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  • #16
    I have a paypal button on my website. I get more use by sending invoices through paypal. All you need is the customers email address and a paypal account. The customer does not have to have a paypal account to pay the invoice. This spring I plan to get an android phone and accept credit cards through the android phone. I think I will be going with these guys...

    http://www.merchantanywhere.com/
    I use paypal invoices as well. Looks like a cool system and automatically keeps up with whether customer has paid it or not.

    Matt

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    • #17
      Right now my biggest problem is rebuilding my entire company almost from scratch and deciding what to change this year..i have a new name and new logo so no one will probably know who i am. i have a car this year. and i will be more dedicated as well as having previous knowledge from the past few years.

      This year i will be focusing more on long term prices instead of monthly earnings.

      I will also have an employee working for me on a low budget.

      With school in the way i dont have a whole lot of time to mow..and weekends arent always free.. so the most i think i would be able to handle is 20-25 but for a teenager i think thats plenty..i have no virtual overhead besides equipment costs , car insurance, and gas.

      Right now im focusing on how im going to be marketing myself
      i plan on buying 2 sets of advertisements (most likely post cards with double sided tape on the back) and i will be handing one out in february for fertilization aeration lawn maintenance etc.

      and then another set in march for lawn maintenance
      i will buy 1000 for february and depending on how many sign up i will buy another 500 to 2500 postcards.
      Just Kut Lawn and Landscape
      "Where Service is Always in Season"
      Reach for the stars so if you fall you land on a cloud.

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      • #18
        jk, I would include on all your upcoming advertising your last company name in some way like this:

        JustKut Formerly known as .........
        New name , same quality etc, in business since 2008 or what ever. That way they know your not a startup and you have some experience.

        That way, if they know your last name, they will know the new one and link the two together.
        http://www.lunchesruslawncare.com

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        • #19
          My biggest problem I'm dealing with is the guilty feeling I get when I have to turn away new clients. We have gotten a fair amount of snow lately and the phone has been ringing like crazy with potential new clients asking for monthly snow service. I feel bad having to turn them away as I have too many clients to handle already. Many have asked if I know of any reliable snow removal guys cause the one they already have doesn't show up. Sadly I can't even help them out with that either ... What a strange situation to be in!

          Lloyd
          Blue's YardFX
          Camrose, Alberta
          Im right there with you, I recently started building a groundup,and totally maxed myself with good long term contract clients and clients that pay on time and I hate turning away work, I thought about buying more trucks, but then you run the risk of them never calling again, it's a catch 22 and even worse that not many people are dependable,honest and hard working!

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          • #20
            Hi im chris im 18 and own a landscaping business in new jersey. I am very very dedicated to my business and it can be very stressful to me at times. i just purchased a detatcher and looking to get an aerator to try and do a seeding program this year but still have a few questions. Alot of my lawns are lawns that the owners dont take the greatest care of them. Some may have some weeds and mixtures of grasses etc. Well i feel like to put seed down i need to be putting it down on like plain dirt to come up the nicest. I feel even if i thatch areate and seed a lawn before seeding theres still going to be weeds and such that affect it. Also a few of my customers have souza grass but are interested in seeding still. Do i have to buy the type of grass seed that each one of my customers have? i just feel like if i put a normal seed down that my guy would recommend it wouldnt do anything to that out of control growing souza. Im very worried about seeding and not having the best outcome because alot of my customers have been using me for years and i know this is going to be alittle more expensive then most of the work i do. Also i mow with a brand new 36 inch wright stander. i tend to compare my work to the other companys in the area. It seem that alot of my lawns you can see the tire marks from my mower almost like the ground sunk on the spots that i normally mow. Im only 140 pounds soaking wet so its not like im some big guy putting alot of addition weight on my machine. Its looks like i was mowing wet lawns or something. Ive seen other companys that use the same mowers or even bigger and never have this problem. Im starting to think i may have too much air in my back tires. It the little things like this that drive me crazy. Thanks for any help in advance. CHRIS

            To sum it all up alittle better is there an important step i need to do before aerating and seeding? and is there certain seed to use on certain types of grass? And what are some of the tricks for getting the best groomed lawn? i know sharp blades are very important and i do stay up on that its just those ruts on the ground that drive me crazy. Is it really because i may just be running with too much air in those tires?
            Last edited by chrisw23; 01-06-2011, 03:36 PM. Reason: forgot text

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            • #21
              What I do to combat the mowing rutting you see is my first cut is one width around the exterior, then the next cut is a half cut then all full cuts from there to the end, then the next week I would eliminate the half width cut and use full width cuts. That alternates where you drive the tractor or mower. You can also accomplish this by diagonal cutting as well every other week. Aerating puts holes into the ground which provide a place for seed to go. The deeper they go the deeper the roots. That translates to a stronger lawn. When seeding just on top of the soil I find its best to rough up the soil lay the seed down then rough it up a bit more.
              http://www.lunchesruslawncare.com

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              • #22
                Im right there with you, I recently started building a groundup,and totally maxed myself with good long term contract clients and clients that pay on time and I hate turning away work, I thought about buying more trucks, but then you run the risk of them never calling again, it's a catch 22 and even worse that not many people are dependable,honest and hard working!
                What have you found is the best way to deal with this? Do you feel your ability to handle this will change in the future or do you prefer to keep your operation the size it is now?
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                • #23
                  What have you found is the best way to deal with this? Do you feel your ability to handle this will change in the future or do you prefer to keep your operation the size it is now?
                  Steve,

                  Dealing with it is hard, who in there right mind can justify turning business away in this economy.

                  What i have been doing is taking the name address and phone number of the new potential client so i have it for the future. I then let them know the situation, I'm a start up, blah blah blah.... I feel that honesty is the best way to do business.

                  As far as growing the business I plan on doubling in size by next winter and within 5-7 years I want to grow to servicing all of New England by using business partnered sub contractors in various areas.

                  I also plan on using my "potential client list" next year when doing my marketing, I want to call them all and explain that I have doubled in size and would love the opportunity to earn their business for the season.

                  It all seems good on paper but as we all know it never goes as planned, right now I'm 100% on track for doubling business next year, as far as my 5-7 year plan, a lot can happen in that time, so only time can tell.

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                  • #24
                    As far as growing the business I plan on doubling in size by next winter and within 5-7 years I want to grow to servicing all of New England by using business partnered sub contractors in various areas.
                    What is your view on the benefit of this path vs. hiring employees?
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