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Forum: Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 11-20-2014, 09:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 314
Posted By Chilehead
If I was going to rent a billboard, I would...

If I was going to rent a billboard, I would likely pick a spot near a traffic light that gets lots of cars. You want people to have the time to stop and stare at your ad while sitting at a light, day...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization and Website Design Discussions. 11-20-2014, 04:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 76
Posted By Chilehead
New website

Comments, concerns, and opinions. Please see my signature. Thanks.
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 11-20-2014, 04:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,944
Posted By Chilehead
Big rookie mistake: not marketing correctly. Your...

Big rookie mistake: not marketing correctly. Your advertising campaigns can not look like they are homemade when up against some slick competitor's campaign. Read up on how to market, and view as...
Forum: General Business Discussions 11-20-2014, 10:01 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 864
Posted By Chilehead
If LCOs had to be certified like most other...

If LCOs had to be certified like most other technical trades, there would be a big drop in fly-by-nighters, and a boost to the public image of our trade. Statements like, "plumbers just fix pipes",...
Forum: Search Engine Optimization and Website Design Discussions. 11-15-2014, 09:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 410
Posted By Chilehead
Sites like Citysearch or Foursquare.

Sites like Citysearch or Foursquare.
Forum: Search Engine Optimization and Website Design Discussions. 11-14-2014, 09:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 410
Posted By Chilehead
That's a nice site. You may want to get yourself...

That's a nice site. You may want to get yourself listed on some 3RD party review sites.
Forum: Health, Safety and Accident Issues. 11-12-2014, 08:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,619
Posted By Chilehead
Checks have sensitive personal information on...

Checks have sensitive personal information on them including contact info for the owner of the account as well as bank contact info and account number/routing number. The court's view was that the...
Forum: Health, Safety and Accident Issues. 11-11-2014, 07:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,619
Posted By Chilehead
Nothing but trouble. I had to call the...

Nothing but trouble. I had to call the institutions that had issued me credit & debit cards, my commercial pesticide applicator's license, and others to cancel all accounts and start fresh. The worst...
Forum: Health, Safety and Accident Issues. 11-08-2014, 08:04 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,619
Posted By Chilehead
I had just put all my equipment back on the...

I had just put all my equipment back on the trailer after completing a mow for a customer. This guy comes walking down the street and asks me for a business card. As I reached for my wallet and...
Forum: General Talk 11-07-2014, 08:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 574
Posted By Chilehead
It sounds to me like your clients want you there...

It sounds to me like your clients want you there weekly, hence your termination. I tend to cater to high-end residential accounts, and my weekly service is 52 WEEKLY VISITS per year. Sometimes,...
Forum: Health, Safety and Accident Issues. 11-04-2014, 09:15 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,619
Posted By Chilehead
Being held at gunpoint for your wallet. Happened...

Being held at gunpoint for your wallet. Happened to me this year.
Forum: Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 11-04-2014, 09:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,265
Posted By Chilehead
The card holder is fine, but I would not take a...

The card holder is fine, but I would not take a chance with GA law enforcement with strobes...even when parked. Even "ground effects" type lights for street cars are illegal to display unless you are...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 11-01-2014, 11:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 714
Posted By Chilehead
Add up your material costs (sod, equipment rental...

Add up your material costs (sod, equipment rental fees, gasoline, etc.). Calculate how many man hours it will take to complete the job.
Formula: (Total man hours X hourly rate) + Mat. costs = PRICE...
Forum: General Talk 11-01-2014, 11:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,649
Posted By Chilehead
Likewise, most of my clients are on 12-month...

Likewise, most of my clients are on 12-month contracts: all costs for all services for one year are added together, and divided into 12 equal monthly installments. In Atlanta, leaf cleanups can go on...
Forum: Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. 11-01-2014, 10:59 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,293
Posted By Chilehead
Wesley, Take her court. A suggestion for you...

Wesley,

Take her court. A suggestion for you going forward would be to get a pre-paid legal service like LegalShield. I use it, and any time a client refuses to pay for services rendered, they get a...
Forum: Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 11-01-2014, 10:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,265
Posted By Chilehead
I like the idea of the blinking light card...

I like the idea of the blinking light card holder....very cool. However, I will not be using it. In the state of Georgia, it is a crime to display any lights on a vehicle that are aftermarket with...
Forum: General Talk 10-26-2014, 07:48 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,352
Posted By Chilehead
It's a dog-eat-dog industry. The sad part is that...

It's a dog-eat-dog industry. The sad part is that many LCOs feel absolutely no conviction whatsoever about stealing from a competitor. Like the old saying goes, "All is fair in love and war", and for...
Forum: General Talk 10-24-2014, 12:08 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 892
Posted By Chilehead
I would have to say it was a collective of...

I would have to say it was a collective of reading about other's experiences, and making educated decisions based on what they went through.
Forum: General Talk 10-24-2014, 12:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,352
Posted By Chilehead
Who knows? I didn't want to find out....drained...

Who knows? I didn't want to find out....drained my gas tank right there and then.
Forum: Introduce Yourself 10-23-2014, 09:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 980
Posted By Chilehead
Welcome , Robert. Where in AR do you live?

Welcome , Robert. Where in AR do you live?
Forum: General Talk 10-23-2014, 09:07 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 892
Posted By Chilehead
12 Years in Business!

This October marks our 12TH year in business! I'd like to thank all here on this forum for the tips you have posted over the years.:cool:
Forum: General Talk 10-23-2014, 09:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,352
Posted By Chilehead
Even worse is when a competitor pours stuff into...

Even worse is when a competitor pours stuff into your own mowers. Several years back, I was in the stage of string trimming a property that had a 6' privacy fence around the perimeter of the...
Forum: General Talk 10-23-2014, 08:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,395
Posted By Chilehead
There is money to be made in raking leaves, but...

There is money to be made in raking leaves, but you'll have to be smart about how you go about it if you want to be profitable. If I were you, I would target small (under 1/4 acre) lots, and offer...
Forum: General Talk 10-23-2014, 08:32 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,347
Posted By Chilehead
An easy solution is to be candid (not rude), and...

An easy solution is to be candid (not rude), and state that performing services for the prices requested will result in operating at a loss. I have said this to customers in the past. More times than...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 10-07-2014, 10:08 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,445
Posted By Chilehead
Any guessing is of the educated variety, Example:...

Any guessing is of the educated variety, Example: From 2002 - 2013, The amount spent on Hand Tools has gone from $100 - $115 per year. This is roughly a 1% increase year after year. For 2014, the...
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