

Steve
06-27-2008, 10:09 PM
Here you go Leigh Anne.

:D

http://www.gopherforum.com/uploaded-files/images/pro-cut-lawncare.gif

Steviega
06-30-2008, 05:22 PM
Just starting a lawn care service as a side business, may turn into more. I'm looking at purchasing used equipment (94 hrs. on a 50" bad boy; echo trimmer,edger, trimmer; and a push mower, trailer & misc. tools). Comes with commercial accounts approx., $2000 monthly. I've priced these items and new they would cost about what I am paying for the equipment. Is this a good deal? Seems to me like a positive way to begin, any suggestions or coments are appriciated:)

Steve
06-30-2008, 09:39 PM
Hi Steve,

Welcome to our forum.

What would you be paying for this lawn care operation? How much is that all equipment worth used individually?

Steviega
07-01-2008, 11:14 AM
Thanks for your reply Steve,

I believe a fair price for the equipment would be around 80% of its original value. That would make it worth about $9,600. We've have agreed on a
$10,000 sale price.

Steve
07-01-2008, 12:02 PM
Well good for you! Keep us posted on how everything goes.

What made you decide to start your own lawn care business? Did you ever run a business before? What other kinds of things did you do?

Steve
07-02-2008, 12:02 AM
Banner for Sherman of VPS Lawn Care

http://www.gopherforum.com/uploaded-files/images/vps.gif

Steviega
07-03-2008, 01:02 PM
I've done maintenance on my nephews equipment and have helped helped him
out when he was behind on service(he runs a lawn care business). I also have
a handyman service and when this opportunity came along I thought I would
take advantage of it. Seems like there can be some nice money to be made.
Have a nice 4th.:cool:

Steve

VPS Lawn Care
07-03-2008, 05:07 PM
Banner for Sherman of VPS Lawn Care

http://www.gopherforum.com/uploaded-files/images/vps.gif

Steve how do i get the copy of it, the code to use in the blog and on my web page, also the link to this blog?

Steve
07-03-2008, 11:55 PM
Try this and let me know if it works.



<img src="http://www.gopherforum.com/uploaded-files/images/vps.gif">

rwslippey
07-05-2008, 04:43 PM
Steve... working on a website... thinking of a banner AD wanted to see what you could come up with....


Rob

Neighborhood Lawn Maintenance

Steve
07-06-2008, 02:07 AM
Here you go.

http://www.gopherforum.com/uploaded-files/images/neighborhood.gif

VPS Lawn Care
07-09-2008, 12:37 AM
Would it be possible to add my Phone #to my Banner? 386-216-3975

Chuck's Affordable Lawn
07-10-2008, 10:43 PM
How come I don't get a banner? Lol I would like something nice and original if you have the time. And possibly my name and business number 812-391-3771. Thanks alot. Talk to ya later. Keep up the great work on the website been a tremendous help.

dejohn360
07-11-2008, 01:10 AM
Hello everyone, I'm new to the site, looking around trying to help my husband with new ideas and area for his lawncare business. I'll be dropping by frequently. THE MORE HE WORKS< THE LESS I CAN!!!!!!!!!:D

Steve
07-11-2008, 12:35 PM
Hi dejohn360,

Welcome to our forum! What got you to start your lawn care business?

Steve
07-11-2008, 12:38 PM
Here you go Sherman.

http://www.gopherforum.com/uploaded-files/images/vps-number.gif

Steve
07-11-2008, 12:40 PM
Chuck here is one for you

http://www.gopherforum.com/uploaded-files/images/chucks.gif

Chuck's Affordable Lawn
07-13-2008, 03:01 PM
I Love It. Thanks alot. You are the man. Keep up the great work on the website big help. Hey when I get my website going, can you make me up a short but sweet advertise of this website or would that be inappropriate? Haven't really looked to see if anyone else has one or not. Don't want it to slow page much but something that catches my audience's eye to me as well as this website. Thanks alot Steve.

AzScapes
07-13-2008, 07:04 PM
Hello every one! Well Ive been lurking the web site and forum for the past year or so and it is jammed pack with so much helpful and inspiring things. So i figured its about time to introduce myself. My names Yoseph im 22, and i am the proud owner of Az Scapes. Were based out of Phoenix Arizona but provide service all ove the Valley Of the Sun . Ive been in business for about 3 years now and love it! I couldn't imagine doing anything else. I'd like to thank Steve and every one on here that have made this web site such a success and an extremely effective tool to add to any Entrepreneurs toolbox!

Steve
07-13-2008, 07:53 PM
Hi Yoseph,

Thanks for all that! Welcome to our forum!

Can you share with me some of your insight as to why you didnt say hi to us for a year? I bet a lot of forum readers do the same thing and I was just wondering why that is.

Also, what got you to start your lawn care business?

ffmd04
07-13-2008, 08:08 PM
I just joined the forum after viewing all episodes of gopher haul , I love them . Ive only been in buisness for a season but love it as a part time job. I would love to expand my buisness over time. thanks for all the motivation

Steve
07-14-2008, 07:56 AM
I just joined the forum after viewing all episodes of gopher haul , I love them . Ive only been in buisness for a season but love it as a part time job. I would love to expand my buisness over time. thanks for all the motivation

Hi! Thanks for joining up! How long were you reading the forum before you decided to say hi? Is it tough as a new member to jump in and say hi to everone and take part in the community?

What got you to start your lawn care business?

Steve
07-14-2008, 07:58 AM
I Love It. Thanks alot. You are the man. Keep up the great work on the website big help. Hey when I get my website going, can you make me up a short but sweet advertise of this website or would that be inappropriate? Haven't really looked to see if anyone else has one or not. Don't want it to slow page much but something that catches my audience's eye to me as well as this website. Thanks alot Steve.

I don't think it would be a big help for you because how many people from your area that are looking for lawn care service are going to come to a forum specifically focused on lawn care business owners?

I do look forwards to seeing your site.

TOUJOURS PRET
07-14-2008, 08:50 PM
My name is John. I am down in Texas near the DFW area. I have about 20 customers so far and always looking to generate more. I have waited for at least a year for this software. I love it, it is great for me! Anyways, The name is "Toujours Pret Lawn Care". This is french for "Always Ready". I am a retired military soldier and that was my unit name, whom I fought with in Desert Storm! My slogon is "Let's Go Green Together" as Green is my last name as well. I would also like to know how I could get a banner?? It is great to be here and learn from you guys!

Steve
07-15-2008, 07:44 AM
Hi John,

Welcome to our forum!

