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  • #16
    "If you have lost the passion or love for your lawn mowing business donít just hang it up or quit. Take a step back and start over, YES I said start over. Reevaluate your commitment to yourself, employees and customers.
    Operating a lawn mowing business can be scary in any economy. Having the right people in place for your operation will create time for you to market and promote weekly services. If you think your lawn business will run itself after it has grown, forget it. The landscape industry is demanding. Only hard-working and committed individuals will succeed."


    Okay there it is Jason...This quote is from one of my posts on my website.

    Here is what I am offering you today:

    I'm not gonna promise you anything, but I will guarantee you a re-vamping of your website for FREE that will get you found....yes I can do that, and since I see you like WordPress...you just fell into my trap..lol

    I love WordPress and actually have built several business websites, for $$...but for you my man...F ~ R ~ E ~ E ~ , plus I have access to 70+ Themes you can choose from and I will Host your website FREE...

    Never have I offered to build, host or SEO a website for FREE, but your story TRAPPED me...

    YOU ARE SAYING "Too good to be true"....
    • Here is the deal, Steve(GopherHaul)has provided a forum for instructions on how to be successful. And over the past few years I have been a member here these instructions have only increased my knowledge and income in the Green industry.


    So yes this is a pay it forward situation....take it or leave it.. The only thing I need is a commitment from you to take your business to the next level...DO NOT BE FOOLED, I am busy as fckn HELL! !
    Last edited by ringahding1; 10-06-2012, 10:36 AM.
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    • #17
      Jason how are things going?
      Still thinking it over, is there anything you need help with?

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      • #18
        I sent you an email the same day but never got a response.


        jason- send me an email. lets get you back up and running turning a profit. even with a little while left. jcboyd1210@yahoo.com
        White Company

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        • #19
          Things are going as good as they can, I am sitting at home no working other than my day job lol. If there is anything good to come of this I have been redoing my shop while I consider if I am going to stay in the business. Now I have all 3 tractors in the shop which is the first time I have ever been able to fit them all. I am still undecided if I want to continue. I would love to continue if something will happen but I can not keep losing money. The bottom line is after 3 years of hard work I now have $4.40 in my business account. If it were not for my good paying day job I would have lost everything a long time ago. I am NOT in a position that I can invest a lot of money to keep going, for 3 years now I have only worked for the opportunity to say I own a business but I have made nothing from said business, got some cool toys but have no profit to show for it. My only real worry is that if I keep investing time and money to it that it will never change, I am here to work for money not work for nothing. I am thinking that the local economy and unlicensed competition is just way to much for any honest person to sustain a business.

          Jason how are things going?
          Still thinking it over, is there anything you need help with?
          White Company

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          • #20
            I would reevaluate your prices. Theres no way your charging enough if you dont leave every job with something.

            Then I would look at expenses. Your prices could be in line and your cost are to high. I have never lost money or broke even. Then again If I cant get the job for my price I walk.

            The other part would be lack of work. If your not working enough look at your marketing. Drop everything that is not working for you and only stick to what had results. This is a complicated thing to do because sometimes its good for your name to be seen even if you dont get a call.

            Other then that branch out to other companies. I been looking for snow subs for two months now and have had no responses. I pay these guys $75 a hour or give them a site to do for the year.

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            • #21
              Send an email to me again. Same address. Put in the subject Hey Jay! I think my spam box got it and deleted it. I have some time this weekend and I'll come up with a game plan. I did some research on your area, you have a lot of potential!!

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              • #22
                Jason did you talk to ringahding1 about a website?
                are you listed on yellowpages.com
                would you like help with a craigslist ad? If so I need to know
                your services
                towns/areas you service
                "sale" you would like to run like 50% off first mow...

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                • #23
                  My minimum use to be $40 for a lawn and $35 per hour but because of out of town, unlicensed labor I was forced to drop it to $20 per lawn and $20 per hour and there are still A holes out bidding me.

                  As far as advertising NONE of it is working, nothing offered locally at least, thats one of the big problems, this year for example, all year long I only got a few calls and one one job from them.


