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)
-   -   hello everyone (http://www.gopherforum.com/showthread.php?t=6025)

jeannette4 10-16-2007 01:36 PM

Hello everyone! I am so glad I came across this site. Reading the forums have been both fun and helpful. My husband is a rough carpenter(well I think he's an everything carpenter)and after being with his company for 13 years got his first lay off in December. It took us about 6 months to realize that we had a trailer for our dirt bikes and he worked for a lawn company for a couple of years when he was younger. We had $1000.00 left in savings to work with. So far it seems to be going good even though Brian's company called him back to work. I'm kinda learning as I go. My job is all the stuff besides cutting the lawns, although I did go out last week and cut one of our customers back grass. It was pretty cool. Right now I'm pretty clueless about fall clean up pricing. Can anyone help? The properties around here are about 40x125

Steve 10-16-2007 02:00 PM

Hi jeannette4,

Welcome to our forum! What has been your experience so far with running your own business? Do you like it. What are you most looking forwards to now with your business?

Does this post on fall cleanup pricing help you?

jeannette4 10-16-2007 02:41 PM

I was actually pretty surprized how smooth everything seemed to go. Within like 3 days we had our DBA name, license through the city and ins. Well this is what I mean about learning as I go, I called the city and they asked about our ins. and I said um... let me call you right back and called my ins. guy and asked him what she was talking about. We hope to see this business grow & grow which is going to be some work. We say how our young sons are going to each have a truck and a crew when they get older. I told my husband the other day I think I should talk to an account and he said he thought that was one of my jobs. Is that something I could do myself if I keep good records?

jeannette4 10-16-2007 02:50 PM

Oh this is maybe where I was suppose to reply. I'll get it!

Steve 10-16-2007 02:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] ]I told my husband the other day I think I should talk to an account and he said he thought that was one of my jobs. Is that something I could do myself if I keep good records?

One of the things I have learned is that there are a lot smarter people out there than me. People who know more about things I know nothing about.

I am very impressed with the job you have done getting this up and running. Your desire to talk to an accountant is another step in the right direction. I mean, these people go to college for many many years to learn this stuff. What's the harm in you scheduling an hour to talk to one.

Believe me when I say this, setting it up the right way now is going to alleviate huge future troubles down the road. Even if you talk to a bookkeeper. Find out what you need to keep track of. What services you need to charge sales tax on. Once you know, you will do just fine!

What kinds of things are you doing for your marketing so far? How are you getting the word out about your business?

jeannette4 10-16-2007 04:08 PM

Yea your right. Good points! An accountants going on the to do list. As far as marketing I first went around to businesses which I didn't really like, Then I passed out flyers in the neighborhood like 4 times. I printed them on my slow **- computer. There has been a few times people walked up to them while they were out. We cut my neighbors grass and then his friend came over and asked us come cut his grass and now his neighbor wants us to do his. I also got magnets for the van, yea still working on the truck thing but our customers don't seem to care. I save things I find so that when the money comes in I'll try. This is a cool example, A friend of mine opened a tanning salon so my daughter and I were going there and one night I dropped her off and went to Krogers and the basket I grabbed had an advertisement for they're business. So I wrote down the 800 number to call and get info how to do it. I also got refridgerator magnets to send to new customers with thank you letters, but there pretty cheap, I'll shop around before I order more. Thanks again for your words and encouragement

Steve 10-16-2007 04:12 PM

Are you affiliated with any community organizations? Or are any of your family members?

jeannette4 10-16-2007 04:24 PM

No, why?

Steve 10-16-2007 04:59 PM

Well, they are great ways to get the word out about your business. Offer to do some good deeds through them etc.

You should ask your friend what kind of return they got on their investment with the basket advertising. We don't see too much of that in this industry because I am guessing it doesn't work well enough.

Will you be promoting handy-man type of services too, since your husband knows how to do such things?

That might help you get more cash flow.

Have you thought of ways your business might stand out in your community? Do you all have any interests that you could leverage to help you gain attention?

moseley creek 10-16-2007 08:35 PM

As far as advertising during my first year I went to www.politicalsigns.com and got some courgated plastic signs made just plain white with red letters. They had business name phone number and said free estimates on them. They got a huge response. I am getting more made for the early spring. This sight I am refering to was the cheapest I could find out there at the time (2005).


