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 to the forum... not to the biz though (http://www.gopherforum.com/showthread.php?t=6116)

musician/lawnman 02-12-2008 12:58 AM

I've been using gopher since ahh about june & checkin' out the site periodically & just never registered? *Idunno why?

But I live in Southwest florida My father ran was a lco for about 10 years so I was like live-in help back then... Now (13 years later) I'm married, 2 kids & an 8 month old business of my own that's doing pretty well so far.... about what we expected. *This 1st off season is really REALLY sucking!

I'm running all echo hand tools (& some assorted 2nd hand junk of mixed manufaturers) & a 52" Yazoo Kees, enclosed trailer yada yada yada.

There, I'll consider myself introduced!

Steve 02-12-2008 09:00 AM

Hi Chuck,

Welcome to our forum! What do you think helped you most about working with your dad in the lawn care business for those years?

Did he teach you much about marketing your business? Do any business lessons stand out?

musician/lawnman 02-12-2008 10:56 AM

We'll may father was always very business minded & owned a business of some sort most of his life. The business owner mindset of watching the p&l, budgeting, planning was definately past down to me I think more through genetics & by example than anything. Back then though I was too young to really care about the business end of it though. Where it helped was:
1) I already knew very well what I was getting into & how hard the work can be.
2) knowing how rewarding owning a business can be when done right.
3) The basic knowledges of how to do the jobs right & how to install & care for the plants & trees.

I'm sure there is more but why ramble on & on.
My father past away (of pancreatic cancer at the age of 50) late in 06 prior to my starting this company so unfortunately I don't get to take advantage of any of the business insight & lessons learned that he might have been able to share with me... would have made this easier I'm sure.

Steve 02-12-2008 04:13 PM

Hi Chuck,

I am very sorry about what happened with your father.

What are you most looking forwards to this year as far as business goals?

Also how involved do you get with your community? Do you do things that are community focused that also promote your business? Like coaching? Do you promote that you do these things on your website?

musician/lawnman 02-13-2008 07:59 PM

We'll I want to bring on as many more annual accounts as I can this year (I'll take the per cuts too at this point) so I've restructured my pricing program a bit. I knew this 1st off season with the new biz would be bad & it is, it's brutal! granted Jan was leaps & bounds bettter than dec. but still.... I would like to get busy enough to need a full time helper for this summer season (did everything by myself last summer) then next summer I'd like to be able to bring someone on & keep them on year round full time.

No I haven't been coaching or anything.... my schedule is insane as it is. since it got slow 2 months ago it's been something like this: I run my business & tend to my accounts 4 days a week, I work 2 days in an auto shop (part time- seasonal) my wife (stay at home mom) works sundays in another auto shop, & teaches dance (tap, jazz etc.) 2 nights a week. We have 2 kids 1.5 yr old boy & a 3 yr old girl. On top of that I am the frontman ( lead guitar & vocals ) in a hard rock band that reheases 2 nights a week & plays out 4-5 times a month. www.myspace.com/jacksomebodymusic
Not an ideal schedule & I have probably too much on my plate but it is what it is. The band is the only recreation in there & I've been doing it about 18 yrs now so it's not going anywhere. The rest needs to be done to pay the bills!

Steve 02-13-2008 08:09 PM

Hi Chuck,

I am listening to your music right now!

http://a913.ac-images.myspacecdn.com...bb05de41c8.jpg

Ok we have to combine these two interests somehow.

What if your band played to raise money for a local charity? Then you could send out a press release that you are pulling this all together. You also would mention you are the owner of a local lawn care business and plug your business name. Maybe look for charities that are green industry related? Or environmentally related?

Then I would also do something about plugging your lawn care business on your myspace page for your band.

Have you thought of ideas where you could cross promote these two interests and grab media attention?