WOW! You have a great story! Do you include any photos of you from your time in the military, in your marketing material? Do you have any pictures you could share with us here as well? I'd love to see!

Have you found yourself looking to assist any vets in your area and making it your 'cause' and creating press releases to the local media on this?

What's your view on all that?

Also what would you like on your banner?

TOUJOURS PRET
07-15-2008, 07:39 PM
Thanks and yes I have incorporated military discounts that was priority with me! As for talking about or sharing pics, well I am glad you are interested but I don't mean to be rude but I try to avoid that. Sorry. There are many sites to go to to look it up though. If you google or something about "92 easting" thats us. 2/2 ACR Ghost troop G-66. I was on the C.O.'s tank. I love our country and our men and women who fight. I feel even if we pull our men out we would be spitting on those who have died there. When we joined military we had oath. That oath and contract we signed is just our job. I guess Id rather discuss that one on one. Anyways as for our banner, lol. I really have no idea. I have been going by word of mouth. I dont know if "Toujours Pret Lawn Care 214-684-2442" is good or if "Let's Go GREEN Together 214-684-2442" is good. As you know my name is John Green. The gentleman at Storms Lawn and Garden said that would make good slogan and I think it would. What do you think?

Steve
07-16-2008, 09:30 AM
Let's see if this works here.

http://www.gopherforum.com/uploaded-files/images/toujours.gif

AzScapes
07-23-2008, 10:27 PM
Yea i don't know why it took me so long to introduce my self on here. I got started in the lawn care business kind of by accident. I mowed lawns in my younger years to support my bicycle addictions but quit when i got to Jr high , and definitely though it was the end of that. After i graduated high school I didn't want to go to collage and waste 4 years and a lot of money to get a stupid paper that says i have a degree, i wanted to be a business owner and make money right out of the gate. I didn't find it necessary to learn all of these different subjects that had absolutely nothing to do with what i wanted to do for a living. I wanted job training and since there really isn't an abundance of landscape schools or training programs i took my little knowledge and i bought a landscape trailer and some cheap home depot tools and started working. Three years later i have learned a ton and have really grown my armature lawn care business into what i believe is a full scale professional landscape business. Also Steve could you make me up a banner please? Az Scapes (602)459-4902 Thanks

Steve
07-24-2008, 09:17 AM
Welcome to our forum :)

Here you go!

http://www.gopherforum.com/uploaded-files/images/azscapes.gif

What advice do you have for others just starting out?

What kinds of marketing have you found to work the best?

GMeyer
08-03-2008, 09:07 PM
Hello everyone,
I started in the with our family lawn care and landscaping business back in 1973
until about 1985 and then I went on to other adventures. about 6 years ago I suffered a shoulder injury which took me out of my last job as a forest crew leader and wild land fire fighter . to make a long store short I started up Meyer's Yard care Service this year in northeastern Oregon .

Steve
08-03-2008, 10:48 PM
Hi!

Welcome to our forum!

How would you say the experiences differed from running your own business to working with the forestry fire service?

Was there things your liked about one that you didn't like about the other? Whats your view?

Chopperholic
08-05-2008, 07:44 PM
Hi everyone

I'm from Birmingham England and I have been running my own business for the last two years.
I am a retired Police Officer who sadly left the force after 14 year due to health problems and now I'm having a fantastic time running my own companies.
One is called 999 Property Maintenance and the other is Gardens Pride.

I joined the site after searching for Landscaping forums and after seeing the amount of enthusiasm and energy in the above video, I just had to come along and join up.

I look forward to meeting everyone and sharing ideas and tips.

My best regards
Marc

Steve
08-05-2008, 09:55 PM
Hi Marc,

Welcome to our forum!

Why did you decide to start two companies and not just have one do both?

Also can you tell us about your forum screen name? Are you a motorcycle enthusiast?

Dashing Don
08-10-2008, 07:37 PM
Hi to all,

About 10 days ago, I purchased a small existing landscaping business here in Broward County, Fl. I did it on the suggestion of a business broker who had been guiding me on a purchase of an unrelated business, which fell through. He said that the landscaping industry is very steady and gave a good opportunity to grow. I know nothing about landscaping and I'm a recent arrival in S Florida so I have my work cut out.

I've inherited a three-man crew; pickup; three trailers and all the equipment necessary. The seller is helping me get up to speed. The foreman of the crew has been servicing the area for nine years and knows the homeowners very well: so well, in fact, that within a few days, I've already caught him taking money from them for 'extra services' and identified a couple of customers (homeowners) who don't appear on the list provided by the seller.

Before trying to grow the biz, I figure that I have to learn it first, and consolidate the clients that I have. The most immediate problem seems to be scheduling. Just today, I became aware that there is software for this industry. The seller never mentioned this to me and maybe he wasn't even aware of this. He has his own system: a combination of Quickbooks for billing and Word files that he updates to do the scheduling. It seems very confusing and relies mightily on personally knowing each and every customer and their yard.

The combination of 90 + degree days for months and high humidity here in S Florida means that everything grows fast. As a newcomer, it seems that every other truck on the road here is a landscaping company. It appears that Floridians spend millions and millions of dollars on this industry so I know there is plenty of money to be made. Right now, I'm trying to figure it all out.

Don

Steve
08-10-2008, 08:19 PM
Don,

Welcome!

How fascinating! Could you tell us a little about how you got to this point where you decided to purchase a business? I bet you have a fascinating story!

As far as software goes, I hope you can download our 30 day trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software. http://www.gophersoftware.com

Do you have a non-compete clause with the seller and with your employees? I would hate to see them run off and start a business and steal your customer base.

What are you planning on doing with your foreman who you caught stealing?

lawn_dude
08-29-2008, 03:19 PM
I am looking at purchasing an all organic lawn care fertilizer company. I am just getting my feet wet and looking to see how it all runs. Any advice and guidance would be great.

Jon

Steve
08-29-2008, 09:52 PM
Hi Jon,

Welcome to our forum.

Have you ever run a business before? What got you interested in buying an organic fertilization company?

RonJohnLawnCare
08-30-2008, 06:43 PM
Hi me and my brother have mainly had residential accounts and a couple commercial accounts. We are trying to get 2 to3 townhomes this next season. The only problem is that we are not sure how we get a meeting with the association. Were hoping that somebody could help us out on this, and maybe tell us how they came about getting townhomes. Thanks alot.

DragItHomeDotCom
08-30-2008, 11:03 PM
Hi folks,

Steve, I love what you guys have going here.

I am mostly a construction guy, but I have dabbled in lawncare, landscaping, light excavation, and inground swimming pool construction and service so I feel right at home here.

