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)
-   Introduce Yourself (http://www.gopherforum.com/forumdisplay.php?f=29)
-   -   new member in rhode island (http://www.gopherforum.com/showthread.php?t=5992)

07-19-2007 10:20 PM

Hey guys,

Well heres a short intro about myself...
Im 26, Beautiful Wife, and 3 awesome kids 1,6,8.
I had my own mortgage company for the last 5 yrs.
It was awesome financially but i never got to see my fam..

so i shut it down in feb07...

since then i have been spending 24 7 with my family...

but now its time to get back to work...

I m love making my grass the best in the neighborhood...

that obsession has turned into me wanting to have my own landscaping company. i really have a passion for it.


I know its mid season right now, but i would really like to start it now!!!! My brother just left for the army and will be back in november and i would love to have it up and running and have him become a business partner.

I am very familiar with direct mail and websites, but something i didnt see that worked in the mtg industry is talk about auto dialers...

so my question to you guys is... would an automated message work for getting new clients!http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/...icons/rock.gif

i have an 20 line autodialer or access to a service that would do 50,000 calls in 1hr.

it would leave a brief message under 30 secs. or a message that prompts them to press 1 to speak directly to me.

what do you guys think!

also i would like to start this biz just like if i had no money and needed to generate some serious income fast. (8k a month)

i would like to document everyday for the next 90 days and hopefully sell an ebook that anyone can relate to step by step!


in ri theres only 1 mill population

one other question...

what would u guys recommend for startup equipment?

thanks in advance guys...
im not looking to reinvent the wheel!!!
and i will take all comments seriously and will try to get this off the ground no later than next week!

p.s.this forum is by far the best ive seen so far!!!

Steve 07-19-2007 10:26 PM

Is an auto-dialer legal? Is the list cross referenced with the federal don't call list?

If it was ok to use, I'd try it out. Why not? Have a quick sales pitch and then ask the listener to leave their address if they would like a free estimate and maybe some other teaser.

Let us know if you try it.

What skills do you feel you have been able to bring over to this business from the mortgage business? How was it running such a business? What did you like or dislike?

07-19-2007 10:52 PM

Actuallly all my leads i buy are scrubbed for me for the state and federal dnc.

and auto dialers are illegal if you were to dial phone numbers in order.
555-1234
555-1235
555-1236 etc...

i always got awesome response in the mtg world.
and cant wait to put something together for the landscaping world!!!


As far i the skills i bring over from the mortgage world...

im not afraid of rejection.
i can knock doors (kirby vaccuums 2.5 yrs)
im a great people person
im not afraid to charge for my service
i have a lot of sales knowledge and training.
i love to market
im very familiar with direct mail(20,000) pieces per month
telemarketing
lead capture websites
auto responders
great follow up skills
good networker

i had 30 employees 3 offices and licensed in all 50 states
i can handle crazy stress and i am awesome with customer service. im just looking for something that will run itself after i build it up!

the mtg world has huge turnover and show much up and down in the market...

youll also depend on so many other people....
lenders
appraisers
real estate agents
customer
underwriters
attorneys

anyone of them can mess your deal up!!

very disappointing after working weeks on a loan.

well im rambling now, but i hope that answered your questions.


p.s. all successful businesses have the same basic essentials or business model.

i just hope to take ri by storm with my landscaping company and turn it into something viral!!!

I would actually like to use "got grass?"
and "your grass is my business" slogans

i want to be totally different than all the other companies around here...

thats what made my mtg company take off so fast.

im not afraid to be different and spend money to make money!

Steve 07-20-2007 02:53 AM

Why not get started and get your autodialer working. Maybe go with the angle "Not satisfied with your current lawn care service provider? Well now is your chance to switch to us. Leave a message and we will provide you with a free estimate to service your property along with our 5th mowing free with a lawn care contract."

Or take the part about the free mowing and the contract out of it.

Then from there see how many people respond and go out and give estimates. See who signs up with you and get rolling.

In fact, you could probably offer your auto-dialer services on here and make money that way as well. If the service works, I am sure other lcos would use it.

What are you most worried about getting started? What are the biggest issues you feel you face?

07-20-2007 10:36 AM

my biggest issue is equipment

not really sure what i should get or what good and whats not?

i would like to start with a 36 inch walk behind

but i want to keep the company as close to debt free as possible.

so do i go used or new?

other than that nothing is stopping me except the right tools!