Another thing I'd love to do would be to use your music in the intro of my GopherHaul show and of course I would plug your band.

musician/lawnman 02-13-2008 09:28 PM

Hey, *I'm glad you like the tunes! *I work hard at & write most of the music myself.
As soon as I figure out how to get back into my profile & read my mail on here hehe.... *I'll ask you to give me your regular email address so you can pick a song & I'll email you a mp3 file for it..... *I just got an idea that maybe we could work out.... *

Yes to some extent I have done some work to cross the 2. *for the local shows here in my own area I usually put out flyers for the shows & at the bottom it says event sponsored by AAA Quality Clean cut, Then on the back is an add & a coupon for my services. *Also, when playing out of town I pull my smaller unmarked trailer for all the band equipment. *For the shows within my lawn care market area, I empty my enclosed lawn trailer & load the band gear up.... so my billboard is out front all night long. *When I first started the business I was handing out cards at shows & the other guys in the group felt that was bit much so I backed off a little but I still do from time to time!




Steve 02-14-2008 11:38 AM

That is awesome! Do you have any pics of you unloading or loading your music equipment in your lawn care trailer? I could totally use that for the show! Could you post some?

You can also email me here.

musician/lawnman 02-14-2008 05:28 PM

I'll take some shots of that this saturday night for you. *You wan't stills or a video clip? *Let me know.

Off topic.... What does it cost to upgrade from the basic gopher to plus or whatever the next step up is? I'd like to be able to track expenses within the program.




Steve 02-14-2008 05:35 PM

Chuck,

I'd love both stills and some video! That would be awesome!

Here is a link to the upgrade pricing.