When I'm working in my office on the computer or sending out mailings, I often play through all your videos as I work (I have watched every one multiple times.)

It's inspiring, and I really enjoy your work.

You can check out my Construction Marketing (http://www.constructionmarketingblog.com) blog if you want to see some of the stuff I spend my time on.

Thanks again for all the great work you guys do!

I look forward to participating on this forum.

-Seth Holdren

Steve
08-30-2008, 11:49 PM
Hi me and my brother have mainly had residential accounts and a couple commercial accounts. We are trying to get 2 to3 townhomes this next season. The only problem is that we are not sure how we get a meeting with the association. Were hoping that somebody could help us out on this, and maybe tell us how they came about getting townhomes.

Hi Ron, make your presence known to them. Check out the free letter section at the top of the forum. There are some letters there you can send to associations to ask them to put you on their bidding list for next year. You should start sending them out now.

Let me know how that works.

Steve, I love what you guys have going here.

I am mostly a construction guy, but I have dabbled in lawncare, landscaping, light excavation, and inground swimming pool construction and service so I feel right at home here.

When I'm working in my office on the computer or sending out mailings, I often play through all your videos as I work (I have watched every one multiple times.)

It's inspiring, and I really enjoy your work.

You can check out my Construction Marketing blog if you want to see some of the stuff I spend my time on.

Thanks again for all the great work you guys do!

I look forward to participating on this forum.

Hi Seth,

It's nice to meet you. I think you are in a very unique spot to be able to share with us some insight. What do you think is the biggest mistake contractors make with their marketing?

DragItHomeDotCom
08-31-2008, 12:54 PM
Hi Steve,

I think the biggest mistake contractors make is not using direct reponse techniques.

Direct response = Offer, plus Call to Action.

Put simply, it's best to have a valuable offer to set yourself apart from the competition and provide your prospects with an incentive to contact your business.

For example:

On your truck sign say "Call today to get your free report about how to landscape your home to create a wonderful ambiance for entertaining friends and family."

The report is your offer, and "Call today" is your call to action.

It's pretty simple but it works.

You can even interview your customers to ask them what ideas for offers they would find most valuable. Give them three examples you've come up with and ask them to choose one.

Set yourself apart. You have signs anyway. Make them persuasive. Not just "Jim's Lawncare".

The possibilities are exciting!

dasher
09-11-2008, 12:25 PM
My company HLM Group LLC started in the late spring of this year, I had 12 accounts right off the bat, mainly fixed income individuals. This year has been crazy as the rain has not stopped falling since spring. I work this business part time as I have a full time job with benefits. My goal is to be full time in Lawn Care in another two years. I have about 21 accounts all residential and spread apart within about 20 miles. I'm currently working on my Spring 2009 business plan and I will consolidate my accounts and work on a target market closer to the majority of my accounts (close to home). My equipment: 08 Toro 52in WB, KAW Trimmer, KAW Blower, Troy Built push, 6X12 dove tail trailer and I pull it with my Kia Sorrento. ( I'm looking at purchasing a Truck and a ZT for next season)
Steve I do have a question, does the Gopher Software work on Mac OSX?

Regards,
Dan

Steve
09-11-2008, 12:50 PM
Hi Dan,

Welcome to our forum!

Steve I do have a question, does the Gopher Software work on Mac OSX?

No, just PC.

My company HLM Group LLC started in the late spring of this year, I had 12 accounts right off the bat, mainly fixed income individuals.
What got you interested in starting your own lawn care business?

What kind of marketing did you do to attract your initial customers?

dasher
09-11-2008, 02:15 PM
Well what got me interested is the initial low overhead, a love of being outside and the possibility of making a full time career out of it.
As far as the marketing for getting my initial customers, I actually stumbled into a guy who was looking to get out of the business...he gave me his accounts...so I went on from there...then stumbled into another guy who then gave me eight more... I really have not had to market my business as of yet. I plan on doing mass mailers through the post office this fall, again in the winter and then again in the early spring to attract some new business in my target market. Wouldn't mind soliciting some commercial business either.

Dan

4Alarm Lawn & Landscaping
09-18-2008, 09:34 PM
Hello everyone. Im Chris

Steve
09-18-2008, 09:43 PM
Hi Chris,

Welcome to our forum!

What got you interested in starting your own lawn care business?

4Alarm Lawn & Landscaping
09-19-2008, 09:24 PM
Well I got in to it because im a firefighter emt and I need something to do on my off time for extera money.

jimmy30
09-28-2008, 11:24 PM
Hello everyone. My name is Jimmy and I recently moved back to Florida. I lived here until I was 15 years old but moved away when my father got a job in Arkansas, then another in North Carolina, and then I moved to Michigan but whatever. I have always loved the outdoors and I am sick and tired of restaurant management. I have great people skills though because of the industry but I want something that will give me a little more control over my life. I hate coming home from work at 2am and getting compensated 1285 every two weeks. Its just not worth it to me. So as you have probably guessed I am new at this line of work but I cut my lawn once a week. Any help on how to get started is greatly appreciated especially on the marketing side. Thanks in advance for every ones help.

j30

Steve
09-29-2008, 02:30 PM
Hi Jim,

Welcome to our forum. Do you think there are certain skills you have learned from the restaurant business that will apply to the lawn care industry?

Did you learn much from that field about business?

geneslawncare
09-30-2008, 01:45 AM
im new to lawn care i had 4 customers at end of last year now i ended up with over 20 customers this year got fired from full time job 4 months ago now i have been just pushing the business
could of had over 40 customers at start of year but had full time job
i kept all names and numbers of customers said no to what do you guys think i should do next year to get these customers to go with me
thanks
Gene's Lawn Care

Tinkersgarden
10-02-2008, 07:58 PM
Hello everybody!!!

We're Russo's Garden, based out of Eastpointe, MI. We are a family owned business that provides lawn & garden maintenance, landscape installation, shrub trimming, snow removal and gutter cleaning.

My husband & I decided to start the business after I was fired in 2004 from an automotive supplier, after 10 yrs. of dedicated service, for developing carpal tunnel syndrome. Once I was cleared to return to work, I enrolled in the Master Gardener program at MSU in 2006.

My husband registered DBA Russo's Garden in 2005 and is currently employed at the Infiniti Suburban Collection in Troy. He's an ASE Infiniti Master Auto Tech and up until recently was the only one in the State of Michigan that held that certificate.

My 23 yr old son maintains the grass and I maintain the gardens. We're slowly growing with 29 grass accounts and 12 gardens. Most of our customers are 3 yrs old and my garden accounts have bloomed into beautiful friendships...with benefits!!

