Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum

» Welcome to the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum
GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum

GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum (http://www.gopherforum.com/forum-index.php)
-   General Talk (http://www.gopherforum.com/forumdisplay.php?f=21)
-   -   Spending a few bucks (http://www.gopherforum.com/showthread.php?t=11775)

picframer 05-05-2010 05:33 PM

Spending a few bucks
 
1 Attachment(s)
I had to come home at lunch today to get an additional chipper for a crew, as I was driving to the job site I came up to the competition in front of me. As I looked at his wood chipper I thought, good lord, $50.00 would go a long way with that unit and I personally would be embarrassed to pull up to a clients lot with it.

There is so much chipping and cutting work around it's nuts and there are only five of us in the city that offer commercial chippers, experienced and certified wood cutters and fully insured.

Anyhow up around this bend is a gas station, I swear I should buy stock in an oil company:) we are spending around $140. a day in fuel alone, I say fuel as most of the gear is diesel but two trucks are gas, anyhow he pulls in as do I.

I don't know the guy well but we all see each other around, as we are filling up he says so how's business I see your trucks pulling all kinds of toys, I don't like to brag so I said well the economy is what it is and we are doing what we can, his reply was yea this is the first job this year for me and my crew, I simply said great to be out working in the sun, interesting chipper you have there, sure looks like she could use a coat of paint.

He replied yea well paint doesn't pay the bills and who cares it wouldn't work any better right??? Yours will look like that in two years, did you just buy that one you have on as it looks new? I said no it's not new bud, it's two years old and has 800 hours on it. That was pretty much the end of the conversation.

Image sells and it doesn't cost any of us much, here is a pic I took while following him, not great as it's from my blackberry.

CHEESE2009 05-05-2010 11:06 PM

I bet he could have that chipper looking half decent in no time.

My first trailer looked like that, even I grinded it down, primer/painted it.

I love keeping my tools looking fresh - I'm losing my mind this week as I'm dying to clean everything, but there is just so much to get done!

jklawncare 05-05-2010 11:10 PM

same here..my equipment (the little i have) is always washed
and my car (that i cant even drive for 5 more days) is washed every week
and i put rubbing compound on it to make it look great..im looking at this trailer..and idont even know why im thinking about it
its a 5x8 trailer and he only wants 100 for it (nothing wrong its another company owner/helping me get started with good advice and good offers in return for work i cant manage on my own) but the paint is peeling.. ill just sand blast and paint..ill brb i gotta figure out the companies budget for this month!

kdexpd 05-06-2010 12:59 AM

IMAGE IS EVERYTHING! Spend $50 and make $100.

Steve 05-06-2010 01:12 PM

This is a great point.

It does make you wonder how customers pick up on how you care for your equipment. If they see run down equipment, will they they feel they are getting inferior quality work?

Conversely, will they feel they are getting superior work and getting their money's worth if they see well taken care of equipment?

picframer 05-06-2010 05:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Steve (Post 71530)
This is a great point.

It does make you wonder how customers pick up on how you care for your equipment. If they see run down equipment, will they they feel they are getting inferior quality work?

Conversely, will they feel they are getting superior work and getting their money's worth if they see well taken care of equipment?

I can't tell you how many jobs we have received simply due to uniforms and new looking equipment.

Steve 05-07-2010 12:54 PM

Do you think it goes beyond just getting the job and that with nicer equipment and uniforms, you can charge more?

picframer 05-07-2010 04:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Steve (Post 71595)
Do you think it goes beyond just getting the job and that with nicer equipment and uniforms, you can charge more?

We are not the cheapest game in town but I stick to my prices and people rave about our work which brings in a pile of business. The John Deere brand really sells for us also as people see it as quality gear.

stevef1201 05-07-2010 06:40 PM

I have seen guys with fancy trailers who seem to have lots of customers (the image got the customers) but do sh1tty work, and have lots them. To me. I also have a nice trailer, a new mower and a clean vehicle. The image is not everything. However I did get a referral to a rental agent from a guy who told me the he told her" this guys got new equipment, and seems to keep it up, he would someone to hire unlike (name deleted) who was always complaining of 'broken mower'." Have good looking equipment, keep it clean, and do a good job, the most important advice I can give

Steve 05-08-2010 01:45 PM

Steve,

Do you also wear some kind of uniform ? What's your view on that?