07-20-2007 10:53 PM

hey guys
i needed some help with my compnay name...

here are some:

got grass?
RI landscaping
green is good
nice grass!

i will take any wacky suggestions!

when people see the name... i want them to be like wow thats w=ierd but remember it for that reason

Steve 07-20-2007 11:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] ]so do i go used or new?

I asked Troy to jump in here and offer you his advice on equipment. From past experiences, it seems we have seen a lot more success stories from lawn care operators who started out with used equipment and scaled up as they needed to. Those who went out and spent big money on new equipment found themselves in an immediate hole they were sometimes never able to pull themselves out of and their businesses folded because of it.

myrlin 07-21-2007 07:21 AM

Hi cwr 525
I start out with a murry mower. Went to a gasshopper and now a dixe chopper. I love it. It is the fast mower out there and cut nice.Some dealer will den-o there mower for you. It what you like.I am sure other lco like what they have too. So it up to you.

Barry

Port charlotte fl

S.P.Martin Lawn Care 07-21-2007 08:28 AM

Welcome aboard! *Sounds like you have the right ideas and I fully expect you will be just fine.

The most important issue with equipment is dependability. *Minimize down time. *Many others in the field started with used gear, I went with new state of the art mowers with a dealer that knows the business and will provide a backup machine for me. More money up front, but that's my preference. *I, too, got a late start in the season, but I made more than enough to make payments through the winter.

Some dealers are offering some real good interest rates as well. *I had no payments for 3 months buying new. *Gives you a good head start.

Truck and trailer**Get a trailer 1/3 bigger than you think you need. *Then get a truck capable of pulling the loaded weight of the trailer. *Look for a truck with a tow package. *Mid size like a Ranger with proper gearing and tow package can pull over 5K pounds.

Trimmers, blowers, edgers, and trim mowers are dirt cheap. *Buy new. *Go with a local dealer with a service department and get to know them real well.

Most important of all, maintain them! *Oil changes, sharp blades, grease....And keep them clean!

My $.02...




Clean Lawn 07-21-2007 08:05 PM

I like RI Landscaping for your name. It sounds much more professional then the others.