We are open to suggestions and advise and am glad we found this website!! Thanks for the invite!!

Steve
10-02-2008, 08:52 PM
Welcome to our forum!

I am happy to see you got your business up and running like that.

What kinds of marketing have you experimented with? What have you liked or disliked?

What did you think of the process of starting a business? Did you find much support from family and friends or was it an uphill battle?

Tinkersgarden
10-03-2008, 09:17 AM
While I was attending MSU, I practiced my gardening skills on a few family volunteers. Then, about 2 yrs ago, we were recommended by our neighbor who worked in the Legal Department of First State Bank, to maintain their foreclosed properties. This yr in mid-June, we were replaced with a property management company that pulls weeds AND does plumbing! That hurt!!

My first garden customer has been my best customer ever. She's an Executive for our community newspaper. To show her appreciation, she put an ad in her paper for us, covering 7 cities! To date, we have serviced 117 customers and retain about 41 customers. Like I said, most has been with us for 3 yrs. We also bought magnetic signs for the truck. We haven't used them like we should have. So, we really don't advertise, it's mostly word of mouth. That's worked very well for us. We were tempted to sign up with HireItDone.com but the $2900/monthly fee was too much for me to swallow. Since this year's been a rollercoaster, I've decided to really pay attention to the customers that we currently have and will strive to beat their expectations. I realized that they are actually enough to keep us busy at a steady pace!

I didn't use any of the workers comp money to start the business, but probably should've. It really wasn't enough to do anything with!!! We just recently bought our first zero turn, enclosed trailor and commercial trimmers and edgers. We pay cash for everything. We can't afford to finance. So, we didn't apply for a small business loan, in fear that our credit was bad, denial, etc. Who needs that??

A few weeks ago, while my son was cutting 10 lawns on our block, someone walked into our trailor, that was parked right in front of our house and stole our commercial stick edger. His Grandfather was sitting on the porch, right across the street and nobody saw anything. Now he's required to work in a team; 2 people period, lock the trailor when not in use and keep an eye out at all times. People in our neighborhood today are getting held up at gunpoint and their hole entire set up is taken! Nothing's worth a life. Now my son has a CCW just for protection...while cutting grass. Insanity?

I find that building the business is still an uphill battle. We have a few deadbeat customers that owe us and I love working outside. I don't trust someone else to handle the billing just yet. So, I struggle with finding time for quoting/shopping, working and billing. I feel like I'm always behind and the day can't start soon enough. Other than that....That's why I'm here.

Steve
10-03-2008, 01:55 PM
WOW That is quite a bit of things going on! I appreciate you sharing your insight with us.

What do you look forwards to most now? Is there a next level you are looking to reach and how will you know it when you reach it?

Tinkersgarden
10-05-2008, 09:41 AM
What do I look forward to now? I love to see my results.

I love to see if the Milorganite that I applied to the lawn last week is working; the flowers that I planted last month aren't dead; watching the perennials bloom at their appropriate times; I love the customer telling me how much they love their gardens and they NEVER expected it to be so good! I love my WORX edger/weed whipper; I love the instant results and I love being told that I'm doing a great job.

It's either the outdoors or it's back to the office. Not me. I served my 10 yr. sentence and I won't be going back!

I might be scared to go to the next level. Afraid I'll bid incorrectly and after paying everyone, there's no money for me. Competetive pricing comes with confidence, right?

donlking
11-21-2008, 07:17 PM
Hello all , im new to this so bare withe me.I am attempting to start a new lawn care buisness and am very excited along with a lot of other emotions! i have been in retail managment for 18 years but as we all know times are tough and my buisness has decided to fold up and call it quits. So with that said here i am.I have read 2 how to start your own lawn buisness books and am trying to take it all in. I am researching the comp as we speak and WOW. Over 30 in my town.I will take any advice i can get and any encouragmet you can give. I have just got my quotes on general liability ins and was a little discouraged with the cost. But you guys have been successful and ive talked to a few in my area who are making it so why shouldnt I. So here we go and wish me luck. Don

Mike's LawnCare Landscape
11-22-2008, 08:36 AM
Hello all !!
I live in Hendersonville NC . This is the first year doing work out on my own (after working with my Father for 18 years).
Started off makeing some mistakes(buying junk tools) but every thing is running better now!!
Learning every day That's why im on here !!!:D

d4n3lu
11-24-2008, 06:58 PM
Hi all,

I'm from Detroit, MI and just wanted to say hi and great forum it helps me a lot in getting my marketing done...

Steve
11-24-2008, 07:06 PM
Hi d4n3lu,

Welcome to our forum!

What got you to start your lawn care business?

What kinds of marketing have you been doing so far?

d4n3lu
11-24-2008, 07:11 PM
so far i have been doing flayers I don't have a lot of customers yet but working to get more. Right now I was looking for Ideas on a website and a better flayer since is winter here and i don't plaw snow yet.

MAB Landscaping
12-18-2008, 07:10 PM
Hi everyone my name is Mark, I own a Landscaping/Brick paving company. I started my bussiness about 8 years ago and so far i been doing pretty good. Im fairly new in here, but i came across some great tips already. I have to say this is a great website(Steve). I started posting some photos of my projects that we have accomplished in my company, feel free to take a peak;)

Steve
12-18-2008, 11:19 PM
Hi Mark,

Welcome to our forum. Where did you post your pictures?

Dynasty
12-19-2008, 01:07 AM
Hello everyone. My name is Ajay and I would like to get stated in the business. I have had a few customers that I do during the season after work but I would like to go at it full time for myself.

Steve
12-19-2008, 02:45 AM
Hi Ajay,

Welcome to our forum!

What do you feel is pushing you from going part time to full time in the business?

MAB Landscaping
12-19-2008, 03:46 PM
Hey steve, I posted the pictures in my album. Would that be the correct spot to post them? Or is there another place where i should be posting them? Thanks.

Steve
12-19-2008, 03:52 PM
Hey steve, I posted the pictures in my album. Would that be the correct spot to post them? Or is there another place where i should be posting them? Thanks.

Oh my gosh! I totally missed them there.

http://gopherforum.com/album.php?albumid=5

WOW What great work you do! Can you tell us a little about that project? How did you come up with the idea for that design? How long did it take to do?

MAB Landscaping
12-19-2008, 05:25 PM
Glad you liked it. Well basically the design aspect part comes from me, as i am a Landscape Designer. I try to be unique with every design that i come up with. The project itself consists of a three level patio with extensive support wall and seat wall work. This project took us about 3 weeks to complete with a 4 four man crew. Brick work can be very time consuming because it consisit of tons of cutting and detail. I will be posting more of my projects in the near future. Thanks!

