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  • Thank's Everyone

    Hi, Everyone

    This Is One Of The Best Forums Out There,i Think Anyone Getting Involved In Property Maintenance Should Join This Forum.i Am Just Starting Out This Will Be The First Time Biding On Residential-commercial Property For Next Years Season,i Hope I Do Something Right.i Dont Want To Over Bid Or Under Bid.yesturday I Asked How To Aproach Commercial Property And Steve Your Blogs Were Great.thank You.i Am Sure I Will Be Asking Alot Of Questions So Guy's Be Prepared!

    Thanks,mike Aj&m Property Maintenance

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    • Hi Mike,

      Welcome to our forum!

      I am glad all the information was helpful. I try my best to organize it.

      What go you to start your lawn care business?
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      • Hello from Gophers Limited in Felton California

        Dear Forum,
        This is such a great forum and I have been lurking for a while but I may as well introduce myself and company. I am Thomas Wittman and started my non toxic animal control business about ten years ago after being an organic farmer and working at the University of California, Santa Cruz at the organic teaching farm there. Started out with the gopher business and gradually started working on all pest animals. My niche is that I never use poisons. I use humane lethal traps for gophers and moles and live trap everything else. I work for a lot of landscaping businesses, property management businesses and municipal areas as well a a lot of private clients. I also consult and lecture throughout the Western US. I offer a lot of information on my site including videos on how to trap and my lecture notes. Let me know if I can help - my goal is to provide alternatives to poison use and at the same time make a living.
        Thomas
        gopherslimited.com

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        • Hi Thomas,

          Welcome to our forum! I just checked out your site, you got a ton of information on there!

          You should make a new post and tell us about your business. I saw on a link at your site you were on HGTV. I'd love to hear how that all came about and what you thought of that experience. I will have a ton of questions for you!
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          • New and need help with introductory letter

            Folks,

            My husband, Fred, and I started Nelson's Lawn Care in May 2009. My husband works full time as an auto tech and I'm at home since a lay off in January 2009. He mows while I'm handling the books and learning to market. Currently, we have 6 regular lawn care customers. We also have several that call every couple of months when they're too busy to do it themselves. Fred is now mowing all jobs on Saturdays as the days are becoming shorter and daylight savings is right around the corner. We're bringing in enough to cover expenses, make the payment on the equipment loans (Lexmark 32" walk behind mower and 7 x 14' enclosed trailer), and put a couple hundred in the bank each month. Having a large yard, we already had a self-propelled push mower, edger, weed eater, blower and hand tools. Thanks to Fred's regular job, we haven't had to "pay" ourselves from the business yet.

            Our goal is for Fred to go full-time in the Spring but we understand it may not be feasible until the following year. It will be tough as we grow balancing growth vs. manpower.

            Fred has also picked up some side jobs installing water pumps for irrigation, fence repairs, tree/shrub trimming, mulch application, and fertilizing. We list other services on our flyers (printed on neon colored 24# paper) and are open to most general maintenance and make-ready jobs. Most of our business has come from friends and acquaintances. Some have come from flyers (door to door) in nearby residential areas. I've designed a website but can't figure out the step by step process of publishing it.

            My current challenge is composing an introductory letter to property managers. I plan on targeting residential management companies as well as small commercial properties. Being near Galveston Texas, we have quite a few rental properties in the area. We'd like to get into this market for now but what we really want is small commercial properties. I'm talking about churches, small businesses, and residential sub-division community properties (parks, utility easements). After that, it's on to bigger jobs.

            I'd love any advice, templates or examples anyone's willing to share.
            Thanks!

            V
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            • Welcome to our forum!

              I couldn't open your flyer because it was a docx format. If you save it as a doc format, I should be able to view it.

              As far as letter templates go, did you look in the free letter template section here?

              http://www.gopherforum.com/forumdisplay.php?f=34

              I think there are a bunch of introductory letter templates that will help you.

              What other things have you been thinking about doing to promote your business further? Are you a member of any local groups or social organizations that you can hand out business cards too?
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              • Steve-

                Thanks for the redirect! Found just what I was looking for.

                Sorry about the flyer, am attaching a pdf version.

                Fred and I pass out business cards whenever the opportunity arises. This week we are sponsoring our neighborhood association newsletter (86 homes). Currently, we take care of 2 customers plus our own yard in the sub-division. Having customers in our neighborhood is definitely a plus. About 40% of our neighbors hire lawn care services. Hopefully, with word of mouth, the signs on our equipment (truck and trailer), examples of our work and the newsletter will help us take work away from the other guys.