                  I would reevaluate your prices. Theres no way your charging enough if you dont leave every job with something.

                  Then I would look at expenses. Your prices could be in line and your cost are to high. I have never lost money or broke even. Then again If I cant get the job for my price I walk.

                  The other part would be lack of work. If your not working enough look at your marketing. Drop everything that is not working for you and only stick to what had results. This is a complicated thing to do because sometimes its good for your name to be seen even if you dont get a call.

                  Other then that branch out to other companies. I been looking for snow subs for two months now and have had no responses. I pay these guys $75 a hour or give them a site to do for the year.
                  White Company

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                  • #24
                    I got a notification that I had an email from you but I just got home after volunteering at a haunted house all night so I will check it now and get back to you.


                    Send an email to me again. Same address. Put in the subject Hey Jay! I think my spam box got it and deleted it. I have some time this weekend and I'll come up with a game plan. I did some research on your area, you have a lot of potential!!
                    White Company

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                    • #25
                      I am thinking about the offer but at the same time already have a website. I am NOT listed in the yellow pages, I called them but they wanted far more money than I made so I hung up. My services other than mowing are Weed Spraying

                      Pest Spraying

                      Field and Brush Cutting

                      Chipping Shredding

                      Clean Up

                      Pressure Washing

                      I recently learned that pest a weed control might not be legal for me to offer here without an applicators licences from the state although I have not confirmed that with the state yet.


                      Jason did you talk to ringahding1 about a website?
                      are you listed on yellowpages.com
                      would you like help with a craigslist ad? If so I need to know
                      your services
                      towns/areas you service
                      "sale" you would like to run like 50% off first mow...
                      White Company

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                      • #26
                        I am thinking about the offer but at the same time already have a website. I am NOT listed in the yellow pages, I called them but they wanted far more money than I made so I hung up.
                        Are you in Jackson CA?
                        your website is hard to find and does not have your service area listed
                        yellowpages.com is free for a basic listing (they will call to up-sell just say no thanks)

                        I would let ringahding1 build you a new site and back link it so it can be found.

                        STOP SELLING YOURSELF ON PRICE you will never win. Just bid jobs to make a living.

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                        • #27
                          I just got home after volunteering at a haunted house all night
                          It sounds like you are pretty plugged into your local community which should make it easier to find customers.
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                          • #28
                            Yes and no Steve, when you take business, even if you get on your knees and plead, everyone is good at just ignoring you around here lol
                            White Company

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                            • #29
                              Jason, Jason, Jason, my little brother. Sorry to hear your not doing good. I want you to come over to my house so I can set you straight and give you some advice. As you know, I did residential gardening from 1982 to 1998 and then did commercial maintenance from 1998 to 2003 when I moved to Ione. I had 5 full time employees (with benifits) when I sold it. Think about the following points and then call me tomorrow afternoon or evening. (im busy in the morning)

                              Whats the population of Ione? Jackson? maybe 3,000 each. How many manicured lawns? maybe 300?

                              How many manicured lawns are thee in Folsom? Stockton? Rancho Cordova? probably 40,000- 100,000 each.

                              Most of the jobs around here are weed wacking fields and vacant lots. Thats fine if you had a base of lawn accounts bringing in 1,000 or 2,000 then the one time weed wacks are gravy on top! you can't build a business on them.

                              I called you with a lead on a new homeowner that wanted lawn care. Her front lawn is 50' by 20', no back yard. you said $20 per mow. I thought it was a little high since its so small and said how much for a monthly contract and you didn't want to do monthly. You probably could have got it if you quoted 45 or 50 per month. She has plans to have cement put in the back and then some landscaping, etc. you could have got in on that. and when her yard is finished, and the yard is bigger, increase your mowing to 65 - 75??

                              Hang in there my friend, were here for you! If you don't recognize my user name, its Ken H
                              OrganicKen.com

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                              • #30
                                Ken, at $50 per month that is $12.50 per visit per week. That won't even pay for the tires on my trailer and to be honest I would rather hang it all up than work my butt off for such chicken feed. The bank interest rates pay better than that.
                                White Company

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