Steve
12-20-2008, 12:24 AM
I am looking forwards to it!

Also, what suggestions do you have for newer lawn care business owners looking to get into offering hardscapes? What kind of projects should they focus on first and how should they try going about selling them?

donlking
12-20-2008, 12:31 AM
Hi everyone, my name is Don and i am very interested in starting my own lawn buisness.The only experience i have is doing my own lawn.Would it be wise for me to get experience from a current lawn buisness owner or should i just go for it.

Steve
12-20-2008, 12:34 AM
Would it be wise for me to get experience from a current lawn buisness owner or should i just go for it.

Hi Don,

Welcome to our forum.

Experience in what way? Do you want to work for another lawn care business for a while?

What got you interested in starting your own business?

donlking
12-27-2008, 08:06 PM
hi steve and thanks for the reply.I have become interested really because i am being laid off from a career i had in retail for 18 years. I have been talking to my neighbors lawn guy and he said he would be interested in letting me work for him this season(he loves my lawn).He said that there is a lot of work in this buisness if you have a little common sence and some drive.So i have read a couple of how to books on lawn care and think i would like to give it a try.The only experience i have is working my own propery. Do you suggest i get some experience from my neighbors guy or jusr go for it. Thanks

Steve
12-27-2008, 08:18 PM
The only experience i have is working my own propery. Do you suggest i get some experience from my neighbors guy or jusr go for it.

It's up to you and it is based on your personality I think but I personally would just go for it :)

This site is just packed with information on running your business that you can learn so much.

What is your view on it? Which way do you feel most comfortable with?

LEXLAWNBOY
12-29-2008, 08:13 PM
My company name is Trim Master's Lawn Care, Stated the legal business
in 1987; however I still have a couple of customer from when I was 10 year
old 36 years ago. As of now I have 50 upper middle market residental lawn
I mow a week during mowing season. I am a one man show that I do everything.

Want to expand income from current customers & add about
15 new customers in the same general areas I aready service.

For fun I remodel rental properties that we have purchased or

spend time with my wife & 2 kids.

I AM IN LEXINGTON, KY

LEXLAWNBOY

Steve
12-29-2008, 09:02 PM
Hey!

Welcome to our forum!

What kinds of things are you planning on doing to market in order to grow your customer list?

For fun I remodel rental properties that we have purchased

That sounds very interesting! What got you started in that? What do you like about it?

Also, how would you suggest others who have thought about this, get into actually doing that?

whoyouwhat
01-03-2009, 07:07 AM
Great Web Site Steve..... I am New to The "Lawn & Garden" business (6 months) having emigrated to Sydney Australia from U.K check out my web site www.go-oz.info (http://www.go-oz.info)and give me feed back Look forward to exchanging ideas what works and what doesn't!

Steve
01-03-2009, 10:46 AM
Very nice site!

Welcome to our forum!

What got you interested in starting your own lawn care business? How have you found the business environment to differ between Australia and the U.K.?

LEXLAWNBOY
01-04-2009, 08:01 AM
Steve,

I am going to use door hangers I found one on the fourm that I changed to
say already mowing on your street that I will hang in late Feb 2009 at the
same time I will place my job site signs in customers yards on that street to increase impact of the door hangers.

I am developing billing inserts to mail at the proper time of year for hedge
trimming, leaf removal, & areation.

Found a coupon with text & picture for areation I liked on the forum. Can I cut an paste these images to create a door hanger & insert for areation?

I will target these areation door hanger in arear I already mow in & some of
these one time servise people may become weekly customers.


Also going to mail business cards with renewal letters to current customer asking for referals.

Are there any good templates already on the fourm I can download for areation, heade trimming, over seeding?

Thanks (I have attached the door hanger I edited from the fourm)

LEXLAWNBOY

Steve
01-04-2009, 11:17 AM
Good job.

I'd like to see what you create with the aeration image you found. I think there is at least one aeration flyer in the free flyer section (http://www.gopherforum.com/showthread.php?t=7200)

Let me know what you come up with!

plantnerd
01-07-2009, 05:30 PM
My name is Donna (aka the "plantnerd")and this is my first ever attempt to post to a forum! I found you by accident while looking for landscaping software on the net. I need very much to organize my business as you will see below. Nice to meet you all and look forward to learning from all of you.
Last year was my 20th year owning a commercial (retail) greenhouse business. I originally started out with just perennials which grew to annuals,vegetables, herbs, water plants, and finally nursery stock. In summer of '07 I was finally talked into (by customers) into going out and installing plants. Word spread, business stacked up. This led in '08 to adding lawncare, (scheduling headaches),having a crew, (apparently mostly robbers,)buying equipment, (stolen mostly by said robbers), having lots of business but losing my shirt , mostly due to actual dishonesty of certain employees, but also just plain bad management on my part.and in general having a rough time just experiencing all the newbie mistakes and pitfalls that I had tried very hard to guard against. I mean really I have been in biz for 20 years and have experienced all this before**but in smaller amounts. and Yes I planned this time last year as well**but unless you are young and strong enough to do it all yourself, (i'm 57)you have to depend on others, who just don't have the level of comittment or follow through that an owner has**. So you would think I would give up**-NO WAY****in short ** (surprise!)I LOVED IT, I enjoyed getting out of the office and the greenhouse and PLANTING something. I haven't gotten to do this for years**which is why I got in the biz, in the first place. Obviously I am a stubborn WV woman who likes a challenge. Actually I can also see that there is much money to be made here if handled properly. My other problem (which led me to find this site) is that I am being held back by the fact that I cannot draw a professional design for my customers. (stick figures really don't cut it!!!)Hence the search for good landscape design software. Any ideas? Personnel issues aside, learning to bid properly and scheduling equipment, crew and billing were all problems that it appears this site can help me with, Maybe I can help someone else with perennial knowledge and others with WHAT NOT TO DO WHEN STARTING INTO LANDSCAPING. I am experienced in that! Looking forward to reading everything on here.
Thanks!
Donna R

Steve
01-07-2009, 06:07 PM
Hi Donna,

Welcome to our forum. Let me make a new post here where we can focus on your topics (http://www.gopherforum.com/showthread.php?p=44016#post44016).

whoyouwhat
01-08-2009, 05:49 AM
HI STEVE
THANKS FOR GETTING IN TOUCH ,NOT SURE I HAVE GOT THE HANG OF
RESPONDING YET ! ITERESTED IN DONNA'S EXPERIENCE I HAD A STAFF OF 50 BEFORE MOVING TO AUSTRALIA . I NOW OPERATE AS A ONE MAN BAND AND JUST LOVE IT.HIRE MY STAFF ON A JOB FOR JOB BASIS.I LIKE DONNA HAVE BEEN THERE STAFFING IS THE BIGGEST PROBLEM FOR ALL COMPANY'S AND ALLWAYS WILL BE.
THEY WILL **** YOU WHEN THEY CAN SO THE SECREET IS TO BE SMARTER AND DONT EMPLOY THEM!:eek:

Steve
01-08-2009, 11:55 AM
THANKS FOR GETTING IN TOUCH ,NOT SURE I HAVE GOT THE HANG OF
RESPONDING YET ! ITERESTED IN DONNA'S EXPERIENCE I HAD A STAFF OF 50 BEFORE MOVING TO AUSTRALIA . I NOW OPERATE AS A ONE MAN BAND AND JUST LOVE IT.