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:50 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
Will summer ever come
ExtremeLawncareServices
Yesterday 08:27 AM
Yesterday 08:29 PM
by SGL1
5 74
Mow and leave cleanup bid
SGL1
Yesterday 07:28 PM
Yesterday 07:28 PM
by SGL1
0 24
Need input on a bid
phlawncare
07-28-2014 08:51 PM
Yesterday 06:25 PM
by phlawncare
2 84
Building credit
Matther777
07-27-2014 05:20 PM
Yesterday 05:18 PM
by Matther777
8 154
Single tree, mow customer
WesleySnips
06-27-2014 10:12 AM
Yesterday 04:23 PM
by stevef1201
16 663
Formulas Used
BaileynSamsMum
Yesterday 06:40 AM
Yesterday 02:52 PM
by BaileynSamsMum
2 64
From Concord NC
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:34 PM
Yesterday 02:28 PM
by Steve
3 81
Have you ever had to...
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:41 PM
Yesterday 02:28 PM
by Steve
4 144
Echo Edger 'Neutral'
WesleySnips
07-25-2014 05:28 PM
Yesterday 02:25 PM
by Steve
4 134
Spreading Weeds?
WesleySnips
07-27-2014 09:46 PM
Yesterday 02:11 PM
by Steve
4 117
New from Texas
Livingston Lawn Care
07-25-2014 11:17 AM
07-28-2014 01:29 PM
by Steve
3 141
Left handed edging with...
SGL1
07-23-2014 08:59 PM
07-28-2014 07:39 AM
by SGL1
15 338
Echo PE 266 edger
stevef1201
07-01-2014 01:28 PM
07-27-2014 10:14 PM
by WesleySnips
5 351
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
07-27-2014 01:21 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
80 4,676
Texas lawn care company...
Livingston Lawn Care
07-25-2014 11:29 AM
07-27-2014 08:16 AM
by Just for Cuts
7 195
need some help geting...
dalvan0
07-13-2014 09:28 PM
07-26-2014 04:39 PM
by BLC7
7 339
new trailer help
mattthelawnguy
07-11-2014 08:21 PM
07-25-2014 06:31 PM
by mattthelawnguy
13 515
You know it;s gonna be a...
stevef1201
07-25-2014 08:50 AM
07-25-2014 01:34 PM
by Steve
1 103
Customer letters
kslawn
07-23-2014 06:17 AM
07-25-2014 01:20 PM
by Steve
5 221
Got my first lawn job...
SGL1
06-11-2014 09:19 PM
07-24-2014 07:09 PM
by SGL1
29 1,294
Need help determining...
Jbss861
07-20-2014 02:33 PM
07-24-2014 01:11 PM
by Steve
13 406
Should I ?
googus
07-22-2014 04:06 PM
07-24-2014 12:10 PM
by Steve
4 238
My First Apartment...
SSLCtn
05-26-2014 10:17 PM
07-24-2014 06:46 AM
by kslawn
15 927
Crop Rotation Techniques...
eastsidelandcare
07-17-2014 03:47 PM
07-24-2014 06:38 AM
by kslawn
3 230
Selling lawns like...
eastsidelandcare
07-17-2014 03:51 PM
07-24-2014 06:28 AM
by kslawn
3 283
Scag new "Eliminator"......
ExtremeLawncareServices
07-20-2014 10:45 AM
07-23-2014 05:37 PM
by Just for Cuts
9 330
need professional advice...
Fiddlers_green
07-20-2014 07:21 PM
07-23-2014 12:42 PM
by Steve
3 226
new to me box truck
jrayb39667
03-06-2014 10:20 PM
07-23-2014 12:40 PM
by Steve
15 1,444
Lawn Service back in...
LawnCareMan280
07-18-2014 09:00 PM
07-23-2014 11:48 AM
by Steve
4 260
Overspray?
stevef1201
07-21-2014 04:20 PM
07-23-2014 11:39 AM
by Steve
3 170
Hello Everyone! Newbie...
SLKlawn
07-17-2014 06:22 PM
07-22-2014 01:53 PM
by Steve
6 305
Proper height for lawn
rob lederhilger
05-26-2014 08:01 AM
07-21-2014 02:53 PM
by LawnDoctor
9 680
Blade sharpener
Just for Cuts
07-04-2014 12:31 PM
07-21-2014 01:48 PM
by Steve
9 538
What's my business worth?
Chaz
07-16-2014 01:35 PM
07-21-2014 01:45 PM
by Steve
4 319
1.5 Acre Jungle
WesleySnips
07-15-2014 05:57 PM
07-20-2014 11:31 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
21 652
Gopher schedule software
Ray
07-18-2014 04:13 PM
07-18-2014 04:13 PM
by Ray
0 210
2006 Chevy fuel pump...
KevinsLawns
07-17-2014 08:39 PM
07-18-2014 11:51 AM
by Steve
1 204
Halfway point of year!
Steve
07-01-2014 12:08 PM
07-18-2014 11:38 AM
by Steve
14 766
I got told to leave and...
gwilson98
06-16-2014 02:07 PM
07-17-2014 11:43 AM
by Steve
16 1,084
Hey guys this is the...
prmenter@gmail.com
07-07-2014 08:23 PM
07-16-2014 08:10 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
28 812
Mowing the hills
prmenter@gmail.com
07-08-2014 12:22 PM
07-16-2014 05:00 PM
by Just for Cuts
18 738
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
07-15-2014 05:38 PM
by icon2000
1,184 320,958
Classified Ad Template...
bcfb
06-05-2013 02:40 AM
07-15-2014 11:16 AM
by Steve
15 3,762
Husqvarna pz 60
CDLAWNCARE
07-06-2014 06:50 PM
07-15-2014 08:53 AM
by kslawn
10 481
Lowballers
Chaz
07-11-2014 03:55 PM
07-14-2014 12:27 PM
by Steve
5 390
My new side job
Sprinkler Buddy
05-10-2014 05:23 AM
07-14-2014 12:15 PM
by Steve
10 852
Illegal spraying
GoGreenerKS
07-04-2014 09:11 AM
07-13-2014 10:36 PM
by GoGreenerKS
10 586
New Mower and Trailer
Chaz
06-25-2014 12:04 PM
07-13-2014 06:25 PM
by SGL1
7 603
What Fertilizer to Use?
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:56 PM
07-12-2014 07:36 PM
by SGL1
21 1,935
Fuel and fuel additives
SGL1
07-06-2014 10:23 AM
07-11-2014 07:53 PM
by SGL1
15 590
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 01:50 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:50 AM.

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