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Forum: General Talk 04-14-2009, 12:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,745
Posted By outerelements
As it stands today, I have a total of 34...

As it stands today, I have a total of 34 bi-weekly customers. I never thought about marking up the price by half. I really wish i would have thought of it a month or so ago. My only relief though is...
Forum: General Talk 03-30-2009, 07:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,516
Posted By outerelements
ATTN: East coast business owners..how soon....

till you think we will be mowing? I am in Pennsylvania and the grass is starting to come to life. I estimate another week or so..

any thoughts?
Forum: General Business Discussions 03-25-2009, 07:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,344
Posted By outerelements
Smile Why bother being an entrepreneur? More like, why...

Why bother being an entrepreneur? More like, why not? Keep in mind, its not for everyone. Most people do not like having the sole responsibility of a business over their heads. Most people like to...
Forum: General Business Discussions 03-19-2009, 09:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,495
Posted By outerelements
Throughout high school and college, I had always...

Throughout high school and college, I had always worked for a landscaping company every summer. When I finished my degree in finance, I thought I really wanted to pursure a career in the financial...
Forum: Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs, Buy or Sell 03-14-2009, 05:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,250
Posted By outerelements
No offense to you or Missouri...I guess I should...

No offense to you or Missouri...I guess I should have said Kentucky as an example instead.. And clearly, the dealer is going to profit nicely on each and every mower I traded in...that's just how...
Forum: Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs, Buy or Sell 03-14-2009, 05:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,250
Posted By outerelements
look, forget I even mentioned this. I have no...

look, forget I even mentioned this. I have no idea how or why this gotten so off-topic, but it has. I guess I dealt with a shady dealer who could care less about tax laws. Afterall, this is...
Forum: Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs, Buy or Sell 03-14-2009, 09:18 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,250
Posted By outerelements
The idea behind this is that home-owners who have...

The idea behind this is that home-owners who have machines in somewhat good condition are much easier to bargain with than a dealer... The couple I bought the toro from had a for sale sign in their...
Forum: Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs, Buy or Sell 03-14-2009, 09:15 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,250
Posted By outerelements
Hey Steve, The only thing that I did to these...

Hey Steve,

The only thing that I did to these mowers was clean them up; no mechanical work of any kind.

This idea came to me from my bargain-hunting, e-bay trading, penny-pinching ex-wife... Who...
Forum: Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs, Buy or Sell 03-14-2009, 09:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,250
Posted By outerelements
Let me say this, this entire process took 1 week....

Let me say this, this entire process took 1 week. I gave the dealer names, models, hours, condition, etc. He told me what he would give. In the case of the laer, he actually gave me less than what he...
Forum: Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs, Buy or Sell 03-14-2009, 09:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,250
Posted By outerelements
well honestly before you run your mouth and...

well honestly before you run your mouth and talking about this and that..consider this, NOT ALL DEALERS ARE THE SAME!!! The dealer I used was out of Philly-maybe his practices are different than...
Forum: Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs, Buy or Sell 03-13-2009, 07:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,250
Posted By outerelements
How to get that commercial mower you really cant afford

So, after buying and trading several different mowers this week, I was able to purchase a mint condition SCAG 61" turf tiger today with NO cash in hand.

How? First, I bought a toro residential...
Forum: General Talk 03-13-2009, 06:49 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,181
Posted By outerelements
Problems uploading class 1 certificate

Steve,

I am trying to upload my class 1 certificate onto my website. For some reason though, the only thing that shows up is the html code I copied and pasted from the school section.

How can I...
Forum: General Business Discussions 03-12-2009, 12:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,522
Posted By outerelements
I think it would be beneficial if you each time...

I think it would be beneficial if you each time you signed onto the class, a message would tell you which session you last left off on. I find myself going through several of them before I get to the...
Forum: Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 03-12-2009, 11:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 6,990
Posted By outerelements
Thanks for your help- I ran over this program...

Thanks for your help- I ran over this program with my customer and he seems more than pleased. My only available fertilizer options however, are made by Scott's.

Thanks again!
Forum: Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 03-11-2009, 02:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 6,990
Posted By outerelements
Fertilizer 4 step program-need help!

Today, a customer called asking to have a fertilizer 4 step program on his lawn this year. Needless to say, I have not set or performed this program.

Can anyone here give me some suggestions on...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 03-11-2009, 12:07 PM
Replies: 47
Sticky: lawn school
Views: 22,045
Posted By outerelements
I agree. I am currently pursuing my MBA, however,...

I agree. I am currently pursuing my MBA, however, almost every night, I find myself drifting off of my school work and getting on here and taking the gopher haul class online. It is really...
Forum: Tree Care, Irrigation, Landscaping, Hardscapes 03-09-2009, 02:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,708
Posted By outerelements
Good way to budget it. I have thinking about what...

Good way to budget it. I have thinking about what I intend to pay myself this year (after ALL expenses are covered).
Forum: Lawn Care Business Marketing - GopherHaul Forum News 03-08-2009, 07:34 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 9,566
Posted By outerelements
I signed up 2 and never received an email...

I signed up 2 and never received an email allowing me access..

What should I do?
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 03-08-2009, 07:32 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 9,211
Posted By outerelements
I created a new flyer with a template that I...

I created a new flyer with a template that I think I found on this site. There are 2 on a page, so I get them printed out at Staples- $11.25 for 150 copies, which gives me 300 fliers. They cut them...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 03-07-2009, 06:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 9,211
Posted By outerelements
Thanks for the advice! Ive been thinking for...

Thanks for the advice! Ive been thinking for weeks now whether or not to include a price on my flyer. Generally, I post fliers out at night; I rarely ever get a good view of the backyard, so I just...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 03-07-2009, 06:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 9,211
Posted By outerelements
Yes, for example, I could have a $35.00/cut house...

Yes, for example, I could have a $35.00/cut house sitting right next to a $20.00.cut house.

There are however where there are neighborhoods where every house would be a $35/cut, but that is not...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 03-06-2009, 07:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 9,211
Posted By outerelements
Yes, only 1 time each- its just not physically...

Yes, only 1 time each- its just not physically possible to hit a house a second or third time. Although, i've been thinking about hiring someone to also help me distribute them out. The only problem...
Forum: Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 03-06-2009, 04:57 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,785
Posted By outerelements
I just started building my welcoming kit. I am...

I just started building my welcoming kit. I am having problems on the first page, however. Everything else is done as far as describing all of my services,etc.

Steve,

Do you have a template...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 03-06-2009, 10:37 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 9,211
Posted By outerelements
Im pushing out about 2000 fliers a week. There...

Im pushing out about 2000 fliers a week. There are so many neighborhoods where I am at that even at the rate, I wont be able to get everyone in my coverage area. Interestingly enough, my only new...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 03-05-2009, 10:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,695
Posted By outerelements
Give it some time- I have learned (recently in...

Give it some time- I have learned (recently in fact), that people will wait till the last minute to obtain a lawn service. If you are still not receiving calls by the end of the month and into next...
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