What kinds of problems with staff did you run into? What advice do you have for others who want to have employees? What warning signs should they look out for and how can they resolve the most common employee issues?

4Alarm Lawn & Landscaping
01-08-2009, 01:51 PM
Hi Donna-
Where in West Virginia are you out of. You can check out my web page at www.4alarmlawn.com

plantnerd
01-09-2009, 12:53 PM
Hi Donna-
Where in West Virginia are you out of. You can check out my web page at www.4alarmlawn.com

Hi! Loved your site, its one of the best I have seen. I am in Huntington WV which is a fur piece to Charlestown. We are on the Ohio rive right where WV OH and Ky meet.
donna

whoyouwhat
01-10-2009, 03:52 AM
What kinds of problems with staff did you run into? What advice do you have for others who want to have employees? What warning signs should they look out for and how can they resolve the most common employee issues?
Reduce the temptation and opportunities for staff to handle CASH!
Time your jobs by carrying out the job yourself.
Prepare work schedules and change the service day and time on a
regular basis.This will reduce scams and is more interesting
(We all hate routine!)
Keep your staff busy and train how to do the job to your STANDARDS.
Be fair but firm and respect pay well but expect more!

whoyouwhat
01-10-2009, 03:57 AM
Hi! Loved your site, its one of the best I have seen. I am in Huntington WV which is a fur piece to Charlestown. We are on the Ohio rive right where WV OH and Ky meet.
donna
I am based in the Northern Beaches NSW Austrailia "Pardise"
GO-OZ-Home & Garden Care

Steve
01-11-2009, 01:36 PM
I am based in the Northern Beaches NSW Austrailia "Pardise"
GO-OZ-Home & Garden Care

I'd love to see some pictures of your area and business!

Antman
01-14-2009, 02:39 PM
Hello,


I joined this site last May and have started my own lawn service since then. I use to have about 12 yards in high school, but in girls and the beach were way more important than cutting grass. I also worked for a landscaping company through college. Working as a regional manager for a cellular dealer for 9 years got old, so I save up some money and left that line of work and started doing this last May. From the advice that I got on this site, I now have 4 hotels, 2 resturants and 47 residential.


This site and all the input has really has been a great help!!!


Thanks,


The Antman
849

Steve
01-14-2009, 03:24 PM
Hi Antman,

Welcome to our forum!

From the advice that I got on this site, I now have 4 hotels, 2 resturants and 47 residential.

That is fantastic! Can you give others some advice as to how to go about getting restaurants and hotels to service?

Also I love your picture there, what part of your vehicle is it from? I couldn't tell?

Antman
01-14-2009, 04:37 PM
Thanks!

The 2 resturants I got from just going up to the managers and asking them who is doing there lawn service (because it looked awful) and they said basicaly they didn't have anyone, I gave them a price and showed up the next day and started edging and mowing.


I got the 4 hotels from the sign on my traier. The property manager for all 4 hotels called to get a estimate for his house, while speaking with him I told him I do comercial as well. He told me what he did and said he wasn't happy with his current landscaping company....so for about a month we went back and forth on prices and the only way to close the deal was to throw in his house lawn service for free in the whole deal (his yard only takes 25 mins to edge and mow..no big lost there)!!!!


I made the grafics from my own PC and emailed them to a sign and banner company and we decided to put them on the side of my truck for people to see when my trailer was off. I also have the same sign on the back of my trailer also!



Thanks Again,


The Antman

Steve
01-14-2009, 08:23 PM
I got the 4 hotels from the sign on my traier. The property manager for all 4 hotels called to get a estimate for his house, while speaking with him I told him I do comercial as well. He told me what he did and said he wasn't happy with his current landscaping company....so for about a month we went back and forth on prices and the only way to close the deal was to throw in his house lawn service for free in the whole deal (his yard only takes 25 mins to edge and mow..no big lost there)!!!!

Now that is fantastic! Have you been able to get referrals from him for other businesses in the area? I bet he knows other hotel owners. Do you ask? Or what do you suggest?

The 2 resturants I got from just going up to the managers and asking them who is doing there lawn service (because it looked awful) and they said basicaly they didn't have anyone, I gave them a price and showed up the next day and started edging and mowing.

That is neat! You just gave them a price on the spot! Did you walk the property with them to figure out what they needed or did you just ballpark it?

Also, what do you suggest is the best ways to get residential customers?

Antman
01-15-2009, 08:54 AM
This seacon they are opening up 2 more hotels and I also got those too. For all the employes at each hotel I was able to put up a flyer in there break room and send a flyer with there pay check! Example: ABC Hotel employee 10% discount on yard service! this made him look good and also got me some more residentials




I walked the property on and off for about a week before I gave him a price!



For getting home owners, I knocked on doors that needed bushes, multching, mowing and egding done and eventually started doing them weekly or bi-weekly! Then started getting referrals!!!



Thanks Again



The Antman

lawnsalonforyou
02-02-2009, 11:25 PM
Hey Steve! I keep seeing people with cute banners on there website from gophergraphics.com!! I want one!! hehe How did they get them?:D

Steve
02-03-2009, 05:51 AM
Here you go.

http://www.gopherforum.com/uploaded-files/images/lawn-salon-for-you.gif

lawnsalonforyou
02-03-2009, 10:18 PM
Thanks Steve!!! You Rock!!!;)

d4n3lu
02-04-2009, 10:36 AM
My name is Dan I am the owner of Danny's Lawn Care we do Lawn Maintance for residential and comercial, Compleate Landscaping, Spring/Fall CleanUP Snow Removal, Ice control and more, been in business for 2 years and trying to grow more...