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:34 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.1
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Hello All
HappyGrass
Yesterday 10:10 PM
Yesterday 10:10 PM
by HappyGrass
0 19
What a JERK!
Chilehead
05-06-2015 08:13 AM
Yesterday 09:27 PM
by Chilehead
15 762
how to make customers...
Bradcook21
Yesterday 05:04 PM
Yesterday 09:08 PM
by SGL1
3 63
Share your stolen...
SGL1
Yesterday 09:05 PM
Yesterday 09:05 PM
by SGL1
0 21
Equipment dealers
mattthelawnguy
05-21-2015 04:33 PM
Yesterday 07:07 PM
by mattthelawnguy
5 176
Things your lawn care...
Steve
Yesterday 11:48 AM
Yesterday 11:48 AM
by Steve
0 44
I can't believe people...
ExtremeLawncareServices
05-25-2015 10:29 AM
Yesterday 11:45 AM
by jrs.landscaping
9 239
Show us your stripes
Just for Cuts
05-21-2015 03:07 PM
Yesterday 11:35 AM
by Steve
5 176
Pissed off customers
stonegatedesigns
05-26-2015 05:29 PM
Yesterday 11:26 AM
by Steve
3 114
Great start to the season
jcurr33
05-25-2015 08:49 PM
05-26-2015 01:50 PM
by Steve
2 87
uploading video on here?
holymoly
05-24-2015 08:13 AM
05-26-2015 01:37 PM
by Steve
2 91
new here ! need help
pgrace
05-23-2015 11:29 PM
05-26-2015 01:35 PM
by Steve
1 97
What's your next...
Steve
05-15-2015 11:54 AM
05-26-2015 01:25 PM
by Steve
14 388
problems with a customer
LawnCareMan280
05-19-2015 06:28 PM
05-26-2015 01:22 PM
by Steve
5 212
More Rain or Less?
Steve
05-20-2015 12:06 PM
05-24-2015 04:37 PM
by SGL1
12 274
Irrigation
pboy8634
02-21-2010 12:46 PM
05-22-2015 10:05 PM
by biglee
25 8,462
Beginner Mistakes:...
Steve
01-31-2007 11:45 AM
05-22-2015 09:58 PM
by biglee
37 9,186
Peace garden ideas
SGL1
05-13-2015 03:15 PM
05-21-2015 07:51 PM
by avetslawncare
16 528
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
05-20-2015 09:18 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
84 6,862
Total yard rehab
SGL1
04-23-2015 03:59 PM
05-19-2015 08:22 PM
by SGL1
15 832
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
05-19-2015 04:12 PM
by NinaMarie86
1,223 390,056
New Lawn Service
carmelitaslawnservice
05-19-2015 10:02 AM
05-19-2015 02:51 PM
by Steve
1 131
Landscaper Jailed After...
SGL1
05-18-2015 08:15 AM
05-19-2015 02:37 PM
by Steve
5 234
Pictures of commercial...
avetslawncare
04-01-2015 09:47 PM
05-19-2015 02:29 PM
by Steve
38 2,037
feeling like im being...
Bradcook21
05-17-2015 07:33 AM
05-19-2015 02:11 PM
by Steve
6 241
good news yesterday
Bradcook21
05-17-2015 07:08 AM
05-19-2015 06:16 AM
by Bradcook21
3 172
ignition coil
jasonw
05-12-2015 05:31 PM
05-18-2015 12:07 PM
by Steve
3 286
Anyone need help? I have...
biglee
05-06-2015 12:22 PM
05-18-2015 12:06 PM
by Steve
13 718
Big (to me) mulch job
tl757
04-23-2015 05:32 PM
05-15-2015 08:46 PM
by biglee
22 1,525
big dog mowers?
Bradcook21
05-13-2015 04:03 PM
05-14-2015 10:55 AM
by Steve
4 311
Small HOA Bid
lxarth
05-06-2015 10:37 PM
05-13-2015 11:55 AM
by Steve
9 537
New company in Michigan
SEM
04-24-2015 09:27 PM
05-13-2015 11:51 AM
by Steve
11 667
Fired for refusing to...
Mr. Mow
05-09-2015 06:15 AM
05-12-2015 01:36 PM
by Steve
6 533
I have ZERO confidence...
Just for Cuts
05-01-2015 04:24 PM
05-12-2015 03:53 AM
by jrs.landscaping
31 1,140
landscape insurance
clarkslawn
03-30-2015 10:14 PM
05-11-2015 01:15 PM
by Steve
6 1,046
String trim BEFORE mow...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 08:13 AM
05-10-2015 07:50 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
9 1,088
Bought my first STIHL...
Mr. Mow
05-09-2015 06:29 AM
05-10-2015 08:36 AM
by Mr. Mow
9 440
advice wanted please and...
CHenricks
05-07-2015 08:40 PM