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:11 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
Stander Vs. Zt
totalscape
12-20-2014 07:57 PM
Today 12:29 AM
by rmccutchan
5 119
Complete body therapy...
zermin
Yesterday 11:51 PM
Yesterday 11:51 PM
by zermin
0 19
Repair or replace the...
lxarth
12-17-2014 05:07 PM
Yesterday 09:46 PM
by Just Cuts
10 309
Facebook
element009
03-23-2011 09:36 AM
Yesterday 04:33 PM
by stevef1201
38 9,900
Ideas on a large bid
Knaubone
Yesterday 11:57 AM
Yesterday 11:57 AM
by Knaubone
0 47
what do you "love" to...
calebmoss
07-06-2011 10:05 PM
Yesterday 12:52 AM
by rmccutchan
31 9,068
I'm BACK!
SuperiorPower
12-16-2014 11:08 PM
12-20-2014 11:33 PM
by SuperiorPower
7 263
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 10:12 AM
12-19-2014 09:45 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
189 16,773
Georgia Boys!
Chilehead
12-18-2014 10:23 PM
12-19-2014 09:36 PM
by Chilehead
2 124
Employee job training...
brookline
12-15-2014 08:15 PM
12-19-2014 07:48 PM
by SuperiorPower
9 372
Hello from Md
homey
12-17-2014 06:55 PM
12-19-2014 06:00 PM
by homey
5 217
Has Obamacare helped or...
Steve
12-18-2014 04:37 PM
12-19-2014 05:43 PM
by stevef1201
3 150
What Fertilizer to Use?
acrajchel
04-07-2014 02:56 PM
12-17-2014 01:11 PM
by Steve
23 3,023
Grass hopper mower
ExtremeLawncareServices
12-05-2013 09:51 AM
12-17-2014 09:40 AM
by SuperiorPower
34 6,170
Peco Bagger
AGPS
11-18-2014 02:20 PM
12-17-2014 09:13 AM
by SuperiorPower
15 1,387
New to Gopher Haul-from...
323k13l
12-12-2014 10:34 PM
12-15-2014 02:58 PM
by Steve
3 340
hi
creteland
12-12-2014 09:06 AM
12-15-2014 01:45 PM
by Steve
5 332
New addition to my small...
googus
12-12-2014 07:36 PM
12-15-2014 07:47 AM
by googus
4 407
Ferris IS700Z
rmccutchan
12-14-2014 01:10 AM
12-14-2014 11:41 PM
by rmccutchan
4 306
Charge what the market...
Billy Goat
12-09-2014 12:39 PM
12-14-2014 06:39 PM
by biglee
20 851
Hi from IL
steveinil
11-25-2014 02:07 PM
12-12-2014 07:18 AM
by steveinil
4 848
Utility Company Right of...
eastsidelandcare
12-11-2014 04:54 PM
12-11-2014 04:54 PM
by eastsidelandcare
0 316
leaf removal
Double J LLC
10-03-2014 05:24 PM
12-11-2014 04:50 PM
by eastsidelandcare
33 4,157
suggestions on full lawn...
Brian3137
12-10-2014 07:18 PM
12-11-2014 03:41 PM
by Steve
6 433
new to me box truck
jrayb39667
03-06-2014 11:20 PM
12-11-2014 09:43 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
18 3,434
Hello from SW FL!!
5StarLawnscaping
12-05-2014 02:35 PM
12-10-2014 02:45 PM
by WesleySnips
7 675
Echo pb200 blower fuel...
googus
12-06-2014 09:03 PM
12-09-2014 06:35 PM
by Steve
3 527
Are you prepared for the...
Steve
12-02-2014 04:13 PM
12-09-2014 06:22 PM
by Steve
7 943
Email Address Name
Just Cuts
12-07-2014 09:49 PM
12-08-2014 03:15 PM
by Steve
3 471
Inspection form
stevef1201
12-07-2014 10:38 AM
12-08-2014 03:10 PM
by Steve
1 471
Truck, Trailer,...
hawthornelawncare
12-23-2011 01:01 AM
12-08-2014 12:37 PM
by jrs.landscaping
108 34,291
Back Pack Blower
Ian Lovejoy
11-09-2014 08:41 AM
12-07-2014 06:35 PM
by stevef1201
24 1,771
Innovation by mandate
bayoubandit
11-29-2014 01:33 PM
12-06-2014 03:27 PM
by SGL1
12 1,017
Trying something new,...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-21-2014 10:07 PM
12-05-2014 11:06 AM
by Steve
9 2,307
Good help is hard to find
Hanks Lawn Care Services
11-19-2014 03:27 PM
12-04-2014 01:32 PM
by stevef1201
15 1,497
How many hours is too...
Just Cuts
12-04-2014 09:00 AM
12-04-2014 01:02 PM
by Just for Cuts
6 658
Does this sound like a...
googus
12-03-2014 07:47 AM
12-04-2014 12:37 PM
by Steve
5 734
New website
Chilehead
11-20-2014 04:39 PM
12-04-2014 12:27 PM
by Steve
14 1,268
New website
SGL1
12-02-2014 10:55 PM
12-03-2014 11:17 PM
by BLC7
19 903
Websites, how long...
Dan Tanner
03-09-2014 08:29 AM
12-03-2014 11:12 PM
by SGL1
21 3,293
I Want to buy old...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-10-2014 11:04 PM
12-03-2014 10:36 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
8 1,915
GPS trackers for...
Billy Goat
12-02-2014 06:09 PM
12-03-2014 07:17 PM
by Steve
8 755
My site is on fronts page
tbtigers03
11-14-2014 05:58 PM
12-03-2014 06:31 PM
by SGL1
17 1,496
Hiring Subs over Temps
Billy Goat
12-02-2014 06:26 AM
12-03-2014 01:24 PM
by Steve
3 676
Thanksgiving cards
Steve
11-10-2008 11:57 AM
12-02-2014 11:11 PM
by SGL1
11 9,569
New parking area
ExtremeLawncareServices
11-07-2014 09:47 PM
12-02-2014 02:17 PM
by jrs.landscaping
12 1,528
Pressure Washing...
WesleySnips
07-31-2014 07:13 PM
12-02-2014 08:47 AM
by SGL1
6 1,549
old contracts
bayoubandit
11-29-2014 11:10 AM
12-01-2014 11:20 AM
by Steve
3 742
Hi to you NOTHERNERS
stevef1201
11-11-2014 05:56 PM
12-01-2014 10:54 AM
by Steve
9 1,320
Lawn care truck
Steve
10-10-2009 03:40 AM
12-01-2014 10:45 AM
by Steve
32 15,234
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 05:11 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:11 AM.

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