Steve
02-04-2009, 10:40 AM
Hi Dan,

Welcome to our forum! What got you to start your lawn care business?

thelawnboss
02-05-2009, 10:29 AM
Hello. My name is Mark Mantyla, Lansing, Michigan knew from about 10 years old this is what i wanted to do. Got lucky and had a cousin that owned a business and wanted out when i was about 20. Got into it cheap and we are still going strong now. Anyone wants to chat about the business i am almost always on yahoo

TheLawnBoss@yahoo.com

Steve
02-05-2009, 10:40 AM
Hi Mark,

Welcome to out forum!

What advice do you have for other new lawn care business owners just starting out?

thelawnboss
02-05-2009, 07:47 PM
few things that have worked well for me.

1. Do not grow too fast
2. find a niche and stick with it. ours has been to not grow very big, we emphisize that an owner is on the property every week.
3. GIVE AWAY STUFF, i tell my guys that EVERY week we will do someones yard for free, weather it is an old lady that is struggling, or someone that just seems too busy. THis always comes back to pay off.

gotta run for now, will try to get some more later

Steve
02-05-2009, 08:05 PM
3. GIVE AWAY STUFF, i tell my guys that EVERY week we will do someones yard for free, weather it is an old lady that is struggling, or someone that just seems too busy. THis always comes back to pay off.

How do you go about finding who's yard to do for free? Also do you promote this? How do you suggest letting everyone know you do such good deeds?

thelawnboss
02-06-2009, 10:15 PM
How do you go about finding who's yard to do for free? Also do you promote this? How do you suggest letting everyone know you do such good deeds?



we do NOT promote this in any way. we dont even talk about it normally. basically just being observant. little old lady sweating her *** off trying to mow in august, we just pull up and do it. we dont even worry about telling people we did it. we just think it is the right thing to do. that ladies family will definatly know about it. of course we give her a couple business cards before we go.

another way, we try to get to know all our neighbors. what they do for a living. when we know these things, we can keep on eye on their lawns, if they get out of hand, we just take care of it. they normally know who it is.

Steve
02-06-2009, 11:08 PM
we do NOT promote this in any way. we dont even talk about it normally. basically just being observant. little old lady sweating her *** off trying to mow in august, we just pull up and do it. we dont even worry about telling people we did it. we just think it is the right thing to do. that ladies family will definatly know about it. of course we give her a couple business cards before we go.

another way, we try to get to know all our neighbors. what they do for a living. when we know these things, we can keep on eye on their lawns, if they get out of hand, we just take care of it. they normally know who it is.

That is wonderful of you to do that! Very kind!

Have you ever gotten any feedback from anyone later on where this act of kindness on your part came up? Or where you got a job because of something nice you did?

bnclawncare
02-07-2009, 07:41 PM
This is something that we have also done in the past. I do not do it to promote anything or am I looking to gain from it. I have done it because I have a kind heart.

One example is that I have an elderly lady that I mow for. Both her husband and her daughter were murdered, both years apart. So she lives alone. I have went up there, mowed her yard, sometimes on her birthday and sometimes on mothers day, and like always before, she'll walk out there with her check book to pay me and I'll tell her this one is on the house followed by happy mothers day or happy birthday. She'll say, Brian, I am going to whip you. I'll say, you have to catch me first, lol. This is something, without her telling me, that I know she appreciates, no doubt. She also on occations puts an extra 5 or 10 in my check. I just save it up a few times and mow her yard again for free.

I have made true friends with all of my customers. We have a huge trust with each other. How many customers will walk out and give you a blank check and say, fill it out for what I owe you?? Or how many customers do you know that will give you a key to there house?? I have many!

I think it is great to give back to people, they will in turn give back to you!

Steve, how about my banner?? LOL.

Steve
02-07-2009, 08:04 PM
Steve, how about my banner?? LOL.

What name and number would you like on it?

bnclawncare
02-07-2009, 08:18 PM
BNC Lawn Care
336-589-8419

Thanks!!

Steve
02-07-2009, 08:26 PM
Here you go!

http://www.gopherforum.com/uploaded-files/images/bnc-lawn-care.gif

bnclawncare
02-07-2009, 08:29 PM
Here you go!

http://www.gopherforum.com/uploaded-files/images/bnc-lawn-care.gif

Thanks Steve, your the man!

thelawnboss
02-08-2009, 07:24 PM
honestly, we pick up a job from it, i would say about 40 % of the time. another family member, friend, neighbor. Do nice things and people talk. i would much rather have them talk about something positive that we have done.

bnclawncare
02-09-2009, 06:36 AM
No doubt. I have also. Being honest and sincere will always pay off in the end. Good luck with your buisness this year.

cbaltz
02-14-2009, 05:25 PM
Steve, Great site and thanks for having me. Just getting started in the lawn care business so I started here. My son is 13 so I wanted to find a good way for us to spend time together while building a small business for him and I. :)

I currently have the basic supplies but am just looking around and gathering info...

Thanks

Chris

Baltz Family Lawn Care (at least that is what we came up with so far)

Steve
02-14-2009, 05:35 PM
Welcome to our forum!

I love the name! Nice job!

What are you doing to promote your business?

cbaltz
02-14-2009, 06:50 PM
I just started researching...I like the flyers and some of the other literature. Any suggestions?

Steve
02-14-2009, 07:45 PM
I like those ideas. Also harness your social groups and get them to help you promote your business through word of mouth. Also why not put together a story about you and your son together and send it into the local paper to try and get an article written about the both of you. It is a great story!

OKSooner
02-19-2009, 07:18 PM
Hi guys. I'm a solo operator working in Northeastern OK. Just found this forum while checking out Gopher software.

This is my fourth year in business. I just got incorporated as an LLC, doing Lawn Care and Irrigation Repair.

It looks like there's a lot of good information in here. I hope some of it will help me to have a breakout year this time!

Steve
02-19-2009, 07:25 PM
Welcome to our Forum!

What advice do you have for newer lawn care business owners just getting started?

OKSooner
02-20-2009, 11:21 AM
Welcome to our Forum!

What advice do you have for newer lawn care business owners just getting started?

Get insurance. That's the main difference between a pro and a lowballer.

Be honest at all times. Take horticulture and business classes if they're offered in your hometown. Pace yourself. Dress for the weather and be sure to hydrate.

Oh yeah, one other thing some of us might not think about... be sure to have The Lord on your side too. If he's with you, no one can stand against you, and all you gotta do is ask.

Steve
02-20-2009, 02:26 PM
Did you find any pitfalls getting your business started that you wish you could have avoided or have you seen others do this? Would you have done anything differently to avoid them?