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:07 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Incorporating &...
WesleySnips
Yesterday 09:39 PM
Today 03:47 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
1 52
Hello from Kentucky
TRV
09-30-2014 05:42 PM
Yesterday 09:21 PM
by TRV
3 155
Mowing the hills
EyeCatchersNow
07-08-2014 12:22 PM
Yesterday 05:57 PM
by Steve
21 1,876
Real Estate??
tbtigers03
09-30-2014 06:43 PM
Yesterday 05:01 PM
by stevef1201
5 210
John Deere z235 Deck
WesleySnips
09-29-2014 06:02 PM
Yesterday 04:38 PM
by WesleySnips
5 257
Sprinkler head guards...
Sprinkler Buddy
09-27-2014 04:55 AM
Yesterday 02:50 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
6 459
Look out Bob Villa -...
Mr Dave
09-30-2014 10:06 AM
Yesterday 02:19 PM
by Steve
5 228
Question?what should I...
dalvan0
09-24-2014 11:10 PM
Yesterday 01:39 PM
by Steve
17 848
Whe does Mowing season...
jack2048
09-30-2014 07:05 AM
Yesterday 01:38 PM
by jack2048
4 222
Kohler command carb...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-21-2014 03:09 PM
Yesterday 01:30 PM
by Steve
26 1,188
Help a brother...
tbtigers03
09-28-2014 11:41 AM
Yesterday 01:26 PM
by Steve
7 409
Give Me Your Problems
ellakit
09-30-2014 04:10 PM
09-30-2014 04:10 PM
by ellakit
0 17
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
09-30-2014 03:53 PM
by ellakit
1,188 336,327
Falling into business
stellarmowing
09-28-2014 04:35 PM
09-30-2014 02:17 PM
by Steve
4 370
hey
sizemorelawncare
09-28-2014 08:12 PM
09-29-2014 03:10 PM
by Steve
2 297
Update on LawnsAway and...
Ian Lovejoy
09-28-2014 10:24 AM
09-29-2014 03:09 PM
by Steve
2 352
Need to figure out how...
tjslawnde
09-28-2014 10:31 AM
09-29-2014 03:05 PM
by Steve
4 364
Aerocore Deck?
wdrdoctor
09-26-2014 06:21 PM
09-29-2014 02:36 PM
by Steve
3 487
Hello from CNY
arazucontracting
09-22-2014 06:07 PM
09-29-2014 02:33 PM
by Steve
3 744
How to price lawn mowing.
jack2048
09-24-2014 04:18 PM
09-29-2014 02:27 PM
by Steve
4 603
Pricing ????
6295danny
01-14-2013 07:54 PM
09-29-2014 02:22 PM
by Steve
35 6,616
30 Inch Push Mowers Pros...
Billy Goat
06-27-2013 08:07 PM
09-27-2014 04:11 PM
by SGL1
30 7,147
Replacing a Shindi T-27
Dan Tanner
09-13-2014 12:59 PM
09-26-2014 04:16 PM
by stevef1201
5 1,125
Looking for feed back on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-17-2014 08:38 AM
09-25-2014 09:18 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
10 1,155
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
09-25-2014 08:01 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
124 9,357
Trying something new,...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-21-2014 09:07 PM
09-23-2014 11:13 AM
by Steve
4 838
This sucks...
Matther777
09-18-2014 04:56 PM
09-22-2014 08:02 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
11 1,213
Not sure, but anyone do...
SnowRemoval2k14
09-22-2014 12:10 AM
09-22-2014 04:49 PM
by Steve
1 784
Tribulations of working...
stevef1201
09-13-2014 08:37 AM
09-22-2014 04:45 PM
by Steve
9 1,112
Mulching beds
Bradcook21
09-21-2014 07:43 AM
09-22-2014 04:43 PM
by Steve
3 854
Scag turf tiger hydrolic...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-04-2014 10:55 PM
09-22-2014 04:35 PM
by Steve
12 1,478
2014 Gie-expo
ExtremeLawncareServices
08-19-2014 11:22 PM
09-21-2014 09:23 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
3 1,520
Mowing 7 acres
avetslawncare
08-31-2014 04:24 PM
09-19-2014 03:29 PM
by acrajchel
6 1,735
snowplowing
jshak40
09-01-2014 07:20 AM
09-19-2014 11:49 AM
by Steve
23 2,168
Lowballers scrubs &...
Darksteel
01-13-2014 07:35 AM
09-18-2014 06:32 PM
by Northwoods Outdoors
58 7,557
Hello from upstate NY!
A&MLawn&Snow
09-18-2014 11:19 AM
09-18-2014 04:10 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 947
Price to apply fertilizer
SS.Lawncare
09-15-2014 11:10 AM
09-18-2014 01:16 PM
by Steve
9 1,130
Trailer tires
J.A.S.LawnService
09-01-2014 10:17 AM
09-17-2014 09:57 PM
by curts lawn care
4 1,566
new to the forum
SGlawncare
09-16-2014 11:20 PM
09-17-2014 08:29 PM
by curts lawn care
3 955
Help With Snow Blowing...
Robertf31
09-13-2014 10:55 PM
09-17-2014 12:34 PM
by Steve
11 1,325
Non-Stop Summer?
SouthallMowing
09-14-2014 10:51 PM
09-17-2014 10:48 AM
by stevef1201
6 1,079
Poll - net income
Dan5082
11-15-2010 08:08 PM
09-16-2014 04:44 PM
by jrs.landscaping
12 3,831
Getting lowballed!
PineHillLawn
06-27-2012 07:23 AM
09-16-2014 01:25 PM
by jrs.landscaping
24 5,571
Compare this summer to...
Steve
09-03-2014 12:52 PM
09-16-2014 11:20 AM
by Hanks Lawn Care Services
15 1,755
thinking about throwing...
veteranslawncaresystems
09-09-2014 10:31 PM
09-15-2014 03:41 PM
by Steve
12 1,480
Hello
Robertf31
09-12-2014 10:34 PM
09-15-2014 03:17 PM
by Steve
2 971
Newbie......Again
Jibber
09-13-2014 12:17 PM
09-15-2014 02:54 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 1,099
need help with starter...
GoGreenerKS
09-12-2014 04:23 PM
09-15-2014 02:25 PM
by Steve
3 1,023
Brake job!
kslawn
08-30-2014 07:49 AM
09-15-2014 02:16 PM
by Steve
12 1,842
Hello
jawnebgoode
08-28-2014 08:37 PM
09-15-2014 02:15 PM
by Steve
3 1,567
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 07:07 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:07 AM.

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