05-08-2015 04:20 PM
by CHenricks
7 457
Hello
SallyBorowicz
05-06-2015 11:14 AM
05-08-2015 02:21 PM
by Steve
3 366
Mower Advice
tl757
05-06-2015 02:31 PM
05-08-2015 01:45 PM
by Steve
6 496
Home today...Still...
biglee
05-06-2015 11:59 AM
05-07-2015 12:06 PM
by biglee
2 370
I'm Back With The Best...
aduttonater
02-21-2015 12:41 AM
05-07-2015 11:17 AM
by Steve
79 4,028
color fliers?
holymoly
04-18-2015 02:32 PM
05-07-2015 10:57 AM
by Steve
16 1,059
Looking good
mrsmichigan
05-06-2015 09:47 AM
05-07-2015 10:53 AM
by Steve
1 310
What are your biggest...
Steve
05-05-2015 01:24 PM
05-07-2015 10:52 AM
by Steve
2 363
is craiglist good to...
JBENI
04-16-2015 11:11 AM
05-06-2015 07:15 PM
by TheYardGuy
12 1,150
Go daddy web site and...
jcurr33
05-04-2015 06:00 PM
05-05-2015 11:57 AM
by Steve
2 391
How busy are you now?
Steve
05-04-2015 01:10 PM
05-05-2015 11:47 AM
by Steve
4 425
mowfinder
scaypa
04-27-2015 05:44 PM
05-04-2015 01:14 PM
by Steve
1 451
Latest video, Facebook...
Sprinkler Buddy
05-01-2015 06:54 AM
05-04-2015 01:09 PM
by Steve
3 423
Read more about these lawn care business marketing categories.
General Business:
GopherHaul, Podcast
How to Estimate - Services To Offer:
Aeration, Apartment / Condo, bed edging, Color Change Plantings, Dethatching, Edging, Fall Leaf Cleanups, Foreclosed Homes, Gutter Cleaning, Hardscaping, Hedge Trimming, Home Safety Inspection, Irrigation, Landscape Project, Lawn Mower Repair, Mowing, Mulch Jobs, Outdoor decoration, Parking Lot Cleanups, Pet Waste Removal, Pressure Washing, Property Management, Snow plowing, Stump Grinding, Tree Removal
How to Estimate Jobs:
Lawn Care Business:
Barter, Bikini Lawn Care, Business Failure, Business loan, Business Plan, Debt, Debt Collection, Estimate or Proposal Form, Franchise, Fuel surcharge, How to sell, Insurance, Job Tracking, Lawn Care Contract, Lawn Care Customer Survey, Lawn Care Uniform, Lawn Care Videos, Operational Costs, Overhead Costs, Prepay, Pricing, Start up, Tiger Time Lawn Care,
Lawn Care Business Books:
Lawn Care Customers:
Buying customers, Commercial Customers, Customer Retention, How to get, Residential Customers
Lawn Care Employees:
1 Man Lawn Crew, Bonus Pay, training, Your First Employee
lawn care equipment:
bed edger, Lawn Care Truck, Leaf Sweeper, Mower, New Arrival, Trailer, UltraVac
Lawn Care Marketing:
Billboard, Brochure, Business Card, Community Projects To Promote Your Business, Coupons, Cross Promotion / Synergy, Direct Mail, Door hanger, door to door, Free Giveaway Contest, Free Lawn Care Flyer Template, Gift or Discount Cards, home show, Internet, Lawn Care Business Sales Letter, Lawn Care Logo, Lawn Care Marketing, Lawn Care Truck & Trailer Signs, Lawn Care Website, Lawn Signs, Magazine Ad, Magnets, Mailing list, Marketing on Craigslist.com, Newspaper Ads, Parade, Postcards, publicity stunt, Referrals, Review My Lawn Care Marketing Material, t-shirt, Welcoming Kit, Word Of Mouth
Seasonal Promotion Ideas:
4th of July, Armed Forces Day, Christmas, Election Day, Fall, Halloween, Memorial Day, Spring, Summer, Valentine's Day, Veteran's Day, Winter:
Software:
Estimation Software, Landscaper Software, Landscaping Business Software, Landscaping Estimate Software, Landscaping Software, Lawn Care Business Software, Lawn Care Estimating Software, Lawn Care Software, Mowing Software
Uncategorized:
Video:
Website:
Search Engine Optimization
» Lawn Care Business Discussion Categories
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:34 AM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:34 AM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy