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  • #16
    Hi Frontier-Lawn,

    I don't know about that. Maybe mowboy can help.
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    • #17
      So whats next on the agenda?
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      • #18
        Hi Frontier Lawn,

        Re the SBA Loan I had to check into it a little as it differs a lot in Canada and in the US.

        How hard it is depends on your own situation. Overall, you have to jump through quite a few hoops and you are examined quite thoroughly when you apply for an SBA loam.

        Here are the very basic qualifications to get a business loan:

        - You must have a reasonable amount already invested in your business.

        - Your business plan and other business document must be very detailed. What we have done here (with Gopher) is only touching the surface compared to what they will want to see. You really need to explain everything about your business, why you need the funds and your plan to pay it back. You'll need income statements, balance sheets and long-term forecasts. Lots of paperwork! Also, expect to have your personal credit scrutinized (not just the business).

        - You will need collateral to secure the loan.

        So you will have to answer the question as to whether it is worth it or not.

        I hope this helps :-)
        Joel LaRusic
        Consultant/Author, Start & Run a Landscape Business
        www.mowboy.com

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        • #19
          Hi mowboy,

          Have you known others who have done this? Would you suggest going this route? If you would suggest against it what would you suggest in place of doing this?
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          • #20
            Hi Team Gopher,

            Good question. I have not actually known anyone who has got an SBA loan. Most find it too much work to satisfy the eligibility requirements... so I would not recommend this route.

            If you are need of capital the easiest type of loan to get is a basic personal loan. You'll still need the collateral but they will not ask for financial statements, forecasts and the like. This is the route that I have used in the past and it is the route I would recommend for Frontier Lawn and other small/medium sized LCOs if they are in need of capital.
            Joel LaRusic
            Consultant/Author, Start & Run a Landscape Business
            www.mowboy.com

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            • #21
              i may forget it then since i have a credit score of 475 its not worth the trouble
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              • #22
                So Whats the Next Step on this plan?
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                • #23
                  Hi Frontier-Lawn,

                  Do you need us to help you with any flyer or door hanger designs?

                  Mowboy do you have any suggestions of what you have found to work for you?
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                  • #24
                    I did some flyers from your downloads. I do need a door hanger and a logo thou. I did download a hanger from you, but i can't edit it to look good. And how do i post the flyers i edited it wont let me?
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                    • #25
                      Hi Frontier-Lawn,

                      We will have to find out why you can't attach a file. Have you looked through the logos in our gallery and could we use any of them to base a new logo for you?
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                      • #26
                        the 4 i like are: tiger 110 & x-ray 232, 255, 447
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                        • #27
                          Hi Frontier-Lawn,

                          What would you want in the logo?
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                          • #28
                            Prob Just * Frontier Lawn & Landscape or what ever looks good. you guys are the pro's at logos *
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                            • #29
                              Hi Frontier Lawn,

                              While the Gopher Team helps you with your flyers, have you thought about your marketing strategy?

                              You mentioned some zip codes in your original post but as you are just starting to build up a customer base I think we would be best to focus in a lot more. So we need specific neighborhoods, streets or smaller areas that we can target our flyer/doorhanger marketing campaign on. These areas do not have to be the nicest areas of town and in fact you are probably better to start in a more middle or upper-middle class area. Keep in mind as well that it may be difficult to get a maintenance agreement from people right away. They want to get to know you first so you may end up doing, perhaps a clean-up or some other service. Once they see what a great job you do they are more inclined to give you more substantial jobs... like the weekly maintenance of the lawn and garden.

                              So, what I would like you to do is this:

                              Select at least three specific neighborhoods, streets or smaller areas that are nearby and answer the following questions for each:

                              1) Approx how many houses in this area?

                              2) Why do you like the area? Why does it appeal to you? (i.e. The competition is lousy or lots of seniors who need help... you get the idea)

                              3) What are the demographics of the zip code in which the neighborhood is located (Team Gopher listed the demographics of 3 zip codes for you in a previous post... if the ones you need are not there you can check yourself by following the link to the census site which is in that same post).

                              Like this:

                              Area One
                              There are approx ??*houses.
                              I like this area because:
                              The demographics of this area are:

                              ... same for other two.

                              Take a drive around and post back when you have select some neighborhoods to target. See you then!

                              If you had other thoughts or questions about your marketing campaign, please let me know.
                              Joel LaRusic
                              Consultant/Author, Start & Run a Landscape Business
                              www.mowboy.com

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                              • #30
                                heres my ares map *http://www.mapquest.com/maps....ipcode=



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