OKSooner
02-21-2009, 02:36 PM
Did you find any pitfalls getting your business started that you wish you could have avoided or have you seen others do this? Would you have done anything differently to avoid them?

Yes, and that's a good question. I've been having a blast overall in my new business. However... I made one really good mistake about this time last year, and a couple of smaller ones since. The two smaller ones I was able to come out okay, but the biggest one caused me to lose the client. The REAL mistake was not recognizing that what she was wanting me to do was more than I could take on. I tried anyway because I needed the money. (Just telling the truth here...)

My mistake was in NOT working within my limitations. My judgment was affected by the fact that I needed some cash flow. In hindsight, I'd have been better off subbing the job out or even giving it to someone else. I'd still have a really good client if I'd done a better job in this area.

I figure most startups are solo guys like myself, or maybe a couple of guys teaming up like brothers or firemen on different shifts. You've got to start small and work your way up.

DON'T take on too big a job, or something way outside your skillset. Work your way up to bigger jobs, and find ways to learn new things gradually without making a client a guinea pig.

Steve
02-21-2009, 03:07 PM
The REAL mistake was not recognizing that what she was wanting me to do was more than I could take on.

Oh very interesting! Was this a landscape project that you took on that was outside your scope?

alc01983
03-10-2009, 10:18 AM
Whats up Steve? I like the site, thanks for putting it out there... Well, i am 25, been laid off for about 6 months, and decided to start a lawn care business that will eventually get involved in landscaping. I live around Metro Detroit. I am trying to start small, thinking about getting just 1 commercial mower, and focus on residential cuts around my neighborhood. I have a 21" mower i use around the house, but i am not sure if i want to pick up a 36" or a 48". My sub has a lot of fenced in properties that i will not be able to fit a 48" mower in the back yard. So i have been debating whether or not to get a smaller maybe 42" or a 36" mower. A lot of people i talk to say to get a 48" and cut the rest with the push mower, but that could leave me cutting a large backyard with a very small mower. I am sure it has been done before, but i am just trying to maximize time and profit.. Anyone else have any good advice or ideas??

Steve
03-10-2009, 10:23 AM
Welcome!

I'd say just get started with what you have. Then when you get your feet wet, scale up and get a larger mower. But I would get some cash flow first.

What are you going to be doing to market your business?

Also, keep in mind with the commercial accounts they are going to want to see proof of insurance.

alc01983
03-10-2009, 10:30 AM
I Have 4000 Postcards With The Services I Offer And Name And Number On Them That I Am Passing Out Around Neighborhoods Near Me. I Am Thinking About Not Getting Licensed Or Insured For The First Year. Just Going To Focus On Residential. You Think To Do The First Season With Just A 21" Mower??

Steve
03-10-2009, 10:36 AM
You Think To Do The First Season With Just A 21" Mower??

I'd say just get started with what you have. I'd rather see you making a profit right away, even if it takes a little longer than go out and buy something you will be paying off for a while and find you don't like doing it.

Let us know what you decide to do though.

Citygreenlandscaping
03-11-2009, 02:33 AM
I just started my company in August of 2008 and really am going hard now that spring is right around the corner. So far I have done $187,000.00 in Contract bids and and Landed half. I am also Active Duty Army. I stay busy and love this line of work alot more then what I am doing now. So that's a little about me. Hope all is well. Jeremiah

Steve
03-11-2009, 03:26 AM
Hi Jeremiah,

Welcome to our forum!

That is great what you have been able to do with your contract bids. What advice do you have for others looking to get into bidding on contracts like that?

hlorom
05-01-2009, 12:40 PM
Hi Steve,

I'm considering a lawn cut/landscape startup. Just starting to do some research, to determine viability in this down market. Came across your YouTube presentation and it appeared informative...hince, this follow up.

Harry

Steve
05-01-2009, 01:50 PM
Hi Harry,

Welcome to our forum!

What got you interested in starting your own business?

pmcd5333
05-04-2009, 06:17 AM
Hi Harry,

Welcome to our forum!

What got you interested in starting your own business?



Hi Steve

I've always wanted to run my own business and be in control of my future. Corp America is a tough place these days.

Peter

Steve
05-04-2009, 06:45 AM
Welcome Peter!

What are some of your big plans for this Spring with your business?

pmcd5333
05-04-2009, 09:10 AM
Welcome Peter!

What are some of your big plans for this Spring with your business?

Well I dont have any steady customers yet. I have done a couple of one time jobs. I will focus on promoting my business using emails, and flyers. I like the auto-dialer suggestion on your video, but I think its illegal in NC. The story about the Army vet starting with nothing really inspired me to re-focus on my goals. You dont have to have alot of money to start. Just a desire and determination. The fact of the matter is I'm lazy at times(work 2 jobs ) so when the customers stopped calling , I started to give up. I know you have to be creative when trying to get customers. This site gives excellent pointers for newbies and pros alike.

P

Steve
05-04-2009, 11:13 AM
The fact of the matter is I'm lazy at times(work 2 jobs ) so when the customers stopped calling , I started to give up. I know you have to be creative when trying to get customers. This site gives excellent pointers for newbies and pros alike.

Staying motivated is challenging for everyone but I think as you go and as you get more and more success, it will reaffirm to you that yes you can do this. This can work.

So the best thing is to try and do a little everyday. Try posting in craigslist, try talking to people. Hand out business cards. If you do a little each day, over time you will get a lot accomplished.

gregn67
05-15-2009, 11:18 PM
Thanks Steve for the website. I found it while looking for a web template for lawn service website. I did lawn service as a sideline in North Carolina for about 4 years. It was a small operation but just enough to put some extra money in my pocket and keep my son in spending money. It was a great experience for my son also to learn to work and earn his own money.

I moved to GA about 3 years ago to go to work for a company down here. I got laid off about a year ago. I found another job almost immediately but now I am not working the overtime like I was to begin with. Now I have time to start cutting grass again. And my son is 18 now and he needs spending money more than ever!

I look forward to digging in to the website and getting to know everyone. If you are on the southside of Atlanta in the Newnan area I would love to even meet some of you in person. You never know we might could help each other out.

Regards and lets hope for a great season.

Greg

Steve
05-16-2009, 07:14 AM
Welcome to our forum Greg!

Goldie
06-04-2009, 11:37 AM
Hi All,

Central Florida here.

I inherited my lawn equipment from my son after he tried to start a lawn care business last June. He asked us to buy his equipment in December , so I started to dabble a bit in the spring. I have 5 yards now and am ready to move full steam ahead after being laid off last month from my day job after 15years.

Look forward to all of your helpful tips and tricks.

Goldie :D