                A realtor in our neighborhood has just requested business cards to pass along. This could have a huge impact since she's with one of the largest real estate companies in the area.

                As a one man show, how do we hire an experienced guy to help with jobs and still make money? We want someone that is knowledgeable and will take care of our equipment. What do we pay him? We charge from $25/$30 for our small/medium yards and $45 for the largest. The jobs take from 30-40 minutes and almost 2 hours (1 yard with many beds and grassy areas to deal with). With loading/unloading and travel time it will eat any profits. Thankfully most of our jobs are situated 2 houses within a block of each other. Fred is going to be worn out with no profits to show. Is this what to expect when taking that next step in growth?

                Thanks!

                V
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                • This week we are sponsoring our neighborhood association newsletter (86 homes).
                  What does it mean to sponsor your neighborhood association newsletter? Do you put an ad in it or do you pay for the printing? How did all that work out?

                  As a one man show, how do we hire an experienced guy to help with jobs and still make money? We want someone that is knowledgeable and will take care of our equipment. What do we pay him? We charge from $25/$30 for our small/medium yards and $45 for the largest. The jobs take from 30-40 minutes and almost 2 hours (1 yard with many beds and grassy areas to deal with). With loading/unloading and travel time it will eat any profits. Thankfully most of our jobs are situated 2 houses within a block of each other. Fred is going to be worn out with no profits to show. Is this what to expect when taking that next step in growth?
                  No doubt this is a dilemma many lawn care businesses find themselves in. Profits from strictly lawn care can be very slight that it is hard to take on employees and still be able to charge enough to maintain a competitive edge.

                  This is why we have seen some members branch off into other work that offers higher profit potential like landscape services, light excavation and others. You could make a post on this specific topic alone and be reading responses for days!
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                  • Steve,

                    Sponsoring the newsletter runs about $35 for printing cost. Our ad (attached) is printed on the bottom front page. If we get one job out of it the ad has paid for itself.

                    I see what you mean about branching out into other services. We have had some success from word of mouth and with current customers. Our flyers list a range of services including tree trimming, plantings, maintenance, pressure washing, mulching, weed control, make ready, cleanups, and ant bed treatments. In addition, we're open to many other services .... as you say, it's all about being in the right place at the right time

                    V

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                    • How many homes does this reach out too? Might it be worth printing it for the year? Maybe you could put in seasonal articles as well? How is it distributed? Is it mailed or hand delivered?
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                      • 86 homes in a fairly new neighborhood, 6 years old. This is the 2nd newsletter for the neighborhood. The 1st was 6 months ago. I plan on sponsoring it as often as possible but will probably only get to once each year. Will work on targeting seasonal services as the newsletters evolve and are published on a regular basis. The newsletters are hand delivered and left on each front door.
                        Thanks for the insight!

                        V

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                        • If you could put together these newsletters more often! WOW! You would have something there. Even if you could do them seasonally. Maybe you could collect news in the area or updates from the hoa and put this out for them. What a great way to market!

                          Do you have a picture of the newsletter? I'd love to see it!
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                          • Newsletters and targeting clients

                            I am wondering what your response rate has been for the newsletters and if folks feel at all that you are invading their privacy at all. I have an animal control business and if I see gopher or mole damage I will leave a business card on the front door. I heard of a mole control person putting his flier in a sandwich bag with a rock and just tossing it from his car on mole mounds but that seems a little invasive. I have send out a few letters to property managers, real estate folks and others but have found the best source of clients has been referrals or giving informative lectures.
                            Also I can see anyone doing lawn care learning how to work with gophers, moles and other animals easily. I find it interesting that the many landscapers and lawn care people I work for don't just learn the techniques and buy some traps. Some of my clients have worked out a deal where I charge a little less for the service and they include my service in their bill and make a few extra dollars that way.
                            Good luck,
                            Thomas
                            Gopherslimited.com

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                            • Benda Board

                              My company, Epic Plastics, manufactures several profiles of professional landscape edging. We are moving eastward from California but understand that Benda Board is not a widely accepted product East of the Mississippi. Any insight on how we can expand the acceptance of our products would be greatly appreciated.

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                              • Welcome to our forum!

                                Do you have a website so we can see some of your products?


                                I have send out a few letters to property managers, real estate folks and others but have found the best source of clients has been referrals or giving informative lectures.
                                Thomas, how did being on HGTV help? Did people see you on there and call you or was it more of a way to create a better image for your company and brand build? I think that was great exposure and I watched the episode. You could even give us some mini seminars an here and make some posts on how to deal with these different gopher issues and show us which of your products would work best in dealing with them.
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